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Working together on controlling Wyangala Waters Weeds

Collaboration between three organisations has recently led to over 120 man hours spraying of Blackberry thickets throughout Wyangala Waters Holiday and Recreation Park.

The control program was jointly funded by Wyangala Waters and the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) Grants Program, with Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) providing ongoing advice and support.

Darren Smith from Wyangala Waters explained that contractors started work in the main section of the park last December. "They have now returned after the peak holiday season to tackle the backwater camping areas, and harder to access rocky slopes and gullies from Markham's Creek to Gerties."

But the partnership project doesn't stop at Blackberry.

"When working with Central Tablelands LLS staff on the K2W Grants Program, we realised this was a new opportunity to take a lead role in our area on weed control and pest animals. We look forward to working more closely with Hovell's Creek Landcare and the residents of the peri-urban Wyangala community.

Given the size of the park land, we are now looking to learn from the experience of local groups, such as Hovell's Creek Landcare, with biological control agents for noxious weeds like St John's Wort."

"We have also set ourselves a goal of establishing fences throughout the 1700 ha of NSW Crown Holiday Park Trust Grounds to support strategic grazing management that creates an economic benefit whilst maintaining groundcover during dry times, and preserving the core holiday accommodation and recreational services provided by the park," Mr Smith said.

Casey Proctor from Central Tablelands LLS explained park management has also purchased materials for a feral goat trap to be installed in the coming weeks, and is working on a mustering program.

"The K2W Grant has allowed Wyangala Waters to not only capitalise on their own monetary investment into noxious weed control, but has also provided access to innovative knowledge networks across a range of issues. Hovell's Creek Landcare is currently in discussion with key stakeholders, such as Southern Slopes Noxious Plants Authority, South East Local Land Services (LLS), and Wyangala Waters to plan a range of activities to bring relevant players together to target such local issues, and build upon existing partnerships," Mr Proctor said.

The next round of the K2W Grants Program, which offers grants of up $5,000 to $30,000 to individual landholders and community groups in identified priority areas, will be open for expressions of interest in the coming weeks.

The K2W Grants Program is run as part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER). K2W is engaging landholders, communities, and organisations to connect and restore land in the Greater Blue Mountains to Wyangala Dam section of the Great Eastern Ranges which stretches over 3,600km from Victoria to far north Queensland. 

For more information contact Shaley Allen, Central Tablelands LLS on Shaley.Allen@lls.nsw.gov.au or 02 6341 9307.

Media contact:          Kylie Krause 0439 608370 | kylie.krause@lls.nsw.gov.au