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The Summer 2024 edition of the Bushcare Gecko Newsletter is available now!

 Check it out here!

In this issue:

First Nations:

  • Burning on Country
  • Learning language – Dharug Word Search

Local News and Alerts:

  • Bushcare has a new Team Leader
  • Vale Jeannette Adrian
  • More bunting, please!
  • A bell never rings itself – A day in the Bell community
  • Book review: Rocks and Trees – A photographic journey through the rich and varied geology, scenery and flora of the Sydney Region by John Martyn

Ecological Restoration & Biodiversity Science:

  • Granite sandstone landscapes of the Blue Mountains
  • Barbed wire blitz
  • Our backyard shellebrity

What’s on – Summer 2024:

  • Remote Bushcare
  • Swampcare
  • Events and more

What is Bushcare?

Well the answer is different depending which volunteer you ask.

During last year whilst we were celebrating our 30th anniversary of the Council funded Bushcare and Landcare program we really wanted to hear from the volunteers what the program was to them.

Here are some of the answers

Kodala Lane Bushcare

Sunday 11 September, 2022 @ 1:30 pm 4:30 pm

You are invited to join the Kodala Lane Bushcare Group at Glenbrook Lagoon for their quarterly Bushcare session. Our local community are working with council to transform this area into healthy bushland and a pleasant local reserve for all to enjoy. If you’d like to learn more about the local bushland, restore the local area and meet your neighbours come join us! Contact Nathan Summers on 02 4780 5623 or nsummers@bmcc.nsw.gov.au for more information.


4780 5623

Cnr Carmel and Kedron
Glenbrook, NSW Australia
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Bushcare Awards 2021 – Celebrating our Volunteers

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

Group Awards

Celebrating years of service to Bushcare

25 Years 
Charles Darwin /Jamison Creek BushcareWentworth Falls
Sublime Point BushcareWentworth Falls
20 Years 
Mt Riverview BushcareMt Riverview
15 Years 
Glenbrook Lagoon BushcareGlenbrook Lagoon
Valley Heights (Benoit Park) BushcareValley Heights
Long Angle Gully LandcareWarrimoo
North Lawson HomeschoolersLawson
5 Years 
Bush Place BushcareGlenbrook
Raymond Street BushcareBlaxland
Seed Collection GroupVarious
Celebrating 25 Years of Bushcare for Charles Darwin Bushcare Group CREDIT: BMCC
Celebrating 25 Years of Bushcare for Sublime Point Bushcare group CREDIT: BMCC

Individual Awards

The 2021 Bushcare Legend Rae Druitt at Wentworth Falls Lake with her Golden Trowel Trophy CREDIT: David Coleby
Previous Legend Ross Day passing on the Golden Trowel to Rae Druitt CREDIT: BMCC
Fiona Lumsden accepting the Masters Award from Mayor Greenhill CREDIT: BMCC
Recipient of the Hard Yakka Award – Ian Power onsite at Valleyview Swampcare CREDIT: BMCC
Mayor Greenhill with Ian Power accepting Hard Yakka Award CREDIT: BMCC
The Landcare Legend Vikki Willmott-Sharp with the Mayor CREDIT: BMCC
Ryan Kembrey receiving the Environmental Warrior award from Mayor Greenhill CREDIT: BMCC
Daemon Silk accepting the Junior Rian Strathdee Shield from Jasmine Payget CREDIT: BMCC

Sublime Point Bushcare

Tuesday 14 September, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Join David Coleby for a presentation of the rich history of the Sublime Point Bushcare group with information about his new book.

Twenty-Five Years of Bushcare at Sublime Point Reserve, Leura” is a new book about the history of the Sublime Point Bushcare Group in south Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW. It traces the restoration of the Reserve between 1996 and 2021.

The book (A5, 40 pages plus covers, in full colour), includes a foreword by the Mayor of Blue Mountains City Council, Mark Greenhill, OAM.

There are over 90 photographs, 4 tables, a location map, a rainfall graph, a sketch, and 9 references.

We will have a presentation over zoom and then there will be time time for questions.

To learn more and find out how to order, visit the book’s website.

To register click the RSVP below

4780 5623

2nd Braeside Broom and Gorse Blitz (Blackheath) GGWW- NPWS

Sunday 25 April, 2021 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Come along and support the Braeside Bushcare Group. We will spend the day hunting Gorse and Broom seedlings, who have sprouted in huge numbers, post fire. This is our chance to fight them off once and for all! Minimal bushwalking involved. All are welcome. Morning tea and lunch provided.

Book by Friday 17th of April with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

Katoomba Creek- Remote (GGWW – NPWS / BMCC)

Friday 19 March, 2021 @ 8:30 am 5:00 pm

Continue the great work done by volunteers over 16 years in a remote section of Katoomba Creek. Bush regeneration and bushwalking experience are essential. It will involve off-track walking and wading along the creek. Morning tea and lunch supplied.

This is a joint NPWS and Blue Mountains City Council activity, and numbers are limited. Book by Friday the 12th of March with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

Swampcare – Kittyhawke-West (Wentworth Falls)

Thursday 4 March, 2021 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Come and join the long-term landscape-wide ecological restoration efforts of volunteers and contractors to improve the ecological function of this Endangered Ecological Community. Lunch and morning tea donated by the Hominy Bakery. A combined NPWS/BMCC event.

Bookings Essential. Please click the RSVP link below by Tuesday 23rd February.

4780 5623

Wentworth Falls, NSW 2782 Australia

Swampcare Rocklea Swamp (Hazelbrook)

Friday 7 May, 2021 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

This little known mid-mountains Blue Mountains Swamp has been part of the landscape-wide Swampcare program since 2014. There is plenty of primary work to be done on a variety of weeds – Erica, Buddleia, Privet, and Crofton Weed. Lunch and morning tea donated by Hominy.

Bookings Essential. Please RSVP below by Wednesday 28th April.

4780 5623

Rocklea Street
Hazelbrook, NSW 2779 Australia