Restoring a rich heritage at Busbys Flat
02 June 2017
The Casino-Boolangle Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) is working in partnership with Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to significantly enhance the biodiversity conservation and cultural heritage values of Busbys Flat, south west of Casino.
The Working on Country project involves restoring native vegetation and riparian areas through pest plant control on LALC land as well as two adjoining Travelling Stock Reserves managed by North Coast Local Land Services and is supported through funding from the National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.
John Nagle, Senior Land Services Officer said, “The partnership between Casino-Boolangle LALC and Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium has triggered other project partners’ interest and investment.
“It is delivering tremendous outcomes as Busbys Flat is not only a hotspot for threatened plant communities and the many threatened fauna species dependent on floodplain eucalypt forest, but it is also of significant cultural heritage importance to the Casino Aboriginal community,” he said.
Paula Coghill, Chief Executive Officer of Casino-Boolangle LALC said, “Our Working on Country team is very keen to restore the native forest and riparian areas of Busbys Flat and is committed to maintaining community connections with the spirit of this special place.
“The team is also embracing the opportunity to undertake a cultural assessment, prescribed firestick burning and fauna survey as part of the project, and will be shortly installing nest boxes to enhance habitat for wildlife with the assistance of local experts.
“Our Working on Country team is also working with other land councils and Aboriginal organisations, such as Gugin Gudduba LALC at Kyogle and supporting these groups with their own cultural land management initiatives.
“We will be showcasing the forest restoration and cultural management efforts at Busbys Flat to local groups, neighbours and project partners in the near future,” Ms Coghill said.
Brendan Torrens, team leader of the Casino-Boolangle team said, “It is very fulfilling for the team to be involved in the Working on Country project and strengthen their ability to look after our land and cultural heritage.
“It provides an opportunity to share with others our cultural knowledge and connection to the land at Busbys Flat and helps to bring people together.
“The on-ground work, assessments and cultural fire planning under partnership with North Coast Local Land Services, Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium and other partner organisations has greatly enhanced our skills to manage this land and highlight the cultural importance of Busbys Flat.” Brendan concluded.
John Nagle, Senior Land Services Officer, Phone 0429 624 651
1. L to R: Brendan Torrens (leader Casino-Boolangle team) and Jane Baldwin & Jim Morrison (Fire and Biodiversity) and Craig Torrens (Casino-Boolangle)
2. Busbys Flat riparian areas