30 Years of Landcare Book

Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland

1985  – Present  The Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia (HWCA) at Shortland opened to the public for the Bicentennial celebrations in 1988, however, the public not-for-profit company was launched three years earlier in 1985. The founding Articles of Association... read more

Gresford Landcare

1990 – Present   Gresford Landcare began in 1990 when 70 members joined to oppose zeolite mining in the district.  Founding members were Wilfred Watts, Jan Ginters, John Collison, Sheila Doyle, Arch Humpfries, Tony McKenzie, Bob Doyle, Penny Kater, Peter... read more

George McGregor Landcare, Rankin Park

2003  – Present   George McGregor Landcare operates within part of a large isolated patch of remnant bushland surrounded by urban development at Rankin Park. The area of operation is centered on George McGregor Park, a 19.66-hectare rectangular area of... read more

Friends of The Schoolmaster’s House, Ash Island, Hexham

2018  – Present   The group was keen to continue use of the Schoolmaster’s House as a significant community resource for community education about Landcare and to preserve, by digitising and archiving, an invaluable library created during more than two... read more

Fern Creek Gully Landcare, Dudley

2003  – Present The Fern Creek Gully Landcare group formed in 2003 following the encouragement of the Lake Macquarie Landcare Coordinator (then John Hughson) and interest from neighbours in recreating a rainforest gully. Peter Dalton is the Landcare Team Leader... read more

Earthcare Park Landcare, Tenambit

1995  – Present Earthcare Park was initiated from a concept by Tom Toogood for an ecovillage on the site where Earthcare Park is now established. A number of key personnel had a similar vision to demonstrate that sustainable building and living using ecological... read more

Dungog Common Landcare Part 2

Yesterday, Thursday 6th June 2019 at 4.15 in the afternoon my sister Jann and I were walking to the north west on a section of the Dungog Common called Pinnacle View and it occurred to me just how lucky I was to be part of our Common. Looking westward as we searched... read more

Dungog Common Landcare Part 1

The Dungog Common Landcare Group(DCLG) formed early in 2015 and the main project for that year was the clearing of a separate area known as Norm’s Corner (corner of Burton Street and Common Road). There were numerous weeds and garden escapees which over time have been... read more

Dixon Park Landcare, Newcastle

2004  – Present   Our group started in 2014 when Barbel Stuhr was asked to run a group at Dixon Park to look after an area planted by Newcastle City Council on the hill behind Dixon Park surf club and car park, and to carry out  remediation works on the... read more

Congewai Valley Landcare Incorporated

2004  – Present   A draft Rivercare Plan for Congewai Creek in the Lower Hunter Valley was developed in 2003. Our group started in 2004 as a means for collective community action to care for the creek and to influence the Rivercare Plan. The issues... read more

Coal Point Progress Association

1995 – Present   In 1995 Suzanne Pritchard became the President of the Coal Point Progress Association (CPPA) with a mission to protect the local bushland which was being impacted by fragmentation due to development. Through landcaring the group has been... read more

Central Rankin Park Landcare

1995 – Present We started as a group of residents concerned with maintaining the remnant bushland reserve spaces in our area. Following a survey and planning we began restoring what was there, re-vegetating the damaged areas and restoring the creek line and... read more

Catherine Hill Bay Dunecare

2009 – Present The primary land use round Catherine Hill Bay has been underground coal mining. All the timber needed for the mine, railway and housing was taken locally. There has been stockpiling of coal over large areas and coal chitter was used for fill.... read more

Blackbutt Reserve, Addison Road, New Lambton

2015 – Present The site was overrun by 2 metre-high torpedo grass. This made it practically inaccessible, as well as being a safety hazard and an eyesore. In wet weather a stream of water flows through the end of Addison Road, a cul-de-sac bordering Blackbutt... read more

Abermain District Landcare

Reformation 2018 – Present The group reformed in 2018 after a break of several years, in response to issues of flooding and degradation of Swamp Creek, Abermain. Working on  the banks of Swamp Creek, we have focused on the rehabilitation of waterways and... read more

Broke/Bulga Landcare

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... read more

Belmont Wetlands State Park

2006 – Present Until the late 1900s the Belmont Wetlands area was not generally recognised as a valuable natural site as the area had suffered from the effects of coal mining, sand mining and extraction, weed infestations, indiscriminate off-road vehicle use,... read more

Arbre Close Reserve, Carey Bay

2009 – Present In 2009, a neighbour hopped over his fence into the bushland reserve and began to hack away at lantana and cassia. I went to offer assistance. It was not long before another neighbour appeared, concerned about the loss of privacy. Nobody wanted... read more