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STRATEGY SUMMARY ~ HIGH COUNTRY REGENERATION

PURPOSE ~ THE BUSINESS OF BIODIVERSITY This country contains some of the key holdings in Central East
Rainforest Reserves of Australia (CERRA), remnants of ancient
Regeneration and sustainable use and development of the New beech forests, wet coastal rainforests as well as temperate and
England's nationally unique high country has come through more dry rainforest. It has been home to the Diprotodon (giant Wombat)
strongly as a priority for sustainability than any other. and has seen 5 custodian Aboriginal Nations inhabit and walk the
area for more than 50,000 years.
This is an holistic integration of economics, culture and nature ~
including eco-tourism, outdoor education, agribusiness, carbon Less than 200 years ago the first explorers, cedar cutters and
and bio-banking, recreational facilities, food production and the sheep graziers arrived. It is home now to koalas, platypus, a huge
fundamental imperitive to restore the web of life that is so variety of bird species and the threatened yellow-footed
interwoven with our own quality and security of life. rockwallaby.

A large scale region-wide regeneration strategy will deliver social, The New England Tableland bio-region is botanically significant
environmental and economic value by increasing the land fertility due to its high plant species diversity and high level of endemism.
and productivity (such as for agri-business, research, outdoor For instance, more than 70 species of Eucalyptus occur on the
education) and landscape values (such as for ecotourism and tablelands, about a third of which are endemic or near endemic
quality of life), plus clear benefits for biodiversity. to the bio-region. Thirty of these species are listed as endangered,
39 are listed as vulnerable and one species, Euphrasia arguta, is
18 million years ago the Ebor volcano erupted; its core, the considered extinct in the bio-region.
Crescent still sits high in the Bellinger Valley amongst the rolling
spurs that seem to flow down to the far off coast. Subsequent There are some 38 National Parks and Wildlife reserves that
uplift, tilting and millions of years of erosion have created the comprise nearly one-fifth of the region.
spectacular, deep gorge country within the New England
Tablelands that winds its way to the Dorrigo escarpment.

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STRATEGY SUMMARY ~ HIGH COUNTRY REGENERATION
STRATEGIC QUESTIONS Urban Streetscapes & Corridors,
plantings considering shade &
Retain & Attract new Business
Enterprises in niche high value
aesthetics for walking corridors & bike agribusiness (fish farming, heliculture,
• What other current initiatives aren't represented? ways, short easy walking tracks, locus aquaponics using smart closed loop
• How do we better integrate, collaborate & support across for multiple uses such as canoeing, water technologies), Assist landholders
various initiatives & strategies? hiking, horse trails, cultural, adventure &
with significant native tree cover to
• What else do we need to do now? wilderness experiences, cycling tours manage resource so that commercial
harvesting will be permitted, identify &
Sustainable Practices, survey
prioritise land claims with economic
agricultural practices (eg. Organic,
development potential to strengthen
Biodynamic), maintenance & training
CURRENT INITIATIVES for Council planted projects, ese mulch
land holdings into a productive asset
base
& bio-control rather than chemicals
Local Food Bowl producers networks, Regeneration & Habitat Restoration for
Tourism, nature reserves for grey Become an Eco-Bank, carbon sink
Community Gardens, Farmers Markets, endangered species (eg. iron bark for
nomads & outdoor classrooms, voyages (trees, soil, native pastures), assess
on-line ordering systems. local regent honeyeaters), Mother of Ducks
of discovery, history pilgrimages, bird- plantings for hotter climate, assess &
boutique slaughterhouse (multi- Lagoon, preserved TSRs, private land,
routes, gardens, deciduous trees, land upgrade water reserves for predicted
species), home food gardens, bush wildlife corridors, woodlands, use multi-
axis & land art, improve parks & open storm events & depletion of ground
tucker, implement food & wine purpose species, review/develop
spaces (Alma, The Glen, Poster), water, plant to absorb carbon near
initiatives into overall marketing planning policy & provisions in LEPs &
promote outdoor activities highways, review of current flood
DCPs for species migration corridors,
Conservation Agreements, Create studies & modelling, , develop
grasslands, Plant a Tree for every Manage Weeds & Eradicate Pests,
Council funding for biodiversity, Adopts understanding of Murray Darling Basin
Armadalian, use multi-purpose species, Schools’ “Safe Pets Out There”
fully ecologically sustainable
Dumaresq Creek, Malpas water quality,
development, Bush Fire Service Level
Urban Sub-Catchment Plan, HiCUB
Agreements

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STRATEGY SUMMARY ~ HIGH COUNTRY REGENERATION
Waste, Northern Inland Regional Waste
Network, Waste Management, Social
Restore Fresh Water Systems, businesses
capturing own water (like Costas),
KEY PERFORMANCE & PROGRESS INDICATORS
Enterprises (eg. waste & composting), water tanks, water use efficiency &
Biodiversity – rates of land clearance, (area of veg/community/
Recycle commercial waste, user pays recycling, revegetate waterways &
landfill, Total recycling of organic & riparian zones, strategic response to tree cover), condition of vegetation, species (ecosystem)
agricultural waste - biomass, methane, run off issues, build redundancy into richness/loss, threatened species / communities numbers, health
soil conditioners, fertilisers - solutions for water systems, non chemical riparian ecosystems (data sources NVIS. Bird Atlas as surrogate
new waste sources (eg. light bulbs), purification of water supply, more
measure), Conservation Agreements
home & school education on pollution, effective use of grey & storm water,
reduce waste production (eg. expand existing irrigation farm system, Soil & Sustainable Agriculture – ground cover, biota health –
Packaging), Environmental Protection regular monitoring & safety reviews of compaction / organic matter – fertility – nutrient import/export
Plan for underground petroleum water supply dams, assess feasibility of (quantity & type), no. of landholders (ha) adapting regenerative
storage, Investigate options for waste a “water grid”, low flow water heads,
practices, rotational grazing, rehydration, soil carbon etc, numbers
disposal in Tingha, Ben Lomond & Ebor water reclamation & recycling system
for irrigation, truck washing purposes,
of organic registered farmers, $ spent on fertiliser (BOS), nutrient
roadwork & other non-potable loss through effluent (Local Govt) & Agricultural production,
Land for Development, industrial, stop Showcases, regenerative case studies,
change in land-use (BOS) & Feral animals & weed awareness
mining on productive agricultural lands Interpretive signage, PDA devices to (survey). Other data sources: ground cover - AussieGress, soil
or near natural water sources, review detail stories, distinct flora, fauna, carbon & biota health expert advice), sustainable agricultural
research into co-existence of mining & features, promote “Keep Australia practices – survey
agriculture, link drought assistance to Beautiful” campaign, Environmental
Water – ground water recharge, time for rain to river (catchment
good land management, buffer zones Network – of stakeholders &
around industry, more rights to clear & landholders retention), water use efficiency, natural flow of rivers (hydrological
manage land for primary producers data – DECCW), water quality indicators (at points (DECCW, Local
council advice), macro-invertebrates (UNE, Streamwatch)
Land-Use – remediation work (ha), area of productive agric. land,
peri-urban growth (note BOS is looking for things to measure)

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Other measures identified but not defined included waste, water Catchment Management Action Rural and Regional Taskforce
availability & quality, air quality, development & adoption of new Plans ~ Namoi, Border-Rivers Gwydir Report (2008)
technologies (innovation), resource use & footprints – draw-downs Hunter New England Health Service NSW Aboriginal Land Council
on future generations. Strategic Plan & New England Northern Region Regional
Divisions of General Practice Economic Development Strategy &
Implementation Plan

EXISTING PLANS, PRIORITIES, STRATEGIES


In addition to the 2½ years of work on NESS, the following existing
plans, priorities and strategies have been integrated:

Climate Change Consensus ~ Waterfall Way Eco-Tourism Initiative


Uralla, Guyra & Armidale Councils

2010 Northern Tablelands Climate Change Adaptation


Electorate Survey ~ ‘The shape of Action Plan ~ Uralla, Guyra, Walcha
the future’ & Armidale Councils

University of New England Strategic Uralla Creative Village


Plan (2007 - 2010)

Northern Inland Regional Healthy People ~ Living and


Development Plan (2010‐2015) Learning in a Health Environment

Local Government Plans – Walcha Southern New England State of the


Social Plan, Armidale Strategic Environment Report (2008-2009)
Community Plan, Guyra
NSW State Government North West
Management Plan & Uralla
Regional Cluster
Community Management Plan

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