Reweavers


The Re-Weavers are “individual Australians who have greatly enhanced the tapestry of our Earth Community by re-weaving green threads of sustainability back into its living fabric.”

The Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition and the Clarence Valley Branch of the National Parks Association of NSW organise the ReWeavers Awards each year on the Friday nearest to World Environment Day. The awards honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to the environment and affirm that individuals can make a difference.


The first Re-Weavers Dinner was held in 2006.  There were no awards in 2012 and 2013.

Re-Weavers 2005-2016
2005

Roy Bowling, Tucabia
Greg Clancy, Coutts Crossing
 Meg Gordon & Michael Martin, “Arndilly” via Lawrence
 Russell Jago, Ulmarra
 Kay Jeffrey, Iluka
 Col Lee, Mountain View
 Dennis Milne, Minnie Water


2006

John & Pat Edwards, Shannondale 
Janet van Spanje, formerly of Nambucca Heads

2007

Lance Ferris, Ballina
 Jim Knight, Kangaroo Creek
 Rosie Richards, formerly of Tullymorgan

2008

Peter Wrightson, Ashby
 Jim Tedder, Grassy Head
 Barbara Fahey, Grafton

2009

Peter Morgan, Grafton
 Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay
 Celia Smith, Armidale

2010

Carmel Flint, Armidale
 Stan Mussared, Grafton
 Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

2011

Joan O'Shea, Grafton
Jim Morrison, Mallanganee
John Seed, formerly of Lismore

2014

Dianne Roberts, Armidale
Graeme Payne, Grafton
Ashley Love, Coffs Harbour

2015
Ros Woodward, Woolewehah
Nan and Hugh Nicholson, The Channon
2016


Leonie Blain, Grafton
 Sharon Lehman, Grafton
Helen Tyas Tunggal, Angourie





Re-Weavers 2011

Joan O’Shea is one of three people being honoured for their environmental contribution at the annual Re-Weavers' Dinner in Grafton on 3 June 2011. Below is a report Joan wrote about  the work she and her husband undertook as volunteers at Epping Forest National Park during their first time there.  They returned To Epping Forest in 2009 and 2010 and will be working there again later in 2011.
 
Looking after Endangered Wombats

Late in August (2008) my husband Rick and I travelled to Clermont, in central Queensland, to have a month as caretakers at Epping Forest National Park, the last stand for the critically endangered Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) . It is estimated only about 115 of these animals are left.

One of the caretakers’ duties was to ensure that the 15 feed stations within the park were replenished each day.  Each morning we visited these checking any animal tracks near them (cat, macropod, echidna and hopefully wombat) and recording them.  Then we swept the area so that only the tracks for the day were there next morning.  At most of the feed stations there were cameras which had to be checked daily and downloaded to a computer twice weekly.  Each morning we also checked half of the perimeter fence.  A  two metre high 20 kilometre long fence surrounding the wombat habitat is there to protect them from dingoes.

The wombats are very serious diggers and there was always the worry that they might dig under the fence but fortunately this did not happen while we were there.  They are also very elusive nocturnal animals and we only managed to see two during our stay.

Our mode of transport within the park was a Polaris Ranger (like a golf buggy on steroids) which only let us down once - it broke down in the northern end of the park, furtherest from the camp. It took us an hour and a half to walk back!

Apart from the wombats we shared the park with Easter Grey Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies, Rufous Bettongs, various species of snakes and the biggest goannas you’ve ever seen (Goulds). Unfortunately rabbits and cats also live in the park.  It was a great place for birdwatching.  I identified about 80 species within the park and 10 more on dams adjacent to it.

Sadly, it just seemed we were getting the hang of it when it was time to leave.  We feel privileged to have been able to help in a small way to ensure the future of these wonderful animals and hope to return for another month in 2010.

-          Joan O’Shea

This was originally published in the “Voices for the Earth” column of The Daily Examiiner on 26 January 2009.

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THE 2011 REWEAVERS

Jim Morrison, Joan O'Shea & John Seed      Photo: P Morgan


 
The 6th annual Re-Weavers Dinner, held in Grafton on 3rd June, celebrated the outstanding contribution of Joan O’Shea, Jim Morrison and John Seed to the environment. Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson presented the Re-Weavers with certificates of appreciation.

Grafton resident Joan O’Shea was involved in the foundation of the Clarence Valley Branch of the National Parks Association and the campaign to save the Washpool rainforest in the early 1980s. In the years since then she has been an active member of several local conservation groups. For more than 15 years as a member of the NSW Wildlife, Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES), she has played a valuable and selfless role in caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.

Jim Morrison of Mallanganee became involved in the environment movement in the late 1990s becoming the spokesperson on plantations for the North East Forest Alliance and the environment representative on native vegetation and water committees and the then Upper North Coast Catchment Management Board. He has been the president of the North Coast Environment Council – the regional umbrella organisation for community conservation groups – for much of the past decade and is a member of the state-wide NSW Nature Conservation Council’s executive committee.

John Seed, originally of Nimbin, became heavily involved in conservation issues following the campaign to save the rainforests of Terania Creek in August 1979.  He founded the Rainforest Information Centre in 1981 and seven years later it was working with more than 60 organisations in 20 countries to protect rainforests and the indigenous people living in them.  John has become a leading eco-spiritual activist, giving roadshows, workshops and lectures particularly in Europe, north America and Australia aimed at informing and empowering people to do something to protect the earth and its life forms 

May the values that have inspired “re-weaving the tapestry” in the lives of Joan, Jim and John become the values of many.


Re-Weavers  2014



Ashley Love played a pivotal role in the reservation of vast areas of forests in New South Wales as national park. He did this through guiding the development of the survey methods used in the Comprehensive Regional Assessments, and also the development of the predictive modelling and other processes used to ensure that the negotiated outcomes improved the adequacy and representation of our parks system. Since retirement, he has continued to lobby for protection of our region’s forests and improved management of our national parks.

Mrs Dianne Roberts, nee Quinlan, was born into a loving Thunghutti family and community in the Macleay Valley. Dianne was taught profound respect for Country and for people. She is imbued with a lifelong love of learning and caring, sharing of knowledge and compassion with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Her achievements have been recognised with many awards including the Order of Australia medal. Although now retired as Principal of Minimbah School, Armidale, Dianne continues her involvement in her Church, other organisations and projects, providing inspiration for many along her life's pathway.

Graeme Payne was born and raised in the Clarence Valley.  He has worked as a full-time artist since 1974.  In his wildlife and landscape studies Graeme is seeking to portray the wonder and connectedness of all life.  The Earth Charter has been an important part of his Earth Community approach.


Re-Weavers  2015

Roslyn Woodward, the President of Valley Watch, the Lower Clarence Environment group, has been  an active campaigner on local environmental issues for years as well as a strong advocate for effective action on climate change.

Nan and Hugh Nicholson were very active in the battle to save Terania Creek Rainforest in the late 1970s and early 1980s – a battle which became an important catalyst for other forest issues. Their love of rainforest led to establishment of a rainforest nursery and publication of six books on Australian rainforest plants. Today their environmental activism continues through involvement in the campaign to keep the Northern Rivers gasfield free.