Reveg work continues at Parklands

Elders perfom the smoking ceremony at North Byron Parklands. Photo David Andreas

Elders perform the smoking ceremony at North Byron Parklands. Photo David Andreas

A thousand native trees are currently being planted at the site as part of North Byron Parklands’ ongoing bush revegetation program. The planting will be completed by local bush regenerators with the support of trainees interested in habitat restoration.

Organisers say revegetation on the North Byron Parklands site started in 2007 with the goal of restoring degraded farmland into local native forest. Since then cattle have been excluded across the 256 hectare site and over 14,000 trees have been planted. This tree planting, combined with the removal of cattle grazing pressure, has seen more than 22 hectares revegetated.

‘The trees selected for this planting are those that grow naturally in swamp sclerophyll forests such as paperbarks, swampbox and eucalypts like the swamp mahogany,’ said local restoration ecologist Dave Rawlins. ‘Although there have been no koalas recorded in the area of the planting to date, the swamp mahogany is one of their favourite food trees.’

Local Minjungbal elders and songmen last week conducted a Falls Festival blessing ceremony on the site, which was attended by festival staff. The elders will also open the festival with a welcome to country from the stage at 12.30pm on December 31.

Find out more at and

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers.