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 # of Clean-ups: 239

# of Kgs collected: 3,890.8

# of Participants: 842

HarbourCare volunteers: Remember to keep yourself and others safe by following current Government advice on social distancing, self-isolation and #stayhome. More information on local changes due to COVID-19 is available here

​Council's16 January Kayak.jpg HarbourCare program is looking for volunteers in Lane Cove.

HarbourCare is addressing the marine debris problem and associated waterway issues. This program focuses on collecting litter data whilst cleaning up our waterways and natural areas before loose rubbish 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. If you are part of a Community group that is interested in co-hosting a Harbourcare event, please get in touch!

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.

Upcoming Events

Harbourcare Kayak x World Turtle Day
Event Postponed due to wet weather

New date: Wednesday 22 June, 9:00am - 12:30pm 

Lane Cove River

Bookings essential: Book online

In May we celebrate World Turtle Day, and what better way to mark this special event than a kayak cleanup to protect these beautiful creatures? Did you know that Sydney Harbour is home to 3 species of sea turtles: the Green, Loggerhead and Leatherback turtle?  Sadly, sea turtles and other marine creatures ingest plastic pollution, eventually leading to death. Join the fight in preserving these magnificent creatures by joining Lane Cove Council's Harbourcare team for a kayak around Woodford Bay, collecting marine litter along the bay foreshore as we explore and protect this beautiful marine ecosystem.


To keep our events COVID safe, we are implementing various measures including requirement of participants to be fully-vaccinated, QR check-ins, temperature checks, social distancing and limiting numbers. Please stay home if you present with any COVID or flu-like symptoms.

Want to find out more?

For more information about becoming a HarbourCare volunteer, contact Council's Bushland Connections Officer at