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Brunswick Valley Landcare is a volunteer organisation supporting and encouraging effective natural resource management in the Brunswick River catchment of northern New South Wales.

April Newsletter

All the latest Landcare news, activities and coming events from around the Byron shire, including details of funding opportunities available to Landcare groups and individual landholders. Read Newsletter.

Caring for our Country
The Australian Government's natural resource management web site gives easy access to information about funding opportunities and program outcomes. Visit web site

Online bookshop and library

BVL's online bookshop and library can be accessed at

The library is available at BVL functions, usually along with the bookshop. Library books can be returned at functions, meetings, or dropped off at librarian Rita de Heer's home.

Brunswick Catchment

Catchment map

Click on the image to see an enlarged map of the Brunswick River Catchment.

Bush tucker species

Yalakool locality group has created and maintains a bush tucker garden in the Yalakool Reserve at Ocean Shores. More information

Contact CSO

The NRM Community Support Officer for the Byron Region is Wendy Gibney. Phone 6626 7028 (Wednesday and Thursday) or email:

Web site hosting

This web site is hosted as a community service by

My Local Native Garden easier to download 

My Local Native Garden is a free 40-page booklet published by Brunswick Valley Landcare that is packed with information to help you design, plant and maintain your own native garden. 

You can download a complete copy of the book (about 6 megabytes) using the link below or to conserve memory if you don't require the full book, five separate excerpts can be downloaded, each requiring approximately 2.5 megabytes of memory.

A hard copy of My Local Native Garden is available by donation, from the Byron Shire Council offices at Mullumbimby.

Download a full copy of My Local Native Garden
Download Excerpt 1 - Coastal
Download Excerpt 2 - Foothills and Hinterland
Download Excerpt 3 - Aquatic & Waterfeatures
Download Excerpt 4 - Riverine & Alluvial
Download Excerpt 5 - Ridges and Ranges

While essential support information is included in every excerpt, additional information vital to your planting may be in an excerpt other than the one you have downloaded. Ideally, BVL recommends downloading the full brochure.

Register now for free workshops,
field days and training

Over the next 18 months BVL will be helping landcarers and dunecarers improve their knowledge and skills through a wide variety of training. Please register online to help us design a program of workshops to suit your needs. The variety of courses includes: plant identification (beginner to advanced courses), AQF3 Chemical Certificate training for locality group volunteers, Web design and other IT courses, field days and much more.
Please register online to help us organise a program of workshops to suit your needs
This training is funded through a Federal Government Caring for Our Country Community Environment Grant.

Funding for native regeneration projects

Brunswick Valley Landcare is keen to hear from people who would like to plant native trees and regenerate the natural areas on their properties, who are looking for additional support to achieve these goals. 

It is likely that funding opportunities will open over the next few months so BVL would like to be prepared with well planned projects.

BVL's Peter Ryan says project funding applications that involve communities working together to create corridors are often more successful than individual funding applications, and Brunswick Valley Landcare would like to help connect people and places in the community.

To register your interest in funding projects please email Let us know your name, contact details, address of the property and any special features on your property. For example, is it next to a creek, on top of a ridge or are there threatened species at your place?

For more information or for other issues relating to natural resource management in the Byron Shire area, please contact: Wendy Gibney Community Support Officer (Byron) 6626 7028 (Wednesdays and Thursdays) Email:

This community support project is funded by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA) and supported by Byron Shire Council.

Kit explains health and safety laws

The Australian Government has launched a new work health and safety resource kit for volunteers. The kit will assist volunteers and organisations who engage them to understand the new work health and safety (WHS) laws. Check it out here:

$500 grants for locality groups

BVL is offering $500 grants to locality groups. The grant would be valid for the financial year. Expressions of interest, an explanation of the requirement for the grant, and a brief project plan for your locality group should be submitted to the treasurer, Claire Hewitt, at

Payment would be only be allocated on approval of the grant and submission of valid receipts. Direct payment by BVL to the company where the grant was spent is also possible.


To join BVL or renew your membership contact Jane Wickers 6684 6212 or