Some of the happy group of local volunteers and trainees after helping with works at Clarence Estuary Nature Reserve, Shores Drive, Yamba.
Some of the happy group of local volunteers and trainees after helping with works at Clarence Estuary Nature Reserve, Shores Drive, Yamba. Contributed

Changing the face of nature strip

THE Shores Drive section of the Clarence Estuary Nature Reserve received special treatment last month, with a number of local jobs training groups combining to remove rubbish and replant natives.

Nineteen members of the Yamba Landcare group, the Yamba CHESS Employment Support Services staff and team from the CHESS Environmental Management Unit (EMU) Certificate III Conservation and Land Management trainees all pitched in to help National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff.

With persistent coastal showers clearing, weed species that once dominated this area were replaced with 150 native plants and trees along the riparian zone behind the mangroves,.

This section of the reserve is in its ninth year of weed eradication, which has seen large stands of coral trees, camphor laurel trees, asparagus fern, prickly pear, bitou bush and lantana treated.

Ranger Steve Hodgson said, the Shores Dve portion of the 52 hectare reserve encompassed six ecologically endangered communities and being surrounded by the urban interface of Yamba, was a special remnant of the natural heritage.

"This area, being a regular work site for the caring locals of the Yamba Landcare Group, is now seeing further assistance in conservation actions from the CHESS training team undertaking regular bush classroom days each week", Mr Hodgson said.

"The National Parks and Wild- life Service acknowledges the invaluable support these volunteers are providing to assist NPWS in managing this area.

"These works include primary weed treatment and follow-up removal of emerging weeds after primary treatment, tree planting and rubbish removal.

"The day also helps build strong and engaged communities where people are empowered to look after their local environment

"People interested in joining the group and assisting with Landcare activities there should contact the group's co-ordinator Barbara Whale on 6646 1286."



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