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Macleay Landcare Network Inc.

Macleay Landcare Network acknowledges the Dunghutti and Thunghutti people of the Macleay Valley, as the saltwater and freshwater custodians of the land in which we live and work. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

We are a community member-based, not for profit, organisation that has been successfully operating since July 2003. Our area of operation covers the Macleay Valley catchment situated on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and we operate from an office located in Wharf Street, East Kempsey which was an old set of horse stables. We call our office 'The Stables'.

Our committee comprises 8 members who have a mix of natural resource management and business skills.  The MLN currently operates with three staff - two Landcare/Project Officers and a part time Administration Assistant.

Check out our flyer on what we do and also our About Us webpage.

Please find our 2022/23 Annual Report as linked.

Rainforest Arboretum

Our Arboretum is situated off Rudder Street, East Kempsey at the end of Wharf Street with the agreement of Kempsey Shire Council. Our office and arboretum would not have been established without Council support.


We are planting native rainforest species from around Australia. Fred Grundry commenced the planting originally. Wood chip is supplied by local contractors for the plantings to help with weed control.

Environmental Walks/Bird Watching Area

Abutting our arboretum to the west and 'surrounded' by the Macleay River is our East Kempsey Island project. The area has natural walking tracks and is great for bird watching. It is a must see area for any one interested in the environment and native fauna. It is accessible from Wharf Street (no swimming trunks needed). Take care in the area as it has typical Australian fauna. 

This area is crown land and we operate under licence from the NSW Department of Industry - Lands and Water.


We have a monthly working bee on a Saturday morning that is mainly focused on weeding and replanting.

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