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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.

Rainbow Rach Riparian Corridor Restoration (NCLLS)

Rainbow Reach Riparian Corridor Restoration Program was delivered in partnership through Macleay Landcare & NCLLS riparian restoration initiative. This program allowed MLN, community members & volunteers to revegetate over half a km of riverbank along the Macleay River. This also involved fencing cattle out of the estuary zone, which is expected to allow for mangrove recruitment. The landholder has agreed to maintain works enabling crucial long term outcomes for the area.

Horseshoe Bay Headland Restoration Project

The Horseshoe Bay Headland Restoration Project is a partnered initiative between Kempsey Council (KSC) & Macleay Landcare (MLN) to restore the littoral rainforest remnant patch on the Headland, following KSC latest installment of the new carpark and amenity area. MLN has finished majority of the works and has liaised maintenance with some of our local contractors.

Koala Habitat Recovery Programs (Crescent Head)

Macleay Landcare has partnered with the Koala Hospital and NSW Government to improve  Koala habitat in the Macleay Valley by supporting landholders with bush regeneration services. MLN has collectively engaged with 14 sites on properties in the Crescent Head area. This area is known as a priority Area Of Regional Koala Significance and has been highlighted for investment to restore habitat to maintain and increase local Kempsey Koala populations.

Landscape Linkages Program (NCLLS)

Macleay Landcare Network is running a program to restore priority habitat on private land in partnership with North Coast Local Land Services. The program is supporting landholders to fence cattle out of over 1.5kms of Hickeys Creek, manage weeds and expand landholder capacity through informative workshops. Landholders have entered into a maintenance undertaking/agreement to maintain works for a period of three years. Properties were selected based of NCLLS priority mapping and a grading process based on the potential outcomes of funded works.

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

Funding Body/Program: North Coast Local Land Services.

North Coast Regional Seed Bank Program (NCLLS)

The purpose of this project is to support local nurseries in the mid-north coast to provide native seed for a North Coast regional seed bank to improve supply for growing demand for revegetation projects, following the extreme fire and flood events in recent years. Macleay Landcare is the hub for the southern part of the region as part of this regional program.

Five Day Ck Riparian Corridor Restoration (NCLLS)

Implement actions to reduce Cats Claw incursions and improve vegetation condition & diversity. Submitted to complement previous funding along the sub catchment and strengthen relationships with key landholder. Funding Body/Program: North Coast Local Land Services.

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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