‘Jaliigirr’ (pronounced jall-EE- girr) is the local Gumbaynggirr word for tree. The Jaliigirr Project, funded by the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund and led by North Coast Local Land Services, is the flagship of the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance.
Bellingen Shire Council is one of nineteen organisations in the Alliance who support the voluntary contributions of organisations, landholders and communities in order to create and protect corridors to link World Heritage areas, National Park reserves and State Forests.
Council commenced implementation of the Jaliigirr Project in 2013 and work has continued throughout 2014 and 2015 including weed control and planting of local native tree seedlings to boost bush regeneration at priority sites on both public and private land.
Sites to date include primary koala habitat at Hydes Creek and Ringwood Creek, riparian (river bank) zones adjacent to Baker Street in Fernmount and Hammond Street in Bellingen and Endangered Ecological Communities at Urunga Lagoon. This work will improve the health of priority vegetation corridors in the Shire.
A priority weed management project is also being implemented adjacent to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area - Dorrigo National Park. Works for this project are currently being carried out on four private properties – one property on Mountain Top Road, removing infestations of Lantana at its altitudinal limit and another three properties on Dome Road, where Privet, Japanese honeysuckle and Blackberry are being treated.
This weed management work will create enhanced vegetation corridors linking to and protecting the Dorrigo National Park.
Further Information: Great Eastern Rangers - Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance(link is external) website.