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« on: August 15, 2011, 03:54:26 pm »

Communities in the Chain of Bays area will be pleased to know that substantial progress has been made in restoring the coastal habitat in the region through a Caring for our Country project.
The Indigenous and community partnerships restoring the Chain of Bays project, funded by the Australian Government?s Caring for our Country initiative, is seeking to achieve a real and measurable difference to the Chain of Bays environment.
We have already collected seed from over 30 species, and we expect to double that over the next year. We have revegetated 24 hectares along Point Labatt Road and near Bairds Monument, using locally collected seed. We have removed boxthorns from over 120 hectares and controlled rabbits over 160 hectares, and this is just in the first six months of the project,Project Manager David Letch said.
We have allocated the first round of devolved grants to enable private landowners to undertake revegetation and pest plant control works on their properties. We have also provided funding to enable the District Council of Streaky Bay to manage access and restore sites at Tractor Beach, Smooth Pool, Speeds Point and Yanerbie Sands.
Over the next year we will restore additional land at Cape Blanche and extend our pest plant and animal control activities over a wider area. We are aiming to conduct our on-ground activities throughout the full extent of the Chain of Bays, he said.
The project is partnering with community groups, indigenous organisations, natural resource management agencies and local government. It will run for another two years and deliver significant improvements in the protection and management of coastal habitats between Streaky Bay and Venus Bay.
Over the next two years, Aboriginal work teams will continue to be employed to collect seed, replant native habitats, protect sensitive sites, control feral animals and remove pest plants along the Chain of Bays.
Map Source: Australian Government Caring for our Country Website:  

The project is a great example of organisations working collaboratively and achieving results for the betterment of the region,Rob Stephens, Mayor of the District Council of Streaky Bay said.
I believe that this is a very exciting time for the Chain of Bays project and that the Wirangu people are contributing and working with the other stakeholders. It is a team effort, Allan Wilson, Wirangu Elder said.
Its good to see a collaborative approach to land management issues across the Chain of Bays area. This project gives everyone the chance to work together to achieve the same outcomes, a healthier environment free of pest plants and animals, Mark Anderson, District Ranger said.
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