Environment

Post-bushfire weed control underway at Moruya

Sharon Kelley4 October 2020
Jacqui Short with crew from Mogo and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council groups.

Jacqui Short (right) with the crew from Mogo and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council groups. Photo: Supplied.

South East Local Land Services and local land managers are targeting weed control in support of the post-bushfire recovery of local landscapes.

Supported by the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, Local Land Services has funding available to improve native vegetation in areas affected by bushfire. Work can include weed management, revegetation and fencing to exclude stock in burnt areas, or refugia in unburnt areas.

“Many burnt areas are currently regenerating with a mix of both native and weed species,” said South East Local Land Services officer Sonia Bazzacco.

“Now is a great time to work on managing these weeds so natives have less competition and stand a better chance of surviving.

“The fires had a devastating impact on native wildlife. Recovered and healthy native vegetation will also be a really important food source for native wildlife.”

Areas that had poor coverage of native vegetation before the bushfires often require the most assistance because the lack of native seed in the soil means there is little to regenerate.

“These areas can be best managed through revegetation works and by excluding stock and heavy machinery as any disturbance can reduce the regeneration potential,” said Ms Bazzacco.

Moruya land manager Jacqui Short was affected by the Currowan fire and is happy to be involved in the project.

“I was really worried about the prospect of weeds getting away from us after the fire came through,” she said.

“It’s been great that through this project and the work of teams from Mogo and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Councils that we have been able to keep the weeds that are emerging in a manageable state.”

Sherrie Nye from Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council said its crews can be involved in the recovery on Country.

“It’s great to assist in restoring Mother Nature, especially after the bushfires,” she said. “We are happy to have this opportunity to work on Country.”

For further information, or to apply for an eligible project, email Sonia Bazzacco (Eurobodalla) or Shannon Brennan (Bega Valley), or call Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

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