Trees a memorial that lives for Bruce Tucker
VOICES FOR THE
VALE Bruce Tucker.
As the Gwydir Highway climbs westward out of the Clarence floodplain, parts of its roadside are enhanced by native trees. They stand tall amidst an extensive cleared area, a welcome and reasonably dense haven for wildlife.
A sign near the trees says: "Roadside Regeneration 1998. A community project funded by the National Heritage Trust".
These trees with their branches waving in the breeze are a living memorial to the man who played a major role in their planting all those years ago.
Bruce Tucker, former resident of the Clarence Valley who died in early January in the Victorian town of Traralgon, was a man whose life embraced a wholeness in its approach. He worked tirelessly for the benefit of our Earth community.
Bruce and his wife Jo came to the Clarence Valley in the 1980s. It soon became apparent that the natural environment was an important element in the life of both.
He brought with him an awareness of the impact of pulp mills on the forests and so he immediately began contributing substantially to the fight against a proposed pulp mill for this area. He helped to establish the Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition, an organisation initially formed by the amalgamation of a number of groups to resist the pulp mill.
Bruce and Jo also helped to bring about a much greater forest cover at the Cowan's Pond Nature Reserve. Bruce had many practical building skills and these were often used for the benefit of both human beings and nature.
At Cowan's Pond he made a major contribution to the building of a shelter for visitors. Bruce's concern for the welfare of the broader community led to his becoming active in local government.
He served on Nymboida Council and became its mayor. Later when Ulmarra and Nymboida were amalgamated to form Pristine Waters Council, he served as one of its councillors.
But it is the tall trees on the Gwydir Highway welcoming human visitors to Grafton and protecting our wildlife that stand as a living memorial to Bruce Tucker who was indeed a Trustee of the Future.