The K2W Partnership formed in August 2012 to implement a major project funded through the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Futures Biodiversity Fund. The K2W project has a total budget of $2.716 M to June 2017, with the aim of maintaining and restoring a natural landscape corridor enabling species movement, adaptation and persistence between the Blue Mountains and the inland woodlands of central NSW.
The K2W Partnership has proved highly successful in achieving the original goals of the project. Since 2012, the partnership has:
- Involved more than 30 regional organisations (local government, Aboriginal organisations, state government authorities, NGOs, etc) and community groups (Landcare, field naturalists, etc).
- Restored >400 ha hectares of native vegetation through weed management and targeted replanting;
- Coordinated pest animal control programs impacting more than 50,000 ha; and
- Delivered a wide variety of capacity building workshops, awareness raising events and community forums.
The original Biodiversity Fund project is due to end in June 2017, and K2W partners have expressed a desire to continue to work together as a partnership under the umbrella of the GER in order to address several benefits of a continued program:
The current structure and governance of the partnership reflects arrangements outlined in the original project plan and contract commitments for the BioFund project:
1. The K2W Partnership exists as a project-based collaboration hosted and managed by OEH.
2. The BioFund project plan provides for delivery by nine regional partners: OEH Regional Operations, NPWS, Upper Lachlan Landcare, Local Land Services (Central Tablelands and Southeast), Orange LALC, Upper Lachlan Council, NPA and CSIRO (Atlas of Living Australia). More recently, the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife has been adopted as a tenth delivery partner via an MoU with OEH and LLS for administration of grants on behalf of the project.
3. Project delivery partners comprise the membership of the current K2W Reference Group, with an additional three community representatives appointed in 2013 to provide a local perspective.
4. The Reference Group operates under agreed terms of reference and meets on a quarterly basis to (in summary):
- review progress of the project,
- provide advice on refinements to delivery, and
- share information about complementary activities in the region.
5. Meetings involve the 12 members of the Reference Group, and other stakeholders who are invited to attend and contribute to discussions depending on the subjects under consideration.
6. A wide range of regional organisations and other stakeholders are engaged by the partnership through project funding grants and collaboration in project activities (hosting field days and work shops, delivery of habitat restoration works, etc.) and invitations to attend the partnership’s annual partnership event.
In addition to arrangements for the BioFund project, funding agreements between the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and Southeast LLS and NSW Environmental Trust exist for two ‘Glideways’ projects. Both funding agreements outline a commitment to deliver project activities through K2W partners.