Sutherland Shire receives grants for new reserve and to control weeds, deer, goats, foxes and wild dogs

A sum of $6061 was allocated for a drone survey in Wanda Beach Reserve, aimed at developing a plan to control high risk weeds, reduce erosion and protect threatened species. Picture: John Veage

A sum of $6061 was allocated for a drone survey in Wanda Beach Reserve, aimed at developing a plan to control high risk weeds, reduce erosion and protect threatened species. Picture: John Veage

A drone survey of weeds and programs to control deer, goats, foxes and wild dogs are among projects in Sutherland Shire public reserves to receive state government funding.

Funding under the 2017-18 Public Reserves Management Fund Program, totalling $681,791, will go to Sutherland Shire Council and reserve trusts.

Details were announced by MPs Mark Speakman, Eleni Petinos, Lee Evans and Melanie Gibbons.

A sum of $6061 was allocated for a drone survey in Wanda Beach Reserve, aimed at developing a plan to control high risk weeds, reduce erosion and protect threatened species.

The government provided $21,935 for an integrated deer and goat control program in reserves in Kurnell, Bundeena, Waterfall, Heathcote, Barden Ridge, Lucas Heights, Jannali and Bonnet Bay.

The biggest allocation of $545,197 is for work to open Hungry Point Reserve to the public by the middle of next year, which was reported on August 30.

Works on the site of the former former fisheries research centre will include picnic facilities, a new toilet block, landscaping, additional lighting, fence relocation, minor roads repair and signage.

Other grants for Cronulla electorate include $18, 230 to control high risk weeds and WoNS (Weeds of National Significance) in endangered ecological communities on the Kurnell peninsula.

In Miranda electorate, $24,279 will be spent on integrated weed control and remediation of high risk weeds in Alfords Point Road Reserve.

Grants in Heathcote electorate include $16, 500 for integrated weed control and remediation of high risk weeds in Ferntree Road Reserve. 

A further $15,000 will be spent in the same reserve on fox and wild dog control.

Parish Reserve Heathcote will benefit from a $19,589 grant for high risk aquatic and terrestrial weeds.

A sum of $5000 has been allocated for the control of invasive weeds, predominantly exotic perennial grasses in remnant Sydney Hinterland Exposed Sandstone Woodland.

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