30 Years of Landcare Book

Wollombi Valley Landcare

1991 – Present Wollombi Landcare came about following severe flooding in the Wollombi Valley in February 1990, thought by long-time farmers to be the largest since the catastrophic flood of 1949.  Dairy Arm was particularly badly affected with lots of people not... read more

Wentworth Creek Landcare, Fletcher

2010 – Present Wentworth Creek Landcare started in 2010 following an initiative from Newcastle City Council’s then Bushland Services  officer. The plan was to work in a  pocket of remnant bushland in the suburb of Fletcher  removing invasive weeds, mainly... read more

Wallsend Brickworks Park Landcare

1999 – Present In October 1983 Newcastle City Council proposed using the old quarry at Wallsend Brickworks for landfill. The residents’ group convinced Council not to proceed, but Council kept their options open. The residents encouraged Council to make it a... read more

Tilligerry Habitat

1992 – Present Tilligerry Habitat Reserve is a 9 ha flora and fauna reserve along a sandy foreshore on Tanilba Bay between the townships of Tanilba Bay and Mallabula. The Reserve is managed by the Tilligerry Habitat Association, a not-for-profit community... read more

Tilligerry Landcare

1982 – Present Tilligerry Landcare,  previously West Tidy Towns/Landcare, started on ground work with Clean Up Australia Day in 1982 which followed on from the Tidy Towns awards for the ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ movement.  The Port Stephens community was faced... read more

Three Valleys Landcare – Howes Valley, Garland Valley and Putty Valley

2000 – Present Three Valleys Landcare (TVL) was an initiative of Andrew Martin a former Sydney criminal barrister and environmentalist, with the support of Dr Suzanne Benn, a former lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Macquarie University.  The... read more

Sustaining the Williams Valley

2017 – Present   Sustaining the Williams Valley Inc. (SWV Inc) is a community group that commenced in 2017. Its main aims are to be an effective advocate for the sustainability of the Williams River Valley, and to identify, create and implement initiatives... read more

St Philip’s Christian College Cessnock Junior Landcare

2012 – Present Our junior  Landcare group formed in 2012 following the relocation of the College from the old TAFE site in Cessnock to the current site at Nulkaba. Motivation to form the group came from Leslie  Pearson, a member of the College Council who was... read more

Singleton Shire Landcare Network

2000 – Present Up to 1999  Landcare activities in Singleton local government area were carried out by members of four groups.  In 2000, representatives from these groups formed an umbrella group, Singleton Shire Landcare Network (SSLN), to employ a full-time... read more

Singleton Landcare

1992 – 2007 In 1992, a meeting  of  land managers from a  wide area of Singleton agreed to form a Landcare group. Natural resource management issues of concern were weed and insect pests, soil erosion, salinity, and the need for stewardship and sharing of... read more

Shortland to Wallsend Landcare

1993 – Present In 1993, when we participated in Clean Up Australia day, it was a time of nationwide enthusiasm for community Landcare. Out of this enthusiasm Shortland to Wallsend Landcare was formed in partnership with Newcastle City Council’s Greening Centre... read more

Raymond Terrace Parks Reserves and Tidy Towns

2001 – Present Raymond Terrace Parks Reserves and Tidy Towns was  established as a Port Stephens Council (PSC) 355c Committee in 2001 to look after the development of the local parks and bushland areas surrounding Raymond Terrace. Our primary landcare sites are... read more

Obelisk Hill – Arcadia Park Landcare, The Hill

2010 – Present In 2010 Lois Simpson, a member of the Newcastle Ramblers Bushwalking Club initiated the formation of a Coastcare group to celebrate the Club’s 50 year anniversary and to restore native vegetation to Obelisk Hill and its surrounds in Newcastle. So... read more

Nobbys and Horseshoe Beach Landcare, Newcastle

2004 – Present We work on Nobbys Beach Dunes on the path to the lighthouse and the area behind Horseshoe Beach; both sites are just south of the mouth of the Hunter River.  Newcastle City Council had a plan for a working group at Horseshoe Beach which was... read more

Nesca Parade Landcare, The Hill

1999 – Present The group formed because a group of local residents wanted to save a remnant tract of bushland from becoming a dumping ground. The site is a steep wedge of hillside between 77 and 79 Nesca Parade, The Hill, and the focus has been on reversing and... read more

Muscle Creek Landcare, Muswellbrook

1995 – Present The whole of Muscle Creek Catchment was being degraded by farming practices and urbanisation. The landcare group was formed in 1995 to start reversing this trend. It was formed by concerned citizens, both rural and urban. Soon after its formation... read more

Murrurundi Landcare (Pages River Warriors)

2004 – Present We saw the need to revitalise the Pages River running through our town of Murrurundi. We have achieved a lot with a small band of workers. At Wilson Oval by the Pages River we tackled weed eradication and began replanting with trees relevant to... read more

Trees on Farms Mt Vincent Landcare

1998 – Present Our group works in the Mt Vincent, Brunkerville and Mulbring areas of Cessnock local government area. We started in 1989 when local landholders  heard about the Trees on Farms program and wanted to be part of it. Our members mainly live on small... read more

Morgan Street Reserve Landcare

1998 – Present Morgan Street Reserve in Merewether is now a delightful patch of nature in a busy residential area, but it was not always so. In 2014 the Reserve was dilapidated and overgrown and its future was being reviewed by Newcastle City Council. A small... read more

Merriwa Landcare

1989 – Present Merriwa Landcare is one of the oldest Landcare groups in NSW and started in 1989 due to land degradation issues including  soil erosion, loss of native vegetation and the dieback of yellow box in the area. Ron Jurd and Peter Strachan were early... read more

Merewether Foreshore Landcare

2004 – Present   This Landcare group was started by Lori Hungerford and Griff Foley in January 2004. An enthusiastic group began removing bitou bush, initially on the dunes at Merewether Beach and subsequently behind Merewether baths in a steep area... read more