Brian Dodd, John Turnbull, Scott Hetherington, Claire Masters and Wendy Gibney.
Brian Dodd, John Turnbull, Scott Hetherington, Claire Masters and Wendy Gibney.

Landcare award for bush project

THE Tweed Byron Bush Futures Project won the Local Government Landcare Partnership category in the 2011 Northern Rivers Landcare Awards.

The awards, announced in Grafton on Friday, highlights the successful partnership between government and community organisations.

Held every two years, the Northern Rivers Landcare Awards recognise the achievements of the dedicated people who have committed their time to care for our environment and contribute to sustainable production.

The Local Government Landcare Partnership Award is given for an outstanding local government organisation which is collaborating with its community to preserve and manage its local environment and natural resources.

Tweed and Byron shire councils are working together on the joint project to sustainably manage a number of state and regionally significant urban and semi-urban bushland areas within the two shires.

Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner congratulated the Bush Futures Project and Landcare groups on their collaborative approach.

“Council and community working together can achieve great outcomes,” Mr Skinner said.

Bush Futures project manager John Turnbull said bushland in Tweed and Byron shires was impacted by weeds, clearing, feral animals, grazing, erosion, dumping and other human impacts.

“The Bush Futures Project aims to deliver extensive on-ground works to address threats to bushland integrity and raise awareness of the ways that residents living adjacent to native bushland can manage their land in a sustainable way and reduce adverse impacts on the bushland,” Mr Turnbull said.



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