Herbicide Holder Containers Needed

herbicide holders wanted 001 for webDoes anyone have surplus containers that are around this size?

We are looking for a bulk load of herbicide bottle holders as our supplies have run out. If you have any that we can collect either bring them along to Bushcare and if you are not an active member of a group at the moment call us at the office and we will collect.

P: 4780 5528

Thanks for keeping us from having to eat lots of pancakes!

Broad-tailed Gecko

Injured Gecko c Dan Marshall

Injured Phyllurus platurus (Leaf-tailed Gecko) c Dan Marshall

Dan Marshall snapped this photo of an injured lizard in his Glenbrook backyard, which is virtually part of the Three Gullies Landcare Group site that Dan co-ordinates. He contacted Taronga Zoo for more information about it, and received the following response from  Philip Topham in the Reptile Department:

“It is a Broad-tailed Gecko. Another name for it is a leaf-tailed gecko. There are a few different species of these on the east coast and this is a common one to the Sydney area. They favour rocky outcrops and feed on insects. The tail regenerates with time after it drops it to deter predators”. This one evidently escaped a predator’s attack! Thanks Dan – the Broad-tailed Gecko inspired Bushcare’s  newsletter and our logo.

If you’d like any more information on them look up Phyllurus platurus in google. A quick search came up with this useful page: http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Phyllurus%20platurus#



NSW Landcare Conference

Greater Sydney Local Land Service still has a few free tickets left  for volunteers to attend the NSW Landcare Conference  to be held in Orange 1–3 September 2015. Recipients will need to organise their own travel and accommodation however opportunities to car share are likely.

Find out more about the NSW Landcare Conference, click here.

To RSVP, please contact:

Vanessa Keyzer,
Regional Landcare Facilitator,
Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Penrith NSW 2750
Phone 02 4725 3041
Email Vanessa

An Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Sewer Overflows

Sydney Water is consulting with the community about wet weather overflows and what the community wants.

General page about what we are doing and how we are going about it: feedback from our public workshops so far..


To provide feedback click on the blue bar that is titled Have your Say and login in as a user.

Map showing the community feedback about the environment near your council:



Walk-in Bushcare in Sassafras Gully

By Bronwyn Tolhurst


Our remote bush-carers walk in to Sassafras Gully

In June, I enjoyed another day in the bush in Sassafras Gully with other bushcarers. The day started around 9 am  at the end of Yondell Street, Springwood where the team met each other: Chris, Roland, John, Rory, Karleen, Nelda, John, Michael, Bronwyn and Lyndal. Lyndal, our Bushcare Officer, checked that everyone had the necessary equipment for the day. Extra equipment was handed out to put in backpacks; making sure the morning tea was not forgotten.

When everything was ready, the nine team members walked down Wiggins track until we saw the sign at the bottom of the gully. We found a clearing in the bush where we could put down our backpacks. From there we scattered further up the track and in to the bush to attack the weeds. There was a lot of Ginger lily and Lantana growing. There was also Mistflower, Wild passionfruit, Small leaf privet and Crofton weed. The day catered for all levels of fitness: the strenuous can climb the steep slopes but for the more gentle workers: they can stay near the track.

The best part of the day was mixing with friends and making new ones. The morning tea was very yummy, relaxing for a while, and then it is back to work. It was soon lunch time, catching up with the latest bushcare news, then it is back to the weeds again.

With so many friends the weeds were soon done and it was time to pack up, walk up the Wiggins track and arrive back at the cars at 4: 00 p.m. It was a very worthwhile day, relaxing with friends and doing the community a big favour, restoring the bush to its glorious state. If this sounds like you, why not join the next remote Bushcare group – contact Lyndal on [email protected] or ring the Bushcare Office: 4780 5623.




Native Bee Symposium February 2015 UWS

by Jane Anderson

What a buzz has been created all around the world by Megan Halcroft’s Bee Aware project and facebook page! Following Megan’s wonderful Bee Hotel talks and the installation of Bee Hotels in 5 different locations across Sydney we are all beeing more aware of our native bees. David Rae from Upper Kedumba Bushcare Group and myself were lucky to attend a Native Bee Symposium which was facilitated by fascinating Bee experts … a whole day on Native Bees and Lunch – it was a real Buzz! We were in Bee Heaven and learnt so much such as …..

If You Know What to Look For, Dr Michael Batley, Australian Museum Learning about some of the solitary bee foraging and nesting behaviours that might pass unnoticed, but once observed can easily be recognised such as making little slices into Lambertia Formosa flowers to get the best nectar.

‘Bees in Community Gardens’ Project, Dr Tanya Latty, University of Sydney Blue Banded Bee Tanya Latty

Tanya has been gathering bees in community gardens to find out about the diversity and abundance of native bees in community gardens in inner city of Sydney. She catches them (and other insects) in nets and chills them for identifying. From hours of observation something she has learnt is that they Love Blue flowers and they can be as abundant in inner city Sydney as they are in the suburbs! Find out more through her website http://www.tanyalatty.com/

Stingless Bee and Wasp-mimic Bee – Nests and Behaviour, Dr Anne Dollin, Australian Native Bee Research Centre    Anne and Les Doolin have been traveling around Australia there whole adult life’s searching for Tetragonula carbonaria and Austroplebeia the native Stingless Bee genus They are tiny and form gorgeous spiral colonies they are ok as honey producers and fantastic as pollinators. http://www.aussiebee.com.au/savebees.html

Sydney’s Stingless Bee, Ms Jenny Shanks, University of Western Sydney  Following Anne’s presentation we got to see inside a stingless bee (Tetragonula carbonaria) hive and learn about their nesting behaviour and biology.

Building Nest Blocks for Blue Banded Bees, Mr Les Dollin, Australian Native Bee Research Centre  (picLes Dolin presenting Building Nest Blocks c David Raetured at left)

A how-to lesson on some useful methods to construct an artificial nest block habitat for Blue banded bees in a live demonstration.


 About the ‘Bee Aware of Your Native Bees’ Project, Dr Megan Halcroft, Bees Business  The day finished with a wrap up from Megan how the Bee aware project has grown and how we can all continue to be involved, through bee friendly gardening , bee hotels and spreading the good honey word around about our wonderful and diverse Native Bees.  http://beesbusiness.com.au/index.html


News from the Bushcare Team

Spring is upon us but there are still some Wintery Bushcare activities to partake in – but if that isn’t your thing maybe a meeting or two inside a warm room is? Check out the events program for the usual interesting selection.

Happily for our environment, Bushcare is as popular as ever – we can report that in the 2014-15 year our Bushcare program committed over 7,200 volunteer hours to Council’s environmental protection work. What a massive contribution – thank you all yet again.

As many of you will already know, couple of changes are afoot with our Bushcare Officers: Jill will be away for a while to recover from a respiratory illness and Tracy has returned full of energy after her break so there has been a little reorganising of schedules. Thanks for your patience during the readjustment.

So much to do, so little time! We understand, but still hope you can accept the invitation to attend the Bushcare Network Conference 2015 on August 29th – it’s a “5th” Saturday, so no Bushcare misses out! see the advertisement in this issue.

Hoping to see you on a Bushcare site soon and that you enjoy this edition of Gecko until then – Monica, for the Bushcare Team.


A new Epacris for the Blue Mountains

by David Coleby (Sublime Point Bushcare Group)

Well, not new, just recently discovered! I found Epacris browniae in 2009 in south Leura, and a team of National Parks and Blue Mountains Conservation Society volunteers helped me find more of these Epacris over the next two years.

Epacris browniae

Epacris browniae

Epacris browniae (pictured above) joins a list of 28 other Epacris species (and varieties) in NSW. But whereas many are widespread, E browniae is currently confined to the upper Blue Mountains, in treeless situations above 800 m and where rainfall exceeds 1300 mm a year.

The easiest time and place to see this new species in flower is at Sunset Rock, Kedumba Road, on Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls any time in November, where it grows alongside another epacrid, the shorter Epacris rigida, on the rocky steps down to the lookout.

Its distinguishing features are that it is a woody robust shrub, the branchlets are not hairy, and the broad leaves are thick, shiny dark green with a blunt apex (unlike its close relative Microphylla var microphylla).

 buds and flowers

buds and flowers

E browniae leaf 1631

E browniae leaf

South of the Great Western Highway along  Kedumba Walls, Lincoln’s Lookout, Podgers Hill and Sunset Rock E browniae is 70 –120 cm high. North of the GWH on the Mt Hay Plateau it grows on Flat Top and, in profusion, from the end of the Mt Hay Road out to Butterbox Point and Mt Hay. Plants in these areas tend to be shorter, thinner, less woody and more wiry than in the south.

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