Blackheath Duck Pond Planting Event

A series of community planting days are being held for the refreshed duck pond at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park.

Come along and be apart of the story as we revegetate and plant out the final fern-ishings of this space.

No RSVP is necessary, just your passion for planting


Friday 27 October 1:00pm-4:00pm

Sunday 29 October – 9:00am-12:00pm


At the site is still a work site, attendance is limited to responsible adults.


Meet near the ANZAC gates on Prince Edward Street

You will need to be signed into the work site.


Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. 

Please attend in appropriate workwear including hat.

If you have a tree fern that needs a new home, please bring it along.

Spring 2023 Gecko Newsletter Release

Hot off the press is the newest issue of the Bushcare Gecko Newsletter. Best read with a warm cuppa.

In this issue:

  • Welcome or Acknowledgement – What’s the difference
  • Blue Mountains City Council’s First Nation Team is Growing
  • Bushcare Picnic special edition
  • Keeping Cats Safe at Home
  • Wombats in Blackheath
  • Swampcare: When we care for Ngurra, Ngurra cares for us
  • Commonly Seen Mountain Ants Part 2
  • Vale Kieran Hitchell
  • What’s on!

Download the Gecko here!

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is hosting ‘Earth Laws Month’ again this September!

During the month of September AELA have organised a range of webinars, workshops and public lectures – all online, and all awesome!

Topics include law, economics, Indigenous knowledge and practice, education, deep ecology, science and much more.

Here is a taste of some of the events listed however much much more can be found at their events page – AELA’s Earth Laws Month – 2023 | Humanitix

More information on AELA can be found at

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