Category Archives: Resources

Some stuff we’re finding interesting on the web

  • Invasive Species Council newsletter

  • Questagame

    Vanessa Keyser from Redgum Park Bushcare and Local Land Services  suggests: Questagame You take photos of wildlife you see and earn points. It links directly to the Atlas of Living Australia, and all records are independently verified.

    In Vanessa’s words:

    Would be great for local schools or for young people who come along to Bushcare. There are teachers’ resources. Very groovy, baby.

    Here is a pdf with more info.

  • Citizen Science

    The Atlas of Living Australia continues to support a variety of Citizen Science projects – and is now making it even easier for people to get involved. Have a look at ALA Citizen Science Central to find a project that might interest you.

    And remember that the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) is now up and running. Check out their website for information on joining and ways to get involved.

  • Birdlife Australia Bird data Atlas

    (as opposed to NSW Wildlife Atlas)

  • Creating urban habitat

Updated Weed Website

The Bushcare office, Ray Richardson and Hugh Todd have been working quietly away on updating the new platform for the weeds website, and it is now live!

The finished website will have 64 weed profiles, and resources to help with weed control. We have changed the system so the website can intelligently resize to look good on all screens used for web browsing – from phones to desktops.

It can be found at www.weedsbluemountains.org.au, for those who would like to have a look around.

We have retained some of the fantastic features that Barbara Harley and John Penlington worked on, like the weeds brochure and some of the original articles.

Weeds website

Due to the advancements of user friendly web design we (at the office) can add articles and information quickly and easily. If anyone within the bushcare community would like to donate some time to work on the website with me, or photographs that are better than what we have, we would be very grateful.

An Introduction to Social Media and Networking

Last week there was a course open to volunteers about how social media can be used to promote your group. The Bushcare website can link to your Facebook, Instagram pages that some people have set up for their groups.

If you feel inspired to make you own webpage on the Bushcare site talk to your group to decide what you want to put on there and Bushcare Officer and we can get started.

Scholarships to Volunteers

Les Robinson has offered some subsidized places for volunteers to attend his training sessions.

Changeology (2 days)

The complete toolset for devising behaviour change projects + plus innovation skills, buzzmaking, and, for the first time, a systems thinking palette for sustained change. Really engage your community in change.

What it covers.

Date: 12–13 October 2015
Venue: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Rd, Waverton
Timing: 8.45 am for a 9.00 am start, 4.30 pm finish.

Yummy lunch and 180 page training manual provided. Numbers limited.

Facilitation Skills (1 day)

Lay a solid foundation for facilitating meetings and workshops in any context.

What it covers.

Sydney: 15 October 2015
Venue: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Rd, Waverton
Timing: 8.45 am for a 9.00 am start, 4.30 pm finish.

Yummy lunch and 80 page training manual provided. Numbers limited.

Please contact the Les Robinson to book a place letting him know you are a volunteer. Numbers limited. Bushcare will cover the cost of attending. 

Les Robinson Enabling Change
Enabling You to Change the World
Email les@enablingchange.com.au | Web www.enablingchange.com.au

Greater Sydney Local Land Services Draft Landcare Strategy & Action Plan – Community Consultation period now open

Greater Sydney Local Land Services has recently drafted a Landcare Strategic Plan to guide its support of, and engagement with, the Landcare community over the next five years. The plan is currently open for community consultation.

The Landcare Community is defined as:

  • Identified Landcare groups and other ‘care’ groups such as bushcare, coastcare, rivercare etc.
  • ‘friends of’ groups and other community environment groups
  • Farmer/producer groups
  • Indigenous communities and organisations

Feedback from Landcare and Bushcare groups, Bushcare Coordinators, Landcare networks and others on the Plan is welcomed.

The community consultation period closes on Monday 6 July 2015. Please email all feedback through to admin.greatersydney@lls.nsw.gov.au
View the GS LLS Landcare Strategy here.

Blue Mountains Water Skink Talk

On a cold winter’s night, 16 people ventured out to hear Sarsha Gorissen present her PhD research on the local and iconic Blue Mountains Water Skink, Eulamprus leuraensis.

Sarsha began with historical research of Dr Dubey: that the two major populations of skinks in the Blue Mountains and Newnes Plateau are genetically distinct; and that these skinks are short-lived.

She followed with her own research, and discussed her major findings to date, which are that the skinks:

  • live exclusively in swamps and thrive in pristine ones;
  • depend on water and high soil moisture levels;
  • have a generalist diet, mainly of insects;
  • have adapted to survive fires; and,
  • that to conserve the species we must protect the habitat.

This data will be expanded on this year, her final year of study, and published in scientific journals. One paper already published by Sarsha — on fire frequency, urbanisation and these lizards — can be found here in Austral Ecology.

Expression of Interest to attend a Cultural Fire Workshop

Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link and Central Tablelands Local Land Service area

Expression of Interest – Cultural Fire Workshop Cape York

The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative — Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link Partnership (K2W), Upper Lachlan Landcare (ULL) and the Central Tablelands LLS are seeking expressions of interest from Indigenous community wanting to participate in a cultural fire workshop in the Awu-Laya country in Cape York Peninsula.

The Fire Workshop is an annual event designed to bring people together from different locations and communities, to share and learn about Indigenous fire practices and their application to contemporary management (details available here).

It is expected that successful participants will come back to their own local communities and share experiences and knowledge and be part of cultural activities within the K2W, CTLLS and ULL region.

At the fire workshop you walk with the fire, practically learning first hand with traditional owners and fire practitioners on country. To read country, the animals, the trees, the seasons, and the inherited cultural responsibility of looking after country for future generations.

There will also be displays of research and monitoring techniques that have been developed and grown with community Indigenous fire programs over time. These practices have also been developed and continue to address contemporary problems like weeds, climate change and the ongoing practice of rural livelihoods in sustainable ways.

Workshop dates

  • 13 June 2015 travel to Cairns (or 14 June, dependent on flights)
  • 15–17 June 2015 Fire Workshop
  • 18 June 2015 return.

See Itinerary here.

For those receiving funding under the K2W project there may be a option of staying on till 20th June for those wishing to attend the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival http://www.lauradancefestival.com/

Cost

The K2W Link, CTLLS and Upper Lachlan Landcare will cover registration fees and airfares.

Food is included in the registration fees and camping.

(Cost per person estimate $500 Indigenous community; $1000 non-Indigenous community (registration); $700 (air fare to from Sydney to Cairns return)).

Please note if your expression of interest is successful and you accept you must commit to attending. If you do not attend, you will personally be required to cover the cost of cancelling the registration and air fare.

Successful applicants will need to supply your own camping gear (swag and/or tent).

Submit your expression of interest.

Places are limited and not all EOIs will be successful. EOIs will be assessed against the responses provided for each of the criteria on page 2 and 3. If you are interested in participating, please address all of the following criteria on the form (link to EOI form)

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 10 May 2015

For more information please call Mary Bonet on 0459 352 892 or email mary@upperlachlanlandcare.org.au, or call Larry Towney on 0438 489 930.

Download EOI application