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Aboriginal revegetation team signs on to Booroolong frog habitat restoration

An Aboriginal revegetation team representing both Bathurst and Orange Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC) is set to play a key role in habitat restoration for a rare local frog.

The Orange LALC has been contracted by Central Tablelands Local Land Services to coordinate a combined Bathurst and Orange LALC team with extensive experience in native species revegetation and the use of traditional fire burning practices to remove invasive weeds.

“We’ve engaged the LALCs to perform weed control and revegetation works that will support the survival of a small community of endangered Booroolong frogs on the Captain Kings Creek south of Oberon,” explained Senior Land Services Officer, Casey Proctor.

Intensive habitat restoration will take place across a five-hectare site with more than 3,000 native seedlings to be planted in autumn 2018.

The team, led by Orange LALC Operations Manager James Riley, will coordinate and manage site preparation and weed control scheduled to commence in spring.

“We’ve done a lot of this type of work on our own country, as well as for Orange City Council and Cadia Valley mining,” said James.

“These types of projects enable the Aboriginal community to be on country and have a real input in land management in areas where we would previously never have had an opportunity for access.”

“They also give our Aboriginal workers the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and capacity to care for country using traditional methodology and current practice.”

Our “Gaambuwananha Ngurambang - Bringing Back Country’ revegetation and natural resource management team supports Aboriginal economic development through building business and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

“Working in the bush on a project like this fits perfectly into our goals around supporting Aboriginal culture, working on country, and getting the balance right about how we use the environment.”

“These types of partnerships are important because they enable our people to gain skilled employment while respecting our traditional core values and our responsibility to care for country.”

Greg Ingram, Aboriginal Communities Project Officer with Central Tablelands Local Land Services, shares James Riley’s enthusiasm for the forestry project.

"This project creates opportunities for Aboriginal communities and organizations to build strong working relationships and partnerships with Central Tablelands Local Land Services,” said Greg.

“It’s also a great opportunity for Bathurst and Orange Aboriginal land councils to work together.”

Funding for this project has been supplied through programs including Saving our Species, the National Landcare Programme, 20 Million Trees and Catchment Action NSW, along with in kind contributions from stakeholders.

For more information about the Essington Forests Booroolong Frog Management Plan contact Casey Proctor at Central Tablelands Local Land Services on: 02 6341 9318 or email: casey.proctor@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Jane Hogan 0417 166 479 or 6333 2305 E: jane.hogan@lls.nsw.gov.au