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Enjoying special hilltop bushlands in Albury-Wodonga

Front cover of the 'Along the Bush Tracks' booklet.The bush surrounding Albury-Wodonga - and the many benefits of discovering it – is the subject of a free booklet being launched later this month.

The popular Along the Bush Tracks booklet has been revised to include new plants and animals, insects, Wiradjuri knowledge, connections to local bushlands and updated community group information.

The revised booklet is a collaboration between local environmental groups, Albury and Wodonga councils, community members and government agencies and provides current information and knowledge of plants, birds, cultural heritage and trails in the Albury-Wodonga area.

One of the project team involved in the original booklet and revision, Sue Brunskill, said the booklet was designed to help connect people with nature, which has benefits including increasing physical activity and enhancing mental health.

“The original booklet successfully encouraged people to appreciate the amazing trails we have around Albury-Wodonga, and the area’s wonderful plants and animals,” she said. “We hope this new book will continue to help people explore our reserves.”

“It has been very rewarding to add the extra layer of Aboriginal heritage so that people can also learn from our rich local culture.”

The booklet launch will take place on Thursday 25 May at 5:30 pm at the Albury Library Museum (corner of Kiewa and Swift streets).

It will include short talks from local guest speakers about the value of the bushlands on our doorstep, Wiradjuri cultural knowledge, community involvement in our hilltop bushlands and the fire management research being undertaken at Nail Can Hill.

Organisers encourage individuals and community groups to come along and share their hilltop stories.

The booklet will be available free on the night thanks to funding from Office of Environment and Heritage and Murray Local Land Services through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW, as well as contributions from Parklands Albury Wodonga, Albury City Council, City of Wodonga, Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists Club Inc, Sue Brunskill, Leonie McIntosh and Daniel Clegg.

Media contact : Matt Lane, Communications, 02 6051 2252, 0427 459 755