We thank the following organisations that make our market possible:

Valla Beach Community Assn. Nambucca Shire CouncilValla Real Estate Bananacoast Commmunity Credit UnionMasterhire Lions Club of Valla         Lions Club of Valla Inc.

      Prickle Patch Signs

Credits

Thanks to the Valla Beach Community Association and Markets team for providing photos and maintaining this website.

Our Environment

Valla Beach is one of the luckiest coastal communities in Australia as we are blessed with nature reserves adjacent to our community. We have Jagun Nature Reserve to the north and Valla Nature Reserve to the south plus some spectacular dunal systems in between.

Plight of our Critically Endangered shore birds

The ongoing threat to our local population of Critically Endangered Eastern Curlews is a great concern to nature lovers in our community. The Eastern Curlew population has declined by 85% in just the last 30 years, which led to their being classified as Critically Endangered.

Deep Creek Estuary is an important habitat area for these shore birds. Before and after their vast annual migration journeys of 1,000s of klms, they need to rest and feed, in peace. The problem is, they are vulnerable to being chased and frightened by the presence of
dogs, despite the Estuary being a designated NO DOG area.

Many community members have brought this issue to our attention and Council’s Ranger has been asked to make more regular patrols of our NO DOG areas, to alert, educate and potentially impose fines on people who disobey the Council signs, which show where dogs can be walked, on lead, and where they are not allowed at all.

Sadly, on most days, there are dogs running freely at the Deep Cree Estuary. We ask our broader community, on behalf of all who care about endangered species’ survival – please OBEY THE SIGNS about where you can and cannot take your dogs.

Invasive Weeds and Garden Escapees

We are especially lucky in that all of these are in pretty good condition both structurally and in respect to the level of weed infestation. The latter is due in part to a very active group of bush regeneration volunteers that meet regularly and work in cooperation with the two land managers, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Nambucca Valley Council (NVC).

coral berryHowever, our parks and reserves are under constant threat from weeds and in recent months we have noticed an increase of invasive plants that originate in residential gardens. Right now we consider the most serious of these to be Coral Berry (Ardisia crenata).

The photo (right - credit to Sydney Weeds Committees) shows why we have this problem - those beautiful red berries are 'bird lollies' especially favoured by Currawongs amongst others. The birds eat them, fly into the reserves, perch on a branch, digest the berries and eventually excrete the seeds. This plant appears to love our moist climate and it is not unusual to find groups of 30 or more healthy plants beneath a roosting spot.

 

In May 2016, one small patch of Valla NR was weeded by a group of 7 people who removed well over 1000 seedlings, and some mature plants, in just one 3 hour period. Some of these mature plants also had ripe berries so they were caught in time.

But that was just a small area and also just this year's crop so there are probably several more plants just waiting to emerge when they think the coast is clear.

What can you do?

The group would love to have more volunteers but we realise that it is not for everyone (although the Tim Tams are a delicious reward). What is more achievable is to make our community aware of the problem and ask them to remove any of these plants if they are in your garden. You can contact a member of the team and someone will come round and do it for you as we have done in the past.

How to get in touch

There are several ways that you can get in touch with us:

Thanks for your help.

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Deep Creek Entrance Opening Policy

Deep Creek flows into the Tasman Sea at Valla Beach. Technically it is referred to as an Intermittently Closed and Open Lakes and Lagoon (ICOLL). This means that from time to time the mouth of Deep Creek will close.

Nambucca Valley Council has a Deep Creek Management Plan which includes a policy that aims to provide Council and the community with a procedure for the management of the Deep Creek entrance when it is in a closed state. Section 5 of the policy states "When the water level reaches 1.4m AHD and the creek has not open naturally it should be opened on the next receding high tide". You can download a copy of this document here.

Note: AHD is Australian Height Datum - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Height_Datum

Due to the potential impacts to state projects, for example the Pacific Highway upgrade, the Department of Industry and Investment (Crown Lands and Fisheries), OEH (Office of the Environment and Heritage), and Council have all agreed that the entrance may be opened at a level lower than the agreed level set in the policy. For example, the entrance may be opened at a lower level to facilitate construction activities in relation to the construction of the new Pacific Highway bridge over Deep Creek.