In this issue:
- Council launches 300k Project to clean up Leura Falls Creek
- How to Compost your Weeds
- Training in Disability
- On the Web
- Papers presented at National Conference
- 2 Minutes with Ray Richardson
Gecko Winter 2014 PDF: 819 KB
Gecko Winter 2014 PDF: 819 KB
Ray is the coordinator for the North Lawson bushcare group that has recently partnered with the home school network.
What brought you to Bushcare?
I was concerned with the amount of weeds in public areas and I have environmental concerns. I also have a love of indigenous vegetation.
What are the challenges (if any) you find both positive and negative?
Getting enough people coming along to bushcare to keep the group going was always a concern and the size of the site and the weed population on the site.
The positives are seeing the differences we are making and seeing that the plants we have planted have taken off. I also appreciate the public who comment on how good the site is looking.
What is your favourite/most hated plant and why?
My Favourite is any Grevillea as there is such a variety of shape, form and habit and they are hardy.
I also claim to have the largest Grevillea Bronze Rambler in the mountains as the trunk has a girth the size of a dinner plate.
My most hated plant is Blackberry as it is difficult to remove and reinfests so easily. You also need to be well equipped to deal with it due to the thorns.
If you could invite four of the people who inspire you to dinner, who would you pick?
I would pick Barry Humphreys and his various characters, Gough Whitlam, Bruce Beresford and Robin Williams the presenter on the ABC science show.
This Paper was presented by Aquatic Systems Officer Christina Day at a National Conference
Christina Day 1, Ian A. Wright2, Amy St Lawrence1, Robert Setter1, Geoffrey Smith1
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BMCC Council’s Aquatic Systems Officer Amy St Lawrence presented this paper at National Conference.
Amy St Lawrence1, Ian A. Wright2, Robert B. McCormack3, Christina Day1, Geoffrey Smith1 and Brian Crane1
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In the recent moving of the furniture around the depot we have disturbed the yearly nesting of our local Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles) they have a clutch of three eggs and are guarding their territory like their chicks are about to hatch. Staff meticulously and very slowly moved the stone block nest so as not to disturb the nesting birds.
Since we took this photo two little chicks have hatched from three eggs.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Huxley
Your new websitewww.bluemountainsbushcare.org.au is open for each group to have their own page. The idea behind this is that you can add your own information to these pages. For example you could upload a photo or two from your workday using your smart phone or put your plant list up from your site. Its your choice. The weeds website is in the process of being updated and there is an opportunity for volunteers to be involved. If you would like to be part of the process please contact Erin Hall at the Bushcare office.
Kerry Brown was the wonderful coordinator of the Medlow Bath Bushcare group from the beginning in 2005 ’til this year. She passed away in June. Kerry was warm, kind, calm, generous, always positive, always looking to see how she could help others while making light of her own difficulties. She personified the Adam Lindsay Gordon lines:
life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand like stone, kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own.
Kerry is greatly missed, not only in Bushcare but in the larger community, to which she contributed in many ways.
by Jill Rattray
Boz was one of the founding members of both Tree Fern Gully and Marmion Swamp bushcare groups. She was an active and pivotal member. We remember her as hard working, cheerful, full of fun and ideas. We are greatly saddened by her death.
Boz will never be forgotten. She had a keen intellect, and worked with dedication and determination to make a positive difference through her strong commitment to Bushcare, and to our North Leura environment and community. Council recognised her efforts with two Bushcare awards at this year’s Picnic. She is a local legend: her name and her work will live on.
The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas wrote in a poem for his dying father:
Do not go gentle into this dark night
But rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Boz raged — and raged! Good on you, Boz!
Roger was one of the foundation members the Linksview Landcare Group. He had just completed 10 years of Landcare volunteering and was on long service leave from Penrith City Council before retiring in July this year. Unfortunately, he was struck down with a sudden, unexpected illness and passed away in February. Within days, we had lost a man who was not only a valued member of our group, but a man whose talents and dedication will be missed by the Blue Mountains and Penrith communities.
Roger’s service to the people of the Blue Mountains and Penrith Councils over the past thirty-five years has been recognized by both councils. Roger provided leadership in the area of city and environmental planning, as well as dedicating time to Landcare and Springwood Athletics.
Recognition of his value to Springwood Athletics as, Team Manager and Equipment Manager, is indicated by a Life Membership and Volunteer of the Year award granted in 2010. The club has now introduced the Roger Nethercote Perpetual Trophy for the most improved athlete for the year, in recognition of his many years of dedicated service.
Roger was a relaxed, easy going, cheerful member of our group whose natural modesty hid the extent of his abilities and achievements in both his volunteering and his career. His love for the environment was obvious and his wide range of experience and interests made for very enjoyable conversations both during our bush regeneration and over our breaks for a cuppa.
Roger’s wife Jenny has continued to work with our Landcare group, while their children, Kristy and Andrew have continued with their new careers despite the ravages and disruption to their lives by the recent bushfire and loss of a very special husband and father.
Roger will be proud of them.
by Chris Gorman
None of your bushcare weeds need to go to landfill – they can all be composted, including seeds & tubers. The exception is corms (Montbretia and Watsonia) which we will cover soon.
This hot composting method will enable you to compost down all the weeds from your bushcare site in about three months to use on your veggie garden. It is a method that is best done in a garden rather than bushcare sites because of the concentration of nutrients which leach into the soil. Nothing needs to be purchased except maybe the steel mesh when you first set up.
Here are the steps: