Over the last decade, Council funds, together with State Government and private contributions have enabled the restoration work.
In 2018-19, we intend to build on previous investment by:
- Improving community updates on the restoration activities
- Undertaking 1-3-6-month post burn weed control at Paterson Hill East Water Tower site and installing educational signage and fencing.
- Follow up weed management and tree removal across all sites on Council-managed land.
Council were recently advised that it was not successful on its grant application for $10,000 under the Public Reserves Management Fund Program for continued restoration activities. Council will continue to identify alternative sources of external funds. Meanwhile, the restoration activities intended for 2018-19 financial year are Council funded.
In the past we have:
- Completed a Threatened Species and Aboriginal Assessment, Clay Heath Restoration Management Plan, a Flora & Fauna Assessment and a Review of Environmental Factors to assess the environmental impacts of activities
- Minimised pollutant runoff from development and roads adjoining heath habitat
- Rehabilitated unnecessary and unused walking tracks on Council-managed land
- Managed environmental weeds such as Camphor Laurel, Bitou Bush, Winter Senna, Singapore Daisy and Molasses Grass
- Undertaken ecological burns at selected sites in 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016 and 2018 with the help of NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, NSW Fire & Rescue, NSW Rural Fire Service and Ballina Aviation Rescue. Council plans to undertake additional controlled burns on other sites in the future.
- Controlled trees displacing the Clay Heath. Some weeds and native trees shading out the Clay Heath are being removed or killed in-situ
- Prepared education material and community activities e.g. signage and community information sessions
- Zoned and secured all known areas of Clay Heath on Council managed land as E2 Environmental Conservation. This applies to areas that contain high ecological, scientific, cultural or aesthetic values. The objectives of the zone are to protect those resources and to prevent development that could destroy, damage or otherwise have an adverse effect on those values. This zone is not applied to national parks and nature reserves, which are zoned E1.