Richmond River Floodplain

Richmond River Floodplain Management

Innovative Partnership Projects Deliver Outcomes for Local Landholders and Biodiversity

North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS) and Conservation Volunteers Australia are continuing to deliver two exciting projects on the NSW North Coast: Floodplain Management on the Richmond River, and the Northern Corridor Connections in the Tweed valley and Ballina estuary. These projects are achieving very positive outcomes for local landholders by delivering both improved farm production and on-ground biodiversity success stories. The projects have been funded by North Coast Local Land Services through funding provided by the Australian Government and Catchment Action NSW.

Floodplain Management on the Richmond has been very effective as NCLLS with Conservation Volunteers Australia have coordinated funding and their expertise with the key floodplain partners; Richmond River County Council and NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries). The project has engaged with more than 30 farmers to restore over 50 hectares of floodplain wetlands and open swamps while at the same improving productivity for both farmers and fishers within the catchment.

‘This is a long-term project with a vision of working with key stakeholders and landholders on the Richmond floodplain to improve the health and productivity of the Richmond River and its fertile floodplains’ says Conservation Volunteers Australia Senior Project Officer Eli Dutton.

Northern Corridor Connections has an ongoing focus on improving key wildlife corridors in the Tweed and Ballina areas. NCLLS and Conservation Volunteers Australia has partnered with a full range of highly professional natural resource management (NRM) providers, such as Bushland Restoration Services, EnviTE, Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council and Reconeco. These sound partnerships and a strong commitment to on-ground outcomes using best practice has delivered vertebrate pest management, environmental weed control and Indigenous working on country. Over 200 hectares and engagement of more than 50 landholders in natural resource management works and activities has been achieved.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Senior Project Officer Laura White says ‘This project has been a great opportunity to pull together diverse landholder groups and build partnerships to increase capacity for NRM and to deliver a range of targeted land management methods to protect core biodiversity corridors’.

Developed and initiated by WetlandCare Australia, both projects will continue to engage farmers and local groups and expand on the successful outcomes to date. ‘Landholder interest and uptake continues to be strong across the full range of on-farm opportunities available through weed control and vegetation management, vertebrate pest management, floodplain hydrological remediation and landholder field days’, said John Nagle NCLLS Senior Land Services Officer.

Upcoming information and engagement opportunities will soon be advertised and local landholders are encouraged to become involved and become part of these projects.  Landholders can find out more about these projects in their local area by contacting our Ballina office.