The Regional Landcare Partnership is funded by the Australian Government as part of the National Landcare Program (NLP). The South Coast Natural Resource Management organisation has contracted WICC with its NLP funding to carry out a range of deliverables to benefit Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) listed priority species and Threatened Ecological Communities (TECs).
Some species, such as the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) are under threat from habitat fragmentation and feral predation. To help out our furry friends, WICC is working to repair and upgrade the Nullaki fence on the Nullaki Peninsula. This fence has the potential to be a valuable tool in keeping the Nullaki Peninsula 'feral free'. The vegetation community on the Nullaki Peninsula is ideally suited for the western ringtail possum. WICC is also working with local landholders to carry out 1080 baiting, cat trapping and monitoring across the Nullaki Peninsula.
WICC is also working with the Denmark Bird Group and the Shire of Denmark to provide migratory shorebird protection near the mouth of Wilson Inlet. Every year, migratory birds visit our iconic inlet as a stopover on the annual migrations. Habitats across the globe are under threat from a range of pressures. Australia is party to several international agreements to protect a number of these birds. To help out our feathered friends, the Denmark Bird Group is maintaining temporary fencing to help exclude dogs from priority nesting habitats. WICC is assisting the Denmark Bird Group with funding and support. The long term aim is to establish a bird sanctuary near Prawn Rock Channel Island.
Under the RLP, WICC has been contracted to carry out (from 01 July 2018 to 30 June 2019):
-Baiting and cat trapping throughout the Nullaki Peninsula -Nullaki fence maintenance -Fauna Monitoring -2 hectare revegetation of TEC's -5 hectare of weed control -Protection of TECs with fencing -Information Field Days