February 2017 GSLN News and Events
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February 2017 News and Events

In this issue:
  • Empower future Landcare Leaders in Western Sydney!
  • Cumberland Plain Landcare and Bushcare Support Program
  • FREE In Safe Hands Workshop
  • Mountain View Reserve - FREE Bushland Management Training with Teresa James
  • Greening Australia activities and freebies  
  • WANTED! Fox Scats (with Collection Protocol)
  • Members, please send us your events! Let us help you promote them!

Empower future Landcare Leaders in Western Sydney!

Greater Sydney Landcare Network is seeking support from the broader community to raise funds to help run a signiture Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat in Western Sydney.

Given the success of this program in other communities in Australia, we would like to give young people in the Greater Sydney region, an opportunity to tap into the ever growing Intrepid Landcare community, as well as discover what is possible for them as potential young leaders in the landscape.

Why Intrepid Landcare?

We seek to work with Intrepid Landcare because we recognise the success of the movement to date, and the values that Intrepid Landcare brings to the Landcare movement and for young people who wish to make a difference.

What's already happening?

We already have the funds to run one retreat, which will be held at Brewongle Environmental Education Centre from Saturday 25th March - Sunday 26th March. The retreat is open to anyone aged 16 years - 35 years, who is up for making a difference in the world and having fun doing it. 

Your support will help make this retreat even better and a make future retreat in South Western Sydney possible. 

How can you help?
  1. Donate to our Chuffed crowdfunding campaign.
  2. Email our campaign to your groups, colleagues, friends and family. We've made it super easy for you by writing a message you can simply copy and paste and send on. Download it here
  3. Share our Facebook event for the campaign and invite your friends. 
  4. Let young people you know about our upcoming retreat at Brewongle EEC. You can check out a flyer for that event here.

Interested in attending a retreat?

Are you between 16 and 35 years, have an interest or already involved in environmental conservation activities?
Keen to take that interest to the next level?
Curious about what is happening already across Greater Sydney, and love meeting new people? Then YES! This is totally for you! Click here to apply.

For more info contact Elisha Duxbury at 4724 2147 or

Cumberland Plain Landcare and Bushcare
Support Program

The Cumberland Plain Landcare and Bushcare Support Program gets underway on March 19. All events on the Program will have a special threatened species or fauna focus. This event will focus on clearing riverside weeds from a threatened Eucalyptus benthamii (Camden White Gum) along the banks of the Nepean River in Leonay. The Camden White Gum is listed on the vulnerable list both in NSW and Federally. 

Events in western Sydney will continue on a monthly basis until June 2018. For more information on upcoming events please see the Cumberland Plain Support Program Calendar of events

SUPPORT + LEARN + HELP - Support western Sydney volunteers, Learn about the unique biodiversity on the Cumberland Plain and Help threatened species or communities and fauna species recover in this challenging environment...

The Support Program is an initiative of the Greater Sydney Landcare Network and is supported by Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government.

More info? Xuela Sledge, Local Landcare Coordinator
E: or Ph: 4724 2146

Learn How to Restore the Critically Endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland (FREE!)
You are invited to 2 days of Bushland Management Training including theory and practical elements with renowned flora consultant Teresa James.  

Dates: 18 and 25 March
Where: Mountain View Reserve, Cranebrook

 - Topics to be included: 
 - What is a vegetation community?
 - Vegetation communities of the  
 - Cumberland Plain
 - Vegetatio communities of  
 - Mountain View Reserve
 - Threatened species
 - Native Plant identification
 - Weed identification
 ...and more!

Places are limited so please RSVP to Janet Rannard, Penrith City Council on 4732 8088 or

‘In Safe Hands’ - FREE half day workshop with Conservation Volunteers Australia

The toolkit has been developed by Conservation Volunteers Australia who have over 30 years of experience in safety management whilst completing activities in conservation. 

“Common sense is not enough when it comes to the health and safety of volunteers. You have got to have a system that is implemented on a consistent basis”  Graeme Hickingbotham – Director of the Conservation Skills Centre. 
In Safe Hands Toolkit training Key Learning Elements
The design of the workshop presentation and engaging activities are used to meet the following learning elements:
·         Safety management in community groups is important
·         The Work Health and Safety legislation
·         In Safe Hands Toolkit Policy and procedures
·         Conducting a Risk Assessment
·         Emergency response planning
·         Safety management and documentation

Location: “Civic Room” Parramatta Council Rydalmere Operations Centre,  316 Victoria Rd, Rydalmere NSW 2116
Date & Time: Wednesday 22nd February 2017. 9am to 1pm
Morning tea provided
Register: Via the online form.
Please note numbers are strictly capped at 20 participants

What's on at Oxley Park this month?

1. Ropes Creek Bushcare Day
Come along and help restore the Ropes Creek Green Corridor.

Saturday 25th February, 2017
9am to 12 noon
Behind 100 Melbourne Street, Oxley Park, 2760
Free BBQ lunch for volunteers.

2. Greening Australia Nursery
Want to learn about Nusery Operations, help Greening Australia and, get FREE native plants for you or your community group?

Saturday 25th February, 2017
9am to 12 noon
Greening Australia Nursery
100 Melbourne Street, Oxley Park, 2760

3. There are still FREE native plants for community groups in the following LGAs:

Blue Mountains

To RSVP or to find out more about any of the above please contact Rafiq on 9677 6200.

Help Fox Research across Greater Sydney by
Collecting their SCATS!

PhD students from Western Sydney University and Sydney University, in collaboration with the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands are calling for Fox scats from across Greater Sydney to further their studies over the next two years. 

Fox Scats can be readily found in natural or disturbed areas across the metro and peri-urban region, where you may be undertaking Landcare or Bushcare activities. They contain valuable information and offer evidence that foxes reside there. 

Contribute to the mapping of the Fox in Sydney and the research of their dietary intake and start collecting their Scats. A short protocol for the collection of Scats can be found here.

This is a great opportunity to do something additional to help build our knowledge of this illusive species! There is no charge associated with the Scat analysis.

Members, please send us your events!
We would love to promote any events your groups have planned in our newsletter, on our website, and Facebook and Twitter pages. 

GSLN also admins the Adventure Conservation Australia Facebook page and sends out a quarterly Adventure Conservation newsletter. We would love to add any fun, challenging events in wild places that you have coming up.

Please email your Adventure Conservation events to

Please email other events to either or
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