Landcare networks working together to support landslip recovery in the Northern Rivers

FOLLOWING the severe rain events earlier this year, which caused thousands of landslips across the region, a group of Landcare networks are working together to support landholders to stabilise slips, prevent soil erosion and minimise the impact of landslips on threatened species and ecological communities.

The Landslip Recovery project is funded by North Coast Local Land Services.

Local Landcare Coordinator for the Border Ranges-Richmond Valley Landcare Network (BRRVLN) Emma Stone said landslips were a massive concern in the Northern Rivers since the February and March 2022 weather events.

Ms Stone said many people had experienced impacts to infrastructure and access to their properties.

She said landslips also posed an ecological threat opening up the landscape to weed dispersal and erosion.

“This project will offer support to landholders where landslips on their properties threaten the conservation values of threatened ecological communities, such as Lowland Subtropical Rainforest and Coastal Swamp Oak Forest or other threatened species,” Ms Stone said.

“The Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network is working in partnership with Brunswick Valley Landcare, Richmond Landcare Inc and Tweed Landcare Inc to deliver this project.

“Eligible sites will be assessed by qualified professionals which may include engineers, soil conservationists and/or bush regenerators.

“Landholders will be provided with a tailored remediation plan that will outline strategies which can be undertaken to mitigate soil erosion and reduce weed recruitment with consideration to revegetating slips which may include tree planting and direct seeding techniques.

“At this stage there is no assurance of financial support for undertaking on-ground works outlined in the remediation plans.

“Our intention is that landholders can use these plans to undertake self-funded works or to apply for future funding opportunities.”

For more information visit the Border Ranges-Richmond Valley Landcare Network website

Landholders can register their landslips via an electronic form: https://form.jotform.com/221858076283867

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