18.8 C
Byron Shire
November 27, 2022

Quiet Alstonville creek restored by loving hands

Latest News

Emergency radio tower

An emergency radio tower is proposed for Teales Lookout, Koonyum Range. It is proposed by the telco authority via Catalyst...

Other News

Concern over Belongil Creek fish kill event

An investigation is underway into a fill kill event in Belongil Creek earlier this month.

Vale Dave Howard ‘builder extraordinaire’

Local identity Dave Howard passed away in the arms of his wife Libby and surrounded by the six children they share on Monday 14 November.

Interview with Ash Grunwald

Currently touring his latest release Shout Into the Noise, Ash Grunwald is a Bluesfest veteran with about ten appearances under his belt. His most recent show was earlier this year where he not only appeared solo, but he was part of some awesome collaborations – yet another great thing about Bluesfest.

Killer Queen & Bowie

For the first time, two of Australia’s favourite live acts – The Killer Queen Experience, and Bowie, starring Jeff...

Cartoon of the week – 23 November 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Targeting journalists

Israel has a long tradition of targeting journalists and since 2000 has killed 45 according to the Palestinian Ministry...

Samuels Creek, near Alstonvale. (supplied)
Samuels Creek, near Alstonvale. (supplied)

Something is happening in the woods behind Alstonville, and it sounds like good news.
Weeds are toppling, rainforest is sprouting, and a new group of landholders are finding out just what it takes to bring back their creek.

Known to locals as ‘Samuels Creek’, this small unnamed tributary of Maguires Creek trickles year- round off the Alstonville Plateau escarpment at Alstonvale.

The catchment was originally carpeted by a thick blanket of sub-tropical rainforest, but in the years since the felling of the Big Scrub Samuels Creek has gradually been overtaken by another kind of carpet: one of exotic plants such as Camphor Laurel and Privet.

Members of the Samuels Creek Riparian Restoration Landcare Group on the banks of Samuels Creek, Garry Binks and Meg Binks. (supplied)
Members of the Samuels Creek Riparian Restoration Landcare Group on the banks of Samuels Creek, Garry Binks and Meg Binks. (supplied)

Luckily for Samuels Creek, the nearby landholders on Wenga Drive in the west and Eltham Rd in the east are not easily dismayed.

Dotted through the canopy they could see large native rainforest trees, struggling to break free from the weeds. So, inspired by a desire to free these trees and return Samuels Creek to its former glory, the landholders formed the Samuels Creel Riparian Rainforest Restoration Landcare Group.

The Samuels Creek Landcare Group joined their local Landcare Network, met with other neighbouring groups working in nearby catchments, and contracted a professional bush regenerator to develop a site action plan to best attack the wall of weeds waiting on their back doorsteps.

North Coast Local Land Services is supporting the project, through funding from the National Landcare Programme.

One of five strategic headwaters projects in the region, the Samuels Creek Riparian Restoration project sets out to restore the riparian rainforest along 400m of creek line within one year.

Though small in size, the project was chosen for its integrated, systematic and strategic approach to natural area restoration.

Lead regenerator for the project, Tim Roberts, said the project covers almost the entire sub- catchment of Samuels Creek, and by starting at the head of the catchment the landholders reduce the likelihood that downstream areas are reinvested with weed propagules.

Richmond Landcare’s Landcare Coordinator Hannah Rice-Hayes said ‘The beating heart of this project lies with the landholders’.

‘As often as they can, they work alongside the bush regenerators; learning how to control the weeds, identifying natives, and building confidence in the restoration of the scrub, they are the real heroes, and the skills that they learn through this project will see Samuels Creek looked after for many years to come.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. And what is wrong with having weeds? A weed is a plant that Mankind thinks grows too fast. Have you thought that the animal that grows too fast is Mankind. Why is there not a plant that can weed out the wrong kind of human in the animal world.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Ballina water supply

A recent Echo article regarding Rous County Council’s plans to access Alstonville ground water through bores for its Future Water Project 2060 via an...

For the record

Since early January 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started, when the world population started to be informed of the new health danger facing everybody,...

From an okay Boomer

As an okay Boomer who has lived in Mullumbimby most of my life, I’ve seen many changes in town, particularly since the Great COVID...

Rally against a waste incinerator for Casino

Residents Against the Richmond Valley Incinerator (RAVI) and community members have planned a rally for tomorrow to alert the community about the issues surrounding waste incinerators and the problems they bring.