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Bushland regeneration and management

Bush Regeneration
Bush regeneration at Tacking Point Lighthouse

Bush regeneration is the practice of restoring bushland by focusing on reinstating and reinforcing an ecological community’s natural regenerative processes. Bushland management works aim to rehabilitate bushland from weed incursions and other disturbances such as over-clearing and vandalism. By doing this, degraded plant communities can be restored to healthy ecosystems composed of locally occurring native flora and fauna.

Council’s bushland management team undertakes on-ground management of invasive weeds and conduct bushland restoration works within the Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Area. With a sound knowledge of native and introduced plant biology and ecology, the team’s goal is to promote assisted natural regeneration and ecological restoration within Council’s managed bushland reserves.

The team improves the health of existing reserves by:

  • Removal of invasive weeds by hand or the use of herbicide sprays
  • Coastal weed management (e.g Bitou bush eradications)
  • Sand dune revegetation and beach erosion prevention
  • Planting of appropriate indigenous species
  • Assisting with ecological burns in bushland reserves
  • Mitigation of illegal man-made structures such as temporary dwellings and campsites
  • Clean-up of illegal dumping sites

In 2018 the Bushland Management team, with assistance from Landcare groups, actively managed almost 1500 hectares of bushland.

Conservation Trainee program

A group of indigenous people who are training in the field of conservation and land management are helping to look after our local environment thanks to a new partnership between Council and BioDiversity Solutions Australia.

 Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in partnership with BioDiversity Solutions Australia, North Coast TAFE and NORTEC has provided bushland sites for 12 participants to gain valuable practical experience, leading to employment opportunities in the fields of conservation and land management.

The employees will work on Council’s Airport Biodiversity Certification site until June 30 2019, and then move to other sites for the remainder of the program.

This page was last updated on: 11 April 2019