A collaboration between Mullumbimby High and Byron Council will soon see bush regeneration along 500m of the Mullumbimby Creek, which meanders behind the school.
The school’s Green Group has teamed up with Council’s bush regeneration team, who teach students to identify weeds, and plan future work on the school property so that it integrates with other regeneration projects.
Council’s bush regeneration supervisor Dave Filipczyk says, ‘I was excited to be contacted by Kayleigh Mast, who is the supervisor of the Green Group, to talk about the potential for a riverbank restoration project’.
‘Council’s bush regeneration team is already working on a neighbouring part of the riverbank behind the Mullumbimby Bowls Club, as part of a project funded by the NSW Crown Reserves Improvement Fund’, he said.
‘With Mullumbimby High School on board now, we are working on implementing bush regeneration works on approximately nine kilometres of the riverbanks on the Brunswick River, Mullumbimby Creek and Salt Water, Creek, which will have enormous benefits for the environment.
‘If the riverbank is cleared of weeds, allowing native vegetation to flourish, this translates to improved habitat for native wildlife.
Bringing Back the Bruns project
‘It also means the aquatic system is healthier too, because what happens on the land has an impact on the quality of the water and the marine environment as well.
‘All of this work feeds into the Bringing Back the Bruns project, which is a long-running initiative to restore and rehabilitate the Brunswick River catchment’.
Council’s bush regeneration team say they are currently working on more than 250 hectares on 75 sites across the Byron Shire.