Fire doesn't stop nursery
A FIRE that broke out at Nimbin Rocks last week on a 70-hectare property owned by the Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council could have endangered a native plant nursery that was officially opened yesterday.
The nursery is part of a $2 million project to eventually regenerate the Nimbin Rocks area in a partnership between the Land Council, the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and environment group EnviTE. The fire, which was on a different part of the property, was quickly extinguished by local bushfire brigades.
The initiative is scheduled to conclude in 2013, according to Ngulingah Land Council chief executive Jean Boussard.
“It has employed eight rangers from around here and has created 13 full-time and 20 part-time jobs from the Aboriginal community,” he said.
“The nursery is mainly native plants and trees and some with medicinal purposes and some commercial products.
“In about six months we will start selling seeds.”