LANTANA BLOOMS: With its beautiful colours, no wonder the early colonists introduced it as a way to brighten Aussie gardens.
LANTANA BLOOMS: With its beautiful colours, no wonder the early colonists introduced it as a way to brighten Aussie gardens.

Weed management a benefit to Tooloom

NORTH Coast Local Land Services will shortly be co-operating with a range of partners in the Tooloom area of the Upper Clarence to ensure that lantana and privet don’t crowd-out our native vegetation.   

Aboriginal workers from both Upper Clarence Combined Landcare and Boota Bush Regeneration Pty Ltd will undertake weed management work, supported by North Coast Local Land Services through funding from the National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW. 

Combined effort

These organisations have worked together for many years. In fact the co-operative group previously undertook on-ground works in the Tooloom, Woodenbong, Urbenville and Bonalbo areas. 

“The focus of the project is to control Lantana and Privet: Weeds that are mainly spread by birds,” Land Services Officer, Kel Langfield said. 

“Dense thickets develop over time that exclude native species and threaten biodiversity. Weed control allows natural regeneration of native species, improvement to habitat, river health and ecological function. 

“North Coast Local Land Services is delighted to support this partnership which will bring many beneficial ecological and Aboriginal outcomes.  

“The bush regenerators of both organisations are highly experienced in best practice weed management and are from the local area.”

High conservation and cultural value

Terry Moody of Upper Clarence Combined Landcare said, “Tooloom Creek is a headwater of the Clarence River and is of high conservation and cultural value.  

“We believe that addressing weeds and other issues in an integrated and methodical manner on a catchment basis is the best way to get positive results on the ground. 

“Recent works on Tooloom Creek in the vicinity of Clarence River Wilderness Lodge have given us an insight into access issues in this remote and steep area. It is going to be a big job but we look forward to supporting landholders and seeing the results.” 

Robert Boota of Boota Bush Regeneration added, “The upcoming project along Tooloom Creek will help to protect freshwater turtle nesting habitat and reduce threats to this culturally important species for local Indigenous communities.”  

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