The 2022 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference & Awards includes field trips to a variety of locations across Northern NSW. The field trips will give delegates the opportunity to renew their passion for Landcare practices while recharging their batteries in the beautiful Northern NSW.
Field Trip 1 – Marine Estate Management, Summerland Farm & Lennox Coast Care
Take in the beautiful Northern NSW scenery while driving through the lush Byron Bay and Ballina hinterland. The tour starts with a visit to a successful riparian revegetation project in Alstonville, where you will be provided with a comprehensive talk on marine estate management and take a tour of a mangrove nursery. Lunch will be held at the Summerland Farm café; Summerland Farm is one of the most successful disability enterprises in Australia.
After lunch the field trip will head to the stunning Lennox Headland where Lennox Coast Care will take you on a walk overlooking the ocean and showcase their successful biosecurity weed eradication program. The walk will take you through EEC littoral rainforest and themeda triandra grasslands. Afternoon tea will be enjoyed on the headland taking in ocean views.
Field Trip 2- Tweed Oyster Farm & Mayall Creek Restoration
A truly unique way to experience the Northern Rivers by exploring the majestic Tweed River. Jump on a chartered tour to explore the successful oyster enterprise of Birds Bay Oyster Farm. This is a Local Land Services funded site, which features tourism mixed with aquatic agriculture.
After a delicious lunch at the Oyster Shed you will hop on a bus to snake along the Tweed River to Murwillumbah where you will visit and enjoy afternoon tea and a presentation at the Mayall Creek Restoration Project. This project showcases riparian restoration through revegetation, bank stabilisation and creation of fish habitat.
Field Trip 3 – Soil Carbon & Sustainable Agriculture
On this field trip we visit the highly productive and diversified Woodland Valley Farm where they demonstrate that we can convert tired, old, compacted paddocks to deep, spongy, nutrient rich soils. The result, lush pastures while sequestering carbon. A presentation will be given on the Soilkee Renovator machine – An innovative new approach to land management and its first time use in a sub-tropical environment.
After a delicious lunch of freshly made pasta, another tick of farm diversification, we head over to Rob Pritchard’s farm in Cudgen. Rob received a National Landcare grant. His beautiful farm showcases small scale biological farming practices, soil regeneration and riparian plantings.
Field Trip 4 – Coastal on Country
Set in the beautiful coastal location of Fingal Head local indigenous group Banaam invite you to connect to country and gain a better understanding of indigenous culture. We will continue our cultural connection with a tour by Fingal Head Coast Care around the beautiful Fingal Head.
This is a significant historical site for both Booingbah (place of the Echidna) and European settlers. The award-winning Landcare site has a long history and is being passionately restored to EEC littoral rainforest. After lunch in the coastal town of Kingsliff we will be given an overview of biosecurity weed control of the Bitou weed. This project is being undertaken by the TBLALC Rangers with support from Madhima Gulgan Community Association.
Field Trip 5 – Biodiversity Bridging
An exclusive group will have the opportunity to visit a long-term landscape scale project focussed on the restoration of fauna/ climate change corridors across the Tweed Region. Since 2012, close to one million dollars of NSW Environmental Trust funds plus cash and in-kind contributions from partners has achieved 160 hectares of restoration in key fauna and climate change corridors on 30 properties.
This large scale project has created landscape connectivity and increased biodiversity throughout the Tweed Region. On this tour you will visit and tour three of the project sites in this visionary project.
Book your field trip by visiting the registration page!