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This project is supported by The Central Qld Coast Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country

Caring for our Country

Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group is supported by Mackay Regional Council through the Natural Environment Levy and Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Limited.

Reef Catchments Mackay Regional Council
 

Community Support for Eradicating Cat’s Claw Creeper at Reliance Creek National Park (2009 - 2010)

Main proponent:     PCL
Cash funding:   Reef Catchments MW Public Fund
Other proponents:   Conservation Volunteers Australia, the Habana Progress Association, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries
In kind funding:   PCL

Project outline:

This project will raise the profile of Cat's Claw Creeper, particularly for eradication efforts on an infestation within the Reliance Creek National Park at Habana.

Control of Cat's Claw Creeper has been carried out in the Park by community in the past and biocontrol is ongoing, however this pest species has climbed up into native vegetation and threatens to smother trees in future.

By raising the profile of the problem and involving the community, this project is creating capacity for ongoing work at this site as well as protecting biodiversity of this area.

Project achievements and outcomes:

This project raised the profile of Cat's Claw Creeper and involved the community in controlling an infestation within Reliance Creek National Park at Habana. Cat’s Claw Creeper is a major threat to the Park, where it is smothering remnant native vegetation, reducing biodiversity and habitat value, and increasing the susceptibility of this riparian reserve to erosion. Distribution of Cat’s Claw Creeper is still relatively limited within the Mackay Whitsunday region, so efforts to raise community awareness and keep communities involved in on-going detection and control have potential to make a vast difference to the future impact of Cat’s Claw Creeper in our region.

 This project involved publicity of Cat’s Claw Creeper as a threat, a community working bee & barbeque (29.05.10) and five days spent by a Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) team (29.05.10 and 31.05.10-03.06.10) reducing the Cat’s Claw Creeper infestation at the site.  It built on previous efforts by volunteers and QPWS' ongoing biocontrol measures to reduce Cat’s Claw Creeper within Reliance Creek National Park. 

 PCL coordinated and delivered this project.  Additional organisations involved with or supporting this project, included CVA and CVA's Better Earth volunteers, community volunteers, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the Habana Progress Association and Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries. 

More information can be found on this weed at Biosecurity Queenslands website

Outcomes

The outcomes achieved by the project include the following short and longer-term benefits:

-          wide promotion of Cat’s Claw Creeper as a pest plant, and the project (featured in ABC Tropical North stories, PCL newsletter, and ‘Habana Views’ community newsletter)

-          five days of volunteer work completed controlling Cat’s Claw Creeper vine in the Park, reducing immediate threats to the natural environment at the Park and removing mature, seed-producing plants that can re-infest the site and areas downstream;

-          increased recognition and awareness of Cat’s Claw Creeper in the community; and

-          increased interest in and capacity for ongoing work at this site.

Treated Cat’s Claw Creeper having wilted, approximately a week after control activities (left) and a tree showing Cat’s Claw Creeper having been cut and cleared from base (right).


Volunteers working in pairs to cut and paste the Creeper.

Participants enjoying a social BBQ after the hard work was complete.

Tackling an Cats Claw infestation.
 
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