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Bushcare volunteers complete nearly 4,000 hours protecting the environment

16/12/2020

Georges River Council’s Bushcare Volunteer program has achieved significant outcomes for the environment in the Georges River area this year, despite facing unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene commended the Bushcare volunteers for their continuous efforts to restore and preserve areas of bushland within the local area.
 
“Our Bushcare volunteers banded together to beat the odds this year and we have seen some incredible achievements from our dedicated volunteers,” said Mayor Greene.
 
“I am delighted to share that this year, 1,372 Bushcare volunteers completed 3,932 hours towards the conservation of the Georges River area.
 
“The program has made significant progress increasing canopy coverage, with around 2,343 native plants installed across the past year, including 375 trees.
 
“I am also pleased to have welcomed 25 new volunteers to Bushcare this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and I encourage local residents to get involved next year if they can.
 
“To all of Council’s Bushcare volunteers, thank you. The time that you give to protecting our local environment is invaluable for our community, who will be able to enjoy the natural habitats that you help to maintain for many generations to come,” added Mayor Greene.
 
While the COVID-19 pandemic meant that Council’s National Tree Day event was significantly scaled back, Bushcare volunteers achieved the installation of 1,000 plants at Riverwood Park for the occasion.
 
Council’s Bushcare volunteers work to protect and conserve native flora and fauna at 28 sites across 24 bushland reserves. To volunteer with Bushcare, please visit: www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/Volunteering
 
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