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Harbour Care


16 January Kayak.jpgOur new HarbourCare program is looking for volunteers in Lane Cove. This program focuses on the collection of loose rubbish before it is forever lost to the ocean, with devastating impact on our marine animals and sea birds.

What if I already collect rubbish?

Brilliant! We know that there are many local residents already collecting rubbish on their own. Joining HarbourCare helps to bring everyone together, encourages others to get involved and it recognises the valuable work you are doing.

How can I help?

Sign up to HarbourCare and volunteer to collect litter at a park, creek or foreshore near you. You can do this on your morning walk, or join an organised event such as a kayak trip to collect from the Lane Cove River.

How often do I have to volunteer?

As often as you like… every day, once a week, once a month, or whenever you get the chance really.

How does HarbourCare work?

The HarbourCare program supports individuals or groups who collect rubbish from public lands, before it is lost into the ocean.

  • Sign up to HarbourCare and nominate the bushland reserve or park you'd like to collect litter from
  • Attend a brief induction session on-site with Council staff where we'll provide you with the equipment you'll need including gloves and bags                                                                                                                                                       
  • Collect rubbish often as you'd like, on any day of the week, and collect any litter you see – you can go on your own, on a kayak paddle or connect with other volunteers in your area
  • Record the amount and types of litter you collect on the Litter Collection Data Sheet and provide this information back to us by email
  • Dispose and recycle the litter; large amounts can be organised to be collected by Council

What will Council use the data for? 

The information you collect will help Council better understand the types of waste entering the waterways and river, help improve waste services if needed and develop targeted educational campaigns to reduce the reliance on single-use plastics.

This month's HarbourCare litter focus is PLASTIC FREE JULY!

What can you do?

  • Bring a reusable coffee cup or dine-in at your local café.
  • Find plastic-free alternatives when buying fruit & veggies.
  • Refuse plastic straws when buying a drink & BYO reusable alternative.
  • Use alternatives to cling wrap and reduce plastic pollution

Will you take part by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? For tips, go to  

 Upcoming Events

2066 Litter Challenge
Throughout July
Join The 2066 Litter Challenge as part of Plastic Free July and help remove 2,066 pieces of litter from the Lane Cove area. Register for one of the events below or do your own clean up and be in the running to win some great prizes!


Clean Up Kayak Trip - Fully booked, waiting list only
Tuesday 23 July, 8:00am - 11:00am
Bookings essential: Book online
Join this free event and paddle along the Lane Cove River collecting rubbish before it is lost into the ocean. The kayak trip will launch from Griffith Park in Woodford Bay and progress into the Lane Cove River before returning to our starting location. Kayaks and morning tea are supplied, and a medium level of fitness is required. Minimum age 11 yrs old. Under 15 yrs must accompanied by an adult.


More kayak trips to clean up the Lane Cove River are planned for September and November - information and booking will be uploaded a month prior to each event.

 Want to find out more?

For more information about becoming a HarbourCare volunteer, contact Council's Bush Friends Officer on 9911 3647 or email