Big Scrub Landcare takes out Australasian award
President of Big Scrub Landcare, Dr Tony Parkes, says it is an honour to be recognised across Australasia, throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, for outstanding achievements in rainforest protection and restoration.
This award shines a spotlight on the ecological significance of the Big Scrub rainforest and the importance of its continued protection, Dr Parkes explains.
“Once the largest expanse of subtropical rainforest in Australia, the Big Scrub currently occupies less than one percent of its historical range across northern NSW,” he says.
The award also recognises strong participation and collaboration with stakeholders, community and volunteers, aspects integral to the mission of Big Scrub Landcare.
Big Scrub Landcare works with various government and community groups, Dr Parkes says.
As an example recent on-ground works have been supported by the Australian Government’s Green Army program through Envite Environments Big Scrub Green Army team.
The Green Army program provides youth the opportunity to learn about the Big Scrub and be active in its protection through weed control and planting works, focusing on significant local remnants including Big Scrub Nature Reserve and Rocky Creek Dam.
“It is only through working alongside others that Big Scrub Landcare has been able to restore a total area of more than 600 hectares and revegetate (through planting) 250 hectares, across more than 90 lowland rainforest remnants,” Dr Parkes explains.
People interested in learning more about the Big Scrub and local projects can access information from various sources including www.bigscrubrainforest.org.au or www.envite.org.au.