Hurstville City Council is responsible for managing 79 hectares of remnant bushland. Participants in Council's Volunteer Bushcare Program assist in monitoring, preserving and regeneratiing this bushland.
Volunteers assist with:
- weed identification and removal
- native plant identification
- soil stabilisation and minor drainage works, where required
- planting (when natural regeneration of soil-stored seed is unlikely to occur)
- seed or cutting collection and storage of surplus seed, or seeds of threatened and endangered species.
Council established our Bushcare Volunteer Program in 1999, due to increased community interest in bush regeneration.
New volunteers are always welcome to join the Bushcare Program. Council provides hands-on training in correct bush regeneration techniques and sites are supervised by our fully-qualified Bushcare and Wetland Officers. Council’s comprehensive public liability insurance is offered to all registered participants.
There are currently around 80 active volunteers that make up 17 groups working at 13 sites across Oatley, Peakhurst, Lugarno and Riverwood, including a native nursery group. The groups meet for three hour sessions on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or bi-monthly basis. Bushcare volunteers find contributing to local environmental restoration enjoyable and social.
Bushcare Charter (96.12kB)
Bushcare Volunteer Sites June 2014 (212.30kB)
Bushcare Registration Form (98.63kB)
Consent Form for Minors Working in Bushcare (176.49kB)
Bushcare Procedures Manual Management Guidelines (363.05kB)
Bushcare in Myles Dunphy Reserve (9.07MB) - history of Myles Dunphy Reserve, environmental issues and an example of the many rewarding projects volunteers are involved in.
For more information on becoming a Hurstville Bushcare Volunteer, telephone Council on 9330 6222.
The Bundaluk - quarterly newsletter produced by The Bushcare Volunteers Network.
Australian Association of Bush Regenerators - AABR was established in 1986 out of concern for the continuing survival and integrity of bushland and its dependent fauna in or near bushland areas.
Australian Plants Society - NSW Region - a non-profit, independent, incorporated community organisation with members throughout Australia and overseas.
Birds Australia - a national organisation working for the conservation and protection of Australia's native birds and their habitats.
PlantNET - NSW Flora Online
Local Land Services (LLS) department - delivers quality, customer-focused services to farmers, landholders and the community across rural and regional New South Wales.
Sydney Weeds - weed control resources to prevent further spread of weeds.
Weeds Australia - an Australian Weeds Committee National Initiative National Portal.
NSW National Parks - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service