20.2 C
Byron Shire
July 27, 2021

Landcare Group plants 1100 trees in Lismore

Latest News

With avocados, farmer fresh is best

There are many different avocado varieties, but walk around the supermarket and you might get the impression there is...

Other News

Bumbling Berejiklian

Keith Duncan, Pimlico The chooks have certainly come home to roost for the corruption riddled NSW government and ‘our’ scandal plagued...

Byron Council seeks height variation for its bioenergy facility

The bioenergy facility was one of many Council projects identified as being at risk of losing funding, within the solar farm report.

The truth about Israel

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel Gareth Smith, you are clearly very passionate, but constantly providing incredibly one-sided opinions, and half-truths get us nowhere...

Queensland and NSW border – hard closure 1am Friday, 23 July

The Queensland government has declared all of NSW a COVID hotspot and will close its border to NSW at 1am Friday, 23 July for four weeks.

Byron Farmers Markets temporarily moved to make way for COVID clinic

The Byron Farmers Market is to be held opposite Elements resort on Bayshore Drive this week, while health authorities use the Cavanbah Centre for a drive-through COVID testing service.

Sovereign citizens have ‘zero’ legal status in Australia, says former magistrate

Can we really tell authorities we ‘don’t consent’ to rules around mask-wearing, public gatherings or, as was more common before the pandemic, traffic and drug offences, and be excused?

National Tree Day planting in Lismore. Photo supplied

National Tree Day was celebrated on Sunday, July 28, with the 2019 Schools Tree Day celebrated last Friday.

National Tree Day was co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. It’s a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community.

In Lismore a crowd of over 120 people came together with the Wilsons River Landcare Group to plant 1100 trees at Simes Bridge in North Lismore.

Aunty Thelma James gave a thoughtful welcome to country speaking about the spiritual and sad history of the site, which includes a massacre across the river and many drownings.

Aunty Thelma encouraged tree planters to sit by the river for a few minutes and to bring their hearts to the days events, offering a healing for the place and for those who had lost their lives there.

Ruby planting a tree. Photo supplied.

Wilsons River Landcare Group secretary Kristin den Exter says Aunty’s speech was a deep and moving start to the planting. ‘It helped connect all present to a much longer and deeper history. Hope and healing.

‘And then, just like that – in under an hour and a half – the group planted 1100 trees.’

The tree included lowland rainforest trees donated by Rous County Council and grown by the experts at Firewheel Nursery and Friends, with other beautiful rainforest trees grown by the Friends of the Rainforest Botanic Gardens, koala food trees donated by Friends of the Koala, native bush nuts (Macadamia tetraphylla) donated by the Macadamia Conservation Trust, and big hoop pines donated by Kevin Glencross.

Kristin says the community also came to the party through a crowdfunding campaign which raised over $3000.

‘This money not only paid for trees in the ground but will ensure the site will be well looked after into the future.

‘Lismore Council provided support for site preparation and also donated the mulch which was spread with gusto!

This year the National Tree Day hope was to plant one million new native trees and shrubs across the country with an expected 300,000 plus volunteers toking part.

Heidi Lunn from the group was buoyed by the days events. ‘National Tree Day is a once a year celebration of hope, when people come together to do what is

the number one action, after preventing any further habitat loss, which is to plant more trees!’ she said.

Ms Lunn wanted to extend her thanks to everyone who helped. ‘Thanks to those who came to plant on this amazing stretch of riverbank, the Rouse family for

their support, to those who donated to the crowd funding, and everyone who donated trees,’ she said.

‘We had tree planters from landcare groups around the region, planters from the Knitting Nannas, Rainforest Rescue, staff and students from Southern Cross University, young children and older people – all joining together to take action for our river and for our planet.

‘This is what National Tree Day is all about.’


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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations to the good folk of the Landcare group.
    In view of state and Federal governments refusal to act on the Climate Crisis that is engulfing the world,
    planting trees is the most effective way individuals can help to offset our consumption of fossil fuels.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Ink Gin still a winner

S Haslam Has it already been six years since I first saw a demonstration of the curious colour-changing properties of the innovative Ink Gin at...

Magnificent sporting prowess and flag pride after 2021 NAIDOC

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people also shone in the sporting arena during NAIDOC 2021. 

Independent councillor calls for online voting

A manageable and easy-to-navigate system was necessary, Cr Allsop said, one that allowed 'equal presence for all candidates'.

Byron Farmers Markets temporarily moved to make way for COVID clinic

The Byron Farmers Market is to be held opposite Elements resort on Bayshore Drive this week, while health authorities use the Cavanbah Centre for a drive-through COVID testing service.