KI Natural Resource Management Group received a grant to protect ‘Boggy Creek Geoheritage Site’, otherwise known as ‘tufa terraces’, and ‘Coastal Complex on King Island’, a rare and endangered ecological plant community, by excluding stock and controlling weeds. The project is made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative. The tufa terraces are in Cataraqui Point Conservation Area, while the Coastal Complex on King Island lies in the coastal zone as well as into the neighbouring landholder’s property. The landholders will fence out part of their coastal paddock to protect the endangered plant community.
The ‘tufa terraces’ rim stone pools are delicate formations, which are nationally significant and listed in the Tasmanian Geoheritage Database.
Removal of the coastal weed Sea Spurge will also protect these sensitive environmental assets from weed invasion. Sea Spurge will be replaced with coastal native plants where needed. Dune vegetation will also be enhanced to stop erosion and weed spread. Community groups, individuals and schools will be encouraged to be involved in weed removal and planting. View more project details, and project image gallery.
KINRM received Caring for our Country funding from Cradle Coast NRM to coordinate improving this site to make it more accessible and user friendly, involving all stakeholders of the area. Community groups and organisations participating are: KI Council; KI Ports; KI Tourism Inc; Historical Society; Cultural Centre; The Men’s Shed; Lions Club; Field Naturalists; Phoenix House; KI District High School; Ballarat/Clarendon College; Owen Smith family; and community volunteers.
The area is a great example of King Island coastal bushland, including peaceful gullies and lookout spots. However, it is currently being overrun by weeds, and most of it is very difficult to access, thus very few people get to enjoy it to its full potential. This site of approximately 19 ha is located directly adjacent to the Main Street of Currie and contains some recreation tracks, seats and lookouts already established by King Island Council, making it an ideal site to access for community awareness activities in the future, as well as tourist walks. There is also quite a bit of history, to increase the attraction. See progress photos.
This project will continue with additional support from Cradle Coast NRM, until December 2013. We will be seeking further funding as well as support from the land managers KI Council and Tasports to continue this project into the future.
This project engaged the school and community in various field days including sea spurge removal from beaches, weed awareness and weed swap days (a weed for a local native plant), a ‘Dogs Breakfast’, and banding of Ruddy Turnstones with Victorian Waders Study Group. See where the birds named KU19 and KP21 flew.
Devolved Grant - included fencing, re-vegetation and direct seeding, and waterway protection, the development of several strategies and the publication of a number of books and reports. A community group worked intensely for over a year on the publication of ‘King Island Flora: a field guide’. A revolving fund was set up to protect valuable ecosystems on the island through buying properties, covenanting and re-selling, this is ongoing run by Tasmanian Land Conservancy.