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.
- ‘Wings on King project’ -High 10 for us all. King Island Landcare Group won the 2022 Natural Environment Sustainability Award for this project. Congratulations to the many volunteers, led by Kate Ravich! This award for ‘Best Natural Environment Management’ at the Australian Sustainable Communities, Tidy Towns Awards recognises an outstanding community’s achievements in adaptation to environmental change.2 other community groups won their categories: King Island Wave Swell Energy won the Energy Award, accepted by Paul Gleeson, CEO; and The Green Team, KIDHS, won the Young Legends Award. All this culminated in King Island winning the Overall Award for 2022 Australian Sustainable Communities, Tidy Towns Award, nominated by Heidi Weitjens and accepted by Mayor Julie Arnold in Hastings, Victoria.
- Enhancing King Island Brown Thornbill habitat for future corridor This project aims to support species recovery on private land by working with landholders and land managers to promote the benefits of native vegetation protection and create a pathway to the establishment of linking habitat between identified KI Brown Thornbill populations. This project is supported by Cradle Coast Authority, through funding from the Australian Government.
- 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 was very difficult to access, but plantings and natural regeneration have turned this area into a thriving, diverse coastal habitat. An old track used many years ago by Currie Lighthouse keepers has been resurrected and again links the lighthouse and museum with the harbour. Regular field days have been held with funding from the Australian Government Communities Environment Program, CCNRM and KI Council and TasPorts.
Currie Wharf field days will now be organised by volunteers and will be held occasionally. These are popular events with volunteers planting native tree seedlings and managing weeds, and will continue as possible. The KILG on-ground work crew will contribute to this project whenever funding allows. Everyone is welcome to help with planting, weeding and other maintenance of the wharf area. Please contact us on 64621825 if you would like to contribute.
Photos from Field Day 25 July 2021:
- Threatened Birds Recovery Plan for King Island Scrubtit and King Island Brown Thornbill – A Conservation Action Plan has been developed for both the King Island Scrubtit (Acanthornis magnus greenianus) and King Island Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza apical Archibaldi). A Recovery Team with members from all stakeholders including the KINRMG was formed in 2019 under BirdLife Australia’s Preventing Extinctions Program. Meanwhile, extensive searches to ascertain the abundance and distribution of both species are underway and habitat information is being updated. More information is available at Birds of King Island website.
- Inkweed Survey and 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. We need your help! If you have seen this weed and know of its location, please contact us ASAP. Phone 6462 1825 or email: email@example.com. The King Island Landcare Group was funded in 2021 to start an Inkweed control program to eradicate this weed from King Island. The project is further funded by Northern Tasmanian NRM, supported through funding from the Tasmanian Weeds Action Fund, a $5 million Tasmanian Government initiative funded until 2024. The funds provided by the Tasmanian Government will be invested with landholders, land managers, and other organisations to tackle weeds that are impacting valuable agricultural and environmental assets.
- 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 and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, 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 as funding allows and the 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 the Australian Government Program Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).
- KILG Strategy Plan 2010 – 2020 will be reviewed and updated in 2022. The process, with engagement of the community and stakeholders will include prioritisation of actions. This project will be supported by Cradle Coast NRM and is an opportunity for CCA and KILG to work together to improve natural resource management outcomes for the region.
Last Updated on 31 July 2022