Richmond Landcare inc

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Richmond Landcare Incorporated

Richmond Landcare Incorporated (RLI) was established in 1998 to provide support for Landcare and sustainable agriculture across the Richmond River catchment. Its mission includes helping to form new groups, providing support for existing ones, and facilitating projects that contribute to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.

Today, RLI remains a dedicated supporter of Landcare and the wider community, partnering with local environmental organizations and government agencies in the Richmond catchment to promote environmental conservation and sustainable practices.

We recognise that we live and work in a region that is unique in its biodiversity and we work to protect and enhance that biodiversity among all landowners. For more information on RLI go to the links listed below:

Click here to download the Model Constitution as it applies to Richmond Landcare Inc

Click here to download the Complaints Handling Policy as it applies to Richmond Landcare Inc

Click here to download the Code of Conduct as it applies to Richmond Landcare Inc

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

Richmond Landcare is committed to building respectful relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and stakeholders. We are proud to have our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) endorsed, which outlines our commitment to increasing cultural awareness and knowledge, promoting engagement strategies and building collaborative partnerships.

Our goal is to establish strong partnerships with the Traditional Owners of the Country on which we work and incorporate their knowledge of Country, including plant names, their uses and Aboriginal Land Management practices into our projects.


Click here to download Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan



Hedy BryanT


Since moving to the Northern Rivers in 2019, Hedy has been volunteering on the dunes with Ballina Coastcare. She is currently the Chair of Richmond Landcare Inc. Being connected to grassroots action and the natural environment is central to her sense of purpose and place. Hedy is semi-retired and keeps her hand in lecturing in contemporary leadership and contributing to research into curriculum development and disaster resilience. She has a diverse background with formative experiences working in natural resource management, vertebrate pest management, exotic disease preparedness, catchment management and Landcare in the 1980s and 1990s; coordinating the establishment of the Australian Wildlife Health Network in 2002. Her favourite plant is the grevillea because of its attraction to birds, while on the dunes it’s the coastal banksia – Banksia integrifolia.

Alan Larsen

Vice Chair

Since moving to the Northern Rivers from Rockhampton, Queensland in 2021, Alan has been volunteering with a local landcare group in Alstonville, as well as assisting with replanting projects on land in the Boat Harbour area. Alan is retired from a career in finance and forestry industries in Australia and New Zealand. He has worked on forestry projects throughout NZ, Australia and the Asia Pacific area. He had significant involvement with NZ environmental groups leading to the cessation of logging of native trees in all State owned forests in the 1980s. He is presently involved as a committee member with local refugee Ballina based organisation BR4R, and lead the initial set up of the community gardens in Alstonville. Alan’s passions are reforestation, gardening, social work through BR4R, bushwalking and beach walking/surfing. Being an ex Kiwi, rugby follows not far behind. His career in the forestry industry in NZ, with involvement in native and exotic forests, underpins his passion for seeing local landscapes revegetated, especially with big scrub species along riparian reaches. He regularly attends Boatharbour Landcare group meetings and activities.

Lyn Thomson


Back in 2009 Lyn was Richmond Landcare’s part-time School’s Officer, working on various environmental projects with many schools in the Richmond Catchment. She also worked part-time for The Australian Native Bee Company, educating schools and the community on the importance of Australian Native Bees. Now in retirement, Lyn is currently Treasurer of Richmond Landcare representing Bagot Park Landcare, an Executive member of North Coast Regional Landcare and a Director and Secretary of Landcare NSW. Some of her passions are, her grandchildren, Australian Native Bees, gardening and working with Steve, her husband, restoring their 110-acres (44 hectare) property at Swan Bay. Their farm was previously a sugarcane farm; slowly the swamps are rejuvenating, and they are now planting thousands of trees on the farm. She happily reports that the birds and ‘the bees’ are returning. When asked about her favourite hat and plant, she replied, “I rotate my favourite caps between my RLI cap, my NCRLN cap, and of course my bee veil hat. My favourite plant is the Blue Tongue, Melastoma affine, a favourite of Blue Banded Bees.”



Alana moved to the Northern Rivers in 2021, relocating from a tiny terrace in the middle of Sydney to a 10-acre property up in some of the last remaining Big Scrub Rainforest. She has been a member of Whian Whian Landcare for the last few years and is most interested in learning about (and planting!) local rainforest trees and plants, and landslip remeditation. A long-term practitioner of yoga and movement practices across a variety of traditions, Alana has a particular interest in combining these teachings with an awareness of the land, the turning of the seasons and the impact this has on all aspects of our lives. She teaches yoga locally and works as an English language teacher at Southern Cross University, bringing sustainability and landcare values into her various classrooms in whatever way she can. Alana’s favourite plant is a three-way tie between the lilly pilly, grevillea, and red flowering gum.

Big Rob

Public Officer

Big Rob represents Lismore Lake Incorporated Landcare, which was established in 2021 to help progress the regeneration of the Lismore Lake Precinct as a bird sanctuary and as an accessible and inclusive community recreation space alongside the Wilsons River in South Lismore. Big Rob is a lawyer, a councillor at both Lismore City Council and Rous County Council, and an active member of Lismore City Council’s Floodplain Risk Management Committee. Passionate about flood mitigation, Big Rob wants to see various options implemented to help reduce the impact of flooding in the region. Nature-based solutions will compliment various other options to mitigate flooding, while also assisting with geomorphic and riparian condition, aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality, and overall river health.

Peter Biddles

Committee Member

Peter represents Soil Care. He is a retired Industrial Chemist, specialising in surface coatings, metallic and non-metallic corrosion, cathodic protection, adhesives and sealants. Peter lived and worked in South East Asia for 20 years as the CEO of a group of companies with manufacturing and sales operations in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan. He returned to Australia after retiring and, in 2001, moved to a 50 Ha property out of Alstonville. He joined Tuckombil Landcare in 2005 and retired as treasurer and a member in 2022. He and his wife downsized and sold the property five years ago and now live at Palm Lake.

Jim Kinkead

Committee Member

Jim represents Tregeagle Landcare with 15 years’ experience with Landcare. Jim is President of Tregeagle Landcare, Vice Chair of Richmond Landcare Network Committee, Chair of North Coast Regional Landcare Network Executive, committee member of the National Landcare Network and a Landcare representative on several committees. Jim is retired from a career in NSW government in administration management at District, Regional and State level with environmental departments. Most of his time is spent on Landcare, swimming and family, his favourite hat is a “Tablelands” Akubra and favourite plant is Bangalow palm.



Emily Headlam

Local Landcare Coordinator

Part time vegetable grower, part time Landcare Coordinator, Emily joined the Richmond Landcare team in July 2022. Originally from country Victoria, she escaped the cold in 2021 and fell in love with the Northern Rivers which she now calls home. Emily has managed various community projects in Victoria and New South Whales and understands the importance of building community, connection and place. With a lifelong passion for environmental stewardship, Emily believes grassroots movements like Landcare are the key to environmental and social change. When she’s not Landcaring, she is busy running Tiny Farms where she grows vegetables and sells at the Farmers Market and to the broader community. Emily loves the diversity of her job and the opportunity to work with the incredibly passionate family of Landcarers around her.

Ivy Young

Project Officer

Growing up in the Bega Valley on rural land, Ivy Young has called the Northern Rivers home since moving here to study Naturopathy in 1998. She lives in the hills near The Channon with her husband and two sons and has been involved in various community organisations over the years. Her ideal day is spent in the garden or regenerating the weedy slopes surrounding her home, then heading to the creek for a swim with home-grown fruit to munch. Ivy is delighted to be working with Richmond Landcare, delivering projects that support people gaining knowledge, skills and support that help us better care-take the land we live upon.

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