Funding for activities of the Network
Through a partnership arrangement with Hunter Local Land Services, we have secured funding to facilitate many of the activities of our network. The funding arrangement will assist us in delivering five field days, an annual Landcare celebration, (at least) four focussed workshops and the re-construction of this website.
Because of this funding we are able to provide $500 to four Landcare groups,each year, to host a field day, providing a venue, catering and an on-ground activity for visiting representatives of our network.
Because of this funding we are able to provide $1,000 to one Landcare group to host an annual celebration of Landcare in our region, providing a venue, catering and funds to support an activity on the day. Representatives from across the region are encouraged to send a representative to report on Landcare in their local area.
Because of this funding we are able to provide up to $2,000 to support a focussed workshop on four Landcare sites across the region. The workshop will focus on an issue of particular relevance to the groups in a particular area, and may include site preparation or follow-up maintenance, as well as the costs of hosting the workshop.
Due to a partnership with Community Mutual, secured by Landcare NSW, three groups in our area were able to secure part-funding of projects that would fit the guidelines for one of our workshops. As a result of further negotiations with the groups, we were able to use some of our workshop budget on funding the remainder of their projects. This means that we now have a partnership between three of our local Landcare groups, Community Mutual (a corporate sponsor) Hunter Local Land Services, Landcare NSW and the Hunter Region Landcare Network.
Negotiations are still underway for a further three focussed workshops. Watch this space.
River Redgums in the Hunter
The Hunter valley once carried large stands of River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). Since European settlement numbers of this species are estimated to have dropped by more than 90%. Hunter floodplains have been extensively cleared for agriculture and the hydrology of the Hunter Valley has also been altered dramatically with the construction of dams for flood mitigation.
River Red Gums depend on permanent or seasonal water for regeneration and for optimum health, Most of the remnant Red Gums no longer receive periodic flooding. Local Red Gums have a unique status in NSW as the Hunter is the only coastal catchment where these trees occur naturally.
The Hunter Region Landcare Network (HRLN) works with landowners to help restore River Red Gums along the Hunter and its tributaries.This will provide habitat for birds, animals and aquatic indigenous species and help suppress weeds.
Beginning in 2009 volunteers planted trees in Col Fisher Park Singleton and on farms close by.. The project aims to counter the loss of this tree from the Hunter Valley by using local provenance stock for the restoration.
How do I get involved?
If you have land bordering the Hunter River or a tributary and want to participate in the project by planting River Red Gums contact HRLN.
We work with you to determine how many Red Gums you need, where best to plant them on your property and we supply you with the tube stock.
You will be asked to protect and monitor the trees and water them as required especially in dry conditions.
Twelve months after planting please send photos of your trees progress for our visual records.
We will record your property location on our project database to build a map of River Red Gum plantings in the Hunter.
Link to more information on NSW Environment and Heritage website http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedSpeciesApp/profile.aspx?id=20141 about this threatened ecological community.
Planting Native Trees – find out more in our Resources section
River Red Gums and the Hunter – the story
“The genesis of the project came from our Landcare Coordinator advising us of a stand of remnant River Red Gums on the Hunter in a spot which, though central to the town, was in a sense ‘off the beaten track’ because of the shape of the river and the development of the town along the highway rather than the riverbank.” River Red Gums Singleton to Greta Project July 2009
By 2008, Singleton Council, Singleton Shire Landcare Network, Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority were in a collaborative arrangement with Xstrata Coal called the Hunter Rehabilitation Project. This initially covered 11.5km of riverbank.
The Hunter Regional Landcare Network together with the Singleton Shire Landcare Network gained funding from Landcare Australia for the Hunter River Rehabilitation Singleton Project (Bundy Red Project) which sought to plant substantial numbers of River Red Gums on the Hunter River.
In 2009 the two Landcare organisations were successful in applying for further funding from Landcare Australia to extend the project so that plantings of River Red Gums could be made between Singleton and Greta, a distance of 48.5km. This project was named River Red Gums Singleton to Greta Project. The target completion date for the project was June 2011.
Reports have been presented to the funding bodies indicating the substantial completion of the projects in 2010.
The supply of River Red Gums available to HRLN has enabled a further extension of the original concept, with the HRLN able to supply trees to property owners outside the bounds of the initial project thus widening the locations where River Red Gums are now being grown. This project is called River Red Gums Hunter River and Tributaries Restoration Project. This distribution has been done largely through the HRLN stall at Tocal Field Days each May.
There remains a continuing interest in planting River Red Gums, along many reaches of the Hunter and its tributary streams as well, with the aim of restoring some balance to the dramatic loss of these trees since European settlement.
The project is not without its setbacks, with many landholders reporting losses of young plants in some flood events, droughts, the war against weeds that choke the young trees or vines that smother them, to wallabies that eat the young trees when under stress. However, at the same time, some of the trees planted in 2011 are now 3m tall where they have not been exposed to the direct ravages of flooding, and other young trees have hung on during long periods of drought, to hopefully make growth gains when there is more moisture available.
As the HRLN we are challenged to support those who have supported us by being willing to replace trees that have been lost and to continue to support others who see a place for River Red Gums on their properties.