Join a Locality Group

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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 get involved as a volunteer, contact the coordinator of the site you would like to join (see details below).

To have your incorporated group listed on the Brunswick Valley Landcare website contact our Landcare Support Officer Alison Ratcliffe (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday).

Brunswick Valley Landcare “Locality” Groups 

Broken Head
Contact: Annette McKinley    (02) 6685 1857

Brunswick Heads, Simpsons Creek
Contact: Gillian Secombe   (02) 6685 1857

Contact: John Lindsay

Contact: Ian Pick    (02) 6684 7733  

Federal Bushfood Living Classroom
Contact: Rachel Heaton    0450 741 734

Heritage Park, Mullumbimby
Contact: Diana Hughes

You can download the Heritage Park, Mullumbimby Information Leaflet.

Jinangong, Ocean Shores
Contact: Ian Parer

Laurel Avenue, Mullumbimby
Contact: Jim & Gai Smith   (02) 6684 2598 

Mullumbimby Town 
Contact: John Tann  

North Byron Shire Coastal, South Golden Beach
Contact: Chris Pont

Ocean Shores Landcare, Ocean Shores
Contact: David Kemp   0427 650861

Palmwoods, Main Arm
Contact: Viviane and Mick Pyke  

Tallowood Ridge, Mullumbimby
Joanne McMurty   0437 808 388

Tristran Parade, Mullumbimby
Contact: Jane Wickers   0404 050 361

Contact: Bela Allen   (02) 6684 7113

Upper Mullumbimby Creek, Ridgewaves
Contact: Nick Schaefer   (02) 6684 3686                                      

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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

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   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

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      (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   (02) 6685 4964

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Brunswick Catchment Interest Groups

Biodiversity Interest Group
Contact:   Rita de Heer   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

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

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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

Federal Landcare

Goonengerry Landcare

Wilson’s Creek Huonbrook Landcare

For other groups in the area please visit the NSW Landcare Gateway site:

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