hunter region landcare
Broke/Bulga Landcare
February 06, 2020

1996 – Present

Working over multiple sites including McNamara, Stewart McTaggart and Herbert Parks in Broke and the Fordwich Crossing Reserve, we aimed to reduce or eliminate woody weeds such as African olive, camphor laurel and broad-leafed privet, along with cactus and tradescantia. We have achieved this through working-bees over 15 years before we were given financial and personnel assistance from Bulga Coal and Local Land Services. This assistance came in various forms but mostly contractors to do the heavy work needed.

 

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Big Wins

The near total control of African olive in all three parks plus progressive elimination of camphor laurel and privet.

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Lessons

The near total control of African olive in all three parks plus progressive elimination of camphor laurel and privet.

Over our time together we have staged and hosted information days on the lifecycle and feeding regimes of wombat, plus several days on wild dog and fox control methods. In addition to this, we continue to work on the cactus problem due to re-infestation from periodic floods. 

The benefits of being a Landcare group are meeting local residents with a common interest in the bush, streams and animals, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills like Indigenous cool-burning techniques, controlling feral animals, using chainsaws, brushcutters and more.

 

Winegrowers have been part of the membership, including John Tulloch, whose whole life has been spent in Fordwich. The first president was Roy Palmer, who handed the role to Wendy Lawson who continues as president.