2013 Cassia St Lower Reserve Project

CPRRA has won a Coastcare grant for the restoration of the block of native bush on the eastern corner of the intersection of Cassia St and Surf Beach Rd.

This vacant block has been maintained by local residents over the years but has never been the subject of a govt funded project to restore its high environmental values. All that will change in 2013 …

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Site Location: Cassia St Lower Reserve
The idea for the grant application followed consultation with residents of Cassia St who had, over many years, put a lot of effort into trying to protect this lovely reserve.

Investigations by the CPRRA revealed that the land manager of this block was neither the Council (who are responsible for the Foreshore Reserve across the road) nor Parks Vic (responsible for the reserve at the top of Cassia St). It turned out the land manager was Dept of Environment & Primary Industry (DEPI).

The Site
The site – “Cassia St Lower Reserve” – is located adjacent to the Foreshore Reserve at the corner of Cassia St and Surf Beach Rd, Cape Paterson.

The site is about 0.5 ha of Crown Land with high value remnant flora and fauna, but with a substantial weed infestation, that adjoins the Foreshore Reserve.

Site Features
The site contains a creek that flows into a part of the Foreshore Reserve where the community has undertaken environmental restoration work every year since 2007 under five Coastcare and CfoC grants, totally $145K in grant funding and delivering ~$450K in equivalent investement funding.

The Project
The $13,800 to be received from the grant ($12,600 after GST is paid) is for the first stage of a project that will probably take 2-3 years to complete. This first years activities, to be undertaken by contractors and community volunteers, will include:

Physical removal of smaller weeds once large woody weeds and blackberry have been removed
Updating the list of both indigenous and weed species for the site which had previously been compiled by community botanists
GPS mapping of the site and existing plant species
Development of a Management Plan to guide activities in the subsequent project stages including:
Revegetation activities
Creek restoration activities
Ongoing maintenance
Education and signage programs to grow a sense of ownership in the local community and so discourage the dumping of household and garden waste on the site
Encouragement of either:
Bass Coast Shire Council to work with DSE to include the site in the Foreshore Reserve and so include it in Council’s management responsibilities; or,
Establishment of a local Friends Group to increase local ownership of the site.
Project Plan and Progress
The project plan and status is provided below.

The Project

The $13,800 to be received from the grant ($12,600 after GST is paid) is for the first stage of a project that will probably take 2-3 years to complete.  This first years activities, to be undertaken by contractors and community volunteers, will include:

  • Physical removal of smaller weeds once large woody weeds and blackberry have been removed
  • Updating the list of both indigenous and weed species for the site which had previously been compiled by community botanists
  • GPS mapping of the site and existing plant species
  • Development of a Management Plan to guide activities in the subsequent project stages including:
    • Revegetation activities
    • Creek restoration activities
    • Ongoing maintenance
    • Education and signage programs to grow a sense of ownership in the local community and so discourage the dumping of household and garden waste on the site
  • Encouragement of either:
    • Bass Coast Shire Council to work with DSE to include the site in the Foreshore Reserve and so include it in Council’s management responsibilities; or,
    • Establishment of a local Friends Group to increase local ownership of the site

Project Plan and Progress

The project plan and status is provided below.

Note: If the status in the table below shows completed, click on it to see the webpage from that working bee.  See graphic above for the location of the site numbers referenced in the table below.

WhenWhatStatus
9-FebCommunity Consultation to gather local knowledge of the site’s assets and problemsCompleted
2-MarFirst task is to enable access to the sight.  So, first task is to employ professionals to spray blackberry and remove woody weeds.  Community working bees to assist contractors.Completed
12-AprRemove woody weeds from western half of the siteCompleted
11-MayRemove woody weeds from eastern half of the siteCompleted
24-May to 15-JunAssessment and mapping of the site.Completed
 8-JunCommunity working bees to continue weed removalCompleted
13-JulCommunity working beeCompleted
13-Jul Second Community ConsultationCompleted
17-JulParks Vic undertakes burn-off of the vegetation dumped on-siteCompleted
 Jul-Oct Develop a Management Plan for the siteCompleted
10-AugCommunity working bee – commence creating walking pathsCompleted
14-SepCommunity working bee – complete creating walking pathsCompleted
 16-SepProfessionals to re-spray to control weed regrowth from seeds in the soilCompleted
12-OctWorking Bee focussed on the Heatland and Sea SpurgeCompleted
 Oct-Nov Prepare and submit report to the provider of the grantIn prep