November 2018 Newsletter

January/February 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to 2019

Happy New Year! Hope all of your holidays were fantastic. I've just returned from a rejuvenating trip to WA's southwest coast. Sorry you didn't hear from us last month. We find that people are still in holiday-mode in January and many groups don't start their volunteering programs until around now.

The first part of this year is kicking off with a couple of training opportunities for Landcarers in Sydney, including the OHS workshop, In Safe Hands. I had the opportunity to attend the workshop a while back and highly recommend to everyone, including volunteers. It's a great opportunity to learn about how to manage site risks and keep your group happy and healthy in the field. 

So what else do we have in the works now? We've been talking with young people to put together a state-wide leadership retreat and a responsible recreation event, both to happen in March. We'll be attending the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative State Gathering to connect with our colleagues from across NSW on 18-20th of March. Also, we've been investigating how we can raise the profile of Landcare in Greater Sydney and secure funding for 2019 projects. 

As always, members are welcome to touch base for support on their projects for the year. We'd love to hear from you! 
- Elisha Duxbury LLC


NSW State Election 2019 - we want YOUR input

GSLN is here to represent the interests of members and the Greater Sydney environment. Part of this involves contacting politicians and political parties with questions on proposed policy and their position in critical environmental issues in the Greater Sydney region. This is your chance to address the politicians and parties on the environmental issues that matter most to you. We've started a list of questions on a wide range of topics, and are now putting it our members - you - to give advice and feedback. There are prizes for participation as a way of saying thank you too! Copies of the draft questions with space for feedback can be found here, with responses emailed back to LLC Clare

Government pledges funding for our Local Landcare Coordinators 

GSLN employs two part time Local Landcare Coordinators - Clare and Elisha. The highly sucessful four year government sponsorship of these part time positions will wrap up mid-2019. Whilst Landcare NSW is lobbying for greater support and continuation for the LLCI role, the government has announced the an additional investment of $22.4 million to boost and expand the LLC role with continued support from Local Land Services and ten new LLC positions across the state with an Indigenous focus. Whilst we're still to hear of an expanded role for our LLCs, you can read the full media release via the NSW Government here

Watch our website

Keen for more GSLN news besides the monthly newsletters? Then head over to our website here. News articles from across Greater Sydney (and occasional interstate stories), updates on the Landcare and Bushcare environment in Sydney and the latest happenings within the network. All at your fingertips!
  • Our Summer Reading Series on Facebook was a huge success. We're finalising a listing of all the featured articles, and will be live next week. Keep an eye on the home page, and thanks to everyone for the wonderful feedback. 
  • Intrepid Landcare and GSLN held another, highly successful retreat in December on the stunning Central Coast. Full article here
  • The Gully at Katoomba got together in the leadup to Christmas, creating a wetland, paths and weeding. A wonderful Bushcare story from the beautiful Blue Mountains here
  • GSLN visited Megalong Valley Public School for a special screening of their film, Save the Callistemon megalongensis. Article and links to the award-winning film can be found here

Backyard habitat creation resources now available 

Habitat Network (collaborators with GSLN) through a Greater Sydney Local Land Services grant has published user-friendly planting guides to create linear habitat corridors for both urban and rural landscapes. In the words of Habitat Network:

"There is strong science now that demonstrates shelter belts and wind breaks not only support wildlife but also protect stock ... improve productivity and drought preparedness on farms generally. Small native birds and other wildlife help control problem insects on farm, and improved biodiversity is known to improve farm productivity....  In all areas these remnants can become isolated and consequently restricted in flora and fauna diversity and genetic makeup."

You can find more information on planting linear corridors, together with visual poster guides here

Calling all photographers!

Have an excellent shot from a recent Landcare event? Keen to showcase your photography skills in our next monthly newsletter? 

Send your best photographs to Clare. Please include your name, Landcare group and location. Files should be no larger than 25MB and permission should be sought from photography subjects prior to submission.

Help Local Land Services control invasive pear species

Bushcarers and Landcarers are often the first line of defence against invasive species. With pear flowering season here, Greater Sydney Local Land Services needs your help to keep these Weeds of National Significance at bay. You can contact Jenny Schabel, Senior Local Land Services Officer here

Help DPI stop the spread of invasive species

Landcare Drought Relief Appeal

Queensland and New South Wales are currently experiencing the worst drought in living memory. Pastures are now barren, livestock are dying and the cost of feed and freight is skyrocketing as supply dwindles. Farmers and their families now face the prospect of loosing everything. Supporting the Landcare Drought Relief Appeal will help Landcare groups in drought-affected regions care for farmers and their families doing it tough. 
Donate Here

GSLN is now on Instagram!

Follow us, and let us follow you! We can share member events, outings and the wonderful Landcare and bushcare work (and photographs!) our members undertake. You can also tag us using @greatersydneylandcarenetwork. 

Other news throughout the Network...

  • The NSW March elections are nearly here, and with that Landcare NSW will be awaiting funding annoucements on continuation of the LLC role. Remember, this is your opportunity to engage your local MPs and candidates from all parties and remind them what issues - Landcare, Bushcare or other environmental causes - matter to you. 
  • We're planning a social media, grants writing and musical social weekend, as well as hosting a committee leadership course for Landcare groups and best practice bush regen seminars for site supervisors, professional bush regenerators, and council officers . Whilst dates are still being finalised, keep your eyes peeled in upcoming announcements to secure your place to these fantastic workshops. Free for members. 

Updates from LLS and Landcare NSW

To catch up on other Landcare news, click at your leisure...
  • Greater Sydney Landcare and Community News (Local Land Services)
  • Landcare NSW online news and November bulletin
  • Landcare NSW together with Local Land Services support our LLCs Elisha and Clare. You can read more  the joint business case for sustaining Landcare, supporting the 70+ coordinators and volunteers beyond July 2019 here

We still have positions available for our Landcare and outdoor volunteer supervision OH&S course. This not-to-be-missed course is perfect for those who supervise and run their own groups or participate in Landcare and Bushcare. Delivered via an open forum and discussion, this engaging event will equip you with the skills and confidence to successfully supervise, run and manage your own environmental volunteering event. Best of all, it is free for members, collaborators and volunteers of member organisations. Several representatives from the same organisation or group are encouraged to attend.  You can renew membership for as little as $20 here

Youth, early-career and research


Volunteers needed in Beecroft for outdoor education

Habitat Havens Bushcare site is looking for volunteers to help educating the next generation about the importance of birds and habitat. West Epping Public School will provide grade 3 students at Ray Park to take part in a number of nature-inspired educational activities. Dorothy Doolan, Convenor of the Habitat Havens Bushcare Group, is looking for people with an interest in environmental education and birds to come along to help in running these activities and fielding questions from the inquisitive young minds. The event will run 9.30am - 12pm on the 22nd of February at Ray Park on Plympton Road, Beecroft. Register your interest via email here.

Koala research assistants wanted 

Researcher Dr. Kellie Leigh and Science for Wildlife are seeking volunteers to assist with koala surveying in Kanangra-Boyd National Park, to study a new population of koalas in the national park. More information and registration is available on the Eventbrite page

Workshops with Parramatta Council Bushcare

  • Introductory Bushcare workshop - learn more about the principals of bush regeneration and what Bushcare is all about on Saturday 23 of February, from 9am to 4pm. Registrations here
  • Kayaking volunteer workday - at Lake Parramatta on Sunday, 24 of February from 8am to 12pm. Register here
  • Intermediate Bushcare and plant ID workshop - improve your plant ID skills with expert help. Saturday March 30, from 8:30am to 11:30am. Registrations open March 11th, more information here


Do you work for council, an NGO, or other environmental organisation? Looking for the right employee? Email us here, and we can feature your job listing. 
  • NRM Jobs sends out weekly emails every Thursday for professional positions in the environmental, NRM and agricultural industries. Sign up here
  • LLC Clare is looking for keen groups to host early career and university students through her volunteer role at Landcare NSW. You can email her here, and read more about the volunteer youth engagement she does for Landcare NSW here
  • The Agrifutures Horizon Scholarship for University students is now open. The Scholarship is awarded to students studying an agriculture-related undergraduate degree or a Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths/Finance (STEM) degree with relevant majors which align to agriculture. Applications close 5.00pm AEDT Friday, 1 March 2019. For more information click here

Can you use corporate volunteers/support?

Greater Sydney Landcare Network (GSLN) is working with Landcare NSW to bring corporate sponsorship and support GSLN members. 

Corporate organisations often offer their staff one paid volunteering day a year. Could you accommodate unskilled volunteers? Are there other ways a corporate could support your group? 

We are looking for proposals from GSLN members to host corporate volunteering events at sites within an hour of Sydney CBD.

Use our online form to nominate your group / site!

Grant and award opportunities 

  • The Wettenhall Environment Trust's Small Environmental Grant Scheme round for November is now open! Grants are usually under $10,000 and focus on flora and fauna conservation or threatened mammal conservation. Click here for more information.
  • SunSuper Dreams for a Better World Grant - up to $50,000. Open from 8th Feb to 5th April.
  • The Sunrise Project Small Grants - up to $5000. Open application process. Their focus is on reducing the impact of coal and gas industries on ecosystems.
  • River Connections Grant Program - This new program provides funding for groups to apply new approaches to integrated river management to deliver improved health outcomes for inland rivers in New South Wales. The program will empower communities to work together in new ways to deliver river health and other benefits to a range of river users. It will co-fund large scale, long-term, partnerships to tackle river and aquatic degradation at a landscape scale. Applications close 25 March 2019Click here for further information.
  • Royal Agricultural Society of NSW - Are you a community-minded individual with a project for your local area? The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation’s (RASF) 2019 round of Community Futures Grants has opened with grants up to $25,000 available to fund projects in rural or regional New South Wales. Applicants must partner with a local community organisation to be eligible and provide a clear plan on how they intend to complete their project. For Further information visit the website.
  • Landcare Australia has established 'Fund Landcare', an online fundraising tool for local groups to raise their own funds! You can find more information here
  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal - 'Tackling the tough times together grants' are closing soon. These grants helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. Grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. For more information, click here.
  • Lastly, Landcare NSW is raising funds as a charitable organisation to help support local Landcare groups and their communities. More information can be found here

Upcoming conferences


Spotlight on: Sydney Naturalists

Each month we'll be showcasing a member group of GSLN. This is the perfect space to showcase the good work of your group, spread your message to the wider GSLN audience, and recruit more volunteers and collaborators!

This month we're showcasing Sydney Naturalists, an informal field naturalists club established by Elliot Connor based in Sydney. Less than a year old and already more than 120 active members on Facebook, and a regular turnout of around a dozen participants in the monthly field days, this is the perfect group to indulge your inner David Attenborough! 

Calling all nature-lovers: we are a small group of people brought together by our appreciation of nature, and we’re looking for new members. That means YOU! Sitting at desks all day, whether it be for a nine-till-five job or learning the subtleties of subatomic particles for exams (myself in the latter category), we have a sad tendency to lose our connection with nature. There aren’t ants climbing up our chair legs, or birds making nests from our hair! But it doesn’t have to be like this…

Our small band of merry members meet on the last Sunday of every month, to get out and rediscover a local patch of bush. We share our love for nature, make friends, and have fun!

You can find our friendly faces on Facebook here, or email Elliot (me!) here to join us and get involved. Its fun and free! We look forward to meeting you at our next meeting on February the 24th!

GSLN membership renewal reminder

It's that time of year! It's time to renew GSLN memberships. Benefits for full members include:

  • Voting rights
  • Representatives on Committee
  • All communications
  • Member services
    • networking
    • sharing events online and in newsletters
    • access to joint grant applications etc.
Membership forms can easily be completed online at our website

Warrami Mittigar - Aboriginal Cultural Walk

Join the City of Parrmatta Heritage Centre for an all-ages river walk, spending time with traditional Ind igneous custodians and learn about the land, plant uses, tools, hunting and local culture. This tour is aimed at adults and families with primary school aged children, aged 7 years and over. February 10, Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, from 10am. Register here, bookings essential. 
"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."
- In Safe Hands Toolkit

GSLN together with the Conservation Skills Centre (and CVA) is providing a free-for-financial members training course designed to equip volunteers with the skills to safely manage people in their environmental volunteering group. This course covers:
- Safety policy and procedures
- OH&S
- Safety prompts and risk assessment
- Volunteer induction, and
- Record keeping

The In Safe Hands toolkit has been developed with over 30 years of environmental volunteering and conservation experience by the Conservation Skills Centre, and multiple members from each organisation are encouraged to attend. Previous attendees have found this course incredibly valuable, and gained the skills and confident to supervise, volunteer and organise their own environmental events.

Please BYO food and drink. Not a member? You can join GSLN here.

18-35 Bush regen and weed ID with The Mudcrabs and NPA

Are you 18-35? Join the The Mudcrabs and National Parks Association of NSW for their Wild Wild Inner West workshop, and learn about bush regeneration and weed ID techniques. Part of the Cooks River Alliance Wurridjal​ Festival. March 24, 8am-11am at Rosedale Reserve, Hampton Street, Croydon Park. 

GSLN first aid for members course is now full

Thanks to our members who leapt at the second first aid course run by GSLN and sponsored by Community Underwriting. Unfortunately our workshop is now full, but keep an eye out for upcoming first aid courses. Not a member of GSLN? You can join here, for as little as $20 for individuals and $40 for groups. 

Members, please send us your events!

We would love to promote any events your groups have planned in our newsletter, and 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 events to LLCs Elisha or Clare.
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