National Tree Day

Elizabeth Brownlee Reserve

Tullimbah Landcare formed in 1999 in order to save Digby Creek from possible development.  Since that time, Tullimbah Landcare Inc have been working to rehabilitate the Elizabeth Brownlee Reserve. The reserve is a 2.5 hectare urban remnant of Illawarra Dry Subtropical Rain Forest. The reserve is a gazetted Threatened Ecological Community that includes two Threatened Species – Zierra granulata and Omalathus stillingifolius.

At that time the group formed, the reserve did not have a name, but the group felt that the reserve needed an identity so approached the Tongarra Heritage Society and they suggested they name the reserve after a local lady Elizabeth Brownlee who lived in the area from 1872-1935. She was a district midwife, called out at all hours combating the weather with her horse and sulky.

After delivering the child she would remain for 10-12 days adopting the mothers’ burden on the farm. Her payment was often a “thank you” or vegetables from the garden. Elizabeth did this work until the 1920s.

Today, Tullimbah Landcare are working to rehabilitate the area, primarily through the removal of weeds thereby allowing natural regeneration from the seed bank in the soil. The Tullimbah Landcare group is made up of a friendly bunch of people and welcome any new members. Tullimbah Landcare has members of all ages and interests. If you are looking to meet new people, and to make some new friends, while helping to protect this remnant rainforest then please come along to one of the working bees.

Meeting Times

There are two working bees held every month at the end of Digby Close, Albion Park from 9am on the 2nd Wednesday and the 4th Saturday. These working bees are held under the supervision of a Shellharbour City Council bush regenerator.


Ruth Jenkins or Michael Swanson

To become involved or for more information contact Ruth Jenkins on 4256 2684 or email

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Enjoy a beautiful short slide show highlighting the biodiversity of this site – Prepared by Lenice Carr

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