Dangar Falls nearly weed-free

PRACTICALLY privet-free, Dorrigo’s Dangar Falls is no longer surrounded by weed-choked forest.

Over the last three years careful use of environmental levy funds has seen nearly all of the English ivy and most of the privet painstakingly removed to reveal the beautiful Antarctic Beech forest beneath.

“Last year we hired a team to abseil down below the viewing platform and remove the thick wall of English ivy,” said Bellingen Council’s manager of natural resources, Ian Turnbull.

“We’ve also had a bush regenerator controlling the privet.

“Everything, even the tiniest stems, have been meticulously cut and painted. No foliar spray has been used because we wanted to protect all the ferns.”

He said the council had now applied for a grant plus earmarked further environmental levy funds to rebuild the steep pathway that leads to the bottom of the falls.

“This is a high use area and work here has long been requested by the community.”

He said the reconstruction of the path would cost $140,000, half of which was from the environmental levy and the other half, hopefully, from a NSW Department of Communities, Sports and Recreation grant.



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