Ten local landholders join forces with the NSW Environmental Trust and Tweed Landcare Inc to increase the biodiversity value of the lower reaches of the Oxley River at Eungella over this 6 year project.
The Oxley river is one the three major “arms” of the Tweed River system. The river banks are well vegetated but there are serious weeds present including Weeds of National Significance (WONS), particularly Cats’-Claw Creeper and Madeira Vine smothering established vegetation and hindering natural regeneration. Other invasive exotic weeds like Lantana and Camphor Laurel dominate native plant regrowth and diminish environmental values.
Because of these weed problems and insufficient native regeneration, erosion of riverbanks has been occurring in several areas. The Tweed Valley has international renown for its ecological values. Threatened flora and fauna species occur along the length of the river and in its tributaries. Isolated remnants of Subtropical Lowland Rainforest, an Endangered Ecological Community are also present in the project site.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.