Garrad Reserve, Narrawallee named biobanking site
July 30, 2013
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has welcomed the NSW State Government’s announcement that Garrad Reserve, Narrawallee has been named the South Coast’s first biobanking site.
The biobanking agreement will provide ongoing funds to Shoalhaven City Council to manage over 66 hectares of ecologically significant bush land at the Narrawallee Inlet.
Mayor, Gash said as part of the agreement, Council will be undertaking a series of management actions within Garrad Reserve designed to ensure the ongoing sustainability and long term environmental health of the area.
“The establishment of a biobanking site creates biobanking credits which are usually sold to offset development elsewhere,” said Clr Gash.
“In this case, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have purchased and retired the credits so they are not used to offset development in another location.
“Garrad Reserve is an amazingly diverse and ecologically rich habitat for over 90 species of native Australian animals, seven of which are endangered in NSW.”
“The biobanking agreement will enable Council to undertake an agreed set of management actions to improve the conservation value of the site while ensuring the long term sustainability of the area and the animals that reside within it.”
The planned management actions will include -
• Weed control
• Feral animal control
• Prescribed burns
• The formalisation of a walking track to the water from Leo Drive
• Fencing to prevent illegal dumping
• Ongoing maintenance of fire trails
• Installation of information signs
Mayor Gash said Council staff would be holding a biobanking drop in information session at Garrad Reserve (between Blake Street and Macleay Street) from 2pm on Friday 9 August to discuss the ongoing management of the Reserve.
Staff will have site maps on display and will be available to discuss the positive management actions occurring at the site over the next 20 years.