Vandalised trees replaced thanks to generosity
AN ACT of senseless vandalism has been countered by a deed of spontaneous generosity.
When Cameron Home, sales manager at Alpine Nursery read on The Northern Star website on Monday a restorative community planting by Wilsons River had been viciously hacked, he leapt at the chance to act.
The large commercial and residential nursery in Alstonville has donated 25 native plants to replace those vandalised.
"Once we heard about the senseless vandalism it was obvious we needed to do what we could to help. We have been very successful in our own rehabilitation and restoration of Youngman's Creek which passes through the middle of our property. We have planted over 13,000 native tree and grasses.
The original trees were planted on the western bank of the Wilsons River, below the Ballina Road bridge at Lismore, on May 16 under the supervision of WetlandCare Australia and through funding from North Coast Local Land Services.
Most of the trees had grown to three metres and were helping to stabilise the eroding riverbank.
As well as stabilising riverbanks, native vegetation provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, and improves visual amenity, water quality, fish stocks and recreational fishing.
Garry Owers, Floodplain Project Officer with Richmond River County Council said riparian restoration works were currently occurring on the Wilsons River at the southern side of the Ballina Road bridge.
"We ask that the community keep an eye on the area and report anyone damaging vegetation to Lismore City Council," he said.
Security measures are being implemented.