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Proposed Dunoon Dam threatens irreplaceable rainforest, over 40 years after neighbouring Protesters Falls was saved
July 5, 2022August 10, 2022
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Proposed Dunoon Dam threatens irreplaceable rainforest, over 40 years after neighbouring Protesters Falls was saved

By Mark Dunphy In a neighbouring valley to Protesters Falls – the birthplace of rainforest preservation – sits a less well-known but equally precious remnant of Big Scrub rainforest. The breathtaking patch of critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest lies nestled between The Channon and Dunoon, alongside the banks of Rocky Creek as it winds from...

New Projects Manager appointment at Big Scrub Landcare
November 3, 2021April 20, 2022
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New Projects Manager appointment at Big Scrub Landcare

Big Scrub Landcare’s President Dr Tony Parkes AO today announced the appointment of Renee Borrow as Projects Manager. Renee is an environmental scientist with a background in threatened species conservation and management, ecosystem restoration and climate change mitigation. She has worked in research positions with Southern Cross University, Greenloaning Biostudies and NSW Department of Planning,...

Where the rainforest meets the Cape: Inside the old-growth remnants of Hayters Hill
October 29, 2021April 20, 2022
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Where the rainforest meets the Cape: Inside the old-growth remnants of Hayters Hill

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member Dan Scott. Original version of story published in the Byron Echo. From the balcony of Neil and Erica Holland’s Hayters Hill home, visitors enjoy an uninterrupted view of Cape Byron Lighthouse and its coastal plains. It’s a breathtaking vista, punctuated by rolling green hills and the sparkling of...

The Song of the Forests
October 25, 2021April 20, 2022
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The Song of the Forests

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Ken Dorey. Photo by Iain Stych. In a recent blog post, I featured a Northern Star article from 1924 that described the Big Scrub and the “heroic” efforts of building the village of Bangalow. I also considered the monumental implications of their actions and wondered if they were...

‘The forest floor is covered in fruit’: Bumper year for Black Apples
October 25, 2021January 30, 2022
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‘The forest floor is covered in fruit’: Bumper year for Black Apples

Black Apple (Planchonella australis) is one of the largest bush tucker foods in the Big Scrub. A member of the Sapotaceae family, the same family as the persimmon, the fruit is slightly sweet, less tart than a Davidson plum and has a delicious texture. And, if you feel like foraging, the forest floor is currently...

A mother-daughter legacy: The stewardship of Crystal Hill
September 1, 2021January 30, 2022
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A mother-daughter legacy: The stewardship of Crystal Hill

By Chris Byrne, Communications Manager, Big Scrub Landcare. Original version of story published in Country and Coast Magazine. When they moved to Coolgardie, just south of Ballina, Stephanie and Julian Lymburner came in search of a treechange.  In their 40s, they left a busy picture framing business in Sydney looking to shift down a gear....