Supporting the Bungawalbyn Community recover from bushfire
The Bungawalbin Catchment was impacted by the Bora Ridge/Myall Creek Rd fire in November of 2019. This fire destroyed many of the old hollow bearing trees and stags which provided shelter and nesting sites for a wide variety of native wildlife including owls, gliders, parrots and micro-bats.
“Funding from the Landcare Australia Bushfire Recovery Grants will assist with the installation and monitoring of fifty nest boxes, with much thanks to the Ballina Mens Shed for building them. They will be installed on private properties severely impacted by fire,’ explained Sharyn Lafontaine of Bungawalbyn Landcare.
“These boxes will value add to an existing project and utilize expertise from ecologists in the field. Additionally, we will tackle invasive weeds on several private properties, focusing on Lantana and Corky Passionfruit and replace several hundred metres of burned barbed wire fencing with a fauna friendly alternative.”
Made possible due to the extraordinary volume of donations from generous organisations and private donors, the Landcare Australia Bushfire Recovery Grants will support 23 wide-ranging regeneration projects focusing on activities including impacted rainforest revegetation, nest boxes for decimated native species and feeding programs for endangered wildlife.
Key issues for all the grant recipients include restoring essential wildlife habitat, management of invasive weeds, erosion control and protection of our waterways and aquatic habitat.
The funding came from generous donations during the bushfires from across the country and around the world, including Landcare Australia partners Brambles CHEP, Bushman’s Tanks, Bloom Aid and Hawkes Brewing.