Public meeting looks at Richmond Rivers health

Public meeting looks at Richmond Rivers health

A special meeting to discuss the health of the Richmond River and what can be done to improve the water quality will be held on Wednesday, November 22, at ACE North Coast in Lismore.

The meeting, entitled Save our Richmond River system: Ecology on the Brink?, will look at why people can no longer swim in the river, why there is excessive sedimentation and mud, and why commercial fishing has all but stopped.

It will also explore why fish species have decreased and look at what toxic effect various weeds are having on the river system.

The meeting will begin at 4.30pm and anyone is welcome. For more information phone Jasper on 0427 022 069 or Joe on 6621 4878.

Free tour looks at managing landslips

The Department of Primary Industries is holding a free bus tour on Wednesday, November 29, so people can see first-hand how local landholders are managing landslips and slumping.

Landslips and slumping are common occurrences in high rainfall areas of the North Coast and are often hard to repair because they can remain unstable for long periods, and are difficult to revegetate.

The bus tour will include two site inspections. At Barkers Vale, Samantha and Ross Muller have controlled a landslip stretching across a hectare of their paddock. They have installed a spring tapper to remove groundwater, fenced the area off from cattle, and planted deep-rooted trees. The second site visit will inspect a landslip that was rehabilitated 12 years ago by similar methods.

The bus trip runs from 9am-1pm with lunch and refreshments provided. You can meet the bus at Lismore or Cawongla.

For registration and information phone Lee Bridges on 6626 1279 by Monday, November 26.

Participants wanted for methamphetamine study

Local residents who have used methamphetamines (speed) at least once per month over the past six months are wanted for a confidential study being conducted in Lismore and Byron Bay.

The study is being co-ordinated by the North Coast Area Health Services Drug and Alcohol program in collaboration with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

It (speed) is now the second most widely used illicit drug after cannabis and has overtaken heroin as the most commonly injected drug, said Drug and Alcohol clinical nurse consultant, Tony Galloway. To date there has been very little research on the impact of the drug in rural regions. The study hopes to identify the sorts of problems users are experiencing, as well as estimating the prevalence of the drug in this area.

Interviews will be held on November 27 and 28, and all participants will be offered $30 to cover any expenses.

Anyone interested should phone Donna on 6586 6030.


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