Korora folk put back shrubbery

LILLY pilly, brush box and tuckeroo were among species planted by a team of environmentally-minded locals at Korora.

On Monday, six Korora Bay Dune Care volunteers and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) senior field officer Carl Freeman planted 75 shrubs at the end of Kotara St in a bid to re-link vegetation corridors on the beach strip.

Mr Freeman said the project involved removing weeds and would increase protection of littoral rainforest.

“National Parks and Wildlife Service has been working with the Coffs Harbour bush genera- tion group removing lantana and other weeds for the past few months and preparing the area for planting,” Mr Freeman said.

“These smaller and individual projects are important to link sections of remnant vegetation corridors.”

Korora Bay Dune Care group leader Sylvia Turner said they had already put 250 plants in the ground on the Korora beachfront.

“Early last year we instigated a coastal rehabilitation project and were granted funding by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority through their ‘Caring for our Coast' project,” Ms Turner said. “This project also resulted in the development of a Landcare Action Plan for the site which is now guiding the NPWS, the council and community as to the protection and regeneration requirements for the area.”

The Korora project, titled Managing and Maintaining Coastal Corridor Linkage and Habitat Protection, provided funding for bush regeneration work aimed at reducing the impact of weeds of national significance (primarily bitou bush and lantana) and reducing threats to the endangered ecological community – littoral rainforest.

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