- Cumberland Plain Landcare and Bushcare Support Program NEWS
- Weekend of Bushcare support a HUGE success for western Sydney
- May 13th-14th Campout at Cattai! – next Bushcare Support event – needing volunteers!
- National Landcare Program updates
- Environmental Education Conference (Lane Cove, 27-29 Sept)
- Training opportunities…
- Upcoming events from our members
- Funding available
- National Science Week Grants
- Send us your events!
Cumberland Plain Landcare and Bushcare Support Program NEWS…
Weekend of Bushcare support a HUGE success for western Sydney!
The weekend of 8 & 9th April saw over 20 volunteers gather at Wallaroo (Mulgoa), the Cumberland Land Conservancy’s first Cumberland Plain Woodland aquisition. The volunteers filled their morning with a variety of bush regeneration tasks, followed by a long lunch with expert speakers Mark Fuller (Cumberland Bird Observers and CLC)) and Peter Ridgeway (Greater Sydney Local Land Services) talking about Wallaroo, its birdlife and, a recently released rescued Wombat population.
The afternoon on the saturday was taken up with a learning activity, which saw the construction of two artificial habitat islands for resident Black Swans on the dam located at Wallaroo. The volunteers helped make these islands whilst all learning the skills needed to do so elsewhere. With five turtle nests found dug up by foxes around the dam this season, it is hoped that the islands will help negate such a negative impact on these and other native wildlife using it.
Placement of artificial habitat island
Saturday evening was spent around a campfire on the top of the hill at Wallaroo, which gave a great view of the property and the sky, which was the focus of some guided stargazing. A most animated bush poet, Greg North also added to the entertainment of the evening, keeping the volunteers laughing over dinner.
Sunday morning the campers packed up camp early and headed off to local School House Creek, Regentville, a Penrith City Council Bushcare site. Mark Fuller gave another great bird talk at the site (close to Glenmore Park) and then took the group for a walk looking for additional birds. About 20 species were discovered that morning, thought not too bad given the urban proximity.
A morning of atleast 12 volunteers then smashed the Creek site, getting into the African Olive and Lantana, helping the small Bushcare Group immensely. If you are a local to this area, the group would appreciate any extra help. Janet Rannard from PCC can be contacted about joining the group on 0407 926 386.
Mitchell Park, Cattai – Support Event and Campout – May 13 & 14
Calling all volunteers…
The next Bushcare Support Program is coming up on 13th & 14th May at Mitchell Park, Cattai and Scheyville National Park, Scheyville.
Saturday – Help restore the bushland in Mitchell Park and carry out Bush Regeneration on sat morning. Enjoy a long [catered] lunch with expert speakers on the local environment. Have a bushwalk along Cattai Creek, looking for the elusive Nankeen Night Heron and other birds, with expert birdo Keith Brandwood from the Cumberland Bird Observers. Sett up camp. Enjoy a well earned, catered dinner. Finally, spotlight for the beautiful Yellow Bellied Glider in the tall trees of Mitchell Park after dinner.
Sunday – pull down camp and head off for a morning of work including bush regeneration at Scheyville National Park. Support a Bushcare group there that has been tirelessly working on African Olives for years. Then learn about the psyllids that are currently predating on the Grey Box, an endemic Eucalypt of NW Sydney, and one of the indicator species of the critically endangered ecological communities, the Cumberland Plain Woodland.
Volunteers are now being invited to join. Tickets (free event) can be gained at: http://bookings.conservationvolunteers.org/project/night-birds-and-bats-weekend-in-western-sydney
These are Greater Sydney Landcare Network events. They are fully catered, are family friendly and have transport available from nearby railway stations. They are supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services, with financial assistance from the Federal Government.
More info? Contact Xuela Sledge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 4724 2146
National Landcare Programme updates from National Landcare Network
$100 Million for Landcare – Some News At Last!
We have finally have some new on the additional $100 million for Landcare that was announced in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook in December! In the last few months the National Landcare Network, together with Landcare Australia, has been in discussions with the Australian Government and the Australian Greens to try and ensure that this money is spent in a way which will bring benefits to landcarers and farmers on the ground. We have now had confirmation that: A first instalment of the funding will be available this financial year after budget announcements in May.
Support for on-ground Landcare projects and small grants for sustainable agriculture and environmental projects will be prioritised in allocating this funding. $15 million will be allocated to new Indigenous Protected Areas. Money will be available to support the Landcare Australia in delivering the State and National Landcare Awards which celebrate the achievements of landcarers. The NLN and Landcare Australia met with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann’s office at the end of March to confirm these allocations and to discuss various aspects of the budget as they relate to Landcare.
Our thanks to the Australian Government and Australian Greens for their ongoing commitment to Landcare!
Aligning National Landcare
The NLN and Landcare Australia have increasingly been working together when speaking to government and other national organisations to present a united front on matters which are important to Landcare, such as the allocation of the $100 million for Landcare and the design of the program that follows the National Landcare Programme, which will come to an end in June 2018.This partnership is going so well that they are now looking into how they might reinforce it even further. The two organisations have different areas of strength and complement one another well, so it makes a lot of sense to join forces on work which benefits grassroots Landcare. A project is now underway to look into options for what a closer alignment of the NLN and Landcare Australia might look like in practice.
Lane Cove Hunters Hill Green Schools Network
Invites ALL environmental educators to submit an expression of interest to participate in the
Environmental Education Conference
27TH – 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017
SAINT IGNATIUS COLLEGE, RIVERVIEW
A time for NSW environmental educators from all sectors; government, community and formal to come together in our place the beautiful Lane Cove River to reflect on our practice as environmental educators so that we can go back to our place and “make change” happen.
Expressions of Interest for those wanting to participate visit: www.nsweeconference.org.au/expressions-of-interest/
⁄⁄ Costa Georgiadis – AAEE NSW Patron and host of Gardening Australia
⁄⁄ Joshua Gilbert – a Worimi Man, Australian Geographic’s 2016 Young Conservationist of the Year and Green Globes Award winner
⁄⁄ Prof. Dennis Foley – a Gadigal Man and Board Member & Consultant with the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
⁄⁄ Patrick Shirvington – artist and bush regenerator
⁄⁄ Bulid Bangladesh – a local impact investment platform to take Bangladesh forward socially, economically and environmentally
⁄⁄ Music from the Royston Vasie
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
www.nsweeconference.org.au or call Sue on 0432 716 577. The website includes costs of the conference, accommodation, maps and a detailed program after EOI’s have been accepted and streamed, we hope by June.
Conference themes based on the goals of Make the Change www.aaeensw.org.au/makethechange
⁄⁄ Significant and lasting change towards sustainable communities and environments
⁄⁄ Collaboration between and commitment from governments, businesses, communities and Aboriginal groups concerning education and engagement for a sustainable environment
⁄⁄ Enhanced skills and capacity for those developing and delivering education and engagement
Elocution, public speaking and presentation skills
Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with the Parramatta River Catchment Group has organised a 4 hour workshop with Joe Klein of Speak Up. The training will teach you how to articulate and present with confidence.
Numbers are strictly limited to 15 attendees.
When? Wednesday 7th June (9am – 1pm)
Where? The Jubilee Room, Parramatta Town Hall
Please RSVP to Vanessa Keyzer on email@example.com or phone 4724 2118
Upcoming events (from our members):
Tuesday 9th May – Bird attracting garden (10am-11:30am)
Create a diverse and attractive garden while at the same time establishing an important habitat for our threatened smaller birds and other small native animals. Venue: Dural Library.
Bookings essential. Book Walks and Workshops online atwww.thehillsenvironment.eventbrite.com.au
Sat 13th May – Bushcare exchange from North Sydney to Mulgoa
North Sydney Council and Mulgoa Landcare Group would like to invite GSLN members for a Bushcare activity at Wallaroo on Saturday 13th May. Participants will help rehabilitate Cumberland Plain Woodland by undertaking bush regeneration and learn about the Cumberland Land Conservancy’s wombat release program. Participants are required to wear enclosed shoes, a long sleeved shirt, long pants and a hat.
Mulgoa LC will be providing morning tea, tools and equipment. Transport possible, on North Sydney bus. BYO lunch and water.
More info? Andrew Scott, Bushcare Officer, Andrew.Scott@northsydney.nsw.gov.au or 9936 8258
Sat 13th May – Habitat Walk, Fred Caterson Reserve (10am – 12noon)
Learn about the diversity of plants which provide food and shelter for local wildlife. Join this easy stroll through the lower end of the rejuvenated Fred Caterson Reserve.Bookings essential. Book Walks and Workshops online at www.thehillsenvironment.eventbrite.com.au
Thu 1st June – Chickens and herbs (10am – 11:30am)
Using herbs in the coup and in your cooking. Discover how herbs promote healthy, happy and pest-free chickens. Chance to sample some tasty herbal treats. Recipes supplied.Bookings essential. Book Walks and Workshops online at www.thehillsenvironment.eventbrite.com.au
Photographic Competition (Community Environment Network)
Flora, Fauna and Foam – Entries now open…
Workshops online at www.thehillsenvironment.eventbrite.com.au
The Community Environment Network (CEN) is an alliance of individuals, community and environment groups from Gosford, Wyong and Lake Macquarie.
CEN is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and will launch this photographic competition as a key event in marking this historic event.
The competition has an environmental theme. Entrants are asked to photograph the flora, fauna, waterways (including underwater) and landforms of the Central Coast/ Lake Macquarie area.
There are two categories for youth and adults with cash prizes and medals for each. Entry $8 per photo.
Entries close Wed 17th May.
More info: www.cen.org.au
GSLN also admins the Adventure Conservation Australia Facebook page and sends out a quarterly Adventure Conservation newsletter. We would love to add any fun, challenging events in wild places that you have coming up.
Please email your Adventure Conservation events to firstname.lastname@example.org