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Landscape-scale change for the Jack and Albert Rivers' catchment area came from an idea raised by the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network (YYLN) with the Norman Wettenhall Foundation (NWF) in 2006. Our catchment was of particular significance as it ran down to and had direct impact on certain parts of the RAMSAR protected Nooramunga and Corner Inlets. Seagrass health was of major concern at that point in time as were the unique wetlands, which saw thousands of migratory birds visiting on an annual basis.
Before long a grant was given by the NWF to assist in paying someone to develop a project.
The Jack and Albert Rivers' Restoration (JARR) project was born.
The original Project partnership committee consisted of representatives of the following groups, each committing to projects within the JARR Project area:
YYLN; Madalya (no longer active), Albert River, Binginwarri and Wonyip Landcare Groups; West Gipplsand Catchment Management Authority; Waterwatch and Greening Australia.
By 2010 the first major breakthrough was made with the production of a Biodiversity Blueprint , which provides a map of the JARR area showing:
By 2012 we had our second major breakthrough - a Communities for Nature Grant of $600,000 to:
At the launching of this website in September 2014 we find ourselves:
Total investment from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation into the JARR project for capacity, community education and research has been $130,000. Without their continued support the project would have never achieved anywhere near the outcomes that it has.
Albert River Landcare
Yarram Urban Landcare
Yarram Secondary College
Trust for Nature