Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance

The Jaliigirr (the Gumbaynggirr word for tree) Biodiversity Alliance is a voluntary partnership of 20 natural resource management groups working to rebuild important connections and maintain the diversity of the landscapes between the Dorrigo Plateau and the coastal plains of the mid north coast of NSW.

The Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance exists within the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Nation, and the Alliance appreciates and values the attachment of Aboriginal communities to this landscape. The lands of the Gumbaynggirr people cover the coastal strip from Nambucca Heads in the south to Red Rock in the north, extending inland to Grafton, and westward to Glen Innes, Guyra and Wollomombi. The Gumbaynggirr traditional custodians maintain strong cultural connections to, and across, this landscape and continue their practices in natural resource management consistent with tens of thousands of years of knowledge and experience.

What makes this region special?

Covering a catchment area of 337,000 hectares that encompasses Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and the Upper Nymboida-Dorrigo Plateau, Jalliigiir provides an important regional link in the Great Eastern Ranges. Stretching from the plateau to the coast and including an altitudinal range of 1,564 metres, this tropical, subtropical, temperate convergence zone contains a unique diversity and complexity. Its values include 100 regional vegetation communities, 102 threatened animal species, 50 threatened plant species, 13 endangered ecological communities, and the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. These natural systems contribute billions of dollars to our local economy annually through the provision of clean air and water, crop pollination, food, medicines, building materials and soil nutrients.

The values of the region covered by the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance have been recognised in a number of local and regional plans and strategies. These include the Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan, Northern Rivers Catchment Action Plan, Reserve Plans of Management, values of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Threatened Flora and Fauna Plans of Management, and Coffs Harbour Biodiversity Action Strategy.

To learn more about the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance, visit www.jaliigirr.com.au


  • Yandaarra, Shifting Camp Together

    Yandaarra, Shifting Camp Together

    This research project, led by Aunty Shaa Smith, aims to facilitate the building of relationship between custodial Gumbaynggirr people and Country, and with NRM organisations and practitioners of the Jaliigirr Alliance to build a better understanding of what Gumbaynggirr-led Caring for Country might look like, and how it might be practiced, today. The research is a collaboration between the Gumbaynggirr people led by Aunty Shaa Smith with Neeyan Smith, the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance of NRM organisations, University of Newcastle, and Gumbaynggirr Country on the NSW mid-north coast.

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  • Cultural Connections for Glideways

    Cultural Connections for Glideways

    To acknowledge and better understand the cultural connections with corridors that have existed for 10.000 years, Jalliigirr partner, the Centre for Ecological Learning (CEL), delivered a pilot Traditional Cultural Corridors project. Gliding possums and their glideways (migratory pathways) were selected as a focus for the project after being identified as important indicators of connectivity health as well as offering both a recognisable and iconic way for the broader community to get involved.

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  • Landscape Connections in the Great Eastern Ranges

    Landscape Connections in the Great Eastern Ranges

    This project supports community driven on-ground activities that are working to improve the habitat condition of the New South Wales portion of the Great Eastern Ranges. The project is funded under the Bush Connect Program delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust.

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Partners of the Alliance include many local community and Aboriginal groups, individuals, government and non – government agencies, public authority, business and education institutions who have an active interest in the health of the environment.

Our partnership includes representatives from the Gumbaynggirr Elders, Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Dorrigo Plateau Local Aboriginal Land Council, and the Alliance is a proud supporter of the Darrunda Wajaarr Green Team.

We would also like to acknowledge the special contributions of Uncle Larry Kelly, Robin Heath and Aunty Shaa Smith who have been integral to the establishment of the Alliance and the coordination and delivery of Alliance activities.

Partnership Contact

James Birnie


By donating to the Great Eastern Ranges you will be helping us to relink and restore healthy habitats across 3,600km for nature and people.