Bush Connect – Jaliigirr Landscape Connections in the Great Eastern Ranges

This project is funded under the Bush Connect Program delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust. The emphasis of this grant is to support community driven, consortium based projects that emphasise on-ground activities that attempt to improve the condition of the natural environment within the NSW portion of the Great Eastern Ranges (GER) corridor. The Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance was successful in securing funding for this project.

As partners of the JBA Inc., Never Never Catchment Group, Bellinger Landcare and EnviTE Environment manage 12 sites over a period of 10 years that will carry out activities to enhance, protect and reinstate  native  vegetated  corridors. The focus of works will be bush regeneration with some areas of revegetation and complemented with capacity building activities, to restore essential and viable habitats for forest-dependent fauna. Work is occurring on Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council repair to country priority sites, the Dorodong Corporation Indigenous Protected Area and private property. All sites are connected to the World Heritage Area of the region through a mosaic of land tenures including private landholder communities, Junuy Juluum, Bindarri, Dorrigo National Parks, Tuckers Knob, Pine Creek and Orara East State Forests.

The project is now in its fifth year and evidence of its impacts are significant thanks to the work of our partners and landholders. 


Sites at Gleniffer after four years are showing signifcant recovery and recruitment of an abundance of rainforest species


Re-establishment of the riparian zone at Thora Reserve – absence of species such as Lantana and vine weeds is allowing the riparian zone to establish along the Bellinger River. 


Plantings at Gleniffer in 2016 and again in 2020 after 5 years showing remarkable progress.


Key delivery partners:

Never Never Catchment Group, Bellinger Landcare and EnviTE Environment

Funding Body:

New South Wales Environmental Trust

Project value:

$600,000 plus in-kind contributions