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Bushcare Program kicks off again

03/06/2020

Georges River Council’s Bushcare Program has resumed today with a volunteering event at Lime Kiln Bay Wetland, following the cancellation of all Bushcare volunteering opportunities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
                                                     
Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene is encouraging residents to get involved with its Bushcare Volunteer Program, which offers opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors while helping to protect the environment.
 
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we were reminded of the importance of our open space and parklands”, said Mayor Greene.
 
“In what was a challenging time for all, the green space and bushland in the Georges River area provided us with a sanctuary that we could retreat to, and a space for maintaining our physical and mental health.
 
“There are opportunities for you to contribute to the conservation of these special places for current and future generations, and I encourage you to get involved with a Bushcare volunteering opportunity near you,” added Mayor Greene.
 
Councillor Sandy Grekas lodged a Notice of Motion at the Council Meeting on Monday 16 December 2019 which called for greater focus on the Bushcare Program.
 
“Council’s Bushcare volunteers play a significant role in protecting our bushland reserves by actively participating in the propagation and planting of native flora species, the removal and eradication of noxious weeds and the delivery of educational programs aimed at conserving our unique natural environment,” said Councillor Grekas.
 
“We are fortunate to live in an area which features the Georges River and its beautiful bushland surrounds, and it is important that we work together as a community to continue to protect these precious natural assets now and into the future.
 
“I would like to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the army of Bushcare volunteers who spend countless hours maintaining and improving our natural environment and green open spaces.
 
“It’s easy to get involved, with 14 different volunteer opportunities held at multiple locations throughout the area, and I strongly encourage others in the community to take part.”
 
The Bushcare Program enables people to learn new skills while helping to improve the local bushland and biodiversity of native flora, create habitat for native animals and connect with like-minded people.
 
Bushcare volunteer Matte Reynolds said that he was inspired to join the program after hearing stories from his mother, who has been a part of Bushcare for over a decade, and a trip to Lord Howe Island touring its many natural wonders.
 
“Bushcare encompasses a variety of activities to improve the local environment including plant identification and weed control, planting and maintaining appropriate native species, bird and animal observation, environmental education, and of course, the all-important, world famous, Bushcare Morning Tea!,” said Matte.
 
“Being engaged with the local environment gives people a stronger understanding of the intrinsic value and wealth of nature, which benefits us all in so many ways,” he added.
 
The program is an ideal activity for high school students completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award and spans many areas of the Georges River. These include Lime Kiln Bay, Riverwood Wetlands, Oatley Pleasure Grounds, Myles Dunphy Reserve, Poulton Park, Oatley Park, and Moore Reserve, as well as roving and native nursery groups. Volunteers are offered training and supervision from Council’s qualified bush regenerators, and tools and equipment are provided by Council.
 
If you love the outdoors and are passionate about protecting the environment, the Bushcare Program is for you. To view volunteering opportunities, visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/Volunteering or call our Customer Service Team on 9330 6400 to register your interest.  
 
For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.
 
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