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Ants, wild dogs and weeds named big issues at Lismore Biosecurity Forum

14 June 2019

Rhett Patrick, Rous County Council Weed Biosecurity Team Leader.

Invasive species and wild dog trapping were just some of the topics to capture the attention of more than 150 people at the inaugural Biosecurity Forum held at the Lismore Showgrounds yesterday, Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Regenerative agriculture and Indigenous land care practices topped and tailed the day to set the tone for the forum, which was described by many as ‘thought-provoking’ and ‘down to earth’.

Hosted by Rous County Council, the forum attracted people from all over the Northern Rivers, from urban residents to landholders working up to 2,000 acres who are all passionate about the environment and, for some, whose livelihoods depend on it.

Event organiser, Kim Curtis from Rous County Council, said the forum was relevant to people with ranging interests, but that care had been taken to include specific topics essential for those working the land.

“Since everyone has a general biosecurity duty, we believe it’s important to equip people with the right information so they can fulfil their obligations.

“Learning about unique wild dog trapping techniques, updates on animal diseases and how to identify red fire ants and yellow crazy ants were popular talks.

“People were also really interested and inspired by what they learned from the Ngulingah Aboriginal Land Council rangers about traditional burning practices for regeneration and for promoting biodiversity.

“And they were equally impressed by the views of our keynote speaker Lorraine Gordon on regenerative agriculture. Lorraine spoke on the importance of farming practices that reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity.”

More than 10 speakers had the opportunity to present their ideas at the forum.

“The feedback we’ve had is that with such a variety of speakers and topics there was something for everyone. We really look forward to hosting the next biosecurity event.”

Ngulingah Aboriginal Land Council Rangers; left to right Denzel Dangerfield,
Brandon Harrington,Laine Charles, Jamie Saunderson,
Hezekiah McKenzie, Gwendoline Laurie.
More than 150 people attended the Biosecurity Forum.

Young water savers show the way to a brighter future

30 May 2019

Rous County Council saw a brighter future put forward by water saving students at the Green Innovation Awards held in Lismore on 30 May.

The Awards, of which Rous County Council is a sponsor, encourage students to develop a passion for the environment by asking them to invent, develop and present solutions for greener living.

Of the 10 finalist entries in the Awards, at least four of the sustainability ideas were directly related to water.

Rous’ Water Sustainability Officer and judge at the Awards, Kylie Bott said the entries proved that saving water and preserving water quality is fresh on the mind of young people today.

“Rous County Council is very interested in hearing solutions for a brighter future, whether they’re from schools, community groups, adults or kids.”

Rous is currently on the lookout for water saving ambassadors for their 160 Litre Challenge competition and Kylie said it was inspiring to see a dynamic bunch of eco-go-getters come to the forefront at the Green Innovation Awards.

Students from the winning primary school, Wyrallah Road Public presented their school bubbler management system, which reduces water waste by measuring excess water from bubblers and reusing it on school gardens.

Empire Vale Public School presented their filtration solution for river health, which uses indigenous knowledge to create a filter that keeps waterways clean and cares for our rivers.

Goolmangar Public School shared a creative aquaponics food system that uses nutrients from the class fish tank to grow edible plants in an aqua garden system, while St Mary’s College, Casino demonstrated how swapping beef and cattle for cricket farming could provide an alternative source of protein but also reduce water use and improve the sustainability of the region.

Kylie said the Awards enabled students to share their ideas for the future of the Northern Rivers with local government and sustainability leaders in a range of expert fields.

“The 160 Litre Challenge competition is yet another opportunity for young people to express their concerns for the environment and take action to conserve our local water resources. By sharing innovative water saving ideas, you become part of the solution.”

More details on the 160 Litre Challenge can be found here:

Councillor Sharon Cadwallader at this year’s Green Innovation Awards in Lismore. A panel of expert judges examine the students’ sustainability ideas, including Water Sustainability Officer, Kylie Bott from Rous County Council (centre judge).
This year’s primary school winners, Wyrallah Road Public School raising awareness of excess water waste. Awards founder, Dr Bridie Cullinane presents Councillor Vanessa Ekin with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Primex 2019

16 May 2019

The biological control of weeds and rainwater tank rebates have sparked the curiosity of landholders and residents visiting the Rous County Council site at the 35th annual Primex at Casino.

Read the full media release here.

'Purple plague' appears in Nimbin

16 May 2019

One of the most invasive and destructive weeds known to the North Coast has been identified and controlled at a Nimbin property by a Rous County Council Biosecurity Officer this week. It is the first new Miconia plant discovery in five years in Australia.

Read the full media release here

Dog owners reminded that Rocky Creek Dam Rainforest and Water Reserve is an on-leash area for dogs

Council has had several reports of dogs being off-leash at the Rocky Creek Dam Rainforest and Water Reserve. The Reserve is a popular area for the whole community and it is important that all users respect the rules that are in place, particularly the requirement for dogs to be on-leash at all times.

Additional signage has been put in place throughout the Park to ensure dog owners are aware of their responsibility. Council encourages dog owners to ensure they leash their dogs at all times to preserve their access to this special place.    

Annual water science competition for high school students

Young scientists and water savers - start experimenting!

Save water in a new way and you could win a trip to Stockholm.

The annual international water science competition is on again. High school students are encouraged to come up with a water challenge, run some experiments and find an innovative solution.

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, run by the Australian Water Association and supported by Xylem, aims to come up with new and innovative solutions for the world’s water challenges.

The Australian prize winner will receive travel and accommodation to Ozwater'19 in Melbourne to attend the National Water Awards Gala Dinner AND a trip to Stockholm in August 2019 to compete in the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize during World Water Week!

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious youth award given to a high school student for water research. Over 30 countries compete in the international final.

Entries are open until 14 December so make the most of Term 4, think big and take a fresh look at local and global water problems. How can you solve the water problem?

More information, guidelines and nomination form can be found here.