NSW: Vineyard Haven - Arnold and Mary Vayo
Arnold and Mary Vayo are the owners of Vineyard Haven, a property of 36.21 hectares located at New Italy. The property is currently used for residence and as a wildlife refuge. The Owners entered into a Voluntary Conservation Agreement (VCA) #50 with the NSW Environment Minister on July 29th,1999 and achieved NSW State Heritage Listing (01705) on specified Italian Archaeological Relics on December 10th, 2004 . A Land For Wildlife listing was obtained on November 9th, 2001.
The Owners and the Minister recognized that this conservation area contains dry to moist sclerophyll forest and as such provides a partial link or 'stepping stone' between Bundjalung National Park in the east and the Bungawalbin National Park to the west. The conservation area provides a vital wildlife corridor and habitat refuge for flora and fauna.
The protected property has outstanding integrity of its forest ecosystem. Long unburnt stands of trees contain a healthy age structure ranging from large old senescing habitat emergent eucalypts to recently emerged seedlings with 'pioneer' rainforest seedlings increasingly present. There are swarming populations of ground orchids throughout the conservation area.
The purpose of the Conservation Agreement is to protect and enhance the biodiversity existing on the property and conserve and maintain the native canopy and understorey plant species and structure in a condition that maintains a viable habitat for fauna.
The Owners have developed extensive walking tracks with signage, erected 100 tree identification signs, established a designated camping area, erected interpretative signage on the property and established a basic vintage weather station. It is desired that this conservation property may provide a resource for educational purposes and scientific research which will benefit Australia's future generations.
Known wildlife species which inhabit Vineyard Haven include dingos (Caniss lupus dingo) spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus), long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta), koala (Phascolarctos cinerus), brush- tailed phascogales (Phascogale tapoatofu). Red-necked pademelons (Thylogale thetis), lace monitors (Varanus varius) and a wide variety of other macropods, parrots, possums, gliders, snakes and spiders.
This agreement recognizes that the sanctuary, Vineyard Haven, achieved a Voluntary Conservation Agreement listing by the State of New South Wales on Julu 29th,1999 and a State Heritage listing of archaeological relics on the property on December 10th,2004. A very comprehensive Plan of Management consisting of 44 pages is in effect on the property which, in essence, acknowledges the aims and objective of WLT. The WLT accepts the VCA as it is written and also with any changes that may be agreed upon in the future by the State of New South Wales and the Owners of the property at that time.