Community Group Grants 2014

Hovells Creek LandcareFollowing on from the success of the first round of community group funding in 2013/2014, GER has provided a further $150,000 for Landcare and other community groups to protect and restore natural connections for native plants and animals in the K2W link corridor.

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Cultural Connections in K2W Link

In July 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members from the Lachlan attended the 6th Indigenous Fire workshop in Cape York supported by Central Tablelands LLS, Orange LALC, Landcare and K2W as part of the Cultural Connections in K2W Link.

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The Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link is a major landscape corridor, connecting the sandstone forests of the Greater Blue Mountains with protected areas and treasured habitats on private land in the upper reaches of the Lachlan River catchment. The area is one of extraordinary natural diversity, rich in Aboriginal and post-settlement heritage.

The Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) Link is vital to the long term survival of many species that are native to the Great Eastern Ranges. It provides a natural corridor used by migratory species as they move between the temperate woodlands of the central and southern slopes and tablelands, and the forests of the Greater Blue Mountains and beyond. From late 2012, the K2W Link project will work with landholders and Landcare, staff from the Lachlan CMA, local government, National Parks and other land management authorities to:

  • Support voluntary management of remnant native habitats by local landholders, parks staff and others;
  • Encourage collaborative control of pests and weeds across property boundaries to improve the condition and corridor value of habitat linkages;
  • Restore lost habitat connections through assistance and support for voluntary revegetation;
  • Support reconnection with country through sharing of Aboriginal traditional knowledge and development of new joint ventures;
  • Provide opportunities for community involvement in field days, replanting events, and wildlife surveys.

The K2W Link is a natural landscape corridor following the line of the Abercrombie River, and formed by the Casuarinas lining its banks, the Eucalypt forests on the surrounding hills, and the grassy box woodlands that connect them. Its location, natural values and cultural significance make it an integral part of the vision of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, to maintain and restore the connectivity of natural habitats along the ranges on the eastern edge of the continent from the Grampians in Victoria, through New South Wales and the ACT to tropical Queensland.

K2W information brochure

The project will which run from 2013-2017 will receive $2.7million in funding from the Biodiversity fund for the following areas: Reveg; Weeds and Feral control; Voluntary Agreements; Cultural Heritage Values; Landholder Field days and Trials.