Nattai Creek - Box Vale Track Restoration Project

  • Project typeOngoing Bushcare/ Rivercare Project
Wingecarribee Shire Council Media Centre

The Nattai Creek-Box Vale Track Restoration Project is about restoring bushland in and around the beautiful and culturally-important Nattai Creek below Welby Weir.

The Box Vale Track passes through this area where there is important Aboriginal cultural heritage. The Gundungurra people have had a long association with the area, through past bushcare and rivercare activities and most recently through providing natural resource management and cultural advice to Council staff in relation to this project.

The Moyengully Group worked at this site around a decade ago, working to remove invasive weeds and encourage natural regeneration. The group involved local Aboriginal leaders and youth and provided onthe-ground training and cultural knowledge for emerging indigenous bush regenerators.

The founding work of this group enabled the site to have significant resilience for a long time, however weeds including Giant Paspalum Grass, Blackberry and Honeysuckle are beginning to invade the area and some urgent bush regeneration work is required.

Project Objectives

The project aims to control invasive weeds within and around the Box Vale Track and Nattai Creek up to Welby Weir.

A second objective is to encourage Aboriginal involvement in planning, NRM advice and participation in bush regeneration and cultural activities in the Mount Alexandra Reserve.

The Nattai Creek - Box Vale Track Restoration Project is funded through Your Environment Levy.

Contractors are expected to commence work to undertake primary weeding control in April - June 2020 to control the spread of these invasive weeds.