community has an important role in protecting and rehabilitating
bushland. The Bushcare program is a partnership between Lane Cove
Council and the community to regenerate and manage publicly owned
bushland for the long-term. Currently, there are approximately 100
local residents volunteering their time to work in bushland reserves.
Council co-ordinates the program, provides tools, supervision of
work and training whilst people from the community volunteer their
Bushcare is a great opportunity to get outdoors, work in the bushland
near your home, learn about the local environment, meet new people
and gain new skills.
You can get involved in Bushcare by regularly contributing a small
amount of money or time.
Once a fortnight or once a month, residents from different parts
of the municipality join together for up to 3 hours at a time to
do the rewarding work of bush regeneration. With the contribution
of Bushcare volunteers, areas that have been struggling under weed
infestation are being transformed into healthy bushland ecosystems.
Council provides Bushcare volunteers with:
- on site technical advice and training in bush regeneration
tools and gloves
insurance for volunteers aged between 15-90 years
a quarterly newsletter The Golden Whistler
an end of year party to acknowledge the achievements of the volunteers.
Bushcare groups operate to a specific work plan for each site. This
plan is developed by staff and volunteers in accordance with Council’s
overall objectives for bushland management.
Residents aged between 15 and 90 may join
Bushcare. For more information and to join, phone the Bushcare Co-ordinator
on 9911 3579.
Voluntary Contributions to Bushcare
Council sends a letter with each quarterly rates notice inviting
residents to participate in the Voluntary Contributions scheme.
A financial contribution (e.g. $10 per quarter or a one off donation
of $40 per year) can be made to a special fund that will assist
The contributed funds are spent on training for volunteers, establishing
new Bushcare groups, purchasing tools, promoting environmental awareness
particularly among children and producing publications to promote
the values of bushland.
Contributions can be made in person at the Civic Centre Reception
Counter or by posting a cheque for Lane Cove Council, marked "Voluntary
Contributions to Bushcare".