NATURAL BEAUTY: Chinaman’s Beach is part of the Dirawong Trust, which is looking for new members.
NATURAL BEAUTY: Chinaman’s Beach is part of the Dirawong Trust, which is looking for new members. Contributed

Reserve trust wants new faces

EVERYONE loves the Dirawong at Evans Head, whether it's fishing off the rocks at Jogglies, surfing at Chinaman's or a day out with friends and family.

You can find peace and tranquility among the incredible bio-diversity, captivating views and beautiful beaches - there is something for everyone in this 300-hectare nature reserve.

The Dirawong Reserve Trust is run by a volunteer committee appointed by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries. It manages the reserve according to the principles contained in its plan of management.

The current committee has upgraded infra- structure, undertaken pest management strategies and continued a successful weed eradication program.

Most of the projects are funded through special grants and in 2011 they were successful in securing an Environmental Trust grant. This enabled the removal of weeds from the steep gorges on Jogglies using a skilled abseiling bush regeneration team.

There is currently a small team of paid workers hand-removing bitou and glory-lily behind New Zealand Beach and they are doing a fabulous job.

The Dirawong Reserve Trust would love to have a team of volunteers. The trust is registered as a volunteer organisation for Centrelink purposes and training is available through the project manager Bob Jarman of Northern Landcare Support Services.

The current trust committee must retire in May 2013 and needs new members. Without support the local community risks losing control of this important and valuable local asset.

If you feel you could spare an hour or two each month for a meeting and a few more hours to support projects then apply to be on the next trust committee. Contact the secretary Elaine on 6682 6277 for further information and to obtain an application form.



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