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Greater Goorooyarroo Project

The Greater Goorooyaroo area covers approximately 30,500ha and includes nationally significant Box-Gum Woodland remnants. 

Box-Gum Woodlands were formerly widespread along the western slopes and tablelands of the Great Dividing Range throughout QLD, VIC, NSW and ACT. Now less than 5% remain in good condition and much of that is in small, isolated patches.

The Greater Goorooyarroo project provides long-term opportunities for landowners to get involved in woodland conservation and support the vital role woodlands play in biodiveristy and carbon storage. On ground action is critical to support a resilient, diverse and productive landscape in the future.

The project can provide landowners with incentive funding to help us achieve the targets of 300ha of revegetation and 7000ha of invasive species control, through the following activities:

Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation (WOPR)

Widely spaced direct seedling belts and patches within a minimum 10ha paddock, coupled with a fixed-term stewardship payments for loss of production.

Connecting corridors 

(min. width of 25m wide) 

Tubestock planting or direct seedling of local provenance species to create habitat corridors (shelter belts) to improve woodland connectivity across the landscape. CSIRO research has shown that the minimal requirements to facilitate bird and small mammal movement is a habitat patch no less than 10ha, no more than 1.1km apart and connecting by stepping stones (tree or cluster of trees) of no more than 100m apart.

Buffers 

Buffers are areas surrounding habitat patches which assist in reducing the impacts caused by invasive plants and animals.

Protection of remnant vegetation patches 

If you have old, tired patches of remnant trees that need a rest from grazing or rocky hill tops with low production value we could provide assistance to fence these areas out. 

Enhance remnants by reintroducing understory species

Some remnant patches are already protected but may benefit from the reintroduction of understory species to increase the habitat for birds and mammals.

Target feral animal control  

Funding is available for fox and rabbit control. 

Targeted weed control   

Some funding will be available for targeted weed control within woodland areas.