Bob Brown in the Big Scrub
THE Northern Rivers community will receive a visit from environmentalist and former politician Bob Brown next month.
The chair of the Bob Brown Foundation and founder of Bush Heritage Australia has been announced as a keynote speaker for the 18th annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day being held on Sunday, October 16 at Rocky Creek Dam.
Speaking from Tasmania ahead of his attendance at this year's event, Mr Brown said:
"The Big Scrub is one of Australia's iconic rainforest landscapes and was once the largest continuous expanse of lowland subtropical rainforest in Australia, covering an estimated 75,000 ha of fertile basalt-derived soils between Nightcap Range and the Richmond River.
"Whilst only 1% of the Big Scrub remains in remnants and regrowth areas dispersed throughout the landscape, these patches of what is now critically endangered rainforest contain very high plant species richness, and provide habitat for thirty-three nationally threatened plant and animal species in a national biodiversity hotspot.
"These areas provide key stepping stones between coastal habitats and the hinterland ranges for many animals that need to move to follow food resources as they change with the seasons.
"Such connectivity is likely to become even more important as climate changes, underlining the need for remnant expansion and linkage through restoration, regrowth and planting in corridors.
"I am very much looking forward to coming to Big Scrub Rainforest Day on 16 October at Rocky Creek Dam to visit the Big Scrub and help promote the protection and restoration of this majestic landscape."
President of Big Scrub Landcare, Dr Tony Parkes, said that they were delighted that Mr Brown would deliver the 2016 keynote address.
"To succeed in our task of restoring the critically endangered Big Scrub rainforest we need to engage with landholders and local communities throughout our region," Dr Parkes said.
"Bob Brown is an excellent ambassador for conservation and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the Big Scrub and to his contribution to what will be a great event."
Now in its eighteenth year Big Scrub Rainforest Day is Australia's largest annual Landcare community information and education event, attracting 23,000 attendees since 1999.
It provides community members with a unique opportunity to learn more about our wonderful, internationally significant local rainforest and its restoration.
This year's event celebrates 30 years of restoration at Rocky Creek Dam.
The full program is now available at www.bigscrubrainforest.org.au