Creating habitat with Raymond Terrace Landcare

Native Fauna Given a helping hand at Boomerang Park during Sustaining Landcare week

Creating habitat with Raymond Terrace Landcare

Native Fauna Given a helping hand at Boomerang Park during Sustaining Landcare week

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The issue

Raymond Terrace Parks Reserves and Tidy Towns group does not have Landcare in its title but is very much a landcare group in practice.  The group has been caring for the bushland area of Boomerang Park for over 20 years.  Due to their local knowledge of the area, they have seen a decline in certain native species visiting the site and realise the need for a wildlife corridor and habitat that will encourage species such as the sugar glider, bandicoot and koala to utilise the area.  The group wants to restore the ecosystem so that people can come to this park to enjoy all the nature has to offer.

They have received support from Port Stephens Council and groups such as Green Army over the years but the group was in need of some direction forward.  It was the perfect opportunity to plan an event as part of NSW Sustaining Landcare Week, in which Landcare Groups across the state host field days with their local MPs to celebrate the achievements of Landcare and to encourage the State Goverment to continue to fund Landcare projects into the future. 

 

 

 

The solution

The local landcare coordinator brought together the landcare group, council and an ecological restoration expert to make a plan to regenerate habitat in Boomerang park and encourage native species to take up residence.  It was decided to start with a small 20x20m area of bushland in good condition as a demonstration site within the park.  It was in an ideal position with a couple of mature eucalypts, opportunity for further expansion of a wildlife corridor and protection from future development.  The group sourced hollow logs, native plants, and a specifically built nest box for the site thanks to assistance from a rural landholder and community groups Wildlife in Need of Care and the Mens Shed.  Collectively, the workshop was planned, advertised and organised for the 30th August as an education and hands on activity for commuity and other landcare groups to learn from.

 

 

The impact

The community event which kicked off the 'Creating Habitat' initiative took place on 30th August attracted over 25 people including other landcarer group members and interested community.  Kate Washington, MP came along to take part and congratulate the group on their progress in making Boomerang Park a better place by regenerating the native forest.  On the day, over 200 native plants were planted to improve bird habitat, various hollow logs were strategically placed for small mammals such as echidnas, antechinus, bandicoots to find shelter and also a specific type of nest box for the sugar glider was installed.  

Future plans include installing 6 more nest boxes and expanding the regeneration area.  Discussion is underway about linking the site with Tilligerry State Conservation area.

Key facts

  • 200 Native trees, shrubs, grasses planted
  • 25 people attended the workshop
  • Hollow logs must be strategically placed
  • Nest boxes made to suit each target species

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