Spotlight on Threatened Tree Species at Lisarow Wetlands #Gosford #CentralCoast #Conservation


Gosford City Council

30/9/15

Spotlight on Threatened Tree Species at Lisarow Wetlands #Gosford #CentralCoast #Conservation Gaye Crispin with Coast Times News Central Coast

Lisarow Wetlands by Robert L Hutchinson

Spotlight on Threatened Tree Species at Lisarow Wetlands

A threatened tree species responsible for filtering the region’s waterways will now be the focus of a five-year $70,000 Gosford City Council conservation project.

The project will be funded by a grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Save our Species Partnership Grants program.

Gosford City Council’s Director of Community Growth Judy Jaeger said the grant was an important step forward in the conservation and protection of a threatened species at the Lisarow Wetlands.

“We are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage,” Ms Jaeger said.

“The funding will go a long way to ensuring the conservation and protection of the threatened Melaleuca Biconvexa at the almost five hectare Lisarow Wetlands site.”

The Melaleuca Biconvexa, otherwise known as the Biconvex Paperbark, is listed as vulnerable at both a state and federal level.

“This species of tree fulfills a critical natural filtration function, which keeps the waterways clean and healthy,” Ms Jaeger added.

Spotlight on Threatened Tree Species at Lisarow Wetlands #Gosford #CentralCoast #Conservation Gaye Crispin with Coast Times News Central Coast

Melaleuca Biconvexa

“Without healthy wetlands our waterways would suffer and the Lisarow Wetlands are one of the few sites that have a large population of this species in existence.

“We are keen to not only protect this population, but ensure its growth and expansion and this grant will help make this happen.

“Works will include weed removal to encourage natural regeneration, planting and on-going bush regeneration works.”

The Saving our Species grants program is an innovative state-wide initiative that addresses the long term strategies for increasing the numbers of plants and animals in NSW faced with extinction.

The conservation project will focus on the top end of the Ourimbah Creek catchment which flows into Tuggerah Lakes.

 

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