Green army ready to strike in Kennedy


Green Army troops will be out in force across the Kennedy electorate in coming months, with nine new projects being rolled out as part of Round Four of the highly successful programme.

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said a wide range of projects right across the electorate had been funded, focussing on protecting national and world heritage icons and key threatened species.

“It’s pleasing to see such a large diversity of projects funded right across the electorate,” Senator Macdonald said.

Projects include river management plans to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef, as well as feral pig eradication on Hinchinbrook Island, small mammal surveys in the Girringun and Girramay National Parks, and catchment management plan for the upper Burdekin.

Senator Macdonald said the benefit of Green Army projects was two-fold.
“Not only are we engaging these participants in critically important conservation work, we are also providing them with valuable skills and experience they can use elsewhere in the workforce.”

It’s a great outcome for our local environment, and for those individuals seeking to improve their future employment prospects.”

A total of 397 new Green Army projects have been funded as part of Round Four of the programme, bringing the total number of approved Green Army project to 1,145 since the programme began in 2004.

A list of successful projects in the Kennedy electorate funded as part of Round Four is attached and appears below.

Project Name

Details

Project Host

Service Provider

Healthy River and Reef/North Johnstone River Highway revegetation

Phase 1 &2

The overall project of which this project is a part is to revegetate approximately 10000 trees across four hectares on the banks of the North Johnstone River at a visible location to enrich and extend remnant vegetation and increase community awareness of the need for, and practical methods of, riverine restoration to protect both the river and reef. The project will contribute to resilience to local climate change, to restoration of Indigenous cultural values and to restoration of terrestrial and aquatic corridors for threatened and endangered species including the Cassowary. It will also reduce impacts on downstream estuarine conservation zones and the Great Barrier Reef, identified as important objectives in the Johnstone Rivers Management Plan.

Johnstone River Catchment Management Association Inc

Campbell Page Ltd and Skillset Ltd

Making Wongaloo Wonderful Project

Stages 1, 2 & 3

Wetlands are essential to the health of the Great Barrier Reef and provide important links between land, freshwater and marine environments. They also provide feeding and breeding grounds for many marine and migratory species. Changes or losses can lead to a variety of adverse environmental impacts and can have serious adverse implications for the health of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Wongaloo Wetlands encompass a vast area within the Bowling Green Bay Conservation Area. This project will support the efforts of private landholders, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Landcare groups and North Queensland Dry Tropics to improve the health of this Ramsar wetland system. These actions will improve the water quality, biodiversity, health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Healthy Creek and Reef/Theresa Creek Falls Link Revegetation Phase 1 &2

The overall project of which this project is a part is to plant up to 16,000 trees (6.4 hectares) on the banks of the Theresa and Saint Patricks Creeks to enrich and link up planted and remnant native vegetation and help re-enthuse a community with the need for practical methods of achieving wet tropics riverine restoration. The project will filter and reduce pollutants going to the Barrier Reef and improve climate change resilience, restore Indigenous cultural values and protect threatened species. It will contribute to re-connection of rare remnant world heritage rainforest patches identified as a high priority in the Johnstone Rivers Management Plan.

North Johnstone and Lake Eacham Landcare Association Ltd

Campbell Page and Skillset Ltd

Southern Wet Tropics Rainforest Small Mammals

This project aims to survey any resident populations of small mammals including the Northern Bettong, the Black-footed Tree-rat and Yellow-bellied Glider, at priority sites within Girringun and Girramay National Parks (both within the Girringun Region Co-management Indigenous Protected Area) and the adjacent leasehold property Badjuballa Station held by the Badjuballa Aboriginal Corporation. The project will conduct parallel declared pest and weed surveys, with targeted weed eradication. Given specialist treatments required for exotic invasive ants any identified or potential infestations surveyed at activity sites will be advised to the relevant authorities. The project includes cultural induction, knowledge transfer, community engagement and training.

Girringun Aboriginal Corporation

Manpower Services (Aust) Pty Ltd and Landcare Aust Ltd

Upper Burdekin Catchment Water Quality Monitoring

Water quality sampling and native flora gap assessment will be conducted at selected priority sites at Kinrara and Mt Fox National Parks (in the Girringun Region (Co-management) Indigenous Protected Areas) and on adjacent private leasehold (subject to negotiated consent) to record and document baseline data for compilation into a native species Revegetation Plan for the upper Burdekin catchment. The project will conduct parallel declared pest and weed surveys, with targeted weed eradication. Significant infestations or sightings of declared invasive species will be advised to Natural Resource Management partners and participating landowners for follow-up action. The project includes cultural induction, knowledge transfer, community engagement and training.

Girringun Aboriginal Corporation

Manpower Services (Aust) Pty Ltd and Landcare Aust Ltd

Mahogany Glider and Cassowary Recovery Population and Habitat Monitoring

The Girringun Restoration and Revegetation Project aims to target environmentally and culturally significant areas which are degraded and have been identified by Traditional Owners of the Girringun Region. The team will work on a number of sites within the Girringun region within Hull River National Park, Halifax Bay Wetlands National Park at Bambaroo / Rollingstone and Girringun National Park (Wallaman Fall, Stone River/Stoney Creek), working closely with the respective Traditional Owner groups for each site. The sites selected are important wetland systems and aquatic systems which connect the southern Wet Tropics World Area with the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are used as key corridors by endangered species including the southern Cassowary and the endemic Mahogany Glider.

Girringun Aboriginal Corporation

Manpower Services (Aust) Pty Ltd and Landcare Aust Ltd

Riparian Health of Upper Burdekin River and Tilapia Population Control

This project will conduct invasive species surveys at selected priority sites within the upper Burdekin catchment, on State-held land (Wairuna Station) and on adjacent private leasehold lands (subject to consent) to record and document baseline data on Tilapia occurrence, abundance and control options. The project will conduct parallel surveys of Weeds of National Significance and other priority declared weeds. Significant infestations or occurrences of declared invasive species will be advised to Natural Resource Management partners and partner landowners for follow-up action. A cultural heritage and cultural induction forms part of the project, as does native dry-land seed collection, knowledge transfer, community engagement and training.

Girringun Aboriginal Corporation

Manpower Services (Aust) Pty Ltd and Landcare Aust Ltd

Feral Pig Eradication and Control  - Hinchinbrook Island

Phase 1 &2

The project will undertake an integrated approach towards feral pig eradication across the project location through collaborative trapping, targeted baiting and removal of feral pigs at selected priority habitation sites, based on existing knowledge of seasonal feral pig movements on Hinchinbrook Island National Park. The project presents a unique opportunity to severely reduce and ultimately eradicate a known island-bound population of this priority invasive species. A similar eradication and control project has been conducted on the neighbouring Goold Island, demonstrating the potential for successful elimination of feral pigs from a similar island protected area location.

Girringun Aboriginal Corporation

Manpower Services (Aust) Pty Ltd and Landcare Aust Ltd

Restoration of Key Waterway and Habitat Site- Wrights Creek

Stages 1-4

This project will work along a section of Wrights Creek which is an effective wildlife corridor to the surrounding Lamb Range and Mount Peter Conservation area. Due to upstream agricultural practices, chemical runoff, erosion and invasive weeds, Wrights Creek’s riparian section, water quality and important habitat has been negatively impacted. This project will target habitat degradation and loss along Wrights Creek and directly benefit inhabiting endangered species and the Port of Cairns and Trinity Inlet further downstream. To do so, the Green Army team will specifically address pest and weed management, bank stabilisation and the reintroduction of native plant species to improve the health, connectivity and biodiversity of Wrights Creek.

Trinity Inlet Catchment Management

Manpower Services (Aust) Pty Ltd and Landcare Aust Ltd

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