Clarence Valley Watch

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Clarence Valley Watch

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Keeping an eye on activities in the Valley
Focusing on the natural environment
Aiming for a region that nurtures all who live here
Valley Watch identifies key activities that may impact on the Clarence Valley.

Land use is a critical factor in a catchment area such as the Clarence Valley. Valley Watch considers resource management and nature conservation projects as primary activities in the region. Valley Watch liaises with government, industry and community groups throughout the region.
Achieving an appropriate balance between specific economic and environmental concerns is vital. The natural resources underpin the economic and social viability of the region. Valley Watch provides an independent voice for the community.

Being involved in natural resource management and biodiversity protection is the right of all members of the community. The Clarence Valley has a wide and diverse range of natural resources and ecosystems. The region has recognised areas of high conservation value. Importantly these all perform a vital role.

The Vegetation in the floodplains, wetlands and tidal areas of the Clarence River:

control riverbank erosion by stabilising the banks of the river, and by absorbing the force of flowing water.
improve water quality by filtering sediment and pollutants in run-off from adjacent land uses.
provide habitat,food and movement corridors for larvae, fish, frogs, birds and other fauna living in the riparian zone.
represent remnant areas of local vegetation otherwise lost by clearing and urbanisation.

What have we achieved?
Valley Watch has funded The Lower Clarence Biolinks Study, an independent and professional report on vegetation in the Lower Clarence. Renowned ecologist, Mark Graham, identified significant vegetation corridors that are essential to the biodiversity in the valley. This report also includes his findings on unique species in the Clarence Valley.

Valley Watch has highlighted, and alerted the community to the presence of acid sulphate soils in the Lower Clarence.
This was instrumental in preventing inappropriate development in several areas, but most notably the proposal of the construction of a major development on the low-lying area of Micalo Island.

Valley Watch has funded a scientific report on the management of the flying fox in the Clarence Valley.
This report by PhD. Candidate and researcher, Billie Roberts acknowledges that the management of the flying fox is important to the community. The flying fox is also recognised as significant for the propagation of the iconic forests of the Clarence Valley.

Valley Watch continually plays a part in all levels of government accountability.
As a community organisation we lobby government and all recognised political parties, with regard to issues we believe are important to the Clarence Valley.

Type of group

Not stated/Not clear

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity

Local

Primary location

Clarence Valley, NSW

Known address

PO Box 637, Yamba, New South Wales 2464

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Date of known website activity

2012

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