Clean Up Australia Day event to target Frenchmans Creek

A 15-hectare patch of Tuckers Nob State Forest along Frenchmans Creek behind the Bellingen Cemetery will be the target of a concerted clean-up, weeding and tree planting effort on Tuesday 28 February for Clean Up Australia Day.

Bellinger Landcare Inc., EnviTE and Forestry Corporation of NSW invited community members with a couple of free hours to join the Frenchmans Creek clean-up effort and stay for morning tea.

Natasha English from Bellinger Landcare said the event would complement extensive bush regeneration work underway at Frenchmans Creek.

“This site has good connectivity to the Hydes Creek and the Jaliigirr Project Priority Connection. It is in close proximity to the town of Bellingen and residential areas, and is used by people walking the trails and riding bikes,” Ms English said.

“Bush regeneration work by Envite, Conservation Volunteers Australia and a Green Army Team in May 2016 has gone along the edges and part of the creek line. Supplementary planting is thriving in the most westerly portion of the block.”

Forestry Corporation’s Partnerships Leader Holly James said Frenchmans Creek runs through a popular patch of Tuckers Nob State Forest right alongside town.

“We know this area is popular with local families, dog walkers and riders and this Clean Up Australia Day event presents a great opportunity for community members who visit and love this small patch of forest to get involved in our efforts to clean it up and transform it into a real community asset,” Ms James said.

“We’re inviting community members to stop by and lend a hand for however long they can spare and join us for morning tea to find out more about the bush regeneration we’re doing in this area.

“Ahead of the event, we’ll be bringing in equipment to remove some camphor laurel trees so the area will be safe for volunteers on the day.”

Find out more about the event or volunteer.

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