With near zero rainfall recorded over the last two months, and predicted warmer and drier conditions for the next few months, this is an ideal time to think about how you will manage fire on your property. Fire is part of the Australian landscape and can have positive and negative effects on our plants and animals. Different vegetation types and individual plants and animals respond differently to fire.
Hotspots is a project that focuses on fire ecology, fire management planning and biodiversity conservation. An end product for landholders participating in the project is having your own individual property fire management plan. By preparing property fire management plans in conjunction with others in the local community, fire can be addressed at a landscape scale, reducing bush fire risk whilst improving and maintaining biodiversity. A focus of the Bungawalbin / Main Camp Hotspots Fire Project will be the Endangered Population of the North Coast Emu. There will also be representation from the local Aboriginal community with the opportunity to discuss connection to country and the importance of fire in Aboriginal culture.
The Hotspots Fire Project is jointly managed by the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, in conjunction with other key supporting partners from government and non government agencies and organisations.
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Today I announced the establishment of Local Land Services – a new approach to delivering services to farmers and landowners across rural and regional NSW.
One of the clear goals of the Government’s NSW 2021 Plan is delivering quality, customer-focussed services. Local Land Serviceswill deliver this goal with a modern, efficient and flexible approach.
Local Land Services will link productive primary industries to sustainable catchment management by bringing together Livestock Health & Pest Authorities (LHPAs), Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) and agricultural advisory services within Agriculture NSW to deliver services including:
• Agricultural advice;
• Plant and animal pest control and biosecurity;
• Natural resource management; and
• Emergency and disaster assessment and response.
Following on from the information sessions held and subsequent submissions made to the NRCMA in June, the draft CAP for 2013-2023 will be on public exhibition starting mid-October. Due to a reduced time-frame, submissions for this draft CAP will need to be received by the NRCMA by the 9th of November.
Another round of information sessions will be held in mid-to-late October. Due to the limited time available for submissions, it is highly recommended that you read through the draft CAP prior to attending the sessions, so that you can make the most of the time with representatives from the NRCMA. The information sessions will be held:
Bangalow - 25th Oct
9:30 for 10:00 start
RSL Hall Station St Bangalow
Kyogle - 25th Oct
Kyogle Memorial Hall
Murwillumbah - 29th Oct
Canvas and Kettle
Murwillumbah Civic Centre
Fireweed was recently announced as one of 12 new Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) due to its economic, environmental and social impacts, as well as its potential to spread. It is a significant pasture weed in eastern Australia.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and the WoNS National Coordinator for fireweed, Bronwen Wicks, are asking the community to have their say on the draft National Strategy for fireweed.
The draft Strategy is now available for public comment until September 14th 2012. A summary of key themes in the Strategy can also be found on this web page.
Please visit the link below to download your free copy of 'Fireweed: A Best Practice Management Guide for Australian Landholders'.
The final version of this document is online, and we will have printed copies available soon.
If you live near Kyogle and would like to order a single printed copy please contact Northern Landcare Support Services to arrange a suitable time to pick one up or catch up with us at one of our upcoming events . These will be available free of charge, while stocks last.
Page MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed Australian Government support for a project to restore habitat for a threatened species in the Border Ranges area. Ms Saffin said the Nature Conservation Council of NSW will receive more than $125,000 in the latest round of Caring for our Country funding for restoration of habitat for the threatened northern population of the Eastern Bristlebird in the Border Ranges, north of Kyogle.
“There are fewer than 50 Eastern Bristlebirds left in the wild and they are listed as threatened species in NSW and are on the national endangered list.
The Nature Conservation Council and Northern Landcare Support Services along with other organisations are part of the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, which is working on several projects to protect our biodiversity and restore habitat.
“Consortium members including the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have been working for more than five years to save the northern population of the Eastern Bristlebird from extinction.
Australia's Weeds of National Significance (WONS) program has been expanded.
The Australian Weeds Committee has added 12 new invasive plants to its original list of the country's 20 worst weeds.
Weeds of National Significance co-ordinator Hilary Cherry says the program will now deliver co-ordinated management for the new 'dirty dozen'.
"Really, the reason is their serious impact to either biodiversity or primary production or things that we value, social or environmental or economic values," she said.
"What we are about is trying to prevent or reduce that impact."
The new Weeds of National Significance are African boxthorn, asparagus weeds, bellyache bush, brooms, cat's claw creeper, fireweed, gamba grass, madeira vine, opuntioid cacti, sagittaria, silverleaf nightshade and water hyacinth.
Individual landowners and managers are ultimately responsible for managing WONS. State and territory governments are responsible for overall legislation and administration.
The issues concerning WONS are of such a magnitude that they need coordination among all levels of government, organisations and individuals with weed management responsibilities. Each WONS has a strategic plan that outlines strategies and actions required to control the weed, and identifies responsibilities for each action.
There are three phases of national management for WONS. In phases one and two, each WONS has a Management Coordinator and a National Management Group/Steering Committee to oversee implementation of the goals and actions of the WONS strategic plans and to develop and coordinate priority actions. In phase three state and territory governments take responsibility for national coordination within their jurisdictions. State agencies report to the Australian Weeds Committee on progress against any remaining actions under the strategic plans.