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Bushcare is our program for the restoration of bushland reserves by volunteers. Volunteers are involved in looking after the native bush, plant identification, fauna monitoring, weed control and seed collection.
Council’s priority is always the health and well-being of our staff, our volunteers and our community.
Due to Coronavirus COVID-19, Council has decided to place a temporary suspension on the Bushcare program. This will mean that no Bushcare groups, individual activity or events will take place. This is effective immediately (18 March 2020), until further notice.
Council will continue to take advice from the State and Federal Health Departments, which will inform our organisational position and response to this unprecedented risk.
Ongoing reviews during this temporary suspension period will take place and further advice will be provided as it comes to hand. Council thanks you for your continued support of the Bushcare Program.
There are many benefits of being involved in Bushcare. It is a great way to meet people in your local area, as well as learning about plants and animals.
Bushcare and Landcare are a part of our Community Conservation Program.
Under the guidance of a Bushcare Officer, groups remove weeds in a way that helps give native plants the space and opportunity to thrive. This is called Bush Regeneration.
Other activities Bushcare groups may do include: stormwater control works, erosion control works, track maintenance and improvement, seed collection, plant propagation, public education, and other bushland management issues.
Our Bushcare officers provide training to volunteers in bush regeneration techniques and safety. We also provide the necessary tools and other equipment for Bushcare groups working on Council land.
Blue Mountains Bushcare Program has its origins in the activities of early Bushcare groups such as Friends of Katoomba Falls Creek Valley, Fairy Dell Restoration Committee, Minnehaha Falls Landcare Group, Glenbrook Lagoon Society and Pope’s Glen Bushcare Group.
These groups started in late 1989. In response to their activities, Council decided in 1992 to fund a position to coordinate the activities. Since then the number of groups, participants and Bushcare Officers, has steadily increased.
We have over 60 Bushcare sites across the Blue Mountains with a number of dedicated volunteers working at each site.