Hi everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying life out of lockdown, and resuming some form of normality. Greater Sydney Landcare is hugely busy at the moment, things never stopped for our development over the last few months - as you will see in the following newsletter... heaps of news and lots to share... Enjoy!

The biggest day on our calendar is coming up - our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)... Please consider attending in person (or via zoom) as we have a great day planned with some amazing speakers, including:

Mik Petter, President Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee - presenting on becoming a financially self sustaining capital city Landcare network (Brisbane), collaborating with industry and forging ahead with natural solutions to city living.

More info and other updates from Greater Sydney's Landcare umbrella inside...
Take care,

Xuela Sledge
Local Landcare Coordinator
Greater Sydney Landcare Network

& Xmas Party

Greater Sydney Landcare Network

EVERYONE IS INVITED...We try and offer the Landcare community a selection of special speakers as part of the AGM, educating and sharing from leaders in the environmental restoration space. This year is no different...
Date - Sunday, 28th November
Time - 9am to 1:30pm (Xmas party starts at 1:30pm)
Venue - Education Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
Register - Here!



Mik Petter (President), Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) 

B4C is a community based [Brisbane] social enterprise that provides coordination, support and specialised ecological services to protect, restore and maintain Bulimba Creek catchment in partnership with their members and wider community to build a web of green across the region. This includes working on wildlife crossings for better connectivity and, partnering with industry to restore degraded industrial land. And, as a Social Enterprise, B4C reinvest the majority of their profits in supporting the environment and the community.

Mik's presentation will offer lessons learnt from a well established Landcare Network in another capital Australian city, highlighting natural solutions for city living. [top left photo]


Julie Sheppard - Razorback Landcare Group, NPA Macarthur Branch

An illustrated presentation on longwall coal mining impacts in the Sydney region, with a focus on the Georges and Nepean river systems.

Julie has been heavily involved for over 20 years in campaigns to expose the damage this mining causes through dewatering the landscape.

Graphic images will make you wonder why this was ever allowed and why it continues to be approved. [top middle photo]

Mel Tyas (Landcare NSW & ex NPWS) - Corporate volunteering for an income

Mel spent many years funding her bush regeneration program on Sydney Harbour with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Corporate volunteering was how she gained the funds to be able to do so.

Mel now works for Landcare NSW and will be presenting on all things Corporate Volunteering in the Landcare space – how to do it; is it worth it; potential income etc. [top right photo]

Proposed Agenda can be found here.

Link to registration

AGM - WE NEED MORE STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS! Please consider a monthly meeting, the odd email and being part of a guiding group of experienced Landcarers (of all backgrounds and all areas across Greater Sydney)... More info below.
Pleas get in touch and let us know of your interest to join our Committee.
Nomination forms to join the Committee can be found here

The Greater Sydney Landcare & Bushcare Gathering - Feb 2022

Imagine the future we can create together
Venue is to be confirmed - it will be geographically central to Greater Sydney
Register your interest here.
Save the date: Sunday 20 February 2022

We warmly invite you to join our region’s first gathering of this kind. Greater Sydney Landcare and Greater Sydney Local Land Services are organising a day for our diverse community to come together, share with each other, have fun and work on thinking big together.
The Gathering will be an opportunity to find new connections, and identify and take forward positive actions, ideas and initiatives. We hope that participants can leave inspired and feeling they are a valued part of the Greater Sydney "care" community. 

Are you interested? We’d love to get a feeling for your interest in participating in the Gathering. Please register your interest and get ready for more details.

Reach out to Madeleine Florin ( or
Bev Debrincat ( with any questions.



October planting -
11180 trees in the ground!

Our Creating Canopies team have been really busy again! With plantings in Blacktown, Penrith and Wollondilly LGAs.  




Private landholder conservation in Greater Sydney...


Greater Sydney Landcare Network started a project funded by the Biodiversity Conservation Trust, focussing on increasing landholder knowledge of private land conservation (covenants and on-ground work).

This project will be centred in the Glenorie and MacArthur areas of Greater Sydney and will run until the end of 2022.


Danielle Packer (Glenorie) - or mob: 0400 260 657
Xuela Sledge (MacArthur) - or
mob: 0409877566



Southern Highlands weekend

December 4-5

Want to get away for a weekend? Spend your saturday afternoon assisting landholders in the southern highlands controlling Gorse, a very bad weed for agricultural areas.
Enjoy a catered dinner, free accommodation and a bushwalk on the sunday morning, before heading back home.

For more information contact: or mob: 0409 877 566



Productive Partnerships and Collaborations 

Kim Boswell, The Forever Agenda
8th November -  3rd December

Are you looking for more skills and confidence when it comes to new partnerships and collaborations for your environmental projects? From 8 November to 3 December, Kim Boswell (Forever Agenda) is joining the Greater Sydney Landcare and Bushcare community to support, teach and mentor us on all things partnerships and collaborations. Sign up for an interactive online training that will help you get started with your next partnership – big, small, community or corporate. Read more and sign up here. Contact with any questions. 



Creating Canopies:

The Riverkeepers - Join Jasmine Payget from the Parramatta River Keeper Network to learn about Parramatta River and how we can make it swimmable again
Hooked on Nature - Join Tom Covell from Hooked on Nature for a riveting talk about the amazing wildlife that lives in urban and peri-urban bushland and how important it is to connect

North Sydney Council - Dark Skies:

A presentation by Associate Professor Theresa Jones - Melbourne University on the impacts of urban lighting on wildlife, the Australasian Dark Skies Alliance and suggestions to mitigate light pollution.


Landcare Australia's own social platform


Landcarer! Have you heard of it?

It is a NEW platform for people just like you and me that are involved in not only Landcare, but Bushcare, sustainable agriculture, conservation, habitat restoration, environmental education, biodiversity, all things sustainability and much more!

It is a social tool, that allows Landcarers from across Australia to interact, share experience, knowledge, and collaborate, but it is also much more than that. There are webinars related to these fields, as well as the ability to find out about upcoming environmental grants.

Landcarer also provides several tools to help assist Landcare groups with their project management, data tracking, membership management, and storage. It even has learning tools for training members and documenting procedures.

To start, just like Facebook, you can create a profile, and then find groups, topics, or projects that you are interested in and join!

If you would like to know more about this amazing platform, see how Cattai Hills Environment Network (CHEN) is using this platform by checking out our Landcarer page here:

Cattai Hills Environment Network » Landcarer

Backstreet bellows - Audio surveying for Koalas (Science for Wildlife)

Backstreet Bellows – it’s koala mating season and they might be calling near you! If you live in the Lower Blue Mountains, sign up now to spy on koalas by recording their bellows. The Backstreet Bellows Project is run by Science for Wildlife, with support from a Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grant and working in partnership with Dr Brad Law (Principal Research Scientist, Dept. of Primary Industries) who developed a high tech method of identifying koala sounds from thousands of hours of recordings. The project will be run across 2 sites, the second one will run on the western edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in November.

Property owners in the Lower Blue Mountains can register now to have an acoustic recording device on their property for 7 days. If you are interested, please register here:


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Continued from above - Wanted: Steering Committee members for Greater Sydney Landcare

The Team at Greater Sydney Landcare Network need more people to help guide their growing network and programs. At the moment we have three main programs, including:
1. Creating Canopies across Greater Sydney
2. Stream Watch
3. Cumberland Plain Restoration Program

There are many other projects going on behind the scenes.... and its a big ask of the group of volunteers we currently have on the Committee.

Could you help?

If you have a passion for restoration and conservation across greater Sydney, are a landholder, a member of a Landcare or Bushcare group, a professional, a student, an accountant, an editor, an IT specialist, designer, or someone who would like to be more involved... We want you! There is one monthly meeting, otherwise the odd email, but it all depends on how much you would like to be involved. 

To find out more please email Bev Debrincat, our Chair at e:



Its annual renewal time, so you may recieve a renewal reminder via email... if you  havent received one, check your SPAM box, or hold tight - as we will get one to you ASAP.

Membership to Greater Sydney Landcare gives you access to a number of great incentives, including:
  1. Access to Landcare support and resources
  2. Access to networking events and the facilitation of people and project linkages
  3. Access to Landcare related tools and equipment
  4. Advice on funding opportunities, restoring your land, environmental issues and concerns – and, more
  5. Representation to strengthen Landcare NSW in seeking NRM funds for our region and NSW
  6. Free or discounted training workshops
  7. Free trees through the Creating Canopies project (conditions apply)
  8. Promotion of your events through GSLNs 1000+ Facebook following, Instagram, Twitter, website and eNewsletter
  9. Sponsorship and administration of grants for unincorporated groups
  10. Support in bringing new volunteers to your group via our Local Landcare Coordinators and funded projects

Help support the environmental volunteering community in Greater Sydney,
and join us here

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Please email events to LLCs Xuela.
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