Completed Projects

Macleay Landcare Network has carried out a huge number of projects since our inception in 2003. Some of these are detailed below. Our activities have bought over $3M into the Macleay Valley.

Macleay Landscape Recovery Workshops

Kempsey Shire Council partnered with the Macleay Landcare Network to deliver a series of practical workshops for local residents to rejuvenate the landscape following the devastating drought and bushfires in 2019 and 2020. The workshops delivered under the Macleay Recovery program covered topics including wildlife recovery, tree planting, and bush regeneration techniques. A summary report of outcomes is linked.

Nest Box Project

This project supported the wildlife rescue organisation FAWNA by installing and monitoring 200 nest boxes for birds and animals. This project was established following the north coast bush fires as many hollowed trees used for nesting were destroyed. A summary report of outcomes is linked.


Protecting and Connecting Coastal Corridors at Mt Yarrahapinni

Macleay and Nambucca Valley Landcare groups have completed a program of community workshops, wildlife surveys, and weed removal, to restore wildlife habitat surrounding Mt Yarrahapinni between January 2017 to December 2019. Funding was provided by the NSW Environmental Trust.

The project has achieved some significant outcomes including:

  • On-ground project activities undertaken on 12 properties surrounding the Yarriabini National Park.

  • Ten properties registered with the Land for Wildlife program.

  • Restoration of 35 ha of wildlife habitat affected by weed invasion.

  • Delivery of a camera survey and nest box program.

  • Installation of two road signs alerting motorists to wildlife.

  • Delivery of eight educational activities to raise awareness and inform the local community.

  • A Responsible Pet Ownership program delivered to local schools and vet clinics.

Gill Nicholson and Sally Cavanaugh celebrate the outcomes of the project

“The community has been the backbone of the project contributing over 1500 hours of community engagement activity,” said Landcare Officer Andy Vinter. “The collaboration this project has generated has been its single greatest achievement.”

The Macleay Landcare Network has compiled a Summary of Outcomes report that provides a brief summary of the project activities and outcomes.

Rehabilitating Significant Coastal Vegetation at Grassy Head 2015-2018


Working closely together, Macleay Landcare Network and Grassy Head Duncare have now  completed the project ‘Protecting and rehabilitating significant coastal vegetation at Grassy Head’. The project which was funded by the NSW Government’s Environment Trust.


The intention of the grant was to raise awareness in the local community and amongst those visiting the area to the significance of coastal vegetation types found around and on the headland. These Endangered Ecological Communities include the Themeda (Kangaroo) Grasslands on the headland, the littoral rainforest patches on the protected southern edges and pockets of the headland and the Swamp Sclerophyll Forest surrounding the headland and fringing the Macleay River Arm.


The quality and quantity of these vegetation communities are under threat across NSW due to factors such as encroaching land use and clearing, inappropriate fire regimes and invasion of weeds.


Working bees by 35 volunteers focused on items such as hand-pulling lantana, ‘crowning out’ broad leaf paspalum and planting native seedlings. A significant bonus to this project have been the rope climbing skills this team have, which has seen Loydd and Matt hanging by rope over the cliffs to access bitou bush too dangerous for volunteers to reach.


Outputs include the Post Fire Study,. a simple A4 sized ‘Plant Identification Guide to Coastal Species at Grassy Head’ and the Grassy Head Post-Fire Vegetation Monitoring Study (2014).

The results of the Grassy Heads Fire Study are summarised in this short video produced by Sharon Cunial.

MLN Project Staff, Grassy  Head Dune Care  & Nursery Trust Representatives along with Volunteers  & guests standing with the new Beach information sign. This information sign has now been positioned on the track to the headland.

Floodplains for the Future 2012-2017: Revegetating the Lower Macleay Floodplain

Eleven Landholders on the Macleay Floodplain revegetated over 10 hectares of pasture with native vegetation as part of a partnership project with the North Coast Local Land Services. Funding  was through the Federal Governments Clean Energy Futures Package-Biodiversity Fund Program.


The main aim of the project was to assist landholders to improve the biodiversity value of their properties and the area as a whole. The Macleay Floodplain has been identified as an over cleared landscape with more than 75% of the vegetation removed.


This project established vegetation along fence lines, wetlands, riparian zones and amongst remnant trees. In excess of 10,600 seedlings were planted and 8.55 km of protective fencing installed. Volunteer hours exceeded 2458 hours.

MLN Committee Member - Chris Halliday protects seedlings with tree guards

Revisiting Upper Macleay Vine Weeds

Environmental Trust funded this project over 6 years by revisiting the upper most area of Vine Weeds on the Macleay, to continue efforts to control of catsclaw and madeira vine, and prevent their spread downstream.

Landcare is working with New England Weeds Authority, Mid North Coast Weeds Committee, landholders and Thungutti Aboriginal Land Council and indigenous teams to maintain weed efforts.

The linked report provides additional detail.

Fish Habitat Action Grants: 2016-17 Projects

The NSW Recreational Fishing Trust Fish Habitat Action Grants are one way that riparian landholders, fishing clubs and community groups can access funding to improve fish habitat. In 2016 Macleay Landcare was awarded two large grants:


1. Caring for Fish Habitat and Farming at Dungay Creek

2. Macleay River Landholders Unite to protect Fish Habitat


Both projects supported five landholders to protect delicate stream banks from erosion by undertaking weed control, stock fencing, establishing off stream watering points, revegetation and strategic erosion control works. Macleay Landcare used the skills and experience of the Soil Conservation Service in developing detailed site plans and providing on site construction advice.

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