The Coffs Jaliigirr Project

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The Coffs Jaliigirr Project

Image courtesy of Trevor Kale

The aims of the Coffs Jaliigirr Project are to restore, manage and improve the environment for aquatic systems, bird, animal and plant life and our communities.

We value indigenous culture, knowledge and land stewardship, and have permission to use ‘Jaliigirr’ meaning tree in the local Aboriginal Gumbaynggirr language.

Our project is funded through a six-year $3,000,000 federal government grant through the Biodiversity Fund established under the Clean Energy Future Initiative.

The project concentrates on landscape restoration and rehabilitation methods to improve linkages and restore habitats.

The project will select sites from landholders who have already submitted an expression of interest. However, there will be opportunities for others to be involved in subsequent years.  These selections will focus on clusters of landholdings.

The partners of this project are Coffs Harbour Local Government area are Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare and Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council and Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority. We are working with members of the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance who are establishing similar projects from the sea to the tablelands.

We plan to build the community’s ability and knowledge in land stewardship to help restore landscapes and connect communities and cultures through corridors. We are working to make our vision into a reality.

Our project officer will be working with landholders to assist them understand the objectives of the Jaliigirr Project to improve their land. Landholders that expressed an initial Expression of Interest will be contacted by the Project Officer to assess the inclusion of their land within the project.

The potential sites will have an assessment of the vegetation types to validate the regional vegetation communities over the extent of the Coffs Jaliigirr project - from the Coffs Coast to the mountains. 

The regional partnership of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance, has also prioritised the conservation of links between the coast the mountains and beyond.

We are working to convert our vision into a reality.

For further information please contact Council on (02) 6648 4000

This project has been assisted through the following organisations: