Free bush regeneration workshop for Tweed residents

Tweed Shire Council

A free workshop for residents who want to learn practical bush regeneration skills will be held in Murwillumbah later this month as part of Council’s commitment to protecting the Tweed’s environment.

The workshop – which will focus on controlling weeds, ecological restoration and flora and fauna considerations – will be held on Wednesday 31 May from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

Weeds are a big threat to the Tweed’s unique environment and can have serious economic and social impacts which is why controlling them is so important.

Council’s private land conservation officer Michael Corke said the workshop aims to improve landholders’ capacity to control weeds in bushland.

“Effective bush regeneration starts with an understanding of key ecological restoration principles and concepts which help us develop effective, site-specific approaches to weed control,” Mr Corke said.

“Bush regeneration involves restoring our native bushland to create healthy and more resilient ecosystems and is part of Council’s commitment to working together to reduce our impact on the natural environment.

“At the workshop, professional bush regenerators will explain ecological restoration and key concepts such as disturbance, succession and resilience. The community will learn how these concepts are used to determine the most effective restoration technique – managing weeds on the ground.

“It will be a valuable, fun and hands-on experience for anyone wanting practical advice and information on how to get started with bush regeneration on their properties.”

At the workshop, participants will learn about:

  • controlling weeds
  • ecological restoration

  • flora and fauna considerations

  • ecological restoration and disturbance, succession and resilience

  • identifying invasive weeds

  • practical opportunities to assess weeds on site.

“Professional bush regenerators will identify the most invasive weeds and discuss the impact they are having on bushland. They will then demonstrate the best-practice weed control techniques used to kill them. Participants can then have a go themselves under supervision,” Mr Corke said.

“Although weed control techniques may look simple, learning good techniques saves time and money and helps achieve the best ecological outcome and helps us conserve our unique habitats.

“Landholders with high conservation value habitat on their land, especially those with Conservation Agreements, are encouraged to attend.”

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