Dunbogan Bushcare celebrates 25 years of habitat protection

Dunbogan Bushcare volunteers and supporters, including the former Friends of the Pilot Station, gather to celebrate 25 years of protecting the area’s native species habitat.

TIRELESS Dunbogan Bushcare volunteers are celebrating 25 years of habitat protection in the local area.

The group’s achievements on the Dunbogan peninsula include the rehabilitation of littoral rainforest, threatened species habitat restoration, and erosion management.

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Volunteers meet each week, getting their hands dirty removing noxious weeds to allow the natural regeneration of native plants.

“Dunbogan Landcare initiatives play a crucial role in maintaining the biodiversity values of this area,” a representative from Hastings Landcare said.

The coastal wildlife corridor volunteers have restored is home to many threatened species including koalas, spotted-tail quolls, glossy black cockatoos, eastern curlews, bar-tailed godwits, eastern ospreys and white-bellied sea-eagles.

Visitors to the area often comment the environment is one of the most weed-free they have seen anywhere along the NSW coast.

The work volunteers continue to carry out each week has not gone unrecognised.

In June 2022, the initiator and driver of the group, Sue Baker, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her volunteer conservation efforts spanning decades.

“Positive impact on the environment and the community comes directly from individuals dedicating time, effort and energy,” Sue said.

“Our projects have been very successful and are widely known, including at state level.”

Dunbogan Bushcare has developed strong cooperative partnerships with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, National Parks and Wildlife Services, Crown Lands, and the NSW Environmental Trust.

A milestone of 25 years of volunteer habitat restoration provides an excellent opportunity for reflection, appreciation, and renewed commitment to the cause of environmental conservation on the Dunbogan peninsula.

If you would like to join the important efforts don’t hesitate to contact https://hastingslandcare.org.au/contact/.

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