Locality groups are the roots of the Landcare movement and the reason for its extraordinary nationwide success. Volunteers contribute their time and energy to undertake a wide range of projects, particularly the weeding, replanting and maintenance of sites in need of rehabilitation.
You can join an existing group in the Byron Shire, or you and your neighbours may wish to consider forming a new group in a location where you see a need. Landholders can initiate Landcare projects on their own properties.
Groups form independently, maintain their own identity, and manage their own work sites. BVL is the umbrella group, supporting more than 25 groups in the Byron Shire and providing access to insurance, information, funding and equipment.
You are encouraged to join BVL as an individual member.
To become involved as a volunteer contact the co-ordinator of the site you would like to join (see details below) or talk to Alison Ratcliffe, the Landcare Support Officer, Alison Ratcliffe – Phone (02) 6626 7028 (Monday, Thursday and Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brunswick Catchment Landcare Groups
Brunswick Heads, Simpsons Creek
Contact: Gillian Secombe email@example.com (02) 6685 1857
Contact: John Lindsay firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Park, Mullumbimby
Contact: Diana Hughes email@example.com
You can download the Heritage Park, Mullumbimby Information Leaflet.
Jinangong, Ocean Shores
Contact: Ian Parer firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Rita de Heer 02 6684 1495 email@example.com
North Byron Shire Coastal, Rangal Road, South Golden Beach
Contact: Mary Sparke firstname.lastname@example.org
Palmwoods, Main Arm
Contact: Viviane and Mick Pyke email@example.com
Saltwater Creek – Sports Fields, Mullumbimby
Contact: Cath Church firstname.lastname@example.org
Tristran Parade, Mullumbimby
Contact: Jane Wickers email@example.com 0404 050 361
Contact: Bela Allen firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 6684 7113
Upper Marshalls Creek, The Pocket
Contact: Judy McDonald email@example.com (02) 6684 5390
Upper Mullumbimby Creek, Ridgewaves
Contact: Nick Schaefer firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 6684 3686 or Kate Cameron on (02) 6684 1013
Yallakool Reserve, Ocean Shores
Contact: David Kemp email@example.com 0427 650861
Brunswick Catchment Dunecare Groups
Byron Shire Chemical Free Group
This group are working South of Brunswick Heads surf club, operating under the umbrella of the Mullumbimby Community Gardens. The group has been funded by the Northern Rivers CMA to assist with manual removal of Bitou Bush and other weeds. Working Bees are fortnightly on Saturdays from 8:30 am till 12.30 pm.
Contact: Nadia 02 6684 4771 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Green and Clean Awareness Team
The team meet at 9am near the car park on Clarke’s Beach on the third Sunday of every month for dune re-vegetation followed by a BBQ.
Contact Veda Turner email@example.com 0427 857 991 or Udo 0413 173 786
North New Brighton Dunecare
This group was formed in September 2009 and they have improved the dune vegetation by plantings and weed control. They meet on the second Sunday of each month 8 am till 12 noon.
Contact: Shane Ivey 0431 906 031.
South Golden Beach Dunecare
Bush regeneration work at South Golden Beach has been successful in suppressing many of the environmental weeds.
Contact: Ian Parer firstname.lastname@example.org
South New Brighton Dunecare
This group meets the first Friday of the month from 1.30 – 4.30 pm, meeting at the southern end of the Esplanade at the Strand beach access point.
Contacts: Robyn Bolden or Hedy Newell email@example.com (02) 6680 1970
Suffolk Park Dunecare
This group has been working in the dunes for over 20 years. Their fantastic work covers more than 3km of dunes. They have restored a strip of endangered Littoral rainforest. Everyone is welcome to come along to their working bees on the first Saturday of each month. Training is provided at the working bees for all new volunteers, so no experience necessary and no chemicals are used at any working bees. Helen Brown’s famous morning teas are provided after each working bee.
Contact: Helen Brown firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 6685 4964
Brunswick Catchment Interest Groups
Biodiversity Interest Group
Contact: Rita de Heer email@example.com 0477 512 210.
Byron Bird Buddies
Byron Bird Buddies (BBB) is a volunteer community group which is involved with avifauna conservation and education in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia, since 2004.
“Community working for the conservation of birds through observation, education and habitat protection.”
Bird Buddies Annual Report for 2015-2016 can be downloaded here byron-bird-buddies-annual-report-2015-16
Contacts: Bela Allen on (02) 6684 7113.
Other Incorporated Groups in the Region
Bangalow Landcare and Rivercare
Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group
Byrangery Grass Reserve
A 15 hectare Reserve in Goonengerry that is open to the public and managed by the Byrangery Grass Reserve Trust. You can download this leaflet for more information and a map. Byrangery leaflet
Wilson’s Creek Huonbrook Landcare
For other groups in the area please visit the NSW Landcare Gateway site: http://www.landcare.nsw.gov.au.
If you are interested in having your Incorporated group listed on the Brunswick Valley Landcare website please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.