Post disaster workshops will help landholders restore waterways

ABOVE: Richmond River at Woodburn. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Landholders in Myrtle Creek, Busby’s Flat, Upper Cherry Tree, Mongogarie, Pikapene and surrounding areas are invited to Fire and Flood Restoration Workshops at the Rappville Pub this month.

All Richmond Valley landholders can join in the workshops which will focus on building community capacity and resilience to extreme events.

Experts will speak about the post-disaster restoration of waterways and habitat.

Coordinator Jane Baldwin said much of the focus from the recent floods had been around the major river systems.

“Damage suffered to smaller waterways such as these areas are just as important,” she said.

“We thought it would be useful to bring people together to talk about what environmental repair activities would be helpful and achievable given the scale of the devastating events experienced in 2019-20 and again in 2022.”

The first Living with Floods and Fire workshop will be held July  21, 5-8pm.

Topics include:

● Burning for ecology

Andy Baker, associate lecturer & researcher, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University

● Cultural burning practice

Oli Costello, director, Ngullingahjugun Aboriginal Corporation

● Large Forest Owl Project

Peter Knock, Large Forest Owl coordinator, NSW Nature Conservation Council

● Cane Toad Control and Land for Wildlife programs

Tamar Cohen, project officer, Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network

The second Living with Floods and Fire workshop will be held on July 28, 5-8pm.

Topics include:

● Instream repair works and carp eradication

Sean Morris, senior land services officer, North Coast Local Land Services

● Threatened Ecological Communities and Land for Wildlife programs

Emma Stone/Gavin Tinning, Landcare coordinator, Border Ranges Richmond Valley

Landcare Network

● Assisted natural regeneration techniques and Cats Claw Creeper control

Max Watt, Goanna Bush Regeneration Services

● Plant propagation techniques

Amber Button, Kingfisher Environmental Consultancy

Workshop participants will go in the draw to win plants, books and nest boxes. Community members are asked to RSVP via for catering numbers on the night.

The two workshops are hosted by the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium  – Border Ranges Alliance Regional Partnership and supported by the Great Eastern Ranges, International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Worldwide Fund for Nature-Australia.

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