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Lake Macquarie Landcare News January 2017

Lake Macquarie News January 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our wonderful Landcarers! We hope 2017 will be a great year of Landcaring for all of our volunteer groups. A reminder that the Landcare Resource Centre has now reopened for the year, available from Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm.

The Green Team returns Monday 16 January. You can request your support days with the Team for 2017 by emailing at or calling on 4921 0392.


Beat the heat

Here are some helpful reminders for staying cool while landcaring during the hottest months of the year.

Safety first

• Always put your safety first and avoid working on hot days and during the hottest part of the day.
• Focus your Landcare efforts on shady areas during summer months.
• Ensure you have adequate water and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect yourself from the sun at all times – slip slop and slap!
• Incorporate rest periods (lots of refreshment breaks!)

Recognise the symptoms

If you see someone struggling in the heat, make sure you understand the symptoms of heat-related illness. Symptoms of heat stress include extremely heavy sweating, headache and vomiting, confusion and a swollen tongue. Should someone experience heat stress, be sure to seek medical assistance.

Working with herbicide

Herbicide (Glyphosate) is much less effective during hot weather. Applying herbicide during very hot times is therefore a waste of effort, resources and leads to unnecessary chemicals in the environment. The best approach is to wait until cooler conditions before treating weeds with herbicide.

New plantings

Only plant during summer if the area is sheltered/shaded, the surrounding soil protected by mulch and your group is able to provide water to new plants (without carrying heavy watering cans too far!). A better solution is to wait until cooler weather to plant. This will cut down on labour and increase survival rates.

Shark facts presentation

Discover the fascinating world of sharks with marine ecologist, Dr David Powter. This free event will be held on Thursday 19 January, 6.30-8.30pm at Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club. Register your spot here.

Creeping Ruellia

Creeping Ruellia (Ruellia squarrosa) is an emerging environmental weed in south-eastern Queensland and a potential environmental weed or “sleeper weed” in other parts of Australia, including the Lake Macquarie region.

Native to southern Mexico, this sprawling perennial has trumpet-shaped, lilac flowers, and dark green leaves which are covered in white hairs. It prefers moist, well-shaded areas. It has recently been observed by Landcarer, Garry Stewart at Lakeside Drive.

If you have seen this weed at your Landcare site, or other plants you require assistance with identifying, please contact us at the Landcare Resource Centre on 4921 0392 or


Community Education Grants

Organisations in the Hunter region are invited to apply for funding through the second round of Hunter Local Land Services’ community education grants.
Community groups and not-for-profits can apply for up to $1000 to support activities such as organising community events, coordinating field days, workshops and courses, producing educational signage, publications or resources, or small-scale on-ground works that have an education focus.
Projects must be completed by 31 May 2017. Applications will be assessed as they are received and funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Download the guidelines and application form or contact the Hunter Local Land Services Paterson office on 4930 1030 or email to discuss your project.

Community Litter Grants

Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) are pleased to announce a third round of funding to help communities fight litter in their neighbourhoods through the Community Litter Grants Program.
Grants of up to $5,000 are made available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter in their area and have the local knowledge to make a difference.
The Community Litter Grants start with applicants carrying out a ‘Local Litter Check’ in their area that defines the litter problem.
Everyone who undertakes the Local Litter Check will be reimbursed $500 and can then apply for a grant of up to $5,000 after developing a proposal for a project which creates solutions using information gained in the Local Litter Check.
For more information about the Keep NSW Beautiful Community Litter Grants and how to apply visit Applications close 1 March 2017.
If your Landcare group would like any assistance applying for grants for Landcare works please contact Kate Meares at the Landcare Resource Centre on 4921 0392 or all grants applied for under the Lake Macquarie Landcare Network require approval from the LMLN Committee and the Landholder.


Environmental Sustainability Grants

The Lake Macquarie Environmental Sustainability Grants Program supports community-initiated projects that improve our local environment and inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour within Lake Macquarie City.
Not-for-profit community organisations such as groups, clubs and schools located or operating within Lake Macquarie City are eligible to apply. Limited grants of up to $3000 are available.
The next grant round opens Monday 23 January and closes Monday 27 February, 5pm. For more information, visit

An information session will be held at the Speers Point Masonic Hall on 6 February from 5.30-6.30pm. The session will include:
• tips on completing the application form and budget;
• an outline of the type of projects that can be funded;
• insight into how applications are assessed; and
• examples of successful past projects funded.

RSVP to the information session at


Those of you who are familiar with AABR RegenTV will know what a wonderful resource it is! For those who are still yet to discover it, the website can be found here:

Over the summer, eight new videos have been made available online on topics ranging from genetics to wetland restoration. The videos include presentations from the 2016 AABR Forum ‘Experience Counts’ and focus on selecting appropriate approaches for restoration projects.

Landcare Sightings!

This young male Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami) was photographed by Landcarer John Le Messurier at Redhead Bluff Landcare Site in December 2016. The bird was feeding on the small ripe fleshy fruits (drupes) both on the ground and on the slow-growing Coastal Beard-heath (Leucopogon parviflorus).

Brush Turkeys belong to the Megapode or mound-building family; incubating their eggs in a large mound of organic matter. The male builds a mound up to four metres in diameter, and one metre tall, into which several females lay their eggs. He maintains a constant temperature within the mound by adding or removing vegetation as required. Amazingly, the Brush Turkey young are able to fly within just hours of hatching from their mound!
If you have an interesting nature or wildlife picture, we’d love to see it! Send your photos and drawings to To see previous Landcare Sightings images, visit our Facebook page.