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Bushcare Bake Off

The valley was awash with cakes of all shapes and sizes last weekend. I would like to thank all the volunteers who took part and the squid who judged the competition so eloquently with his thoughtful words. The team would like to thank everyone for coming and we hope you enjoyed the day.

Here is some of the entries for the day.

Wombat Surprise by Fiona and John

Great things are afoot this Saturday!

Shuffle on down to Sun Valley Reserve for our Annual Bushcare Thankyou Picnic.

What better way to heel the sole then being apart of this special day.

  • Bushcare Bake Off
  • Olympics
  • Pizza
  • Awards
  • Special thank you gift and more

Saturday 29th July

Sun Valley Reserve

11:30am – 15:30pm

As this is a zero waste event please bring your plate, mug and cutlery.

Please RSVP by calling 4780 5341

Love Letters to the Land with Costa

This year, Junior Landcare is celebrating 25 years of opening children’s hearts and hands to landcare.

To help Landcare celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Junior Landcare ambassador, Costa Georgiadis, for a special letter writing campaign that’s calling on kids to share what they love most about the environment – and the steps they’re taking to protect it.

“The more you engage with nature, the more you appreciate it; and the more you appreciate it, the more likely you are to want to protect it,” shares Costa.

Costa Georgiadis

Whether you write your letters as a class, school or youth group; individual, early learning centre or family – we want to hear from YOU!

We also want to help you share your ideas and the actions you’re taking to care for the natural environment because we know children and young people have the power to positively influence those around them.

To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve created a curriculum-linked learning activity available in the Junior Landcare Learning Centre, as well as special letter templates you are free to download. You can choose from a pre-filled template for younger learners or a blank template for older students.

You can also stand the chance to win a visit from Costa to your school or youth group by uploading your letters and/or a photo of yourself and/or your school/class holding up your ‘Love Letters to the Land’ throughout Biodiversity Month (September 2023). * One lucky entry will be randomly selected to receive a visit from Costa himself. Entries close October 20, 2023

For more information about the program follow this link:

Bushcare Picnic Cake Competition

Wombat Cake from the Women’s Weekly Cake cookbook

This year we are running our very own Bushcare Bake Off! This will take place at the Bushcare and Landcare Picnic held on Saturday 29th July at Sun Valley Reserve. Everyone is welcome to show off their culinary talents and be in the running for the golden Bushcare knife.

We thought we would stick with the traditional theme of Bushcare. This could be interpreted as tastes of bushcare, designs centered around the bush, it may even include elements from the bush.

The cakes will be judged on how well they meet the theme and more importantly to our guest judge – how they taste.

Let your culinary creativity go crazy!

Competition details:

  • The following information will be needed upon entry:

– Name of cake

– Cake creator

– Ingredients list (for dietary requirements)

  • A designated Bushcare officer will be accepting cakes at our cake competition table. This will be located near the Pony Club kiosk. Please advise if your cake needs refrigeration (limited spots available).
  • Entry into the cake competition closes at 13:00pm on the 29th July.
  • The cake competition judging will take place at 13:30pm with the winner of the golden knife being announced during the award ceremony afterwhich, everyone will be able to enjoy the cakes.

If you have any questions about the competition please contact:

Yolanda Pavincich

Books to Read

Gum: The story of Eucalypts and their champions. By Ashley Hay. Published by NewSouth, 2021.

Fen, Bog & Swamp: a short history of peatland destruction and its role in the climate crisis. By Annie Proulx. Published by Scribner 2022.

A Primer of Ecological Restoration. By Karen Holl. Published by Island Press 2020.

Flames of Extinction: The race to save Australia’s threatened wildlife. By John Pickrell. Published by NewSouth 2021.

Opportunity to join the Grasstree Fellowship

What is the Grasstree Fellowship?

It’s a special training program that has been created for community members, with community input and feedback built into the design. Conservation Volunteers Australia have partnered with two skilled guides (Lina Patel and Matt Wicking) to offer the Grass Tree Fellowship: A special online learning program for up to 50 people who have a connection to or live in the Blue Mountains LGA. Through a facilitated series of evening workshops, participants will be offered opportunities for growth and learning – with the aim of creating stronger, healthier communities and ecosystems for all. 

When the heat is on and the flood waters are rising, we step up and pitch in. We find ways to do what’s needed to support those around us.

In the wake of those moments, we have the chance to find a little space to focus on how we’re working together to make meaningful change happen in the world.

That’s what the Grass Tree Fellowship is about: A freetraining program designed around four online evening workshopsstarting on May 30 to support and empower the doers among us. 

The program will include the following skills training:

* Getting stuff done

* Working with groups

* Advocating for your project

* Staying buoyant and flexible

Registrations are now open for the Blue Mountains online leadership program, they close midnight Sunday 21 May.

You are encouraged to register for the program if you are living or active in the Blue Mountains region, part of a community group, team or network taking action together OR currently getting things done as a ‘team of one’. You must be 18 and Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background are strongly encouraged to register for the program. We have a maximum of 50 places available for the program.

The program is FREE to participate in, being funded by the Australian and the NSW Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. 

Register here: Grasstree Fellowship Registration

Curious and want to find out more?

We have an online information sessions coming up where you will have a chance to meet the team and ask Matt and Lina, our programs guides, any questions you might have  – please register for the info sessions via the links below.

Thursday May 11 @ 11am

For further information, visit our webpage:

Nelly and the Grasstree Fellowship Team

Grass Tree Fellowship
A CVA Leadership Initiative | Wild Futures | Conservation Volunteers Australia



Blue Mountains host Volunteer Coordinators Network Meeting

By Steven Fleischman

Did you know that Blue Mountains City Council is a part of the Greater Sydney Landcare Network? Ranging from Campbelltown to The Northern Beaches, including National Parks and Wildlife Services, there are Bushcare groups in Sutherland, Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool, Fairfield, The Hills district, Blacktown, Warringah, Lane Cove and the Northern Beaches.

On Thursday 9 March, members of the Blue Mountains Bushcare team hosted a Volunteer Coordinators Network (VCN) meeting of 25 Bushcare officers, Landcare coordinators, National Parks Officers and Local Land Services Officers from across Sydney.

Presentations by Program Leader Eric Mahony and Bushcare Officers Jane Anderson and Steve Fleischmann gave visitors deeper insight into Blue Mountains City Councils commitment to storm water management, our relationship with the local Aboriginal community and the remote Bushcare program.

After lunch attendees drove to Whitton Park, Glenbrook to hear Eric Mahony and Shane Grundy, from the Bush Doctor, talk about a bio filter they are building. With an aim of reducing nutrients and faecal coliforms going into local waterways, the biofilter is an important step to improving the health of local waterways.

Personally, I found it incredibly inspiring to meet other officers dedicated to working with their communities at improving the resilience and biodiversity of their local remnant bushland. I feel grateful to be a part of such a large and dedicated Bushcare community in the Blue Mountains.

Response from Volunteers Coordinators Network Meeting using the Bushcare is sign.