Healthy Rivers and Upland Wetlands

People place a high value on our rivers and streams which are used for recreation, stock and domestic water, link and connect properties and provide critical linkages for fauna across the landscape.

The Healthy Rivers Program will improve habitat, re-establish and protect remnant native vegetation which will improve water quality and river health. The program is funded through NSW Catchment Action and the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

On-ground works projects with landholders

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is committed to working with landholders and the community to invest in the long term sustainability of this region.

When we offer assistance and support to the community in the form of grants, we consider each grant project to be a partnership with Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.

We are currently developing projects with support from the NSW and Australian Government and we would like landholders to submit Expressions of Interest to help us identify and support their natural resource priorities on-farm.

Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve

Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve is part of Banbai country. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and pay our respect to Banbai Elders past, present and emerging.

Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve covers 257 hectares and includes Little Llangothlin lagoon and a portion of Billy Bung lagoon. In 1996, the reserve was listed as a wetland of international importance under the RAMSAR convention.

The lagoon is an important habitat for waterbirds, eels, freshwater turtles, frogs, snakes, swamp wallabies and kangaroos to name some of the key species calling the reserve home.

Little Llangothlin Lagoon

Protecting Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve for future generations is a partnership project between GLENRAC, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, National Parks and Wildlife Service and scientists from the University of New England. With funding provided by the Australian Government's National Landcare Program over five years from 2018 to 2023, research is being conducted to discover and describe the web of life at Little Llangothlin Nature Reserve.

The project’s cumulative findings will help to inform future management of the reserve which is home to multiple Endangered Ecological Communities including New England Peppermint (E. nova-anglica).

A number of films have been produced to illustrate the importance of wetlands and the value of them to our landscape and communities.

RAMSAR Documentary on Vimeo

Local Land Services - the role of fire in wetland areas - YouTube

For more information about the Protecting Little Llangothlin Reserve for future generations project, please contact Northern Tablelands Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Upland Wetlands Project

The upland wetlands, swamps, peatlands and marshes of the New England Tablelands are nationally significant and are listed as Threatened Ecological Communities. There are a large number of on-farm wetlands along the Tablelands on private land. We work with landholders to help manage these unique landscapes and align production values with their conservation needs.

People with small on-farm wetlands will be offered small grants for on-ground works. Through implementation of projects to manage grazing, control weeds and feral animals, we can help people ensure the wetlands continue to provide valuable ecosystem services.

Upland Wetlands will also be a focus for community awareness with events planned for the year ahead to enable community members to learn about these unique ecosystems and share in the appreciation of their value.

A partnership with WetlandCare Australia has been developed with the following objectives:

  • Engage land managers and build land manager capability for managing upland wetlands to maintain and enhance ecological character; and
  • Work with land managers to maintain or enhance the ecological character of at least 150 hectares of land that impacts on regionally significant wetlands.

To achieve these objectives, the following activities are being undertaken:

  • Awareness raising (media and field days);
  • Targeted group engagement and extension;
  • Use of market based instrument to deliver financial incentives for on-ground works (fencing, revegetation, restoration, grazing management);
  • Baseline and follow up surveys quantifying practice change associated with extension activities; and
  • Monitoring and evaluation activities.