Rous Water community education officer Barbara Jensen (left) and Lismore City Council environmental strategies officer Vanessa Tallon testing out the new model.
Rous Water community education officer Barbara Jensen (left) and Lismore City Council environmental strategies officer Vanessa Tallon testing out the new model.

Encouraging model behaviour

Schools, community groups and event co-ordinators now have access to a free model of the local water catchment that illustrates how human behaviour affects our environment and how best we can help create a healthy, flourishing catchment.

Launched by Richmond River County Council in Lismore yesterday (Wednesday), the model took two years to create and includes a scaled-down version of a flowing river, water-supply dam, town, farms, beach and more. While it’s not an accurate representation of the local catchment, there are things people will certainly recognise – the Cape Byron lighthouse, the Lismore flood levee and a house being eaten away by encroaching waves reminiscent of Belongil. There’s even a makeshift toilet and bath so kids can see the full water cycle from the house back to the river. The model identifies estuary ecosystems, environmental management practices for industry, water supply and management, acid-sulfate soil management, marine and terrestrial national parks, school environmental management plans, flood levees and environmental weeds.

“This is a long-term resource that can go to schools, the local shows and to community events to help people understand how the catchment works and how their interaction with the natural environment can have good or adverse impacts,” Richmond River County Council floodplain services manager Michael Wood said.

The model comes on a trailer that can be towed to its desired location. For more information or bookings, phone Rous Water on 6621 8055.


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