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Ramsar Wetland and Bufferzone Project

Boxthorn - A target weed to be controlled in the forests There are several floodplain forests identified as part of the Central Murray RAMSAR site within the NSW Murray region. These are the Werai, Millewa and Koondrook/Perricoota Forests. These wetlands represent significant natural, social, cultural and economic resources, and influence surrounding river hydrology, water quality and biodiversity. The sites are also listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia and some are Icon Sites of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's Living Murray program.

Management of Central Murray Ramsar sites

This project is a partnership between Murray LLS with National Parks & Wildlife Service, Forests NSW, Moama Local Aboriginal Land Council, Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre and landholders who neighbour the forest and wetland sites.

The project is undertaking pest animal and weed control at a number of sites, including  Werai Forest west of Deniliquin,  and the Koondrook-Perricoota forest near Moama, mapping of weed infestation, and weed control by private landholders on adjacent land.

Aboriginal works crews working on Country

Ramsar Wetland and Bufferzone project - Meet Your Neighbour BBQ eventThe RAMSAR wetland and buffer zone project aims to enhance the ecological character of the NSW Central Murray Forests Ramsar sites while supporting local economic and social well-being.

This exciting project includes the engagement of aboriginal crews on a range of activities to protect the valuable environmental and cultural values of these significant RAMSAR wetland sites in the Murray Region. These sites include the Werai Forest a 'proposed Indigenous Protected Area'.

Through the Project, funds have been provided to the Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre and other Aboriginal groups such as the Moama Local Aboriginal Lands Council. The funds support crews to carry out weed and pest control works within the Werai, Koondrook-Perricoota and Millewa Central Murray Ramsar sites. The crews work closely with the National Parks and Wildlife Service as the land managers.

The works programs have been targeting feral pig trapping, fox baiting and woody weed and aquatic weed control within the Ramsar listed sites.

Not only is valuable environmental protection work being conducted but local Aboriginal work crew members are learning valuable skills that will hold them in good stead for future opportunities. These include experience in staff supervision, mapping, GPS use, chemical use, pig trapping and fox baiting. Opportunities for further expansion of the works programs have been identified with the land managers.

A 'Meet your Neighbour' BBQ has been held to help build relationships between the local Indigenous community and landholders surrounding the Werai Forest.

Yarkuwa crews and Murray LLS staff setting pig traps in Ramsar Wetland and Bufferzone project
Moama LALC crews working with FCNSW in Ramsar Wetland and Bufferzone project
Inspecting a Hog Hopper bait station as part of the Ramsar Wetland and Bufferzone project

Activities undertaken

  • Engagement of Indigenous work crews to undertake feral pig trapping and boxthorn control in Ramsar sites (MLALC in Koondrook-Perricoota and Yarkuwa in Werai).
  • Provision of chemical to adjacent landholders for the control of Boxthorn around Werai Forest.
  • Mapping and control of Sagittaria (Arrowhead) in the Murray Valley NP (Millewa).

For more information, please contact:

Jamie Hearn

Phone: 03 5880 1419

Mobile: 0447 420 789

Jamie.hearn@lls.nsw.gov.au

Logos of Murray Local Land Services, Australian Government and National Landcare Programme

The RAMSAR Wetland and Buffer Zone Project is funded by Catchment Action NSW and the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.