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  • Blue Mountains Bushcare Network

    Coalition of individuals and representatives from Bushcare groups and other authorities interested in maintaining and restoring the integrity of bushland in the Blue Mountains. Provides a forum for Bushcare groups to exchange ideas and information, comment on issues, or initiate strategies.

    Visit this group’s own website

    Local contact: Paul Vale, phone 4787 8080

  • Bushcare Trad Band

    We aim to provide another connection within the bushcare community through the playing of music. The band has an inclusive philosophy and welcomes players of diverse abilities and backgrounds.

    Year started: June 2015

    The Blue Mountains Bushcare Trad Band aims to provide music for the Bushcare community. Its main role is to provide background music for the annual Blue Mountains Bushcare picnic, but it also meets informally through the year to play… just for fun! The Band is named after the introduced weed, Tradescantia Fluminensis, commonly known as Trad. ‘Trad’ is the name of an invasive weed with which many bushcare volunteers are familiar, but is also the shortened term for ‘traditional’ music. And this is the basis of the Trad Band’s style. The band welcomes players of diverse abilities and backgrounds, as long as they are competent with their instruments. Instruments must be acoustic for logistics and safety reasons. (We play outside, in parks.) The band can provide music for both concert pitch and transposing instruments, or chord charts and sound files for musicians who play by ear.

    Local contact: Glen Parry, phone 4754 3182, glen.parry@gmail.com

    Alternative contact: Lachlan Davis, phone 4753 6129, email lachdavis@bigpond.com

  • Fitzgerald Creek Catchment Group

    This Catchment group meets quarterly to plan and discuss works happening in the catchment.

    Local contact: Steve Barratt, phone 47536339

    Alternative contact: Karleen Waldron, email karleen.waldron4@gmail.com

  • Fungi of the Blue Mountains

    This page has some images of fungi in the Blue Mountains

    Visit this group’s own website

    This page is the share knowledge of the Fungi of the Blue Mountains.

    Bushcare officer: Karen Hising

    For more information, please call Council’s Bushcare Section on 4780 5623, or use the form on the Join page

  • Jamison Creek Catchment Group

    This group meets quarterly to discuss the projects happening in the catchment.

    Bushcare officer: Jane Anderson

    For more information, please call Council’s Bushcare Section on 4780 5623, or use the form on the Join page

  • Katoomba and Govetts Creeks Catchment Group

    For information, please call Council’s Bushcare Section on 4780 5623, or use the form on the Join page

    Visit this group’s own website

    This group meets half yearly to discuss the projects happening in the catchment.

    Bushcare officer: Steve Fleischmann

    For more information, please call Council’s Bushcare Section on 4780 5623, or use the form on the Join page

  • Leura Falls and Gordon Creek Catchment Group

    The Catchment Group is comprised of Bushcare volunteers and interested local residents. Blue Mountains City Council environment managers support the Catchment Group.

    Our aim is to improve the health of the natural bushland and monitor stream water quality in the Gordon Creek and Leura Falls Creek catchment areas, south Leura and Katoomba. To achieve improved ecological outcomes in the two catchments, we meet quarterly to formulate environmental repair and management strategies and liaise with relevant managers at Blue Mountains City Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service and other organisations.

    Our vision is to integrate the management of established land uses and natural areas to achieve stable and functioning stream catchments by
    • cleaning up,
    • conserving,
    • connecting the bushland expanses of the catchments,
    • communicating with the people who care about and manage the catchments and
    • protecting and restoring the riparian corridors of the catchments.

    Visit this group’s own website

    Year started: 2012

    All welcome! The Catchment Group meets quarterly at Blue Mountains City Council Administration building, Civic Place, Katoomba. Please check with the organisers for meeting locations and dates.

    Bushcare officer: Monica Nugent phone 47805623, email mnugent@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

    Land manager: A range of tenures

    Local contact: David, phone 0417 253 373

    Alternative contact: Monica Nugent, phone 4780 5623, email mnugent@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

  • Remote Bushcare Program

    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 difficult-to-access parts of the catchment. They provide an opportunity for group members to learn more about their sub-catchments and the issues they face, such as seed dispersal.

    The Program coordinates with the NPWS as part of the Great Grose Weed Walk program, to reduce the number of weed propagules entering the Grose Valley and other wilderness areas.

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

    To learn more, visit the Remote Bushcare Program page on this site.

    To participate, keep an eye on Bushcare Events emails. (Subscribe on this website.) You can find Remote event dates on this website’s events calendar.

    REMOTE BUSHCARE  - Bushcare Officer Steve Fleischmann

    A Bushcare volunteer once said to me that weed removal is similar to infection control in hospitals. If you do not do anything about it, the problem will worsen and cause significant problems that become more difficult to resolve. In the case of weeds, it means simplification of ecosystems. If the weeds persist in ecosystems the native plants will not thrive but if you get them when they are a small problem it is easy to resolve. The Remote Program aims to do just that.

    The Remote Bushcare Program focuses on the more remote, lesser-visited sections of the Local Government Area where there may be “sleeper” patches of priority weeds across the numerous conservation landscapes of the Blue Mountains, which may threaten downstream ecosystems, such as the World Heritage Area or water catchment.

    Remote Bushcare days are characterised by being longer than a regular work session and as having significant and challenging access. Additionally, we usually work with our backpacks on, as the work tends to occur along creeklines.

     

     

    Bushcare officer: Steve Fleischmann

    Local contact: Steve Fleischmann, phone 4780 5623, sfleischmann@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

  • Seed Collectors Group

    Email Tracy to join the email list to find out about upcoming events.

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    Meeting day: Second Tuesday of the month, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

    This group does a range of activities including; seed collection, plant rescues, propagation activites, workshops and seed cleaning. Various locations across the LGA. Varies upon email.

    Local contact: Tracy Abbas, phone 4780 5623, tabbas@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

  • Swampcare Program

    A specialised group that meets occasionally to care for and protect Blue Mountains swamps.

    Swampcare takes you to some beautiful places, like the Valley View swamp at Blackheath. Swampcare events are integral to the Threatened Species program.

    The program provides a series of four full day events each year, and volunteers are welcome to attend any or all of them.

    Working in swamps has its own appeal and attracts regular experienced volunteers. It does not always, or even often, mean working in the mud! Most Swampcare events are suitable for new volunteers, with training provided on site. All sites are within a short walk from road edges.

    To learn more, visit the Swampcare page.

    To participate, watch for Swampcare updates via Bushcare Events emails (subscribe if you are not already signed up), or via this website’s events calendar.

    Bushcare officer: James Bevan

    Local contact: James Bevan, phone 4780 5623, jbevan@bmcc.nsw.gov.au