June 2021 Update
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Hi everyone,

Another short but brief update/ newsletter for you all... we have events coming out of our ears at the moment - so our June Landcare events are inside.

Additionally we have two Regional Landcare/ Bushcare Award winners from within the GSLN community... 

If you would like to have any of your stories or events published to the GSLN newsletter recipients please send details to me at

Xuela Sledge
Local Landcare Coordinator

Greater Sydney Landcare Network

Regional Young Landcare Leader - Elisha Duxbury!

Elisha got involved with Landcare whilst at Murdoch University in Western Australia, where she volunteered for a local Bushcare group, as far back as 2008.

Since this time, Elisha has volunteered with other organisations, gained valuable work experience as a bush regenerator and ecologist, obtained a Masters in urban ecology and of particular interest - ran an intense five year long young adult engagement campaign as a Local Landcare Coordinator with Greater Sydney Landcare Network.

Elisha's set of engagement strategies in this role has included development and recruitment of young adults into Intrepid Landcare in Greater Sydney, Adventure Conservation, Adventure with a purpose, Get your hands dirty, Streamwatch and Creating Canopies.

Elisha is committed to developing creative methods of engagement to contribute to the restoration of Greater Sydney's natural areas and its biodiversity. Through the campaigns mentioned above, she has brought in, increased capacity and mentored numerous young people along the way. All of this, she has done under the banner of Landcare, and promoted Landcare as an inclusive, collaborative, creative and successful grass roots community movement.

Elisha took on this initiative, after starting with Greater Sydney Landcare Network in March 2016, and realising fairly quickly that there was a huge absence of young adults in the Landcare and Bushcare scene.

She focuses across the region of Greater Sydney, but has done work in neighbouring regions.

An award very well deserved! Congrats Elisha, and good luck with your PHD. From all at GSLN.

Individual Landcarer - Eva Johnstone, Allendale

Eva Johnstone, landholder and Landcarer of 'Allendale'. Allendale is a heritage property on the edge of Blackheath, in the Upper Blue Mountains. Allendale is an 8acre block with typical Upper Mountains vegetation including Eucalyptus oreades and hanging swamp. It comes with typical blue mountains land management issues, including weed invasion and erosion issues, at the base of a council-managed stormwater drain.
Eva (and her husband Bill) saw the potential in Allendale, with its quaint cottages and bush outlook. It did however, come with years of neglect in the garden and across its natural areas, particularly beneath the stormwater drain. Four years ago (December, 2016), they jumped in to rescue the property, cottages, garden, bushland and all.
Coming from a sustainable lifestyle in Sydney's inner west, they started in the vegetable garden and worked their way outwards. Quickly they determined the weeds infesting the bush required more help.
Eva then started learning and collaborating to bring about restoration to their little piece of land.

Property walk & talk at Cobbity - @ Sat June 5th

Do you want to discover the plants and animals which live in the Cobbitty Hills and surrounds? Would you like to connect with like-minded landholders and learn more about your local environment?

Join Cobbitty locals on World Environment Day to learn about the plants and animals of the region. Find out why the bushland of the Cobbitty Hills area is so special and what you can do on your property to help protect it.

This introductory event will help landholders identify what’s on their land, learn how to care for native vegetation and provide a home for native wildlife. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network with other landholders and Landcare representatives, with the potential for creating a new Landcare group in the area.

Numbers are limited, bookings are essential.

When: Saturday 5 June, 2021 10am – 2pm (lunch and morning tea provided)
Where: Cobbitty – address will be provided after booking
RSVP: Register online by 1 June –
For catering and COVID safety purposes, please register each person separately.

This event is run in partnership with Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Greater Sydney Landcare Network (GSLN) through its Cumberland Plain Restoration Program.

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

Microplastics community training day - @ June 5th


Happy National Volunteer Week 
In celebration of our fantastic volunteers we will be holding a free Microplastics Training Day – Saturday, 5th June, 9am – 2pm
Join us for World Environment Day on the 5th June and learn how to identify and quantify microplastic pollution in the upper Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Volunteers will participate in hands-on microplastic sediment sampling and lab work using microscopes aimed at enhancing your knowledge on the issues of the use of microplastics and giving you practical skills to undertake sampling on your own.
Register to attend online:👇🏻
These community training days are an initiative on the Hawkesbury-Nepean Riverkeepers: A Waterkeeper Alliance group, and are co-funded in partnership by Western Sydney University, Streamwatch and LandcareNSW, and supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Hawkesbury-Nepean Landcare Network, Cattai Hills Environment Network and Waterwatch. #streamwatchnsw #localstreamslocalcommunities #landcarensw #greatersydneylandcarenetwork #westernsydneyuniversity #hawkesburyneapeanriverkeeper #cattaihillsenviromentnetwork
Green the Great West Walk - @ Wed Jun 16


Come and join Greater Sydney Landcare's Creating Canopies for a day of tree planting along the Parramatta section of the Great West Walk.

About this event

We're heading to Toongabbie Creek to green a section of the Great West Walk with native vegetation!

The Great West Walk (GWW) officially opened in 2019 and stretches 65km from Parramatta to the foot of the Blue Mountains. The track passes traverses local river systems, public parklands, Australia’s oldest architecture and the endangered ecological communities like the Cumberland Plain woodland.

Our plantings will help revegetate an important habitat corridor along Toongabbie Creek, which will allow small birds, microbats, and other native animals travel through the landscape. This is your chance to get involved improving your local environment and stretch of GWW track.

Please wear long sleeves, long pants, closed sturdy shoes and a hat / sunscreen, and bring at least 2 litres of drinking water. Also, please bring your own gardening gloves for COVID-19 safety considerations.

On-site training, tools, and refreshments will be provided.

RSVPs are essential. Due to COVID-19 the number of participants for this event is restricted, so to avoid disappointment register ASAP.

Instructions on parking and exact meeting point will be provided to those who have registered. You will need to arrange your own transportation to Westmead Hospital.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information contact Matt at 0408 203 511 or .

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this event will take place, the people of the Dharug Nation.

This event is part of the Creating Canopies in Greater Sydney tree planting project. Funding has been provided to Greater Sydney Landcare Network and Landcare NSW as part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Premier's Project, Greening our City, One Million Trees by 2022. We will be will be planting thousands of trees for habitat and shade over the next two years.

To hear about future Creating Canopies events, sign up HERE.

Get your hands dirty - Weekend of weeding in the Southern Highlands @ sat 19/ sun 20 June


Hey young Landcarers - want a weekend away? Another Get Your Hands Dirty event...

Help control Gorse in the back paddock of the Sutton Forest Inn, in the beautiful Southern Highlands. Enjoy an early dinner at the Inn, meeting some local Landcarers, and staying overnight in Bundanoon.

Breakfast in Bundanoon, followed by a guided bushwalk nearby, before finishing the event around lunchtime on the Sunday.

This event is a funded event for Young adults only (18-35). Preference will be given for Landcarers, and those with weeding experience. Registration is essential.



11 - 11:30 - meet at Sutton Forest Inn for a snack and cuppa/ introductions

11:30 - kit up and safety briefs

12noon - 5pm weed control (Gorse) (afternoon tea and refreshments included)

5:30 - dinner at Sutton Forest Inn

6:30 - 7pm - Make way to accommodation in Bundanoon


8:30 - check out for brekky in Bundanoon

10am - guided bushwalk (TBC)

12 - 12:30 - finish event

People will need to be wearing long sleeves, long pants, hats and bring their own water bottles. Tools, gloves and safety glasses will be provided.

All meals provided. Pickup and drop off to train stations possible.

Local Landcarers are invited to the weeding and dinner on the saturday at the Sutton Forest Inn.

This event is supported by the Federal Government.


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