Wetlands future secure
EAST Ballina's coastline will receive some much-needed attention.
Ballina Coastcare has secured more than $200,000 through the NSW Environmental Trust's Community Bush Regeneration Large Project Stream.
Ballina Coastcare was granted $238,923 in funding over six years to restore and regenerate five East Ballina headland and wetland sites.
Ballina Coastcare media and information officer Lee Andresen said the extra funding would allow the group to tackle the growing ground asparagus problem threatening areas regarded as endangered ecological communities.
"Every site under this project is considered rare and endangered which is why priority was given to this project," Mr Andresen said.
"Unless these sites are repaired, they are a source of weeds to the good areas we have already restored."
The project will cover an estimated area of 26.4 hectares and will connect otherwise fragmented areas of vegetation.
Mr Andresen said while previous grants had not allowed the group to work over an extended period, the latest grant would allow them to see this important long term project through.
The aim of the Community Bush Regeneration Large Project Stream is to help projects run by local community groups to do large, long term bush regeneration projects.
The project stream also aims to improve the capacity of communities and organisations to protect, restore and enhance the environment by strengthening local community organisations whose primary purpose is to undertake works in their local area.
Mr Andresen said Ballina Coastcare would work in partnership with WetlandCare Australia, based in Ballina, to complete the project over a six year period.