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Accolades for Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance

Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance members at last night’s Awards CeremonyNorth Coast Local Land Services has congratulated the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance who have been selected as the winner of the 2016 Regional Sustainability Award at last night’s NSW Green Globe Awards.

The Alliance was established in 2012. It is a voluntary partnership encompassing Gumbaynggirr country from the Coffs Coast and Orara hinterland, through the Bellinger Valley and onto the Dorrigo Plateau, New England National Park and the Upper Nymboida. The Alliance seeks to include the whole community through its partnership approach and recognises Aboriginal cultural attachment to our landscape as a key principle of its work.

Piers Harper, Senior Land Services Officer said, “North Coast Local Land Services is one of the original members of the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance and we are honoured to be part of a movement that is achieving such positive outcomes for this region.

“The strength of the Alliance is the relationships between the project partners and the work done by bush regenerators, Aboriginal green teams, volunteers and other natural resource management groups. Piers concluded.

Robin Heath, CEO Dorrigo Local Aboriginal Land Council and member of the Alliance stated at the awards ceremony held in Sydney on Thursday night “Working together benefits everyone – the Alliance is a great collaborative approach - we get more done to protect & restore country, and we raise awareness of cultural heritage values in the landscape”.

The NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards celebrate excellence, success and innovation in environment and sustainability. This award recognises our leadership action to protect and restore our natural landscapes – through the connections we have made with our partners and our community, and the results of working together to improve local biodiversity.

Over the past five years the 20 partner organisations of Jaliigirr have together;

  • delivered on-ground results - growing & planting more than 50,000 trees, regenerating over 500 hectares of bushland and protecting native animals in 1,500 hectares of habitat
  • supported local community aims & ideas for reconnecting and restoring their land & waterways
  • provided employment for professional bush regenerators, working on country teams, landcare officers and other natural resource managers

Media contact:

Piers Harper, Senior Land Services Officer, Phone 6659 9403

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Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance members at last night’s Awards Ceremony