With most of the sixty-four registered Bushcare’s Big Day Out events now completed, it’s time to say a big Thank You! to all the groups and individuals who took part in BBDO this year. This national day of bushcare action wouldn’t happen without you, and it’s very inspiring to see so many events registered and held around the country.
If your group held a BBDO event we’d love to hear about it – there’s still time to fill in the Achievements and Feedback Form that can be downloaded here
Here’s a snapshot of some of this year’s events
New South Wales
Belmont Wetlands State Park, Belmont
CVA Newcastle, in partnership with Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust, held a day of weed clearing, tackling lantana and bitou bush. Nine volunteers participated, and a photo of the volunteers is displayed on the front of this report. Event organiser Karynne Crump said: In general Volunteers enjoyed the day, acknowledging the efforts community make to help restore habitat for native flora and fauna.
The photo at the top of this page is of the Belmont team.
Tullimbah Landcare, Albion Park
Located in Albion Park in the Illawarra region, Tullimbah Landcare have been working to protect and restore Elizabeth Brownlee Reserve for the past 20 years. Their 2018 BBDO event saw 12 volunteers arrive for a morning talk on what the group have achieved and join in maintenance of a path to a memorial stone for Michael Swanson, a long-term member of the Landcare community. Event organiser Ruth Jenkins said it was a mainly social event to show the site, and the day ended with a BBQ. Photos supplied by Tullimbah Land Care TLC.
Friends of Agnes Falls, Hazel Park
The Friends group held an Open Day at the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve in South Gippsland, which saw a good attendance rate despite the rain. The Friends groups put on a BBQ, morning tea and held a fundraising raffle. Photos sourced from Friends of Agnes Falls Facebook posts on the Bushcare’s Big Day Out page.
Ocean Grove Coastcare, Ocean Grove
The Coastcare group hosted a day of planting and litter collection, with 28 volunteers attending. On the day 130 trees (moonah) and shrubs (various) were planted among coastal dunes; one large bag of rubbish and one large bag of recyclables collected. Photos supplied by the Coastacre group.
CVA Brisbane has been working at Nathan Road Wetlands for the past year, in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council and local Bushcarers. Our CEO Phil Harrison attended on the day along with eight volunteers to plant natives including vines to support the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly population.
Logan City Council, Meadowbrook
Logan City Council held a very well-attended community tree planting at Riverdale Park in Meadowbrook. Over 70 people attended on the day, planting 1000 native trees, shrubs and grasses. Photos supplied by Logan City Council.
Karawatha Forest Protection Society Inc, Woodbridge
Twelve people arrived on the day to participate in a forest walk followed by a morning tea and comparing notes on wildlife sighted. Photos supplied by Karawatha Forest Protection Society Inc.
Stuart Creek, Creekwatch site 1, Townsville
CVA Townsville held a day of tree planting at Stuart Creek. Four volunteers attended and planted a total of 66 natives to repair the banks of Stuart Creek. CVA staff reported the day was very positive and fostered information sharing between volunteers and staff.
McMinns Lagoon Reserve Association, Palmerston
The McMinns Lagoon Reserve Association, in partnership with many local business’ including CVA Darwin, hosted a morning of free family activities and interactive demonstrations. The morning included animal demonstrations, wetlands walks, environmental education and art & craft stalls. Phots supplied by McMinns Lagoon Reserve Association.
Bungendore Park Environmental Group, Bedfordale
Eight volunteers and six group members rolled up their sleeves to remove over 100 Arum Lily plants and plenty of blackberry removed from Bungendore Park.