Register of interest open for Blakney Creek restoration funding

FOUND: The Yellow Spotted Bell Frog, which was thought to be extinct for over 30 years before being found in Blakney Creek in 2008. Photo supplied.
FOUND: The Yellow Spotted Bell Frog, which was thought to be extinct for over 30 years before being found in Blakney Creek in 2008. Photo supplied.

The preservation of our natural waterways and landscapes is essential to ensuring continued economic productivity and biodiversity.

That is why South East Local Land Services is partnering with local landholders to protect Blakney Creek from damage and erosion and improve the function and health of this valuable water resource.

Landholders on Blakney Creek, or any of its tributaries, who have an interest in improving the long-term viability of their creek lines, are encouraged to register their interest with South East Local Land Services prior to the April 28 deadline.

The grants, of up to $25,000, are provided by the NSW Environmental Trust’s Saving Our Species program and can be used for fencing and revegetation to protect creeks or dams and to provide alternative stock water.

The five year ‘Saving Our Species’ project is called – Frogs, Fish, Flora and Fresh Flowing Water.

The project aims to enhance native habitat of many endangered species across New South Wales, including the Yellow Spotted Bell Frog, which was thought to be extinct for over 30 years before being found in Blakney Creek in 2008 and the Southern Pygmy Perch, which is also found in the Blakney Creek sub- catchment.

To register interest in getting involved or for advice on how to protect and enhance your waterway, contact Kate Mosbey, South East Local Land Services Boorowa on (02) 6385 1018 or email kate.mosbey@lls.nsw.gov.au.