THE Maclean Community Nursery at Townsend was opened on Fri- day with the hope of supplying the Clarence Valley Council with native plants and vegetation for bush regeneration projects. The nursery will aim to pro- vide the Clarence Valley with a natural plant resource, which in turn will be used to help improve water quality in the Valley and the biodiversity of coastal crown reserves. The bush regeneration team is a first for council. It will work on priority sites targetting environ- mental weeds and also planting endemic species.
The team members, Grant Jef- feries, Noonie Laurie and David Purcell, will be working on Hick- ey Island, Moriartys Reserve, Woo- loweyah Foreshore Reserve, An- gourie Reserve and Flinders Park. The nursery also will enable council to access some of these plants for projects such as town improvement. The nursery will give local Landcare members and interested community members an opportuni- ty to participate in the activities of the nursery and access plants for funded projects. At the opening, manager sus- tainable environment, Peter Birch, said he was grateful to all parties involved in the project. He said he was looking forward to the establishment of a cost ef-
fective and functional nursery. "I would like to take this op- portunity to thank the Northern Rivers Catchment Management
Authority and the Department of Infrastructure Planning and Natu- ral Resources for funding the pro- ject, Nungera Aboriginal Co-opera-
tive for an in-kind contribution, and community members that work voluntarily to improve our natural environment," he said.