This project is supported by The Central Qld Coast Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country

Caring for our Country

Leucaena Removal Project (2001 - 2005)

Main proponent:     WRICMA
Cash funding:   Natural Heritage Trust, Greening Australia, Success Employment
Other proponents:   Whitsunday Shire Council
In kind funding:   WRICMA, Whitsunday Shire Council

Project outline:

Leucaena leucocephala was introduced to the Whitsundays in the 1980s and now infests large areas of foreshore and upper catchment areas. The WRICMA (via the Vegetation Advisory Committee and the Whitsunday Community Native Nursery Committee) and Whitsunday Shire Council developed a project to reduce the Leucaena infestations in Whitsunday coastal areas. In 2002, the Leucaena sites were mapped and some areas controlled. In 2003, a Green Corps team and Green Reserve team were enlisted to assist with the removal of Leucaena from foreshore areas.

Project achievements and outcomes:

2002 - Coastal leucaena mapped and control commenced
2003 - Removal of 2 ha of leucaena at 32 sites along the Cannonvale � Shute Harbour foreshores by a Green Corps team.
2004 - CVA team removed regrowth along foreshore.
2005 - International Volunteers (Conservation Volunteers Australia) and Green Reserve removed regrowth of Leucaena and planted native seedlings at Cannonvale Foreshore.