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:


Wildlife Habitat Recovery

This project will engage with five landholders in the Macleay valley to provide support for habitat restoration works on their properties. The project will restore 5ha of ecologically significant vegetation including wet sclerophyll, riparian, or wetland communities, that are important for their habitat value, as sites of refuge during extreme weather, and as seed sources for vegetation regeneration. Project works include bush regeneration to target threatening weed infestations, revegetation of habitat corridors, and fencing to exclude livestock. Applications have been received and are being reviewed. All applicants will be notified in the near future.

Workshops are being held 1st Sept at the Willawarrin Hall, 22nd Sept at the Sherwood Hall amd 13th Oct at the Willawarrin Hall. Click for more detail.

Nest Box Project

This project seeks to support 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. Landcare is seeking expressions of interest from landholders in the Kempsey Shire area who would like to host nest boxes under the program. To apply download the expression of interest form or contact Macleay Landcare on 6562 2076 / 0458 945 586. Applications are due on the 8th June 2020.

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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