Current Projects

King Island Landcare Group (KILG)- formerly KI Natural Resource Management Group- undertakes a number of projects each year, as funds and human resources allow – see the following list.

  • Currie Wharf Bush Restoration Project The area is a great example of King Island coastal bushland, including peaceful gullies and lookout spots. It was overrun by weeds and most of it is very difficult to access, but plantings and natural regeneration are turning this area into a thriving, diverse coastal habitat. Regular field days have been held with funding from the Australian Government Communities Environment Program, CCNRM and KI Council and TasPorts. Future field days will be held as opportunities arise. The next wharf field day will be held on Saturday 13th November at 10am. All welcome to help with weeding and other maintenance of the wharf area, followed by a BYO BBQ at 12.30. Wings on King bird surveyors are invited to join in for lunch, that is they are eligible for a leave pass on weeding activities.
    Photos from Field Day 25 July 2021:

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  • Wings on King – monitoring the birds of King Island project – Spring counting is on now. This project coordinates island wide standardised surveys at over 50 sites every April and October. Launched in April, 2017, the Wings on Wing Project invites bird enthusiasts to visit King Island and help gather data from established survey sites. This is a wonderful example of citizen science, supported by a strong team of ornithologists and ecologists.
  • Inkweed Eradication – (Phytolacca octandra). Inkweed has been found on King Island around Fraser Road, North Pegarah and Pegarah Forest. This is a NEW INCURSION on King Island, the only known location in Tasmania. The King Island Landcare Group has funding to start an Inkweed control program to eradicate this weed from King Island.
  • Protecting Boggy Creek Geoheritage Site and KI Coastal Complex 2 current funding from the Australian Government Communities Environment Program for sea spurge control to protect sensitive parts of the coastal complex around the tufa terraces.
  • Rehabilitation of the Lower reaches of Porky Creek. Originally funded through Tasmanian Landcare Association grants 2011-2012, this project has had a great deal of volunteer input. The project includes: initial clearing of boxthorn and other weeds; planting native trees; seedling maintenance; on-going weed follow-up by KILG Weed Crew and adjoining landowner.
  • KILG liaises with King Island Council, DPIPWE (especially Biosecurity and Parks and Wildlife) to promote management of weeds, feral cats, deer, and wallaby. 
  • KILG promotes Landcare and sustainable agriculture to farmers and land managers on King Island. Until June 2018 KINRM employed a Regional Landcare Facilitator but this position is no longer funded. The Cradle Coast Authority NRM Sustainable Agriculture team works to protect and improve our productive landscapes by ensuring a sustainable balance between economic, environmental and social values. They frequently offer training and networking opportunities for landholders, and occasionally have funding available for special projects.
  • Website update, funded through Hydro Tasmania Community Grants Program.
  • KILG Strategy Plan 2010 – 2020 is due for update, but the process awaits funding opportunities.

Last Updated on 5 November 2021