Dorrigo Plateau Region

Dandarrga Landcare is a new Landcare group on the Dorrigo Plateau, and a member group of both Bellinger Landare Inc and Clarence Landcare Inc. 

We are an enthusiastic group of people with skills in bush regeneration, propagation of rainforest species, project management and community education.

Our main goals are to:

• Encourage and assist local landowners and property managers with weed control and bush regeneration
• Catalogue and share information about local native rainforest species
• Provide access to local native seedlings and seed stock, by establishing a rainforest nursery
 
 
 
Our current projects include propagation and planting of local rainforest species, and privet control,
along local waterways:
the Blicks River at the Dundurrabin Community Centre,
at Tyringham, 
Deep Creek, Dorrigo
Bielsdown River, Dorrigo
Rocky Creek, Dorrigo (with Mountain Top Landcare)
 
 
        Collecting Antarctic Beech seed
 

Dandarrga Native Nursery

We have opened a rainforest nursery at the Dorrigo Showground. Working Bees since September 2017 have refurbished an existing greenhouse, built a shade tunnel and added composting bays and gardens.The Dandarrga Native Nursery opened for business on 11th December 2017.

Opening hours are Mon, Wed, Fri and Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

We have been operating on volunteer labour, donations, and borrowed tools, but we are hopeful of future financial support from grant funding, donations and tree sales. We are training local unemployed people in collaboration with Centrelink and the local job agencies. We are meeting many of the local people interested in native plants. We are delighted at the generous donations of local native seed, cuttings,  seedlings and compost materials. 
 

UPDATE February 2018 

Bellingen Shire Environmental Community Levy Fund

Bellingen Shire Council have generously granted us some start up
funds from the Environmental Community Levy Fund to purchase
nursery equipment. We are very grateful! Much needed tubes,
trays and labels have been purchased and are being put to good
use growing rainforest and other native species.
 

UPDATE March 2018 

Wettenhall Environment Trust

Many thanks to the Wettenhall Environment Trust for a small grant for community education. We aim to record and share data about our local native flora species, and show how they fit into the web of life in our region. We are hosting free weekly Rainforest Species ID workshops at the nursery, and will use the grant to develop further workshop material and fund workshops in 2018, as well as publish our data online and train local unemployed people as citizen scientists. See our first instructional video here.

On 16th March, Dr. Jacky Williams gave a public presentation on Planetary Stewardship and Landcaring. Jacky is an environmental scientist based at UNE. She has had a long history of working in rural communities - from forest activism, landcare chair and coordinator and managing a regional natural resource management organization, before deciding to explore more in-depth research of the issues and barriers for rural communities in looking after Country.  Download her presentation here.(pdf)

   

   

Update December 2018

Bellingen Shire Environmental Community Levy Fund

Another small grant from Bellingen Shire Council's Environmental Levy Community Fund will help with installing irrigation, and providing native soil and more tubes for the Dandarrga Native Nursery.

   
We welcome new members interested in learning about and improving our local natural biodiversity.

Download a Membership Form for 2018-19 (rtf)

Download our Newsletters:
May 2018 (pdf)

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Projects

Privet and honeysuckle control, bush regen

Rainforest, creek restoration, seed collecting

Download group KML