This project encompasses fencing and revegetation works across five farms to be undertaken in 2022.
The aim is to protect remnant vegetation, exclude stock from watercourses and to improve habitat for wildlife, with a focus on the endangered Western Ringtail Possum and three black cockatoo species.
The fencing and revegetation form part of staged habitat and environmental protection works on each farm.
In total this project will undertake: 6.81km of stock exclusion fencing (6.01km to protect remnant vegetation, 0.8km to protect riparian areas); and 7.29ha re-vegetation.
The project works to address key processes threatening endangered species. They are habitat degradation and habitat loss which are addressed through fencing to exclude stock from remnant vegetation and riparian areas and through increasing habitat via revegetation works.
Earlier this year TCG in collaboration with Nicole Link- the founder of Kinjarling Marsupial Rescue held 2 workshops. Nicole spoke to the protection of native animals, how and what to do if you find one, the critical nature of preserving their environment and what we can all do to be involved and contributing to altering and preserving the trajectory of our EPBC species. Kinjarling Marsupial Rescue Workshop
June/ July 2022
During this time of the year the fencing and revegetation starts to go into the ground. There is a lot to consider as winter approaches and rainfall can hamper access to paddocks and riparian areas. To date we have 2 properties that have completed their proposed fencing work and all the seedlings have been delivered and are ready to pop into the ground! We are really fortunate to have landholders who work to preserve the environment and are keen to invest in the future.
February 2023 – Summary of project as it nears completion:
Lack of stock exclusion fencing and past clearing has had a profound effect on populations of endangered Western Ringtail Possums and the 3 black cockatoo species found on the south coast of WA. The Torbay Catchment Group provided opportunities for the community in their endeavours to protect and restore critical habitats through the installation of fencing to protect remnant bushland and waterways, and planting of revegetation to reduce fragmentation and bolster habitat for these endangered species.
Through this project funding 6.81km of fencing and of 7.29ha of revegetation has been implemented.
Outcomes included increased habitat connectivity, reduction in stock related remnant vegetation degradation, and increased food and habitat plants for WRP and the black cockatoo species.
This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program.