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Aug/ Sep

2020
EDITION

Photo - Marsdenia viridiflora subsp viridiflora - endangered (Biodiversity Conservation Act) - courtesy Mark Fuller

Inside ...

  • Landcare in Greater Sydney 
    • Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan
      • Information forum Thu 5pm, 10th Sept
    • Get Your Hands Dirty is back!
    • Hawkesbury Riverkeeper forum
    • GSLN AGM - save the date
    • Landcare and Bushcare across Greater Sydney
      • Group in the loop - Katoomba Creek BC
  • Creating Canopies
    • Launch event - Kurrajong koala planting
  • StreamWatch
    • 30th Birthday celebratory video
  • Saving our Species
    • LandcareNSW and SOS
  • Podcasts, APPs & other resources
    • 99th Koala
    • Links for other Landcare newsletters
  • Opportunities
    • Equipment for loan
  • Grants
  • Membership

Hi everyone,


I hope you are all doing well... Welcome Spring! Yestrerday was Threatened Species Day, marked by the death of the last known Tasmanian Tiger, back in 1936. September is also National Biodiversity Month. Its a reminder that flowers are blooming and nestlings are chirping. Lets do our best to celebrate what we have left and, try to protect and restore our biodiversity as best as possible...

Creating Canopies is off to a great start, with two plantings in the last month. If you are interested in finding out more about how you could claim 100 or more free canopy species to cool your part of Sydney, please feel free to email trees@greatersydneylandcare.org

Jessica Lumbroso, our Streamwatch Coordinator hosted an online celebration for Streamwatch's 30th birthday.

Saving Our Species and the Cumberland Plain Restoration Program (CPRP) is about to commence baseline surveying.

Get your hands dirty also has a conservation trek coming up later this month (more details below).

In this newsletter i have highlighted the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan, a Plan that will have enormous implications for western Sydney for the next 30 years. We are hosting an online forum by a Biodiversity expert on the Plan, this coming Thursday evening at 5pm. More information below. 

 
Xuela Sledge
Local Landcare Coordinator

Greater Sydney Landcare Network

LANDCARE IN

GREATER

SYDNEY...

The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan - what it really means for western Sydney...

 

The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (CPCP) - Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment, background here.

(source - below: biodiversity expert)

What the CPCP really means for western Sydney can be seen here - and below.

Join a presentation by a western Sydney biodiversity expert hosted by GSLN this thursday 10 Sept, at 5pm. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/green-drinks-online-cumberland-plain-conservation-plan-explained-tickets-119391070907

A summary of the proposed CPCP - according to a biodiversity expert:

  • This Plan is essentially about biobanking an offsets
  • It will transform a very large proportion of the Cumberland Plain
  • It is a plan about development
  • It already has locked in outcomes – and yet is only proposed
  • It is a conglomeration of business and government
  • Penrith and south west Sydney will be the hardest hit
    • Penrith will be double the size in dwellings
    • Cobbity Hills, which currently has the biggest private area of Cumberland Plain Woodland left will be taken out
  • Wianamatta Regional Park will effectively be cut in two
  • 9km of South Creek will be taken out for a highway - although elevated, the highway will go over the riparian/ bushland sides of the creek, cutting across it several times
  • 10,500Ha of rural land will be destroyed – industrial agriculture will dominate with sheds the size of a km squared
  • 1014Ha of CPW is proposed for clearing to make way for development
    • This is greater than 10% of a critically endangered threatened ecological community (currently illegal under the federal law)
  • Wildlife will be isolated
  • There will be 50 forced evictions
  • Barriers will stop Koala re-colonisation
  • Without the CPCP development would continue to go ahead one by one, which is harder for the developers
    • This Plan is proposing blanket approval for development across western Sydney
    • Better outcomes for the environment would arise with individual developments
  • The state government is offering four offsets to relieve the loss of CPW, including
    • Land parcel on sandstone (not shale)
    • Koala additions – which are beneficial, but 50% of this offering is already under reservation…
    • Confluence land
    • Wasteland
  • Development is locked in in this Plan, but not the offsetting
  • There is no staging of the development
  • The budget offering is far too low
  • Land under local government reservation is being re-packaged and offered as offsets
  • Previous western Sydney growth areas had staging and good budgets
  • Connectivity is completely overlooked

We need to aim for:

  • 500m wide koala corridors at Mt Gilead – this is a core corridor for the Koalas merging west
  • Additional 2km tunnel to save Wianamatta Regional Park
  • Cobbitty tunnel to the north and south
  • Corridors to be a priority in the offsetting
What we fight for:
  • A fair budget locked in
  • Staging development
  • New offsets – not already public land
  • Do not rely on revegetation – conserve what remains
  • No taxpayer subsidy
How to fight
  • Politically – talk to your local politician
  • Media
  • Public submissions
Join a forum on the CPCP and hear first hand about the implications this thursday 10th Sept, 5pm. Register here.
 

ONLINE Green Drinks PRESENTATION ON THE CUMBERLAND PLAIN CONSERVATION PLAN

This online event is for anyone wanting to decipher what the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is really saying...

If you are a landholder with rural land in western Sydney, or have an interest in the environment, you should join in to learn about the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan. It is only open for comments for 4 weeks and is highly technical and long. Come on line and hear from a biodiversity expert that has studied it and comprehended what it means for western Sydney. Learn about the true implications of the Plan in this event. And what needs to be said to the government before it gets approved...

5pm THURSDAY 10th September, 2020


REGISTER HERE TO RECEIVE A LINK:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/green-drinks-online-cumberland-plain-conservation-plan-explained-tickets-119391070907

We need to aim for:

  • 500m wide koala corridors at Mt Gilead – this is a core corridor for the Koalas merging west
  • Additional 2km tunnel to save Wianamatta Regional Park
  • Cobbitty tunnel to the north and south
  • Biodiversity corridors to be a priority!

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY! Living on the edge...

Sept 19-20 
CAPERTEE VALLEY

HIKE AND LANDCARE...
Greater Sydney Landcare Network and Central Tablelands Local Land Services have teamed up to offer this epic adventure Landcare escape.

This event intends to give young people aged 18 to 30-something the opportunity to take action to restore bushland in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and connect with like-minded people who are passionate about habitat and biodiversity. On this 2-day adventure, we’ll be journeying out to Capertee Valley where we’ll be removing weeds and camping at the local campsite. On the second day, we’ll be taken on a guided hike to Freshwater Creek to learn about the history of the landscape.

So, if you’ve always been keen to make a difference but weren’t sure where to start, or just want a weekend in the bush with some like-minded peeps, now’s your chance to get involved.

On-site training and tools are provided.
For the weekend we will need you to bring,
– long sleeved shirt and long pants for Landcare activities on day 1
– sturdy closed toe shoes
– gardening gloves
– a hat / sunscreen
– sunglasses
– water bottle and 1-2 litres drinking water
– camping gear (tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, etc.)

Due to COVID-19 we will need you to bring your own food, snacks, and cooking equipment for the weekend. It is also recommended that you provide your own transportation to the campsite. However, we can provide limited lifts from Lithgow.

There are toilet and shower facilities available at the campsite where we’ll be staying.

We aim to kick things off at 10.30AM on Saturday and wrap things up by 2PM on Sunday to leave time for travel back to Lithgow or Sydney.

RSVPs are essential so to avoid disappointment register asap HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/gyhd-living-on-the-edge-tickets-117718123075

More details and instructions on location and exact meeting point will be provided to those who have registered. For more information contact Elisha at 4724 2147 or elisha.duxbury@greatersydneylandcare.org.

Please be advised you will need a reasonable level of fitness to attend this project.

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of this land, the Wiradjuri people. “Ngangaanha Yindyamarra Yawali Ngurambanggu”- to acknowledge, look after, respect and care for Country.

This project is supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Australia Post through the Community Grants program.


HAWKESBURY RIVERKEEPER FORUM
This is a meeting to raise key issues around the Hawkesbury Nepean River and talk about plans to revitalise a Hawkesbury Nepean Riverkeeper Program.

You are all very welcome to participate! There will be a few presentations and then smaller breakout sessions to discuss/plan the futuer of a riverkeeper. Community members as well as local government and Sydney Water are being invited. If you know anyone that would be interested, they will be welcome. 
When: 25 September, 10am - 12pm

Where: Online,
hosted by Western Sydney Uni



Register here - https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/driving_sustainability/sustainable_futures/waterkeeper_forum

SAVE THE DATE - GREATER SYDNEY LANDCARE NETWORK Annual General Meeting

SUNDAY November 8th, 2020

Stay tuned for more details.

Landcare and Bushcare around Greater Sydney...

Group in the loop – Katoomba Creek Bushcare - whole of catchment approach
Welcome to our Landcare group in focus. To celebrate Greater Sydney’s community of dedicated volunteers, we feature a group each month.

Our last Group in the loop, Crossman Reserve ‘passed the baton’ on to the groups working in the Katoomba Creek catchment, a tributary of the Grose River flowing into the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Bushcare in Katoomba Creek involves several groups supported by the Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC). Upper Katoomba Creek Bushcare Group, the RSPCA Bushcare Group, the Katoomba Falls Bushcare Group, a remote area bushcare group and the Minne Haha Falls Bushcare Group work alongside a few independent Landcare groups.

What are the group’s goals? The groups work to minimise weed encroachment into the World Heritage Area and support a resilient and biodiverse creek catchment. Individual groups have more specific goals. For example, the Upper Katoomba Creek Bushcare group is restoring a remnant patch of Eucalyptus radiata (narrow-leaved peppermint), an adjoining Carex swampland and small creek line.
What are the main activities? Weed control and plantings to increase biodiversity and to enhance council-built erosion and sediment control structures. Some groups also remove rubbish from their patches and share local enviro news.
Which of the group’s achievements are you most proud of?  The groups long-term and catchment-wide efforts have brought weed loads right down. For instance, volunteers and contractors successfully prevented the overrun of broom infestations that emerged after bush fires back in 2003.
What is one of your group’s biggest challenges? And, how are you dealing with this? The catchment has plenty of urban impacts including invasive exotics, rubbish, erosion, silt deposition and other pollution.
Moreover, weeds don’t recognise the boundaries between different land tenures and users but it’s a challenge to navigate these from a management perspective. The catchment includes council land, crown land, National Parks and private land. Building relationships, communicating carefully, rallying support and working together has been key to overcoming this challenge. For example, the remote Bushcare group has a good working relationship with National Parks. And, in the more urban parts of the catchment Bushcare groups work sensitively alongside other groups such as community gardeners.

What is the best way to get in touch and stay up to date with the group? Steve Fleischmann, Bushcare Officer at Blue Mountains City Council – sfleischmann@bmcc.nsw.gov.au           

Which group do you want to see featured next month and why?
Steve Fleischmann: “Floating Landcare – I chose this group because I’m a paddler myself and I run the remote Bushcare program at BMCC, so the interest lies in accessing the more out of the way areas to work on biodiversity protection.”



Creating Canopies in Greater Sydney

GSLN DOING ITS FIRST PLANTING FOR THE CREATING CANOPIES PROGRAM, TO EXTEND KOALA HABITAT...

Greater Sydney Landcare Network had our first Creating Canopies planting day on Saturday 22nd August 2020. Robyn Preston Member for Hawkesbury, Landcare NSW CEO Adrian Zammit, and seventeen volunteers gathered to plant 130 trees, which will contribute to an important local habitat corridor for koalas.

The planting site in on the property of a local landholder in Kurrajong, who is working with his neighbours to restore vegetation along Little Wheeny Creek. The trees planted are native to the area and are food species for koalas.

This is the first event, which will contribute to planting 100,000 trees across Greater Sydney in partnership between Greater Sydney Landcare Network and Landcare NSW.

You can watch a video on the planting here.

Want to get involved as a volunteer tree planter? Sign up HERE.

For more information about planting trees on your property, to cool Sydney and improve habitat, email us at trees@greatersydneylandcare.org or call 4724 2147

Creating Canopies is a partnership between Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Landcare NSW and Greater Sydney Landcare Network (GSLN).



THE ORIGINAL CITIZEN SCIENCE... 

On thursday 3rd of September, Streamwatch turned a big 30!

In Celebration of this we hosted a

 

Live Stream: 

https://youtu.be/vOZF3lWZpAA


For more info or to get involved, please contact Jess at streamwatch@greatersydneylandcare.org or mob: 0423 416 028


The 30th anniversary marks a celebration of the dedication and perservation by all the amazing volunteers, which make Streamwatch possible. Watch the youtube video to see
  1. the history of Streamwatch, by previous Coordinator Greg MacDonald;
  2. a presentation on a little community group taking on a multinational - and winning, all in the name of water quality and Streamwatch by Dr Ian Wright.
  3. Dr Michelle Ryan on eDNA testing in the Cattai Hills area locating Platypus in Sydney, and
  4. Hornsby Shire's presentation on Streamwatch - how do its results measure up with professional consultants?




SAVING our
SPECIES

Purposeful partnerships: Landcare NSW + Saving our Species (source: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news/landcare-partnership) - Interview with LandcareNSW CEO Adrian Zammit)

Biodiversity is our bedrock

To Adrian, biodiversity is about 'healthy landscapes that are teeming with a diversity of native flora and fauna'.

Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms, so Saving our Species ( SoS) and Landcare NSW are working together to raise awareness, capacity, resources, community interest and funding to support projects across New South Wales, so more can be done to secure the ongoing survival of threatened species.

Purposeful partnerships

Saving our Species works with partners which have a strategic corporate social responsibility and environmental conservation objectives that align to ours. Landcare NSW is one such organisation.

'The challenges that humanity faces in relation to natural resource management, including saving and protecting threatened species, are so huge and complex that no single agency can make any impact whatsoever,' Adrian explained. 'These "wicked" problems can only be tackled through partnerships, or the formation of a diverse, multilateral ecosystem of organisations that have similar or identical strategic goals.'

Projects we've collaborated with Landcare NSW on include Saving our Superb ParrotBellinger River Snapping TurtleSave Our Scarlet RobinSaving our Species Iconic Koala Project and many more.

These projects help save species and ecological communities through improving habitat and controlling threats (such as weeding programs and fox baiting), monitoring the effectiveness of on-ground actions, species' responses to management activities and supporting conservation projects in national parks and on private land. That's a long-winded way of saying they are crucial projects with real, measurable impacts.

Just as Landcare NSW has helped us make a difference through connecting our projects with grassroots community movements, Adrian said Saving our Species has 'allowed Landcare NSW to understand better the challenges that we are collectively facing when it comes to species protection, both flora and fauna.'

He also said something about the 'wonderful' Saving our Species people and 'fantastic ideas', but we don't want to look like we're tooting our own horn.

Critical community

Adrian believes engaging community is an essential aspect of conservation initiatives. More than half of New South Wales is privately owned, meaning that government and non-government agencies need to partner with community groups to plan and implement many environmental projects.

Local communities are intimately knowledgeable of their local landscapes, which Adrian identifies as one of the reasons why Landcare is such a powerful movement.

'Landowners and farmers, as custodians of a large proportion of New South Wales and on whose land exist threatened plant and animal species, need to actively support and be engaged in species protection initiatives for any chances of success,' Adrian said.

'Plants and animals do not recognise cadastral boundaries – they only recognise tree corridors or other suitable habitats for their survival – which is why it is essential that community is engaged with conservation initiatives.'

In this sense, the foundation of the Landcare philosophy is community involvement – Adrian believes involving community groups from the design phase of a project or program means their engagement doesn't stop once the project ends. Engaged community groups will continue looking after the landscape well beyond project conclusion.

Valuable volunteers

In a 2018 study commissioned by Landcare NSW, Aurecon's environmental economists reported that community Landcare in NSW delivers an impressive triple-bottom-line benefit above $500 million per year to the NSW economy. NSW Landcare's 60,000 vital volunteers are supported by an infrastructure of 74 Local Landcare Coordinators and 12 Regional Landcare Coordinators that provide the coordination, management and reporting for statewide projects – it truly is a team effort.

'Landcare volunteers are the backbone of community Landcare in New South Wales and Australia,' Adrian told us. 'They collectively donate hundreds of thousands of free labour, subject-matter expertise, local knowledge of the landscape, and passion for the cause – simply because they want to do what is right.'

Looking ahead

'The future [with SoS] is very bright as we bring synergistic skills, knowledge and capabilities to the partnership. This is another example of a successful community-government partnership,' Adrian said.

The Saving our Species and Landcare NSW partnership is one step in the right direction and we look forward to continuing saving our beloved species together.


 

PODCASTS, APPs and other resources...

 

Other resources: The 99th Koala - Rescue and resilience on Kangaroo Island...

In last summer’s devastating fires, Kangaroo Island lost half of its koala population, with many more left injured and starving. This is the inspiring and sometimes confronting story of someone who went to help and ended up a koala dad.
 
source: https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/The-99th-Koala/Kailas-Wild/9781760858094

When Kailas Wild – arborist by trade and conservationist at heart – heard that there were injured koalas on Kangaroo Island who could only be reached by a tree climber, he drove 1500 kms to volunteer.
 
Seven weeks later, he had crowd-funded sixty-five thousand dollars, participated in the rescue of over 100 koalas and had formed a special bond with a baby koala – Joey Kai. His social media postings gained tens of thousands of views and press attention around Australia and overseas, including the BBC, The Times (London), The New York Times and The Daily Mail




 

The 99th Koala shares that experience, in words and pictures, and introduces us to some of the koalas of Kangaroo Island. Sometimes tragic, sometimes hopeful, Kai’s story above all commemorates our unique wildlife, and demonstrates the power of one person trying to make a difference.
 
‘At a time when many people have felt helpless to act against the immensity of the fires or the threat of climate change, Kai's daily descriptions and videos of saving helpless animals have been a welcome dose of personal courage and deep humanity.’ ABC


PODCASTs: Sustainable Farms podcasts x 9!

Sustainable Farms, based at the Australian National University, are doing an awesome job of bringing some great Podcasts to us on the topic of sustainable agriculture.

Suitable for farmers, land managers, students, Landcarers and natural resource management professionals, there are currently nine informative podcasts available on the Sustainable Farms website, including information on revegetation, Squirrel Glider conservation, biodiversity recovery after fire and enhancing farm dams.

To watch podcasts visit http://www.sustainablefarms.org.au/podcasts

 

PODCAST: BIG SHIFT for SMALL FARMS

The Big Shift for Small Farms podcast is a 10-part series produced by the Grow Love Project, dedicated to helping small scale farmers and covering a range of topics from soil health to mental health and everything in between. 

“Each episode features a variety of farmers and industry experts with direct experience and real-life stories on the topic in question.

Download the podcast from your usual provider, or visit https://anchor.fm/the-big-shift.

 

APP: iNaturalist

Explore plants and animal species from across the world.
Start a project with iNaturalist and start combining the data you collect with other people.
iNaturalist is a great platform to start a citizen science project. 
Blog your journal or join in to the discussion and, other resources.

Consider downloading iNaturalist

 

Landcare newsletters across Greater Sydney

 
Newsletter How to subscribe
Small Farms Network
https://emailoctopus.com/lists/a32b4a4d-c21a-11e9-9307-06b4694bee2a/forms/subscribe
Greater Sydney Landcare Network
 
https://greatersydneylandcare.org/subscribe-to-our-newsletter/
Parramatta River Catchment Group
 
https://www.ourlivingriver.com.au/contact-us/
Hawkesbury Landcare Network https://mailchi.mp/337c0a984846/sign-up-to-our-landcare-newsletter
 
Oceanwatch https://oceanwatch.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3ee3d17d434e3e436c364a5ba&id=4ffbd7e6ee
 
Streamwatch https://greatersydneylandcare.org/sign-up-to-the-streamwatch-newsletter/
 
LLS Landcare and Community news https://emailoctopus.com/lists/e0271ebb-e4a9-11e9-be00-06b4694bee2a/forms/subscribe



OPPORTUNITIES

 
Keen to conduct your own citizen science? We've just purchased a Titley Active Anabat Detector, meaning you can visualise the frequencies in real time. Available to loan for members. Contact Xuela for more information, and to book out the detector for your own site research!
 


 

GRANTS...

 

Future Drought Funding

Programs have now been announced under the $5 billion Future Drought Fund. We have published a new webpage for you to view the programs. 

We will invest $100 million each year to help our farmers and communities become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought.

The programs will ensure Australian farmers get the right tools and training to build drought resilience. Communities will also benefit from improved regional planning, stronger networks and leadership capabilities.

Programs will start to roll out from July 2020.

More information on eligibility and how to apply for funding is available on the Future Drought Fund webpage.


MEMBERSHIP

 
Membership renewals were due for renewal (June 30)! By being financial you'll get project and event support, grant administration for unincorporated organizations and representation to Landcare NSW, local and state government and key decision-makers. Plus, we offer members-only training events each year. 

Help support the environmental volunteering community in Greater Sydney,
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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. 

Please email events to LLCs Elisha or Xuela.
 

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