- JOIN or RENEW your GSLN Membership
- GSLN AGM a big success!
- Cumberland Plain Landcare Program
- Hawkesbury Rainforest Forum – October 14th
- Western Sydney Intrepid Landcare – Remote Bushcare, Lower Hawkesbury
- Absentee Landholder Survey
- Landcare NSW & Local Land Services Conference
Its membership RENEWAL time…
Please don’t forget to renew your GSLN membership after June 30
Over a month ago, Greater Sydney Landcare Network held their AGM at Scheyville National Park. The AGM took up only a small part of the day, which was made up of presentations done about Landcare in Greater Sydney and from Landcare across NSW. Guest speaker for the event was Area Manager of the Cumberland Area (National Parks and Wildlife Service), Jonathon Sanders, who spoke so enthusiastically on the Cumberland Plain and its weed ecology that land managers are having to deal with now.
Scheyville NPWS have been doing numerous weed control trials on particularly African Lovegrass, utilising fire as a control method with a variety of herbicides, mixing up treatments between the two. Findings so far suggest that hitting the Lovegrass with fire once will see a large return, but after a second fire, the weed will only come back in small amounts. Scheyville are also tackling a forest of African Olive, which their legendary Community Bushcare Group has been working on for almost 10 years!
The day was most inspiring, a great networking event, and enjoyed by all. Thanks to all of those key people who made it happen, including Glenda Steain (volunteer on GSLN Committee) and NPWS staff from the Scheyville Office, Jonathon Sanders, Scott Herring and Linda McRae. Sonia Williams and Mel Joseph from LandcareNSW, we thoroughly appreciated your involvement on the day too.
GSLN look forward to partnering with the Scheyville NPWS more in the future, having already set up a partnership, particularly focussing on enhancing the Mitchell Park Bushcare Program in Cattai.
Phils Forest – Support Event 3rd Sept, 2017
The Cumberland Plain Landcare Program encouraged about 20 volunteers at the September workday, where planting was done to encourage restoration on bare patch of forest, recently weeded as part of a Hawkesbury River County Council community project. Over lunch birdo Mark Fuller talked about birds found in the riparian forest and guided a walk through the forest. An impressive species list was developed, including the Crested Shrike Tit, Double Barred Finch and Golden Whistler.
This event was an initiative of the Greater Sydney Landcare Network, in partnership with Hawkesbury Environment Network, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Hawkesbury City Council Bushcare and Phil’s Forest Bushcare Group. The event was made possible with the support of the Greater Sydney Local Land Services and financial assistance from the Federal Government.
This is a gathering of all those people interested in the Hawkesbury’s rainforest environments, including Western Sydney Dry Rainforest, Moist Shale Woodland and Blue Mountains Shale Cap Forest.
Landholders, land managers, bush regenerators with experience working in these environments and anyone else interested in the communities are invited to talk about the lessons learnt over the years, in restoring these rare and beautiful environments.
What condition are they in now? Do landholders need support in managing their rainforest? How can we all work together to help in their preservation?
10am – 3pm (approx), Saturday 14th October
Kurrajong Community Centre – McMahons Park
30 McMahons Park Road, 2758 Kurrajong, Australia
A field visit will be part of the day (after lunch).
This is a fully catered event.
RSVP by Thursday October 12th to Xuela or 0410 616 139
A FREE booklet on Native Flora of the Cumberland Plain (including Western Sydney Dry Rainforest), by Teresa James will be available to each participant! These booklets are valued at $35 each!
This is a partnership event, organised by the Hawkesbury Environment Network and Greater Sydney Landcare Network. It is an initiative of the Cumberland Plain Landcare Program. The Program is made possible with the support of the Greater Sydney Local Land Services and the financial assistance from the Federal Government.
More info on any of the CPLP events?
Contact Xuela Sledge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0410 616 139
Western Sydney Intrepid recently held a successful event helping out the Lower Hawkesbury Remote Landcare team protect a sensitive estuarine environment at Lott Cottage Singletons Mill (near Wisemans Ferry). The work being done in this area is part of a larger group of environmental protection work being undertaken by National Parks and they were very excited Intrepid were able to help out.
The area is home to the coastal salt marsh and swamp oak forest endangered community and a stone cottage ruin. Lantana and Cape Honey suckle were tackled, with the Intrepid group in particular on the tools… getting dirty, enjoying the outdoors and doing the satisfying work of removing these weeds.
Are you an absentee landholder?
Better understanding the views and interests of absentee landholders towards collaborating on cross-property land conservation and production initiatives is becoming more and more important.
If you are an absentee landholder, please complete this 10-minute survey before 20 October 2017!
Link to online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HD7QXH
Having your say is valuable to us! You will help our research to understand the views and impacts absentee landholders have on production and conservation initiatives, and to identify ways to facilitate collaboration between resident and absentee landholders on these initiatives.
For more information, please contact: Hermann Kam email@example.com or Alex Baumber firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference will be held from the 25-27 October, at the Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury, NSW. The Conference is being hosted by Landcare NSW and Murray Local Land Services, and is being coordinated in partnership with local Landcare and community groups.
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Dr Karl is best-known for his weekly radio spot on Triple J, in which he answers listener questions about science in his unique and entertaining style. His appearance at the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference is a highlight of what promises to be a memorable three days.
This conference is the premier event to showcase sustainability, Landcare and volunteering across NSW and includes the annual Landcare Muster and the NSW State Landcare Awards. Don’t miss this chance to gather with around 300 people from Landcare and community groups, farmers, Aboriginal groups, industry and government representatives from across NSW and Australia.
The theme for the Conference is ‘Sharing our Stories’. Conference streams will focus on agriculture, biodiversity, water and Aboriginal Landcare.
You can register for the conference here: http://nswlandcareconference.com.au/registration/
Hawkesbury Rainforests Forum, Kurrajong Community Centre, McMahons Park, Kurrajong. 10am – 3pm (approximately). This is a fully catered event. The event will be in the form of a forum before lunch, to be followed up by 1-2 site visits. Contact Xuela if you would like more info.
OCTOBER 13/14 and 14/15
Freshwater micro-invertebrates through the looking glass. This is a StreamWatch inspired event, led by the Waterbug Co. It offers a day ID training in a lab and a day in the field Royal National Park). $300 for Streamwatch volunteers. Contact John Gooderham at email@example.com or 0447 893 519.
State Landcare and Local Land Services Conference, Albury, NSW. To see the impressive Conference Program and find out more about the variety of speakers, please press here.
Don’t WASTE the Hawkesbury event hosted by Hawkesbury Environment Network. Come along and here about the latest news in litter management, recycling etc. Voice your issues and ideas to clean up the Hawkesbury. HEN AGM to follow. Full catered. 6pm, Windsor Library. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harbourcare by Kayak in Middle Harbour (picking up litter from Harbour beaches via Kayak). Contact Elisha if you would like to know more.
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 events to either email@example.com