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Celebrating the regeneration of Goonengerry

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Byrangery grass reserve volunteers enjoying the fruits of their labour. Photo supplied.
Byrangery grass reserve volunteers enjoying the fruits of their labour. Photo supplied.

Celebrating the vision of a wildlife habitat 20 years on, the Goonengerry community is coming together this Friday, October 20, to open the first stage of the Byrangery grass reserve walking track and the conversion of the last Camphor laurel to native forest.

The Byrangery grass reserve is a 15 hectare reserve in Goonengerry, set aside exclusively for wildlife habitat. Volunteers have been carrying out restoration work since 1997 planting native species and controlling weeds. This has seen a dramatic change to the reserve from a weed dominated landscape to a diverse haven for local plants and animals.

Val Hodgson, President of the reserve trust says ‘Through the hard work and fundraising efforts of the local residents and the Trust’s volunteers, with the addition of grants from the Department of Lands and other government grants we have been able to make a real difference to this important piece of community land.’

The field day will showcase the walking track and provide an opportunity to hear stories of the Reserve’s history and wildlife. The different types of restoration work used of the years will be discussed and detailed information on Camphor conversion bush regeneration methods will be available.

‘It’s 20 years since the Reserve was formed and it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate this milestone with our community,’ said Alan Goldstein, Byrangery grass reserve trusts treasurer.

The open day will be held on Friday 20 th October from 9am to 3pm. For more information contact Alison on 6626 7028 or email [email protected].


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