Funds have become available to continue the ongoing beautification of the Orara River.
Funds have become available to continue the ongoing beautification of the Orara River. Bruce Thomas

Restoration project for Orara

MEMBER for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, and the Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, have announced $100,000 for an environmental restoration and rehabilitation project in the Orara Valley.

Mr Fraser said the project had been allocated the funds from the NSW Government's Environmental Trust, an independent statutory body established to undertake projects that enhance the environment of NSW.

"The Orara Valley Rivercare Groups will use the funds to restore and protect riparian rainforest corridors along the Orara River, Urumbilum River, Bucca Bucca Creek and their tributaries," he said.

"These corridors connect with forested areas in adjoining National Parks and State Forests.

"The rainforest is an endangered ecological community and is habitat for the endangered eastern freshwater cod and numerous important bird species."

Ms Parker said the funds had come from the NSW Environmental Trust and this was one of 49 grants totalling $4.06 million under the 2011 round of the Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Program.

"The Restoration and Rehabilitation Program funds projects that protect, restore and enhance the natural environment and grants are open to community and State and local government organisations," Ms Parker said.

"I commend the Orara Valley Rivercare Groups for their commitment to protect and restore their local environment."



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