The Blue Mountains City Council remote Bushcare Program began in 2004, working in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) across several adjoining land tenures.

These remote events are planned with Bushcare/Landcare Groups to extend their work further into parts of the catchment that are difficult to access. It provides an opportunity for group members to gain a better understanding of their sub-catchments and the issues they face such as seed dispersal.

Many weeds including broom and gorse can shoot their seeds some metres away. Infestations can thicken quickly and spread, particularly along watercourses. Pods burst open in hot weather during spring and summer. The scattered weed seeds are carried along streams and rivers by water and sediment, resulting in long distance dispersal downstream and germination at new sites, especially in gullies.

A coordinated approach with the NPWS, as part of the Great Grose Weed Walk program, aims to reduce the volume of weed propagules entering the Grose Valley and other wilderness areas.

There are four remote events per year. They each require a keen eye, robust health and good plant knowledge.

To participate, watch for Remote Bushcare updates via Bushcare Events emails (subscribe if you are not already signed up), or via this website’s events calendar. You can register your interest via Remote event entries as they come up.