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Northern rivers locals with an interest in the environment, our region’s drinking water or rainforests and restoration should get along to the Big Scrub Rainforest Day 2014 on Sunday (12 October).

Big Scrub Rainforest Day is an annual celebration of our rainforests and the natural environment where we live. This year’s event is about promoting catchment health, restoring the Big Scrub Rainforest and protecting our region’s drinking water.

ABC science show guru Robyn Williams will be the guest presenter, with a chat entitled ‘Our Science Future’.

Another highlight of Sunday’s event will be the launch by Envite of a $100k program to support landholders to eradicate camphor laurels from rainforest remnants and regrowth pockets.

Paul O’Connor from EnviTE said that ‘over time the project will expand habitat for Big Scrub rainforest-dependent species. It will contribute to creation of stepping-stone corridors across the landscape. This will improve the connectivity of habitat and involve landholders who may not have previously been involved with Big Scrub Landcare’s rainforest restoration program’.

Paul will be talking about the project from 10.40am and there will be forms available to fill out on the day at the EnviTE stall.

The program also features guided bird and rainforest walks, talks and workshops from some of Australia’s leading ecologists, tours of the Nightcap Water Treatment Plant, food, entertainment, stalls and environmental activities for the whole family.

Now in its sixteenth year Big Scrub Rainforest Day is Australia’s largest annual landcare, environment and community event providing a focus for community involvement through education in a festival environment and this year incorporates the Rous Water Open Day at Rocky Creek Dam. It has a strong learning, social and family context.

The Big Scrub was once the largest expanse of subtropical rainforest in Australia and covered a roughly circular area of 75,000 hectares where presently Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby are situated. Today, less than one per cent of the original Big Scrub remains. These fragmented pockets of subtropical rainforests are special places. More species of plants and animals are found here than in any other ecosystem in NSW.

Everyone is welcome. Entry is by gold coin donation. For more information visit www.bigscrubrainforest.org.au or click on the link below for the full program.

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