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The Byron Shire is set to host a bush regeneration festival featuring local musicians, workshops, and a large community tree-planting after organisers secured a $75,000 State Government grant.

Bush Regen Fest, to take place in March 2023 at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, is intended to help heal the local environment and reconnect the local community after a challenging few years.

In the lead-up to the event, six workshops on native seed collection and propagation will be held in local schools, and a further two in collaboration with local disability service providers.

The school workshops will be run by respected local experts, such as Mark Dunphy from Firewheel nursery.

Jannette Martin tends the Mullumbimby Community Gardens. Photo Jeff Dawson

The organiser of the project, Ray Moynihan said bush regen and restoring eco-systems was not only imperative in terms of tackling climate change, but ‘one of the most positive narratives of our time,’

‘The joy and magic of watching forests regrow is one of the greatest joys that we’ll ever experience,’ Dr Moynihan said.

‘For people fighting the despair of Climate Change, COVID-19 and the recent floods, propagating those seeds and planting those trees and being able to say we helped bring those forests back is such a positive and life-affirming thing to do.’

The team behind the project is a partnership of community organisations and businesses in the Byron Shire, including Big Scrub Landcare, Brunswick Valley Landcare, and Mullum Seed who are the primary co-partners.

The team also includes local disability service provider Red Inc, and local businesses Envite Environment and Brookfarm.

The grant for the project has come via the Sate Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW program, which aims to promote the social and economic recovery of regional communities by renewing social connections and providing a revenue boost to local businesses.


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  1. We don’t need a festival.

    We need bush regeneration jobs/contracts to be funded – and not just for Aboriginal organisations that only employ Aboriginal people


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