Garguree Swampcare recently established a yarning circle at The Gully. We appreciate the below article in the Blue Mountains Gazette.
Once again, we are celebrating our Bushcare volunteers through the eyes of the digital world. 2021 became the year bookended by COVID shutdowns much to the dismay of all. When lockdown lifted at the start of June last year we saw the impressive resumption of the Bushcare Program – a tribute to our dedicated Bushcare volunteers. And we know that with the same passion and dedication we can come out of this next shutdown with the same gusto!
Our Award Ceremony was held as a Zoom ceremony so everyone could view Mayor Mark Greenhill present the awards and hear the acceptance speeches live on their home computers. Congratulations to Rae Druitt receiving the Bushcare Legend Golden Trowel Trophy and our recipient of the Junior Bushcare Ryan Memorial Shield – Daemon Silk.
We thank David King, Gundungurra man, for the Welcome to Country and talk. We included a couple of talks with John French and Fiona Lumsden showing their recent survey Birds in The Gully, and Megan Halcroft talking about native bees in preparation for pollinators week.
Our ‘Thank you” gift to our volunteers is a cool Cooler lunch bag that will be presented to you by your Bushcare Officer when you all come back together onsite – with the personal touch!!
Photos: Golden Trowel and Junior Shield Award and the Cooler Lunch Bag Thank You gift to our volunteers Credit: BMCC
Celebrating years of service to Bushcare
|Charles Darwin /Jamison Creek Bushcare||Wentworth Falls|
|Sublime Point Bushcare||Wentworth Falls|
|Mt Riverview Bushcare||Mt Riverview|
|Glenbrook Lagoon Bushcare||Glenbrook Lagoon|
|Valley Heights (Benoit Park) Bushcare||Valley Heights|
|Long Angle Gully Landcare||Warrimoo|
|North Lawson Homeschoolers||Lawson|
|Bush Place Bushcare||Glenbrook|
|Raymond Street Bushcare||Blaxland|
|Seed Collection Group||Various|
Welcome to the 2021 Spring issue of the Gecko Newsletter.
In this issue read about:
- Bushcare and COVID-19 update
- The ‘Rights of Nature’ – an Australian first
- Creating Habitat around The Gully Lake
- Blue Mountains Aboriginal Advisory Council’s ‘Statement of Recognition and Commitment’ endorsed by Blue Mountains City Council
- ABC Post-fire ongoing healing of country video for NAIDOC Week.
- The Butterfly Effect
- Farewell Malcolm
- Project Plant It – 80 trees planted for koalas at deanei forest
- Popes Glen Big Day Out – post-fire Gorse treatment
- Repairing the Australian bush in the 1890s
- Book review: “Twenty-Five Years of Bushcare’ Sublime Point Bushcare
- Spring has Sprung – Photo competition
- Vale Jeanell Buckley
- Vale Fred Lyford
- Bushcare Gecko is now online
- Events Webinars: Eucalypts of the Blue Mountains, Launch of “Twenty-Five Years of Bushcare’ Sublime Point Bushcare
- Acknowledgement of Country
- Saving Koalas – Science for Wildlife Project Updates (see links below)
- Join Bushcare
- Giant Dragonfly sighted by Council’s Natural Area Operations Team
- Giant Dragonfly – an ancient peat-swamp survivor in the Blue Mountains
- Should we plant or not?
- Regenerating a native ground layer from Trad at Bellata Park Bushcare
- Congratulations Lis Bastian – Environmental Citizen of the Year Award
- Native Plant Propagation Workshop
- How did your environment fare last year? Australia’s Environmental 2020
- Connecting Kids to Nature program update
- Congratulations to our new Environmental Manager
- Seniors Week Recognition Awards
- Clean Up Australia Day in The Gully
- What’s On
- Save the date – Bushcare Picnic 30 October
NSW Seniors Festival
NSW Seniors Festival (formerly Seniors Week) is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere. To acknowledge the remarkable contributions our local seniors make to our Blue Mountains community, a program of events for the month of April, 2021 has been put together. The theme for 2021 is ‘In our nature’.
All events will strictly follow COVID safe procedures, as outlined by NSW Health.
A copy of the Seniors Festival Program for the month’s events can be downloaded here and hardcopies will also be available at Council’s Library branches and Customer Service Centres in Katoomba and Springwood.
Welcome to the 2021 Autumn issue of the Gecko Newsletter. In this issue read about:
- Actinotus forsythii Pink Flannel Flower
- A brief Bushcare internship
- Saving the Trees – one Gecko at a time
- Wentworth Falls Lake
- Crayfish Count Regenerate Project
- New Narrow Neck Bushcare Group
- Allendale Landcare Group
- Report a Koala Sighting
- Butterfly Hill-topping site at Lawson
- New Blackheath Community Farm Landcare
- Poison Hemlock
- Snowy Mountains Humpback Slug
- Feral Scan – Fox Scan
- What’s On
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Last year local volunteers removed 1.6 tonne of rubbish from bushland and parkland sites, most of which included drink containers, plastic food wrapping, packaging materials and plastic bags.
You can get involved by finding a local park or area that needs cleaning or by joining an existing Clean Up site near you. Once registered, you will be sent a free Clean Up kit including bags, gloves, information and promotional materials.
For further information on how to get involved and find a local site near you, please visit the Clean Up Australia Day website www.cleanup.org.au/
Outstanding citizens were celebrated at Blue Mountains City Council’s annual Australia Day Awards on 26 January, 2021.
Environmental Citizen of the Year – Lis Bastian
Congratulations to Lis Bastian – a founding member of one our new bushcare groups – Blackheath Community Farm Landcare.
For years, Lis Bastian has devoted herself to helping others live more sustainably. She does this by leading by example and by teaching people of all ages about permaculture and environmental responsibility.
Lis created The Big Fix (www.thebigfixblackheath.org) which is a social enterprise that focuses on ‘changing the story.’ The initiative has enabled a collaborative, solutions-based culture to grow and thrive in the Blue Mountains and beyond.
Other projects that have been spearheaded by Lis, include a Community Farm in Blackheath which she regularly reports on through Facebook to inspire others. Lis also set up and now runs ‘Pluriversity’, which provides a range of learning opportunities for young people who have left school engage with one another and the wider community.
Lis reaches out to others and builds partnerships with unlimited generosity and devotion to protecting the environment.
The full list Awards recipients included:
- Young Citizens of the Year – Annelise Schroder and Harry Elbourne
- Citizen of the Year – John Turner
- Senior Citizens of the Year – Peter A. Kidd and Rosemary Hart
- Environmental Citizen of the Year – Lis Bastian
- Community Achievement of the Year – Blue Fringe Arts and Literature Exhibition.
By Michael Hensen
The Swamped by Threats Project, a partnership between BMCC, CTLLS, NPWS and Forest NSW, has reached the halfway mark. The project aims to conserve the ecological integrity and habitat quality of priority swamps for the endangered and swamp dependant Blue Mountains Water Skink and the Giant Dragonfly of the Blue Mountains and Newnes Plateau. The innovative ten year project is funded through a $750,000 Save Our Species (SOS) Partnership Environmental Trust grant.
A key focus of the project in the Blue Mountains has been the restoration of the natural hydrology of swamp systems which have been disrupted by stormwater flows from urbanised catchments, resulting in erosion, channelisation, de-watering, sedimentation, and weed invasion. Works have included stormwater outlet stabilisation, gross pollutant traps, raingardens, stormwater infiltration and integration structures and soft engineering swamp rehydration structures, as well as weed control. The sixteen priority swamp systems being targeted include Connaught, Yosemite, Marmion Road, North Street, the Gully, McCrae’s Paddock, Leura Falls, East Leura, Jamison Creek, Central Park, Wentworth Falls Lake, Franks Creek, Kittyhawke, Duperry/Clarendon Swamp, Red Gum Park, Lawson Pool and North Lawson Swamps.
A big thank you goes out to all the Bushcare and Swampcare volunteers whose ongoing on-ground efforts are making such a valuable contribution of in-kind hours in support of the grant funded work.
This project has been supported by the Hominy Bakery in Katoomba who provide the catering for these events “You know the food is good when everyone’s silent” said Katy O’Neill at the Valley View Swampcare Event.
More information is available via this link: https://youtu.be/DmGZbkgjrQM
Welcome to the 2020 Summer issue of the Gecko Newsletter. In this issue read about:
• 2020: Bushcare Team Leader • Bushcare / Landcare Picnic COVID style • Bushcare Awards – Group and Individuals • Vale Lachlan Garland • Remote Bushcare • Cicadas • RSCPA Landcare • Vale Liz Kabanoff • Popes Glen Bushcare Group – Local Heros • Vale Thelma Murphy – Bushcare Icon • Swamped by Threats Project reaches halfway mark • Redgum Park – Timing is everything • What’s On!
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