Sunday, November 28, 2021

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When you invite Envite, the weeds are pulled and native flora saved

Two years ago, bushfire ravaged Bungawalbin land. Property owner Jimmy Malecki had to flee his home known as The Bog on the day the fire tore through the tall trees. The film maker is documenting the recovery from the bushfire which includes regular visits from the Envite team. Envite coordinator Maree Thompson said they were working with Landcare groups and about 10 private landowners and working on seven National Park reserves.

Richmond Valley candidates talk housing

We asked the 18 candidates running for Richmond Valley Council about the rental housing shortage in our region? There is no simple answer to this nationwide issue, read what your councillors of the future say. We asked: What can council do to alleviate the shortage of rentals in our LGA?

Trapped: Corn and molasses is like ‘chocolate’ to feral pigs

Andy Marson and Craig Faulkner are at a property at Bungawalbin searching out feral pigs. They use sweetcorn and molasses to lure the pigs out. “It’s like chocolate for us,” Craig said. As consultants working for ReconEco, an environment consultancy firm based in Lismore, the men are working with the Envite team at Jimmy Malecki’s place, as part of a post-bushfire program to restore the land.

Previous articles

No longer a rocky road when breakwater gets new path

Work has started on what will be one of the most exciting pathways in Evans Head. The pavement along the southern breakwall will have a $150,000 upgrade making it easier to walk along the breakwater with the sea on both sides.

Timber! How will the 1930s felled hoop pine be honoured in the village?

In a village known for its 1930s hoop pines, it was a sorry sight to see one of its tallest beauties felled this morning. The tree towered above the lavender canopy of the jacaranda nestled below its branches at the Bonalbo Tourist Park ... Marion moved to Bonalbo because she “fell in love with the hoop pines.”

Vollies: Blazing a trail of 99km of fencing since bushfires

For 2789 days, BlazeAid volunteers have been helping fix fences on rural properties destroyed in the bushfires. BlazeAid camp coordinator Ron “Spud” Murphy said most of the volunteers are ‘grey nomads’ ... BlazeAid came to Richmond Valley in November 2019 after the bushfires.

Adventure: Making her own tracks with five camels and a rest stop in Bonalbo

The first thing Sophie Matterson does at a new camp spot, after she has unloaded the packs from her five camels, is to put the billy on and make a cup of tea. In April last year, the 33 year old Brisbane woman set off on a camel trek from Shark Bay in Western Australia. On Sunday night she was bedding down at the Bonalbo Showground in the chicken shed.

Opinion: Could we – should we grow more food in our towns?

Bernice Shepherd. In the Adelaide Parklands, the annual gathering of Greek and Italian locals spreading blankets and bashing olive trees is quite the spectacle. Olive trees proliferate around that city and no self-respecting ex-European would dream of letting that bounty go to waste ... In Casino, we have the Junbung Walkway bush tucker trail ... But could we go further?

Open Day: The joy in Mic’s pottery studio

When Mic Eales sits at the potter’s wheel, he forgets the world. “When I throw, I switch off, it’s like a meditation,” Mic said. In his vast tin shed studio overlooking a lagoon and green hills, Mic loses himself in his art ... This month, he will share his joyful space when people are invited to visit the Mallanganee studio as part of the Australian Ceramics Association open days across the country.



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