Many hands helping Hospital Hill

A new group tackles an old problem

Many hands helping Hospital Hill

A new group tackles an old problem

Reaching Out -


The issue

Murwillumbah, in the scenic and biodiverse Tweed valley, had no Landcare group. Meanwhile, Murwillumbah’s iconic Hospital Hill had a significant 10 hectare remnant of dry sclerophyll forest, home to hilltopping butterflies, that was being degraded by environmental weeds including Camphor Laurel. The site had had previous failed restoration attempts - which were due in part to the extent of the weed issue and the terrain. So when Tweed Landcare was approached by local residents to form Hospital Hill Landcare there were some reservations.

The solution


Tweed Landcare discussed the proposal with the landowner, Tweed Shire Council. Due to a history of failed restoration attempts there were some additional considerations to ensure that this effort was successful. To navigate these concerns some additional requirement were added to the existing Care Group Procedures Manual (which outlines the process for forming a care group on council land). These were:

  • a minimum of 4 volunteers committed to the sight for at least 5 years

  • initially limiting group activities to a small (0.5 hectare) site with only moderate weed impacts and easy access, and

  • engaging qualified bush regenerators to undertake some primary weed control

Meeting these additional requirements removed the barriers to forming a group.

The impact

The group has only been up and running since March 2017. Their first day had to be postponed due to major flooding- which did not impact the site but had significant and ongoing impacts on our community. Since then the monthly group working bees have been attended by at least 6 volunteers and the initial 0.5 hectare site is responding well to restoration efforts.

Key facts

  • 1 new local Landcare group
  • 14 new Landcare volunteers
  • 1 Site Plan
  • 0.25 hectares of primary bush regeneration

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