The Nullaki Conservation Initiative is thrilled to report progress in repairing and upgrading the feral proof fence!
Recently, 3.5 kms of fence mesh and half a kilometre of posts have been replaced to complete Stage 1 of the project. Work on the addition of a floppy top will start soon. Big thanks to Graeme Robertson and Christina & Tom Wang, who kindly made up the substantial difference between grant money and costs, and to the other Nullaki landholders who also contributed financially to this project.
The fence is a crucial part of the ongoing conservation efforts on the Nullaki Peninsula. It’s a great achievement for all involved including on-ground work crew and project partners. NCI would like to thank Shaun Ossinger, the Executive Officer of WICC, whose tireless work has made this achievement possible.
Camera trapping will continue to be used to monitor native animal populations and feral animal movements. This is being done in various locations on the peninsula, including along the fence and adjacent to the Wilson Inlet sandbar to the west. A best practice monitoring plan and image database is being implemented with the assistance of Parks and Wildlife.
The original plan was to attach the new mesh to the old, but concerns with wildlife welfare and longevity of the fence altered that plan. This unexpected additional work has incurred $12,000 in additional costs. WICC is in the process of seeking funding for this shortfall.
Once the floppy top is completed, the 7.2 kms of fence should prevent unwanted feral predators from entering the peninsula from the east. This is a tremendous outcome for the many species of wildlife found on the Nullaki. It is NCI’s hope that sometime in the future, vulnerable species may be relocated here.