Richmond Valley Council has joined forces with Ballina Shire and Lismore City councils on a new project called Sustainable Urban Business.

The project aims to help regional urban businesses address the environmental challenges they face and to improve the long-term environmental sustainability of their business.

Andrew Hanna, of Richmond Valley Council, said: “In addition to the free environmental assessments, the Sustainable Urban Business project is holding community tree planting days in each local government area.”

The Sustainability team is planning the first tree planting day of the project for October 9 along the banks of the Richmond River behind Casino’s Queen Elizabeth Park where it is aimed to get 1500 trees planted.

“We hope to see many of the local business owners and managers come and help improve the condition of the Richmond River riparian zone, improve biodiversity and conserve this culturally significant site, even if they can only spare an hour of their time” said Mr Hanna.

The Boolangle Aboriginal Land Council has been working on the Junbung walkway rehabilitation project at this site; the work began over a year ago with funding from the Environmental Trust.

Native tree species have already been planted on the site, as well as ongoing construction of the Junbung Walkway along the riverbank.

Unfortunately the floods in January 2008 undid some of the hard work.

Richmond Valley Council has reconstructed the walkway over the last week, creating a pleasant walking track beside the river
for the community to use.

“Everyone is welcome and there will be a free BBQ lunch on the day. This is a great opportunity for business owners and members of the community to meet other like-minded people and contribute to improving the condition of the local catchment” Mr Hanna said.

For further information on the community tree planting day or on the Sustainable Urban Business Project in general, contact:
Andrew Hanna, Richmond Valley Council Ph: 66600290 or Bryan Green, Sustainability Education Co-ordinator Ph: 0458 748 892.