Bushcare programs

Council's Bushcare program is a great way to gain on-ground skills and experience such as native plant identification, weed control techniques and how to build and protect habitat for native wildlife.

Come along and join our invaluable Bushcare volunteers! No experience is required - all you need to bring is a hat and water, wear suitable clothing and sturdy shoes. A site supervisor will be there to get you started and will provide gloves, tools and morning tea.

Inner West Council manages the following Bushcare sites and working bee days.

Balmain High Bushcare, Balmain

Working bees details for 2019 are:

  • 9:30am to 12:30 every third and fourth Sunday of the month. Meet at the end of Bayville Street, Balmain.

Contact: Bronwen Campbell on 9810 7217

Callan Park Bushcare, Rozelle

Photo of bushcare site at Callan Park showing planting site and bushcare volunteer   

There are two working bee locations at Callan Park:

  • 9:00am to 1:00pm every Wednesday and Friday. Meet on North Crescent near corner of North Crescent and Waterfront Drive, Callan Park, Lilyfield.
  • 9:30am to noon on the first Sunday of the month. Meet on “the point” at the end of Point Road, Callan Park, Lilyfield. 

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

Camperdown Cemetery, Newtown

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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. Meet at St Stephen's Church, off Church St, Newtown.

The following dates are confirmed for 2019:

  • Thursday, 21 February
  • Saturday, 16 March
  • Thursday 18 April
  • Saturday, 18 May
  • Thursday, 20 June
  • Saturday, 20 July
  • Thursday, 15 August
  • Saturday, 21 September
  • Thursday, 17 October
  • Saturday, 16 November
  • Thursday, 19 December

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

Greenway Bushcare

There are five Bushcare sites located along the GreenWay listed below. In addition to regular working bees at these sites there are also the following special events :

  • National Tree Day 28 July 2019

Cadigal Reserve, Summer Hill

Meet next to car park off Grosvenor Crescent, Summer Hill.

Working bees run from 9:00am–noon on the following dates in 2019.

  • Sunday, 27 January 
  • Sunday, 24 February 
  • Sunday, 24 March
  • Sunday, 21 April
  • Sunday, 19 May
  • Sunday, 16 June
  • Sunday, 14 July
  • Sunday, 25 August
  • Sunday, 29 September
  • Sunday, 27 October
  • Sunday, 24 November

Richard Murden Reserve, Haberfield

Meet under the fig tree near corner of Marion Street and Hawthorne Parade, Haberfield.

Working bees run from 9:00am–noon on the following dates in 2019.

  • Sunday, 10 February 
  • Sunday, 10 March
  • Sunday, 7April
  • Sunday, 5 May
  • Sunday, 2 June
  • Sunday, 30 June
  • Sunday, 11 August
  • Sunday, 8 September
  • Sunday, 13 October
  • Sunday, 10 November
  • Sunday, 8 December
 

Hoskins Park (Pigott Street) Bushcare, Dulwich Hill

 

The details are:

  • 9:00 to 11:30am every second and fourth Friday of the month. Meet at the light rail end of Pigott Street, Dulwich Hill.

Johnson Park Bushcare, Dulwich Hill

Working bees details for 2019 are:

  • 9:00 to 11:30am every first and third Wednesday of the month. Meet at Sideways Café, Dulwich Hill.

Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery

The Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery is located at 22 Wisdom Street, Annandale

Normal opening hours are:

  • Wednesdays 9am – 12:30pm
  • Fridays 9am – 12:30pm

To find out about current volunteering opportunities emaiurbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone the nurseries supervisor on 0412 435 948.

Waratah Mills Bushcare, Dulwich Hill

 

The details are:

  • 9:30am–12:30pm every third Sunday of the month. Meet at the gate in the Waratah Mills car park.

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

 

Marrickville Landcare, Marrickville Golf Course

Meet near the clubhouse, Marrickville Golf Course, off Wharf Street.

Working bees run from 9:30am – 12:30pm on the following dates in 2019:

  • Sunday 24 February
  • Wednesday 27 March
  • Sunday 28 April
  • Wednesday 22 May
  • Sunday 23 June
  • Wednesday 24 July
  • Sunday 25 August
  • Wednesday 25 September
  • Sunday 27 October
  • Wednesday 27 November
  • Sunday 22 December

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

Mort Bay Park Bushcare, Birchgrove

 

The details are: 

  • 9:00am–12:30pm every Monday.  Meet at the community garden off Bay St, Balmain.

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

Whites Creek Bushcare, Annandale

  • 9:00am-12:00pm Wednesdays. Meet at Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery

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

Mudcrabs Marrickville,Wave Rock, Marrickville Golf Course

Working bees run from 9-11am. Meet on edge of golf course in small park at the end of Alfred St, Marrickville or next to 17th fairway.

The following dates are confirmed for 2019

  • Wednesday 6 February
  • Wednesday 6 March
  • Wednesday 3 April
  • Wednesday 1 May
  • Wednesday 5 June
  • Wednesday 3 July
  • Wednesday 7 August
  • Wednesday 4 September
  • Wednesday 2 October
  • Wednesday 6 November
  • Wednesday 4 December

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

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