Weeds a handful
ALLAWAH Bushland Reserve, near East Ballina, which was devastated by bushfire 12 months ago, is growing back with more life and vitality than before the fire.
“What we have to do now is control the weeds which are also bursting with life,” Ballina Coast Care volunteer Lee Andresen said.
Mr Andresen said coastal heath thrived if it was burned periodically.
“It hadn't burned for 25 years,” he said.
Yesterday a small group of volunteers spent the day controlling weeds on the 48ha reserve which is made up of forest, swamp and paperbark wetland.
The efforts marked the start of Landcare Week, which runs until Sunday under the banner 'Join the Landcare Journey'.
Research by Landcare Australia showed 92 per cent of people had considered volunteering for an environmental organisation, but significantly less followed through with their intentions.
This week's campaign aims to enlighten people as to how they can get involved in Landcare.
Mr Andresen said the heath would do well if there were more volunteers to control the weeds.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help can call Mr Andresen on 6681 3557.