Community News

Valley Watch keeping busy

Valley Watch continues to meet monthly at their new headquarters at the Wooloweyah Scout Hall.

March saw members brave the heat to engage with the public at the monthly Sunday Yamba River Markets. Here we encourage and educate people of all ages to care for our soil, water and air as well as birds and animals in the Clarence Valley.

On Saturday, we participated in the Big Bat and Wildlife Festival. It was heartening to hear the talk given by Colin Creighton on how to look after the long term health of the Wooloweyah Lagoon.

We are currently preparing for our annual Biodynamic Gardening and Farming Field Days. These are going to be held at the fantastic Yamba Community Garden on Friday May 3 and in the building at the rear of the Coldstream Gallery in Ulmarra on Saturday May 4. The head and founder of Biodynamics Australia and his team will be running these field days free of charge to participants. Biodynamics has been embraced by the Australian wine industry and is now recognised widely in the agricultural world as a way to value add both dollars and nutrients to fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and livestock.

COOEEE, a subcommittee of Valley Watch, has also been active with their education program. COOEEE has been liasing with Yamba Public School in an effort to reduce landfill waste at the school and promote keeping our waterways free of rubbish. COOEEE participated in Clean Up Australia Day and were saddened to find a great deal of micro plastics around Green Point at Angourie.

Helen Granleese