Members of the Ngurrala (Nambucca), Darrunda Wajarr (Coffs), Girrin (Yarrawarra) and Muurrbay Bindani (Grafton) Green Teams get stuck into habitat protection works.
Members of the Ngurrala (Nambucca), Darrunda Wajarr (Coffs), Girrin (Yarrawarra) and Muurrbay Bindani (Grafton) Green Teams get stuck into habitat protection works.

Aboriginal green teams combine to protect our natural assets

FOUR North Coast Aboriginal Green Teams are contributing a valuable service to the natural assets of the region.

The Ngurrala team from the Nambucca Valley has obtained funding through North Coast Local Land Services for on-ground works.

Teams at Coffs Harbour (Darrunda Wajarr), Yarrawarra (Girrin) and Grafton (Muurrbay Bindani) are also part of the plan.

The project will protect endangered and threatened species, ecosystems and habitats at Stockyard Creek in Ngaamba Nature Reserve, and Scotts Mountain in Yarriabini National Park.

These locations also have a high cultural value with significant sites in both these areas.

Ngurrala bush regenerators work with pride and passion when on-site with the long-term goal of bringing these areas back to pristine condition.

In addition to regeneration of these sites, the current project will enhance and extend previous work completed by the green team under the Northern Rivers Catchment Action Plan and Environmental Trust grants.

Through these works the Ngurrala team has been able to identify and register a new colony of the endangered Rainforest Cassia (Senna acclinis) at Stockyard Creek.

Members of the teams have obtained training and certification in sand pad monitoring and track identification.

These skills will now be used to conduct a scientific project to survey and monitor wild dog movements in peri-urban areas.

This training is seen as a positive way of connecting back to culture by learning the scientific identification of animal prints - a technique all participants were eager to learn.



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