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Seven Mile Beach Reserve restoration project

Previously, the trust manager of Seven Mile Beach Reserve has had difficulty in maintaining the reserve in a weed free state. This has resulted over time in the reserve becoming overrun in weeds such as Asparagus Fern, Lantana, Bitou Bush and Bridal Creeper. The Department of Primary Industries - Lands (the Department) has entered into a partnership with Kiama Council, the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and local community groups to ensure a more sustainable future for this reserve into the future.

The project is designed to maintain and restore the significant biodiversity of Seven Mile Beach by controlling noxious weeds, while maintaining environmentally sustainable use of the reserve for public recreation.

Initial works, with funding from the Department, the Southern Rivers Catchment Authority and Kiama Council, will be concluded by March 2008.
Further works will be undertaken as part of a five-year management plan for the reserve.

Some benefits of the project:

  • To restore the biodiversity and integrity of endangered ecosystems on Seven Mile Beach Reserve.
  • To improve Seven Mile Beach Reserve as key habitat for flora and fauna species.
  • To protect the estuarys aquatic and riparian habitat along the foreshore.
  • To restore degraded foreshore areas.
  • To carry out a multi-year program to improve environmental health and management of the reserve as part of the Department's Regional Reserve Strategy.
  • To complement the management of the nearby Seven Mile Beach National Park by controlling noxious weed invasion and habitat destruction.
  • To empower the local community to assist in maintaining the high environmental values of Seven Mile Beach Reserve, nearby wetlands and surrounding waters.
  • To ensure long term care and management over Seven Mile Beach.
  • To achieve better outcomes for native vegetation, biodiversity, land, rivers and coastal waterways as per the NSW State Plan.