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Swamped By Threats Project reaches halfway mark

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.

IMAGE: Eric Mahony and Geoffrey Smith at Central Park swamp raingardens in high flow CREDIT: BMCC

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.

IMAGE: Banksia Street raingarden above Wentworth Falls Lake  CREDIT: BMCC

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

GGWW Katoomba Creek- Remote (NPWS)

Friday 20 November @ 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 Wednesday the 11th of November with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

North Katoomba,

GGWW 1st Braeside Broom and Gorse Blitz (Blackheath)

Sunday 25 October @ 9:00 am 9:00 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 16th of October with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

Braeside Street
Blackheath, NSW 2785 Australia

Popes Glen – Remote (Blackheath) GGWW / NPWS

Saturday 3 October @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

A site we only visit every couple of years, this recently burned creek line is a historic harbour for Gorse and Broom seedlings. This event will have off-track walking and wading along the creek. Bushwalking experience necessary. Morning tea and lunch supplied. This is a joint NPWS and Blue Mountains City Council activity, and numbers are limited.

Book by Wednesday the 23th of September with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

Blackheath, 2785 Australia

Mt Victoria at Headwaters of the Grose River- Remote (GGWW / NPWS)

Thursday 24 September @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Spend some time exploring the headwaters of the Grose River. We will be continuing from previous work to stop the weed invasion further downstream and into the swamp. Be prepared for the possibility of wet feet, some experience necessary. Morning tea and lunch will be provided, and numbers are limited.

Please book by Thursday 17th of September with Grant on 0499 699 150 grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

SUSPENDED In Morag’s Memory (Blackheath)

Unfortunately this event has been SUSPENDED due to coronavirus concerns. For further information contact Monica see details below.

Friday 15 May @ 9:00 am 1:00 pm

In Morag’s Memory – Shaws Paddock, Braeside Blue Mountains National Park (accessed from Cross St Blackheath).

A work session planting and weeding in memory of Morag Ryder, who spent many thousands of hours caring for the Braeside bushland. Share some delicious food and fond memories of Morag with the many people who have worked alongside her.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Monica Nugent on monicanugent@bigpond.com before 7 May.

Details

Date:
Friday 15 May, 2020
Time:
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Organiser

Monica Nugent
Email:
monicanugent@bigpond.com
Braeside Street
Blackheath, NSW 2785 Australia
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SUSPENED NPWS GGWW Remote – Mt Victoria at Headwaters of Grose River (Mt Victoria)

This NPWS event has been SUSPENDED due to coronavirus concerns.

Friday 15 May @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Spend some time exploring the headwaters of the Grose River.

We will be continuing on from previous work to stop the weed invasion further downstream and into the swamp. Be prepared for the possibility of wet feet. Morning tea and Lunch will be provided.

Book by Friday the 18th of October with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

SUSPENDED NPWS GGWW Remote – Katoomba Creek, Katoomba (NPWS)

The NPWS GGWW event has been SUSPENDED due to concerns about the corornavirus.

Saturday 9 May @ 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 Thursday the 30th of April with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

SUSPENDED NPWS GGWW – Braeside Blitz (Blackheath)

This NPWS GGWW event is SUSPENDED due to concerns about the coronavirus

Sunday 26 April @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Come along and support the NPWS Braeside Group. We will spend the day hunting Gorse which has nearly been eradicated thanks to events such as this. Moderate bushwalking involved. All area welcome. Morning tea and lunch provided. Book by Tuesday 21st of April with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

Blackheath, 2785 Australia + Google Map

SUSPENDED GGWW Remote – Blue Mountains Creek Remote, Katoomba NPWS

This GGWW NPWS event is SUSPENDED due to about coronavirus concerns

Wednesday 15 April @ 8:30 am 5:00 pm

A site we only visit every couple of years, its rugged but beautiful. Bush regeneration and bushwalking experience is essential. 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 Wednesday the 8th of April with Grant on 0499 699 150 or grant.purcell@environment.nsw.gov.au

0499 699 150

Katoomba, NSW 2780 Australia