For The Big Scrub...Big Opportunities For Hands On, Heart-Felt Work
Rainforest Rescue has been restoring the Big Scrub Rainforest Remnants since 1999 and in 2008 we joined with the Madhima Gulgan Community Association and their bush regeneration team to
continue this important work. This partnership has made terrific headways not
only for the rainforest, but for the local Indigenous people employed to care
for country they share a personal and historical connection with.
In the past six months, the small band of workers who make up the Madhima Gulgan Bush
Regeneration Team have planted another 1,620 trees for Rainforest Rescue,
bringing life back to farms in the Byron Bay hinterland. Team members have
also been busy removing Madeira Vine and other invasive weeds. Removing weeds is
not very appealing work, yet it is vitally important to the survival and
regeneration of the rainforest.
Being a Madhima Gulgan bush regenerator employed as professional bush
regenerators, team members build up extensive practical field experience
preparing planting sites, removing weeds, planting trees and maintaining sites.
Each has completed, or is working towards, a Certificate IV in Conservation Land
Management. This is a unique opportunity, as the Madhima Gulgan Bush
Regeneration Team is the only Indigenous bush regeneration team within the Byron
Shire and Tweed Shire.
With the help of our supporters, Rainforest Rescue is keen to support Madhima Gulgan
Community Association into the future. We are grateful for their contribution to
our Big Scrub Plant a Rainforest Project and look forward to this partnership
continuing to grow and thrive.
Gaven Ivey, Team Member, Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team
"I've been part of the group since 2008. At the moment, we’ve been doing a fair bit of
weed control, planting and maintenance. We also visit schools. I moved away, to
Sydney, when I was 18. I wanted to get back to country, travel it and work it.
This way, I get a hands-on feel for it. Being out in the rainforest… it’s the
most beautiful office I’ve ever been in.
Every day you have these moments where you look around and think ‘wow’.
It's nice to work on places you’ve grown up in. Locals, Councils and others open up to us.
We get the history of the country we’re working on. You actually get a feeling
about the site. Currently, it’s about four of us working out in the field, then
another two in the office. I want to do this for longer, get some more training…
I’d love to work towards establishing a chemical-free branch to our
Trevor Jenkins, Team Leader, Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team
"When we’re able to offer employment for people, that’s a good feeling. I also find
the field work satisfying. You can look back at the end of the day, and can see
how much better things will be two years on - with the weeds gone, you know
those seedlings are going to get a burst.
These last 12 months have been a bit of a nightmare, with the rain and weeds, the rain
can be good for the plantings but too much and we can’t get into the
Some of the places we go to for work are really beautiful… places we wouldn’t normally
You look down into a valley and can picture in your head what it would have been like. We are trying to bring it back to what it was before.”
Thank you very much GlobalGiving supporters. We greatly appreciate all your support and we hope you are excited about the progress on the ground. Please feel free to share our project and all our news with friends and family. Great opportunities lie ahead and we are looking forward to the work and restoring this great rainforest.
Paul Medici and the Rainforest Rescue Team