With the first anniversary of our shire's fires behind us and a sense of hope in the air (thanks in no small part to recent rains), here is news of a regeneration project of a different nature ...
Snack bar brand Nature Valley has partnered with Landcare Australia to support the rejuvenation of bushfire affected walking trails in New South Wales.
Under their recently-launched Nature Valley Trails Landcare Grants program Nambucca Valley Landcare has received $55,000 to create a safe, quality walking experience along the 12 kilometres of the Summit to Sea Walking Track, connecting the summit of Mt Yarriabini (Yarrahapinni) to the coast at Grassy Head.
The trail was one of the last areas for animals to seek refuge when fires ravaged 68 per cent of the shire last year ... and it now remains as one of the last pockets of rainforest in the area.
Nambucca Valley Landcare will collaborate with National Parks and Wildlife Service, Nambucca Valley Council and local schools, to enhance accessibility along the track by adding boardwalks, steps and managing vegetation.
Nambucca Valley Landcare's Logan Zingus said Landcare's role would be helping to engage volunteers for the project.
"This project is all about getting people out and about in nature and involved in something positive," Logan said.
"Planning is now underway on this ... environmental factors are being reviewed and cultural consultation is taking place. If all goes well, the trail will be built next year.
When the track officially reopens in September 2021, it will be safe for walkers, providing them with the best quality experience to connect to nature in this park that is highly significant to the Dunghutti, Ngambaa and Gumbaynggirr people.