Fun in the Big Scrub at Bangalow

NEXT weekend Bangalow will play host to The Big Scrub Rainforest Day for the first time, and is expected to be bigger than ever.

“We're excited about attracting new people to the event,” Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group chairman Dr Tony Parkes said.

The event will be held on Sunday, September 20, at the Bangalow Showground in Station Street.

“We're expecting a big crowd with Bangalow's passing traffic,” Dr Parkes said.

One of the highlights of the day will be the keynote speech from Dr Mary White AM, author of Greening of Gondwana, who will kick off the event at 10am.

Presentation and workshops will cover a wide range of topics from 'Big Scrub Bats' to 'Living on the Land for Beginners'.

The event is being supported by Richmond Land Care and the Department of Environment and Climate Change.

Every hour from 10am, buses will leave for walks led by experts in the Booyong Flora Reserve, offering opportunities to experience the magnificent biodiversity of the Big Scrub Rainforest.

There will be children's activities and entertainment all day, as well as stalls and displays.

A free boomerang bus service will be available on the day at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am, leaving from Byron Bay Visitors Centre in Jonson Street.

The bus service will return from Bangalow Showground at 3.30pm. To book please call Mark on 0429 461 342.

There will also be parking available for a $2 donation, proceeds going to Big Scrub restoration.

As a lead in to the Big Scrub Rainforest Day, Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group is screening the international award winning and locally produced documentary Rainforest, The Secret of Life at 8pm on Saturday, September 19 at the A&I Hall in the Bangalow Showground.

Dr Parkes urged all nature lovers to get along to the screening.

The film, directed by David Wharth, captures the local biodiversity with wonderful cinematography of the rainforests, while also incorporating the latest science, Dr Parkes said.

All proceeds to go to on-ground works rehabilitating Big Scrub remnants.

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