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Environmental Trust

Dirawong continues to weed out unwanted plants – a story of restoration at Evans Head

The Dirawong Reserve Trust is another step closer towards its vision in assisting the Dirawong Reserve to repair to its more natural state.


The Dirawong is an area of Crown Land made up of coastal heath, wetlands and coastal headlands of over 200 hectares adjoining the village of Evans Head. It has significant Aboriginal and European cultural history embedded in its sands.


Local people and visitors alike can enjoy the experience of uninterrupted views of the coast, quite and secluded fishing spots, uncrowded beaches surrounded all the time by coastal heath vegetation that as spring approaches is exploding with colour.


The Reserve Trust has recently received funding through the NSW Governments Environmental Trust Program for a 3 year project to continue on the restoration work already accomplished. The aim is to rid the Dirawong of Bitou Bush, Glory Lily and introduced Coastal Tea Tree, legacies from the era of sand mining, using methods that promote conditions that encourage regeneration of endemic native plants.


The low impact restoration methods being used have been developed over many years by Ellen White an earlier member of the Trust and who continues to provide her expertise and labour on the Dirawong.

The Trust encourages people to assist the project when visiting by taking home any rubbish that is brought in and that exotic plants and seeds are not carried onto the Reserve. Seed is easily spread from being attached to clothes and shoes.


The regeneration team is usually on site on Wednesdays and welcome your interest.


As well as a great place to view heath flowers the Reserve is an important habitat for wildlife. Ellen has recorded 61 species of birds, 15 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles known to inhabit the Dirawong.


There are 27 species of plants occurring that have special ecological significance by being endangered or vulnerable through to uncommon in the area.


The Trust has engaged Northern Landcare Support Services (NLSS) to manage the project. NLSS has engaged the local team of 4 regenerators who have been working on the reserve to continue restoration work.


Austspray a specialist team has been brought in to undertake the difficult Bitou control on the cliff faces of Piano Rock, Joggley’s Gorge and The Bluff.


Dean Tattle Director of Austspray said “ he was privileged to work in such a beautiful area” He added “their work is now easy to see with much of the Bitou Bush now brown and dead at Piano Rock and Joggley’s Gorges”


NLSS will be showcasing environmental works within the Evans Head region and you can meet and talk to some of the people involved at the Evans Head Markets on Saturday 24th September.


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