Bushcare programs

Bushcare volunteer working bees recommenced in June 2020 with measures in place to ensure volunteer and staff safety. 

Find more information about Council's Coronavirus response plan here

Becoming a Bushcare volunteer is a great way to help build and protect habitat for native wildlife. It is also a good way to gain on-ground skills such as native plant identification and weed control techniques.

Read the Bushcare Volunteer Position Description

Make an enquiry about bushcare volunteering

Female volunteer at Green Way bushcare site 2018    

Camperdown Cemetery, Newtown

Hidden in Camperdown Cemetery in Newtown is a patch of Kangaroo Grass (Themeda australis) considered a remnant of the Turpentine-Ironbark Forests that once covered most of the Inner West. The original trees and most of the shrubs have disappeared from this remnant, but a patch of native grasses and groundcovers dominated by the Kangaroo Grass remain. Very little Turpentine-Ironbark Forest remains today and it is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

In 2000, Marrickville Council formed partnership with St Stephen's Anglican Church, Marrickville Heritage Society, Camperdown Cemetery Trust and Greening Australia for the conservation of the remnant kangaroo grassland in the Camperdown Cemetery and decided to initiate a small community project to protect and restore this precious remnant. Remnants now only exist in patches in the Cooks River Valley with only two sites in the Marrickville Area, one in Camperdown Cemetery and other near the Dulwich Hill Railway Station.

Working bees run from 9:30am – 12:30pm once a month alternating between the third Thursday and third Saturday.

Contact: urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9392 5000

GreenWay Bushcare

There are five Bushcare sites located along the GreenWay listed below.

Contact: urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9392 5000

Cadigal Reserve, Summer Hill 

Working bees run from 9:00am– 12:00pm once a month on a Sunday.

Richard Murden Reserve, Haberfield 

Working bees run from 9:00am– 12:00pm once a month on a Sunday.

Hoskins Park (Pigott Street) Bushcare, Dulwich Hill 

Working bees run from 9:00 to 11:30am once a month  on the second Friday of the month. 

Johnson Park Bushcare, Dulwich Hill 

Working bees run from 9:00 to 11:30am once a month  on the third Wednesday of the month.

Waratah Mills Bushcare, Dulwich Hill 

Working bees run from 9:30am to 12:30pm once a month on the third Sunday of the month.. 

Marrickville Landcare, Marrickville Golf Course 

Working bees run from 9:30am – 12:30pm once a month alternating between the fourth Sunday and the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Contact: urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9392 500

Mort Bay Park Bushcare, Birchgrove 

Working bees run from 9:00am to 12:00pm twice a month on a Thursday.

Contact: urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9392 5000

Whites Creek Bushcare, Annandale

Working bees are held seasonally as required.

Contact: urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9392 5000

Mudcrabs Marrickville,Wave Rock, Marrickville Golf Course

Working bees run from 9-11am once a month on the first Wednesday of the month.

Contact: mudcrabs.cooksriver@gmail.com

Balmain High Slope Bushcare

Maintained by community volunteers since the 2000s, the area below Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus) is a rare patch of bushland on the Balmain Peninsula.

Situated on the waterfront at the mouth of Iron Cove, the original sandstone cliffs and rock shelves were greatly disturbed, first by use as a boat-building site, then in building the school in the 1970s.

Now, tall eucalypts ;and an understorey of shrubs and grasses are appreciated by the community who use the wooden walkway, provided by Inner West Council, to walk from waterfront to Balmain and Rozelle streets. School and community members, with and without experience, are welcome to join us in weeding and other tasks.

Group meets each 3rd and 4rd Sunday of the month, 9am to 12:30pm. Meet at school carpark, end of Longview St, off Bayville St.

For more information, contact Angela Michaelis 0410 716 478.

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Page last updated: 30 Oct 2020