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Implementation of the NSW Bitou Bush Threat Abatement Plan

Bitou bushNorth Coast Local Land Services has commenced planning to extend the National Northern Containment Zone to help control Bitou Bush.  The proposed extension will contribute to habitat improvement by prioritising and continuing Bitou Bush control within Byron Shire and follows extensive work undertaken in the Tweed Shire. 

The control of Bitou Bush in the National Northern Containment Zone within the whole of coastal Tweed Shire over the past 10 years has resulted in an increase in biodiversity of native flora and fauna.

The proposed Plan extends the Containment Zone an additional 22 kilometres south from the Tweed Shire border into Byron Shire. The Plan will include the coastal areas of the southern section of Billinudgel Nature Reserve, Brunswick, Tyagarah and Marshalls Creek Nature Reserves, Cape Byron SCA, Byron Shire Council land, Crown Lands and other coastal tenures.

The Plan, to be developed by Bushland Restoration Services, will provide guidance to the recently successful application by North Coast Local Land Services to the NSW Government Environmental Trust, "Beating Byron's Bitou Bush" project.

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer with North Coast Local Land Services said of the plan, "Much work has been undertaken in recent years to achieve the increases in biodiversity of native flora and fauna and we're keen to now extend the reach of that success."

Rhonda James from Bushland Restoration Services said of the project, "Monthly bird species monitoring in the Fingal Head littoral rainforest remnant has shown the growth of sixty individual species to over hundred species in the last nine years.  Forest bird numbers for Fingal Peninsula have grown from just twenty-eight species in the 1960s to over 130 species in 2014.  Both of which are outstanding results for the region's birdlife."

Additionally, opportunistic sighting by Dunecare members at Hastings Point and Casuarina Beach also reflect increased fauna diversity over time. 

The project planning includes partner representatives from Brunswick Valley Landcare, Byron Shire Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Lands, Far North Coast Weeds and North Coast Holiday Parks.  This project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

Media contact:           Kelvin Langfield, Land Services Officer, NCLLS
                                              Phone 6623 3927

Photo caption:           Bitou bush.