Tag Archives: Swampcare

Rocklea Swampcare at Hazelbrook

Thursday 28 October, 2021 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

This Swampcare session will consolidate works from the earlier session. More details will be updated closer to the event and the latest COVID restrictions will apply.

Bookings Essential. Please RSVP by Friday 22nd October using the link below.


4780 5623

Rocklea Swampcare (Hazelbrook) SUSPENDED

Friday 3 September, 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. Numbers are limited and COVID restriction apply.

Bookings Essential. Please RSVP by Friday 27th August. Use the RSVP function below to book your place.


4780 5623

CANCELLED Swampcare – Kittyhawk (Wentworth Falls)

This event has been CANCELLED due to coronavirus concerns.

Sunday 22 March, 2020 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Come and join the long term efforts of volunteers to free this large swamp system of a huge variety of weeds and restore the habitat of the Giant Dragon Fly and the Blue Mountains Water Skink. A joint NPWS / BMCC activity. Lunch and morning tea donated by the Hominy Bakery.

Book by Friday 14th of  March with Erin on ehall@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or 4780 5623


Sunday 22 March, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Erin Hall
4780 5623
Wentworth Falls,

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Swampcare at Valley View

An opportunity to continue the long term efforts of volunteers to keep improving this large swamp system that needs help to reverse the impact of many varieties of weeds.  A known site of two threatened species, Giant Dragonfly and the Blue Mountains Water Skink.

This is a joint NPWS and BMCC activity.  Lunch and morning tea donated by Hominy Bakery.  Please book by the 3rd September with Edward on 4780 5623 or ebaylisshack@bmcc.nsw.gov.au .

Swampcare at Valleyview Swamp

Come for the day or just the morning.

Help us get this swamp back into shape. This stream is part of the headwaters to the Braeside Swamp which is very important to the health of Govetts Leap Falls.

There is a wide range of weeds to choose from including Holly, Honeysuckle, Privet and Jasmine. Enjoy a delicious morning tea and lunch donated by Hominy Bakery.

Please book by the 25 February via email: bushcare@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or phone: 4780 5623 to confirm the address and meeting spot.

Swampcare at North Hazelbrook

Do you have a swamp in your backyard or interested in swamp restoration?

Then come join us for this very special event in Hazelbrook, where you will learn the basic principles about swamp restoration whilst giving this swamp a helping hand.

The swamp is located off Rocklea Street, which is the very north end of the urban area and is still in its early stages of being restored, so there is plenty of primary work to be done on a variety of weeds – Erica, buddleia, privet, crofton weed.

A FREE delicious lunch and morning tea has been kindly donated by Hominy Bakery.

Bookings are essential so please RSVP via the link on this page or contact Stephanie at schew@bmcc.nsw.gov.au. by Thursday 20 September.


Where: Rocklea Street, North Hazelbrook
When: Friday, 28 September @ 9:00 am3:00 pm

The 10 year anniversary of Blue Mountains City Council’s Swampcare and Save our Swamps Program was celebrated at a Swamp Symposium recently that highlighted the significant and award-winning achievements of swamp restoration in the Blue Mountains.
The one-day conference, which attracted 65 attendees, highlighted dedicated Swampcare volunteers who have contributed over 10,000 hours towards protecting Blue Mountains swamps.
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said the award-winning approach to swamp restoration is part of Council’s whole of catchment approach to environmental management.

“Swampcare is a vital part of Council’s highly effective volunteer program aimed at biodiversity conservation,” Cr Greenhill said. “We’re able to better protect and restore swamps across the city thanks to 75 dedicated Swampcare volunteers.

Blue Mountains Swamps are a biologically diverse plant community that occurs nowhere else in the world. The vegetation in these swamps range from low button grass clumps to large shrubs such as the Hakea and Grevillea species. The swamps provide essential habitat to several Threatened Species such as the Blue Mountains Water Skink (Eulamprus leuraensis) and the Giant Dragonfly (Petalura gigantea).

Council’s Upland Swamp Rehabilitation Program started in 2006 after Blue Mountains swamps were listed as part of the Temperate Highland Peat Swamps on Sandstone endangered ecological community.

In 2008 Blue Mountains and Lithgow City Councils formed a partnership to deliver the ‘Save our Swamps’ (S.O.S) project to restore the endangered ecological community across both local government areas. The project was supported by grant funding of $250,000 over 3 years from the Urban Sustainability program of the NSW Environmental Trust.

In 2009 the S.O.S. project received a $400,000 Federal Government ‘Caring for Country’ grant to expand the program to incorporate Wingecarribee Shire Council and Gosford City Council. The partnership resulted in the swamp remediation model being rolled out to over 95% of the endangered ecological community in the four local government areas.

The innovative integrated approach led to the project receiving four awards, including a special commendation in the United Nations World Environment Day Award for Excellence in Overall Environmental Management in 2011.

Speakers at the conference included Palaeoecologist, Dr Lennard Martin, who spoke on the ancient origins of swamps and Principal Scientist at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Martin Krogh, who discussed the health of Newnes and Woronora Plateau Swamps.

Eric Mahony and Amy St Lawrence from Council’s Environment and Culture Branch also gave presentations. The day finished up with a field trip to the new soft engineering stormwater structures installed at the Leura catchment.


The Swamp Symposium was made possible by funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage ‘Save Our Species’ program, the new NSW Environmental Trust funded ‘Swamped by Threats’ project and Council.


Interested in Swampcare? Get involved by emailing schew@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or call the Bushcare office on 4780 5623.

Swampcare at Valley View Swamp

Come for the day or just the morning. Help us get this swamp back into shape.  This swamp forms part of the extensive Braeside Upland Swamp which flows into Govetts Leap Falls.  Enjoy a delicious morning tea and lunch donated by the Hominy Bakery.  Book with Stephanie at  by Friday 22 September.