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Call-out for Mort Bay Park bushcare volunteers

The Mort Bay Bushcare volunteer group has been meeting weekly since January 2016 and working its way through the neglected areas of the park. There's been a lot of weeding, mulching, planting and then weeding again.

As spring gets going so do the native plants (rewarding) and the weeds (annoying), and newcomers, or just the occasional weed-pulling visitor, are always welcome. The group works under the guidance of Doug Anderson, council’s Bushcare and Biodiversity Officer. Gloves, tools, plants, mulch - and morning tea - are provided.

No bushcare experience is necessary and there is no need to book in. Just turn up at the corner of McKell and Cameron Streets at 9am on a Thursday.

Also, assistance would be very welcome in the bushland area around the Mort Bay Community Garden. Gillian is usually there 2:30-5pm on a Thursday to point out what needs to be done and to work with you.

If you would like further information about any of the bushcare volunteering opportunities provided by the Inner West Council, you can contact Doug at doug.anderson@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or on 0408 211 362.

Local Bushcare Groups

Leichhardt has a number of bushcare programs where you can volunteer you time and assist with bushcare projects in the local area. There are a number of regular working bees held at several sites in the Leichhardt area.

Callan Park Bushcare

Meets: every Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm, and the first Sunday of the month from 9:30am to 12:00pm above where the Bay Run meets King George Oval. Location map available on request.
Contact: Doug Anderson on 0408 211 362 or at douga@lmc.nsw.gov.au

Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery

Meets: every Wednesday and Friday at the nursery, Wisdom Street, Annandale
Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Contact:
Doug Anderson on 0408 211 362 or at douga@lmc.nsw.gov.au

White’s Creek Bushcare

Meets: every Wednesday at the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery, Wisdom Street, Annandale
Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Contact: Doug Anderson on 0408 211 362 or at douga@lmc.nsw.gov.au

Elkington Park Bushcare

Meets: every fourth Sunday of the month at the end of Fitzroy Street, Balmain
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Contact: Doug Anderson on 0408 211 362 or at douga@lmc.nsw.gov.au

Balmain High Bushcare

Meets: every third Sunday of the month at the end of Bayville Street, Balmain
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Contact: Bronwen Campbell on 9810 7217

Mort Bay Park Bushcare

Meets: corner of McKell and Cameron Streets on Thursdays
Time: 9:00am
Contact: MJ Yates on 0419 276 316 for more details

History of Bushcare in Leichhardt

tree-planting-250-188Bushcare in the Leichhardt LGA began around thirteen years ago as a community-based movement aiming to return native flora and fauna to our highly altered urban landscape. This valuable work first developed in the early 1990’s around the Annandale area, with the establishment of the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery.

Community volunteers worked to promote the use of native plants in gardens and park areas, propagating locally indigenous species and creating a network of revegetation sites in Annandale. In the mid 1990’s, a bushcare group was established at Callan Park, where a highly disturbed fragment of the original vegetation community (Sydney Turpentine/Ironbark Forest) is still present. This is the only bushland remnant in the Leichhardt LGA.

The program has developed over the years with community support & dedication. There are now approximately 5 hectares of revegetated land in the Leichhardt area with seven active bushcare groups contributing to maintenance and development. Council has supported the efforts of the volunteers since the movement started providing mulch, tools, propagation equipment, plants, site preparation works, waste removal, access to public land, technical advice and much of the nursery’s equipment. The position of Biodiversity Officer was created in April 2005 to provide a greater level of support to the volunteers and to expand biodiversity conservation work. A two-person bushcare crew was then created in 2006. The crew is responsible for maintaining existing bushcare sites, and establishing new areas.

Eastern Blue-tougued LizardDespite the highly modified nature of Leichhardt’s urban environment, the small areas of remaining habitat have a diverse array of fauna. Some species of fauna however, such as the Superb Fairy-wren and Blue Tongue Lizard are declining in the area due to habitat loss, competition from more dominant species and predation by feral and domestic animals.

A strategic approach to support these vulnerable species by recognising their existing habitats, extending these areas with appropriate native vegetation and habitat structures and, where possible, creating corridors to allow the movement and distribution of these species into wider areas of the LGA than is currently the case. Co-operation is sought from public landholders such as RailCorp and the RTA in this regard.

Council’s commitment to this project will continue into the future with further integration of the biodiversity project into general parks management practices and continued support for community volunteers. With the opening of a new and improved community native nursery, it is anticipated that Council’s commitment will extend to the supply of local native plants for use in residential gardens and the establishment a native habitat project on private lands.