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Budd Island restoration project

A key component of the Bateman’s Bay oyster growing area, Budd Island is also supports important endangered coastal flora and fauna.

With this in mind and in collaboration with the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the Islands oyster growers, the Budd Island Restoration Project was initiated, to restore the Island’s significant biodiversity by addressing waste and weed problems.

Specifically, the project aims to maintain and restore the significant biodiversity values of Budd Island, including key endangered species such as Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and Coastal Saltmarsh, while maintaining an environmentally sustainable oyster processing industry on the island.

The first stage of weeding work has been completed and the oyster growers have formed a Landcare group to ensure essential follow-up weed control work is continued on the Island into the future.

Initial works with funding from the Department of Primary Industries - Lands, the Southern Rivers Catchment Authority to be concluded by March 2008. Further works to be undertaken as required.

Benefits of the project

  • Restoration of the biodiversity and integrity of endangered species present on Budd Island, including Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and coastal saltmarsh.
  • Improvement of the value of Budd Island as key habitat for fauna species such as threatened shorebirds.
  • Maintenance of the surface stability of the island by encouraging natural regeneration of native plant species and reducing the potential for long term erosion of the underlying sand mass and any consequent sedimentation of nearby seagrass beds, wetlands and the wider Clyde River estuary.
  • Maintenance of the water quality of Clyde River estuary.
  • To complement the management of the nearby environment of McCleods Creek, proposed as a Sanctuary Zone within the Batemans Marine Park.
  • Assistance in maintaining an economically viable and environmentally sustainable oyster processing industry in the area.
  • Assisting local oyster farmers in maintaining the high environmental values of Budd Island, nearby wetlands and surrounding waters.
  • The development of strong partnerships between local oyster farmers, NSW Department of Lands and SRCMA.
  • Approximately 17 tonnes of waste has been removed from the Island and River so far, including old drums, trays and racks.
  • To achieve better outcomes for native vegetation, biodiversity, land, rivers and coastal waterways as per the NSW State Plan.