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More than five thousand native plants are to be planted along Brunswick River banks in Mullumbimby.

Byron Shire Council staff last year carried out 800 hours of regeneration works on a two-kilometre section of the Brunswick River in the centre of Mullum as part of flood recovery efforts.

The figure was in a media release from the council last week, announcing the upcoming tree-planting project for a 2km stretch of Riverside Drive from Pine Ave to the Mullum Showgrounds.

Bush Regeneration Team Leader Dave Filipczyk was quoted saying last year’s work resulted in prolific natural regeneration of native species thanks to the removal of weeds.

The river section focused on was previously home to 139 native species and 79 weed species.

The council said planting more trees would help strengthen flood-affected riverbanks and slow erosion, while also boosting flora, fauna and biodiversity.

Staff said the initiative was made possible thanks to $220,000 in NSW government funding from the North Coast Local Land Services aimed at prioritising river erosion sites after the 2022 floods.

It was also part of the council’s broader Bringing Back the Bruns bush regeneration project.

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