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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 Wildlife Habitat Bushfire Recovery

The Macleay Wildlife Habitat Bushfire Recovery Project will support wildlife habitat recovery by restoring fire-affected or degraded vegetation communities, increasing the availability of nesting sites for hollow-dependent wildlife, and delivering educational workshops.


Information on the use of constructed hollows under this project is available here.

This project is supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants program, FAWNA NSW Inc, and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Macleay Landscape Recovery

The Macleay Landscape Recovery Project will support the recovery of natural landscapes within the Kempsey Shire by delivering community workshops, distributing tree seedlings, and supporting weed control for habitat recovery on private lands.

This project is supported by Kempsey Shire Council Bushfire Community Grants program.

Cane Toad Incursion Community Response

This project will develop and trial a stakeholder and community response to future incursions of Cane Toads into the Hastings, Kempsey and Nambucca council areas.

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.

Tree Change for Koalas

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

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

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.

Nulla Creek Riverbank Erosion Control

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, weed control and revegetation of riparian areas. Funding Body: EPA Fine of Port Macquarie Business.

Summer Island Riverbank

Landcare and landholders have joined forces to replant a section of the lower Macleay River riverbank.

Yarrahapinni to Killiekrankie Biodiversity Alliance Bush Connect 

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.

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