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Tackling weeds to protect biodiversity

LantanaNorth Coast Local Land Services will be working with a range of partners in the Tooloom area of the Upper Clarence to ensure that lantana and privet will make way for native vegetation. 

Aboriginal workers from both Upper Clarence Combined Landcare and Boota Bush Regeneration Pty Ltd will undertake the weed management work, supported by North Coast Local Land Services through funding from the National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

These organisations have worked together for many years, and both have previously undertaken on-ground works in the Tooloom, Woodenbong, Urbenville and Bonalbo areas.

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer said, "The focus of the project is to control Lantana and Privet species, weeds that are mainly spread by birds."

"Dense thickets develop over time that exclude native species and threaten biodiversity and weed control allows natural regeneration of native species, improvement to habitat, river health and ecological function.

"North Coast Local Land Services is delighted to support this partnership which will bring many beneficial ecological and Aboriginal outcomes.

"The bush regenerators of both organisations are highly experienced in best practice weed management and are from the local area" he added.

Terry Moody of Upper Clarence Combined Landcare said, "Tooloom Creek is a headwater of the Clarence River and is of high conservation and cultural value.

"We believe that addressing weeds and other issues in an integrated and methodical manner on a catchment basis is the best way to get positive results on the ground.

"Recent works on Tooloom Creek in the vicinity of Clarence River Wilderness Lodge have given us an insight into access issues in this remote and steep area. It is going to be a big job but we look forward to supporting landholders and seeing the results" Terry concluded.

Robert Boota of Boota Bush Regeneration added, "The upcoming project along Tooloom Creek will help to protect freshwater turtle nesting habitat and reduce threats to this culturally important species for local Indigenous communities."

Media contact:          Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer 6623 3927 

Photo caption:         Lantana, a Weed of National Significance