There are still limited places available for this important training day so if you can spare some time and would like to build the skills of your bushcare group, please join Bushcare Officers and other volunteers this Friday!
Morning tea and lunch provided
RSVP essential to Monica Nugent by Wednesday 29/10/14
In keeping with our policy of access and equity, BMCC Bushcare is committed to making the benefits of Bushcare accessible to everybody in our community, including those living with a disability. The Bushcare Team is pleased to provide this training opportunity. It will assist Council’s Bushcare staff, Bushcare Group Co-ordinators and other interested volunteers to integrate people with varying levels of ability into Bushcare whilst ensuring a safe and satisfying Bushcare experience for all members of the group.
About the trainer: Maeve Dunnett from “Inside Out” is passionate about the rights of people with disabilities to access all the same services that non-disabled people are able to access. And what’s more – she is a Bushcare volunteer and a member of the Blue Mountains Bushcare Network! Maeve is a qualified trainer who has 20 years’ experience working in the disability and community sector.
Many residents buy into a Community Title development with little understanding that they are also buying into the management of common land. Residents often receive limited information about how community title works or their responsibilities. This factsheet developed by the Local Land Service is a guide to managing bushland on this land.
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
Environment Branch, Blue Mountains City Council, Locked Bag 1005, Katoomba, NSW, 2780. [email protected]
School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751. [email protected]
The recently registered SharkTM Aquatic Herbicide (240g/L carfentrazone-ethyl) was used at Glenbrook Lagoon to treat an infestation of cabomba, one of the first applications of this scale in Australia.
Water quality and ecological effects were monitored to determine the impacts of the herbicide on a large natural water body.
One year later, monitoring programs show a return to healthy dissolved oxygen levels; a healthy population of native fish and turtles; and no evidence of cabomba or weed water lily.
This case study highlights the challenges involved with planning and implementing a large scale aquatic weed control program and the importance of understanding and careful consideration of the current physical, chemical and biological conditions of the individual water body being targeted.
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.
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.
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.