The main purpose of the grant at Prospect Creek has been to remove Balloon Vine (Cardiospermum grandiflorum) which was taking over the riparian canopy in a number of places along the creek within Mirambeena Regional Park.
The growth of Balloon Vine has reduced coming into winter so instead we have been focusing on the revegetation part of the project.
Approximately, 300 plants have been installed during the past month. Blue Box, Forest Red Gum, Melaleucas and Gahnia were planted in areas where there were canopy gaps along the creek. As these plants grow up, they will provide many benefits to the creek including increased edge shading, habitat, provision of woody debris and erosion protection.
Somewhat unfortunately during this part of the project, the relentless rains have been replaced by cold dry winds! So, we will have to make sure we keep the plants well-watered to ensure their best chance of survival.
This Project has been assisted by the NSW DPI Fisheries’ Recreational Fishing Trust’s “Habitat Action Grant Program”.