The Spit

 

Revegetation

The Landcare group's work currently focuses on an area known as "The Spit" near the Rapid Creek mouth on the Casuarina Coastal Reserve. Click here to read their document written at the beginning of the project. The project has controlled weeds, planted hundreds of seedlings to enhance the native vegetation, and removed vast amounts of rubbish. The group's volunteers continue to carefully maintain the hundreds of native seedlings they have planted.

Weeds

The site used to be heavily infested with weeds with the worst weeds being Gamba grass and coffee bush. Over the last few years the group has worked to control the weeds by hand pulling, brushcutting and careful use of herbicide. The weeds have been vastly reduced and Gamba grass and coffee bush are almost eliminated now.

Parks & Wildlife

The Parks & Wildlife rangers are project partners as landholders. They have provided support to the project at a range of levels from high level planning to on-ground support with rangers helping to dig holes, manage weeds, pick up collected rubbish and carry out controlled burns.

Fire

The site is regularly burnt by arsonists which makes establishing healthy native vegetation difficult. Eradicating gamba grass on the site has reduced the severity of fires. The landcare group works with the rangers each year when they carry out early dry season controlled burns to reduce the impact of arson lit fires later in the season. Click here for photos from the 2018 burn, and click here for the 2020 burn.