Restoration project one of the best

THE Clarence Floodplain Project has just been announced in the top 25 outstanding ecological restoration projects recently undertaken in Australian and New Zealand.

The Clarence Floodplain Project started 11 years ago when a group of community, industry and government stakeholders formed a partnership to tackle environmental issues on the Clarence river floodplain and estuary.

The accolade was decided by a cross-Tasman expert panel.

The specialist panel was made up of two ecology professors, two restoration specialists, a consulting ecologist and the journal's editor.

Selection panel member Craig Copeland said there was world class ecological restoration in Australia and New Zealand and the panel wanted to showcase the high quality work going on in Australasia to provide examples for others to follow and to make a difficult job a little easier.

The reports describing the top 25 and 17 highly commended young or small projects are on the Australian and New Zealand pages of the Global Restoration Network website, an information exchange site for restoration scientists and managers the world over.

Clarence Valley Council mayor Richie Williamson praised the results.

“Benefits to the environment have been spectacular. They include better water quality, improved aquatic habitat, reduced acid discharges from acid sulphate soils, and restoration of wetlands,” he said.

Seventeen projects were selected from all over Australia, with eight projects selected from New Zealand.

The Australian shortlist included projects from areas as diverse as the Murray-Darling Catchment, the Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberly, South-west Western Australia, Atherton Tablelands, The Snowy Mountains and Tasmania.

The search for the top projects lasted 18 months.

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