LATE 20th CENTURY

1980 Legislation was passed to permit communal sharing of land and 23 properties within the Lismore local government area were gazetted as Multiple Occupancies (MO's). In 1988 SEPP 15 was introduced for MO's on rural land

The 1980's saw another wave of settlers including retirees, alternate settlers, lifestylers and hobby farmers move into Rosebank.

Ian Horsefield
Photo courtesy of the VJ

John Nilon
Photo coutesy J Nilon

Peaceful logging protest in the
Whian Whian State Forest

In 1983 The Upper Coopers Creek Hall closed when the property it was on was sold. It is now used as a private dwelling.

In February 1987 the Village Journal commenced publication as a monthly newsletter circulated to the Rosebank Community. Its founding editor was Ian Horsefield of Fox Road, who had his own Arab Platen printing press. Ian also hand-set his type. The VJ as it is affectionately known is a free publication that has all the up to date issues that concern Rosebank and its neighbouring Villages. Its a great read and now has its own website at www.villagejournal.org.au. Ian's dream was to create a community newspaper and his dream is still a reality today. The Village Journal is currently distributed to a 1700 readership. In Dec 2011 it was up to its 271 edition. A great little mag from a committed community. Editors include; Ian Horsefield (1987–90), Holly Burnette (190–91), Laurie Stubbs (1991), Lydia Jaquiss (1991–92), Laurie Stubbs (1992–95), Richard Fuller & Garth Kindred (1995), Garth & Lydia Kindred (1995–2000), Theresa Mason assisted by Sharon McGrigor (2000–2003), Llyr Otto, Vanessa & Julian Smith (2011), Helen White (2011–ongoing). The Rosebank Community took over proprietorship of the VJ as a community owned newsletter in 1999.

In 1987 John & Nelda Nilon were the first to plant coffee in Rosebank. A Co-op of some 20 coffee growers formed and K7 arabica beans was the variety chosen. John set up a seedling nursery and sold tens of thousands of coffee seedlings to his fellow farmers. John Nilon & his Family produced coffee in Rosebank for 25 yrs and are still producing in 2012 although John has now reduced his tree numbers from 10,000 to 4,000. John won several awards for his boutique coffee in the Lismore Show for the 'best cup of coffee' and still sells locally, nationally and internationally.

In 1988 The Dorroughby Hall was sold to the Dorroughby community funded through a grant for $20,000 and it was renamed the Dorroughby Glenview Community Centre. Eventually the hall officially became a public hall again when Lismore City Council became the Trustee. In 1991 a new toilet block was added, 1992 a verandah and disabled access were added and in 1995 basketball and tennis facilities were added along with a refurbishment and new kitchen.

1988 saw the beginning of the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) commence their 14 yr campaign to stop logging of old growth forests. The community rallied and acknowledged that the remaining magnificent old growth forests exerted a powerful influence on their lifestyles. An inevitable conflict arose between conservationists and the timber industry. The timber industry claiming these forests as the nations best timber resource. The Whian Whian was again under threat but the highly organised WWHEN (The Whian Whian Heritage Environment Network) and NEFA outmanoeuvred the loggers and Govt. on many occasions through direct action, blockades and protests. A 2 way radio communications network was established between organisers and protesters which gave them a leading advantage in blockading logging activities, This groups actions contributed to the passing of the ground-breaking Endangered Species Act of 1991. John Corkill & Dailan Pugh were awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2003 for their contribution to the environment and the non-violent opposition to the logging of old growth forests, rainforests, threatened species habitat and high conservation areas. In their speech they thanked the 1000's of supporters for 14yrs of dedication.

In 1989 Almost 5,000 hectares of Nightcap National Park was given World Heritage status when it was added to the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia (CERRA) group. This park is now part of The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage

The 1990's the Tropical Fruits gay dances were held in our local halls until numbers grew too large and the venue was moved to Lismore

Tex Perkins playing at
Repentance Creek Hall with his cobber
Photo courtesy of the VJ

Rosebank Fire Brigade annual Fire Rage
Photo courtesy of the VJ

The 1900's saw the continued constant presence of music that has been in our area throughout the generations. Our Halls which were once used for old-time dances and socials were then used for rock and folk performances. The foothills were attracting artists and musicians, many well known nationally and internationally. They were always happy to perform for the local community to help fundraise for the halls and other worthy causes such as landcare and the local fire brigade. Electronic dance music associated with backpacker tourism was next to arrive and was a great success with the younger generation. This form of music included psy-trance, drum and bass and techno and was usually associated with full moon parties. A mix of legal and illegal dance parties then moved from our halls out into the forests of the Nightcap & the Whian Whian. This created conflict with the conservationists of the area who were concerned with the negative impacts huge numbers of people were having on the wildlife and the forest roads. A local group known as the 'doof busters' brought an end to the illegal forest gatherings and more appropriate venues were selected that could accommodate the hundreds of young people attracted to these bush parties.

In 1991 Rosebank Timber Traders open on the corner of Dunoon & Rosebank Roads. Owners Paul & Di Freestone acquire a salvage license to operate in the State Forest and on private lands. They run a double-ended chainsaw slabbing machine and put on regular portable mill demonstrations. They salvage old stumps such as Red Ash from Alstonville, Tulipwood & Sallywattle from the Whian, Red Cedar from Corndale, Silky Oaks from Numulgai, Rosewood from Yabbra SF, & Camphors off many properties. During 1994–95 they team up with Paul Snape and son Dean to share the Snapes old mill on Fox Road. Trading ceases after 11 yrs in 2002.

In 1992 The last dairy farm in Rosebank, run by Stan Heywood, ceased

In 1992 The Nightcap Water Treatment Plant in Middleton Road on the edge of Rocky Creek Dam was commissioned.

Landcare comes to Rosebank

Topknotch Rainforest Pigeon
Photo: Alicia Carter

Logging stopped in the Whian Whian

In 1992 the Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare group was formed due to the loss of rainforest that was still occurring due to logging. Landholders were now given the opportunity to re-vegetate their properties when Landcare came to town and provided incentive funding. Landcare grants enabled farmers to purchase seedlings of native trees that were endemic to the area.

From 1992–96 The Rosebank Music Club held monthly music jams and a cafe at Rosebank Hall to fundraise for the Hall.

In approx 1995 Topknotch pigeons and rose-crowned fruit doves switched to eating camphor berries when their main diet of bangalow palm fruits failed and their remaining rainforest habitats were cleared. Camphors were introduced to Australia in 1822 from China & Japan. Many birds originally died from the camphors toxins but over the years the survivors evolved with immunity. This was also followed by other birds such as the currawong, orioles, figbird, blue-faced honeyeater as their native fruits and habitat were reduced. Camphor toxins also affected fish and koalas.

The proposed site of the
new Dunoon Dam courtesy of the VJ

1996 The new Dunoon Dam site was proposed on Rocky Creek

In 1996 The original Rosebank Cricket Club was still active

1997 Logging ceased in the Whian Whian State Forest

1997 The Annual Spring Fair at Rosebank Fair commenced

1997 Maso Road landowners join Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers and become Rosebank's first licensed wildlife carers.

Landcarers at Rosebank roadside Reserve
Photo courtesy of the VJ

RCI's logo

Perlight licence in Rosebank

In 1998 The term 'rural land sharing community' replaced the terminology for Multiple Occupancies (MOs)

In 1998 Ridgewood Road Landcare commenced as the original Landcare group to be formed for Rosebank

Landcare moves into Rosebank. Ridgewood Landcare lead the commencement of Landcare in Rosebank's environmental works where Big Scrub species were planted on mass around the area. Other landcare groups in the foothills of the Nightcap soon followed and included Upper Coopers Creek LC, Goonengerry LC & Whian Whian LC to name a few. The Big Scrub species were selected and many threatened flora of the original Big Scrub were re-introduced. Thousands of tube stock were planted and these enhanced fragmented wildlife corridors and rainforests remnants. It took only 10–15 years for these seedlings to grow and provide habitat. The birds returned first, followed by the wildlife. Rosebank's struggling resident koala clusters, pademelons and wallaby populations now had room to roam. These passive people passionate about planting wildlife habitat became locally known as the third wave of conservationists to the area.

In 1998 Rosebank Community Inc (RCI) formed as a not for profit community group to find funding for such projects as children's activities, community events, Landcare and the Village Journal.

In 1999 Rosebank Landcare started as a sub-group of RCI and currently looks after the Rosebank Recreation Reserve.

1999 An exploratory mining license for perlite was granted to Quadrant Resources P/L. File No T99-0056 for over the area including Rosebank & the Whian Whian SF. Locals erect signs and start protesting again. Mining did not proceed.

1999 Signing of the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) As a result parts of the former Whian Whian State Forest were added to the adjacent Nightcap NP as part of the Regional Forest Agreement process.

21st Aug 1999 Terania Ck 20th Anniversary — A Veterans reunion called “Earthbeat” was held at the site of the original Terania Blockade camp on the adjacent land on the property of Hugh & Nan Nicholson. Some of the guests included Andy Parkes, John Seed, Len Webb, Alexandra de Blas, Lisa Yates, Dee Grebner & Jack Thompson ( who was narrator for the environmental documentary about the Terania protest “Give Trees a Chance”, made by local film-makers Jennie Kendall & Paul Tait.

In 1999 The Doof Busters formed to stop illegal ‘doof parties” in the forest which could be heard from 15kms away and were negatively impacting on native wildlife. Many locals were not worried by small bush parties but as doof numbers increased to over several hundred people attending the locals rallied to stop the impact.

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