Join a Locality Group

Locality groups are the strength 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 Brunswick Valley 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 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) or email alison.ratcliffe@byron.nsw.gov.au

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Brunswick Catchment Landcare Groups 

Brunswick Heads, Simpsons Creek
Contact: Gillian Secombe   gil_lives@live.com.au   (02) 6685 1857

Carramar Park, Ocean Shores
Contact: Jan Dawkins   janandclint@bigpond.com   0417 856 239

Durrumbul
Contact: John Lindsay   durrumbul@hotmail.com

Ewingsdale
Contact: Ian Pick   ianpick@ceinternet.com.au    (02) 6684 7733  visit http://ewingsdale.org.au/#/landcare/4532495308%20

Heritage Park, Mullumbimby
Contact: Diana Hughes   bromspot@gmail.com

You can download the Heritage Park, Mullumbimby Information Leaflet.

Jinangong, Ocean Shores
Contact: Ian Parer    ianparer@hotmail.com

Laurel Avenue, Mullumbimby
Contact: Jim & Gai Smith   jimsmith@linknet.com.au   (02) 6684 2598 
visit http://laurelavenuelandcare.yolasite.com.  

Lower Mullumbimby Creek
Contact: Rita de Heer 02 6684 1495  rdeheer1@bigpond.com 

North Byron Shire Coastal, Rangal Road, South Golden Beach
Contact: Mary Sparke   jmsparke@bigpond.net.au

Palmwoods, Main Arm
Contact: Viviane and Mick Pyke   toolondp@bigpond.net.au  

Saltwater Creek – Sports Fields, Mullumbimby
Contact: Cath Church    cathchurch22@gmail.com

Tristran Parade, Mullumbimby
Contact: Jane Wickers    
janeawickers@gmail.com   0404 050 361

Tyagarah
Contact: Bela Allen bela_allen@yahoo.com   (02) 6684 7113

Upper Marshalls Creek, The Pocket
Contact: Judy McDonald   judymac@aapt.net.au   (02) 6684 5390

Upper Mullumbimby Creek, Ridgewaves
Contact: Nick Schaefer nickndale@exemail.com   (02) 6684 3686                                     
or Kate Cameron on (02) 6684 1013

Yallakool Reserve, Ocean Shores
Contact: Felicity Watson 0467 650140 or David Kemp 0427 650861 dnkemp77@gmail.com 

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Brunswick Catchment Dunecare Groups

Brunswick Heads Community Dunecare Group

This group have been working in the dunes from Torakina to the surf club at Brunswick Heads for over 15 years. The removal of weeds and planting of local native species has resulted in well established vegetation and improved habitat for the many birds, wallabies, echidnas and other wildlife that these dunes support.  The team meet every 4th Sunday of the month from 8:00 to 11:00am meeting either at Torakina car park or north side of Surfclub in Venture Park.

Contact: Jordan Moore  brunswickheadsdunecare@gmail.com   0413 962 468 text message preferred please

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 byronshirechemicalfreelandcare@gmail.com

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   vedaturner@gmail.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   ianparer@hotmail.com

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   robyn.bolden@australis.net   (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   hellyh@bigpond.com   (02) 6685 4964

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Brunswick Catchment Interest Groups

Biodiversity Interest Group
Contact:   Rita de Heer   rdheer1@bigpond.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.”

Visit: http://www.byronbirdbuddies.com.au

Bird Buddies Annual Report for 2015-2016 can be downloaded here byron-bird-buddies-annual-report-2015-16

Toad Busters
Contacts: Bela Allen on (02) 6684 7113.

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Other Incorporated Groups in the Region

Bangalow Landcare and Rivercare
Visit: http://www.bangalowlandcare.org.au/.

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group
Visit: http://www.bigscrubrainforest.org.au.

Goonengerry Landcare
Contact: Alan Goldstein   02 66849313

Mullumbimby Community Gardens
Visit mullumcommunitygarden@gmail.com or  http://mullumcommunitygarden.wordpress.com/.

Wilson’s Creek Huonbrook Landcare
Visit: http://www.wilsonscreeklandcare.mullum.com.au.

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 alison.ratcliffe@byron.nsw.gov.au.

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