Mullumbimby High School’s Green Group has taken on the challenge of regenerating and looking after 500m of the bank of Mullumbimby Creek which meanders behind the school.
Dave Filipczyk, Supervisor of Council’s Bush Regeneration team, is working with the students, teaching them to identify weeds and planning future work on the school property so that it integrates with other regeneration projects.
“I was excited to be contacted by Kayleigh Mast, who is the supervisor of the Green Group, to talk about the potential for a riverbank restoration project,” Mr Filipczyk said.
“Council’s Bush Regeneration team is already working on a neighbouring part of the riverbank behind the Mullumbimby Bowls Club as part of a project funded by the NSW Crown Reserves Improvement Fund,” he said.
“With Mullumbimby High School on board now we are working on implementing bush regeneration works on approximately nine kilometres of the riverbanks on the Brunswick River, Mullumbimby Creek and Salt Water Creek which have enormous benefits for the environment.
“If the riverbank is cleared of weeds allowing native vegetation to flourish this translates to improved habitat for native wildlife.
“It also means the aquatic system is healthier too because what happens on the land has an impact on the quality of the water and the marine environment as well.
“All of this work feeds into the Bringing Back the Bruns project which is a long-running initiative to restore and rehabilitate the Brunswick River catchment,” he said.
Council’s Bush Regeneration team is currently working on more than 250 hectares on 75 sites across the Byron Shire.