PLANNING AHEAD: CVC NRM officer Martyn Swain, Angourie Landcare coordinator John Webber, NPWS pest management officer Jeff Thomas and EnviTE Environment coordinator Mick Webb discussing the plan of attack against bitou bush at Angourie.
PLANNING AHEAD: CVC NRM officer Martyn Swain, Angourie Landcare coordinator John Webber, NPWS pest management officer Jeff Thomas and EnviTE Environment coordinator Mick Webb discussing the plan of attack against bitou bush at Angourie. Contributed

Coastal ecosystem receives $100k boost

BITOU bush has been put on notice after EnviTE Enviornment's successful application for funding to remove the weed from Angourie's coastline.

Working with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Clarence Valley Landcare, the project to remove the weed has received $100,000 from the NSW Government for a three year project and is expected to begin early next year.

EnviTE Environment coordinator Mick Webb said he was pleased the money for the project has been committed.

"We've been working to write plans for the sites we will be working on, and the direction in conjunction with NPWS and Landcare," he said.

"It was on the second occasion that we applied for this grant that we've been successful, so it's great to see this money come through."

WEED: Bitou bush on the coastline of Yuraygir National Park.
WEED: Bitou bush on the coastline of Yuraygir National Park. Contributed

Mr Webb said the project will cover 6km of coastline south of Angourie and south of Minnie Waters.

The project aims to reduce weed infestation by up to 90% through aerial spraying of the bitou bush, and replacing the weed with native plant species.

"The awareness of the significance of local coastal ecosystems will also be highlighted through field days and training events with the local community, including school children," Mr Webb said.

"Hard working volunteer groups will also have the opportunity to gain training and work alongside professional bush regenerators."

The project is supported by the New South Wales Government through the NSW Environmental Trust.



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