Restoration and rehabilitation of Lower Hunter dry rainforest

Hunter Councils has been successful in receiving $99,618 in funding from the Environmental Trust to assist in improving the condition and resilience of Lower Hunter dry rainforest at the Hunter River Reserve, Greta.

Hunter Councils has been successful in receiving $99,618 in funding from the Environmental Trust to assist in improving the condition and resilience of Lower Hunter dry rainforest at the Hunter River Reserve, Greta.

Cessnock City Council co-wrote the application and are active partners in the project from both a strategic and on-ground perspective, with Council’s weed control staff addressing a number of high priority issues on the site.  

The three year project will commence from August 2016, with an aim to improve the current state of Lower Hunter dry rainforest along the entire extent of the reserve.  

Funded by the NSW Environment Trust, the Restoration and Rehabilitation Program encourages and enables community and government organisations to protect, conserve and restore our valuable natural environment.  

Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said the area is extremely important as it contains one of the last remaining forests of its kind in the Lower Hunter.  

“The reserve is a hidden gem of the Cessnock local government area and is highly valuable as it contains one of the few examples of intact native vegetation along the Hunter River. The reserve includes two endangered ecological communities under the NSW Threatened Species  Act  along the upper western section,” Cr Pynsent said.  

“This project is needed to protect remnant vegetation from widespread weed infestations within two gullies and reduce erosion along the steeper sections.”   

Bush regeneration and targeted weed control works will be carried out to improve the condition and resilience of Hunter Valley Dry Rainforest within the reserve, Greta and adjacent properties in the Lower Hunter.  

This project provides the opportunity for extensive partnership and collaboration with local councils, agencies and landowners which will result in positive biodiversity outcomes.  

For more information about the project please visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au or contact Cessnock City Council or Hunter Councils’ Environment Division.

1 June 2016