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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

Recent events have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Keep an eye out for upcoming events here.


Harbourcare's Blackman Beautification

Friday 24 September, 9:30am – 11:30am
Blackman Park, Lane Cove West
Bookings essential: Coming soon
In celebration of World River’s Day, join Lane Cove Council’s Harbourcare program for a family-friendly clean-up of Blackman Park, which sits above the majestic Lane Cove River. Since its conception, Lane Cove Council’s Harbourcare program has supported the community to collect a whopping 3.7 tonnes of litter! Help boost that impressive number whilst protecting our marine ecosystems from pollution. Litter pickers & bags provided. Every participant will receive an eco-friendly Harbourcare bag!



Harbourcare's Spring Clean Kayak Trip
Tuesday 12 October, 9:00am – 12:30pm

Lane Cove West (Meeting location advised upon registration)
Bookings essential: Coming soon
Spring into Spring with a paddle up the Lane Cove River, collecting marine litter along the river foreshore as we explore and protect this beautiful estuarine ecosystem. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tickets are only available for pairs from the same household, as they will be sharing a double kayak. Double kayaks supplied, medium level fitness required, no kayaking experience needed. Minimum age 11 years old. Under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bags, gloves and litter pickers provided. Every participant will receive an eco-friendly Harbourcare bag!


Harbourcare's River Restoration @ Tambourine Bay
Sunday 14 November, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Tambourine Bay Park, Riverview
Bookings essential: Coming soon
Get in the spring-cleaning spirit as part of the Lane Cove River Festival and join us for Harbourcare’s River Restoration event! This guided, land-based cleanup will see us collect litter through creeks, parks, mangroves and bushland, all while enjoying a beautiful bushwalk. Clean-ups are a great way to bring the community together, make a real impact to the natural environment, and start the conversation about reducing litter at the source.

To keep our events COVID safe, we are implementing various measures including temperature checks, social distancing, not providing food or drink and limiting numbers. Please stay home if you present with any flu-like symptoms.

Want to find out more?

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