NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, officially launched the Hovells Creek Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link Action Plan for Habitat Management at Reids Flat on Friday, May 16 to a crowd of 40 including representatives from Local Councils, Local Landholders and local and regional agencies. There was also 14 stallholders showcasing the work of different agencies, Landcare and producer groups from the district.
The action plan is part of a Great Eastern Ranges Initiative community Landcare Grant and has been developed by the Hovells Creek Landcare group together with the assistance of Mid-Lachlan Landcare Coordinator, Vanessa Cain, over the past eight months.
There has been considerable input from local landholders and the local community members including a community info day with over 40 people attending in September and great support from K2W link partners including the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Invasive Animals CRC, LHPA, DPI and Local Land Services, Greening Australia, Land for Wildlife, and neighbouring Landcare and producer groups.
“The delivery of this action plan promotes sustainable agriculture, protecting our natural resources, supporting agricultural production and engaging community and stakeholders through the use of local knowledge and expertise,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“The action plan identifies key conservation issues such as weeds and feral animals and the need to conserve cultural heritage, manage habitat and revegetate and improve vegetation. The plan also sets out the vision of how these critical issues will be addressed.
“This will be achieved by bringing communities, organisations and stakeholders together across the district and landscape to implement conservation actions.
“The action plan demonstrates the power of communities working together to motivate each other to achieve locally relevant outcomes.” Ms Hodgkinson said.
Gary Howling, project manager for the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative , Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala link, was unable to attend the launch however sent his congratulations to the group on such a great effort in getting the action plan together and described the Action Plan as “Groundbreaking” as it was the first time that a Landcare group had taken on such an initiative in the Great Eastern Ranges.
The group have identified habitat quality; weeds; ferals; cultural diversity and fragmentation of the landscape major issues and will be working with GER through the next round of community group funding and other agencies on these issues.
Members of other local Landcare groups have expressed interest in creating a Hovells Creek style Action plan for their local communities.