Over the past year, the Bellingen community has been devastated by the decimation of the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle, a species unique to the region.
Whilst there is a co-ordinated response to this tragedy from local and state government authorities, the Bellingen Community has a key role to play in bringing the turtles back from the brink.
We have 5 years to get our act together - that's how long it will take for the remaining juveniles in the river to grow to reproductive age.
A healthy river is key to the survival of these turtles.
- The turtle breathes through its bum so needs high dissolved oxygen level.
- The turtle needs healthy river bank vegetation to breed safely.
- The turtle needs healthy river water to support the water bugs and plants it likes to eat.