Current Projects

Macleay Landcare Network is running a range of environmental projects, activities, programs and support to landholders and community groups. Below are just some of our major projects happening now:

Macleay Land for Wildlife

The Building biodiversity outcomes into the Macleay Land for Wildlife project will support Land for Wildlife (LFW) members in the Macleay valley achieve improved outcomes for biodiversity on their properties. The project will deliver community workshops, on-ground works, member mentoring and networking events.

To apply for on-ground support download the Expression of Interest form and Supplementary Information factsheet. Applications are due by the 22nd March 2021.

​​​​Tree Change for Koalas In the Macleay Valley

This project seeks to promote revegetation of Koala habitat in the Macleay Valley by supporting the capacity of existing community nurseries to grow and supply appropriate Koala food and habitat tree species. This achieved by according to provenance and land type, and improving the level of understanding of appropriate planting design and care for Koala habitat for landholders and the wider community. The funding body is Konica Minolta through Landcare Australia.

Cockscomb Coral Tree Control in the Lower Macleay

Macleay Landcare Network is running a program to control the weed in partnership with Kempsey Shire Council and North Coast Local Land Services. The program engages weed control contractors to work alongside landholders to undertake the initial control of the weed. Landholders have entered into a biosecurity undertaking/agreement to control any regrowth of the weed for a period of three years. Landcare supplies free tree seedlings to re-plant the treated areas.

To date five landholders have requested support under this program and primary treatment works are progressing well.

Funding Body/Program: North Coast Regional Landcare Network - Community Based Weeds 2019-2020.

Wildlife Refuge Outreach

The purpose of this project is to provide information to the Biodiversity Conservation Trust about current Wildlife Refuge Agreement holders.

Toorumbee to Belgrave Reach Plan

Implement actions under the Toorumbee Ck to Belgrave Falls reach Plan (2014). Submitted to complement LLS funding to undertake erosion control works and some extra revegetation. Funding Body/Program: NSW Dept Fisheries - Habitat Action Grant.

Controlling Riverbank Erosion - Nulla Nulla Creek 

Implement erosion control works, riparian fencing, and revegetation works at 2 sites on one property on Nulla Nulla Creek. Funding Body/Program: NSW Dept Fisheries - Habitat Action Grant.


Fencing, weedcontrol and revegetation of riparian areas.Funding Body: EPA Fine of Port Macquarie Business.


Summer Island Riverbank Plantings

Landcare and landholders have joined forces to replant a section of the lower Macleay River riverbank. For more information - click here.

Yarrahapinni to Killiekrankie Biodiversity Alliance Bush Connect Project 2016-2026

The Y2K Project was born out of recognition that our primary watershed bushland separating the Macleay from the Nambucca Valley has been heavily fragmented as a result of century old clearing activities associated with timber getting and agricultural development. In 2015 MLN was awarded upwards of $500,000 by the NSW Environmental Trust to amend these landscape scale fragmentations over a 10 year period. For more information - click here.


For further information phone Project Officer Tom Macindoe 0422738309 or via email

'Mass failure' - an example of riparian erosion on Hickeys Creek - an example of an unstable system and target site under the Y2K Project

Land for Wildlife, voluntary conservation in Hickeys Creek - a remnant destined for understory bush regeneration work over the 10 year Y2K Project.

'Mass failure' site on Hickeys Creek post erosion mitigation with excavator. Site was partially filled, battered, fenced from stock, mulched and planted down with rapid ground covers and native 'engineering' species like Lomandra hystrix.

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