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Byron Herbicide Free. 2 working days ahead, weather permitting.

The Byron Environment Centre is holding it’s due to rain re-scheduled chemical-free bush regen and boardwalk maintenance next Tuesday 21th March from 9.30 to 1.30 at the Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary (next to the toilet block of the Byron Market site) weather permitting. Cool drinks will be provided.

We will be removing Singapore Daisy from around the stormwater drain adjacent to the boardwalk entrance, and we will be doing maintenance to the boardwalk.

Please wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing from sun and mosquitoes. See map attached.

Hope to see you there – come anytime even for an hour or two.

If raining email Sharon (sharon@wwwires.com) at 8 am on the day to see if it is on.

Hello Everyone,

Even though the rain has stopped for the moment. We have decided to postpone due to the wet conditions in the wetland for safety reasons.

I will let you know next date when decided.


Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 25th of March, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, no far from the Surf Club. We will be working on the South side of the Horse Track beach access, however I will walk through the middle of the site checking for Glory Lily, If you come later, please call 0478272300 to find us.

Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.

Nadia de Souza Pietramale
Project Coordinator
0478 272 300

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A beautiful tree.

Red Cedar.

The red cedar tree (Toona australis) pictured here, was one of the few that remained standing when I purchased this land in the 70s. Now there are hundreds if not 1000s growing or sprouting through-out the property.

The red cedar getters, as they were called, lived in these valleys for weeks on end as they felled what was known then as red gold. The cutters were the ones who did the real dangerous work and who received the lowest return for their risk and hard physical labour. Their living conditions were basic and harsh, shelter being damp huts where they often endured long periods of rain. I can not find out what their diets consisted of.

Many men were killed on the job. Bullock teams were used along the steep ridges and gullies to pull the huge logs to the creeks edge. Red cedar logs were easier to transport to the coast due to them being able to float high in water. The creeks in flood times were a huge asset. As I tramped over this land with all of its discomfort, (leeches, ticks, razor sharp vines and giant stinging trees) I live here in comfort compared to those men.

In Germaine Greer’s WHITE BEECH, she writes that the red cedar is not actually a cedar but a mahogany, a member of one of the seven genera in the MELIACEAE family. Several decades of argument between botanists as to where to place the Australian red cedar. Regardless of its movable classification, the tree was almost wiped out in our valleys, to build our early cities and to export from where the beautiful colour of its timber enhanced the grand homes in the UK and Ireland.

Hundreds of this tree’s seedlings I have transplanted throughout the property. Easy to transplant during the wet season the survival rates of the transplants are at least 50%.


An emerging red cedar in our present herbicide free regeneration site.








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