Environment and Waste

Bushcare Program

What is the Bushcare Program? 

The Bushcare Program is a partnership between council and volunteers from the community. The purpose of this collaboration is to assist in restoring areas of degraded bushland. The program supports many groups who find reward in contributing to positive change in their local bushland area.

What is bush regeneration?

Bush regeneration involves the gradual removal of weeds to allow the native plants to regenerate naturally. Unfortunately, removing weeds once is not enough, as they soon reappear in the cleared spaces. So regular follow-up weeding is completed by Bushcare teams.

The changes that result from bush regeneration are best measured over months and years, rather than days and weeks. Success occurs when an ongoing commitment to removing weeds is made to a site over time.  

Watch this video to find out more about the Bushcare Program in Gosford City.

Where are our sites?

Generally, people like to restore the bushland close to where they live. This makes it easy for them to get to and from the Bushcare site.

However, other bush carers travel to locations some distance from their homes because of friendships they’ve formed at Bushcare workshops, or because they prefer to volunteer in a particular bushland location.

Whether your preference is for rainforest, wetland, creek line or dune, there is a place to suit you, and you may swap sites or visit different sites whenever you would like to.

Who can volunteer in the Bushcare Program?

Everyone aged from 16 to 90 years old is welcome to join an existing group or form a new group.

Within each team, there are activities to suit everyone, from physical to moderate impact work -
for example, your role may include making the ever-important morning tea!

Everyone can find something to do to help rescue their bushland.

When do Bushcare volunteers meet?

Most groups meet on a designated day each month, and usually for a period of two to three hours.

Other groups meet more often, such as every fortnight or even every week. The Bushcare Program is very flexible and group members can decide on how often and for how long they meet.

A Bushcare team can be a great community hub

The Bushcare Program can be a lot more than just pulling out weeds; the social and health aspects of volunteering should not be overlooked.

When Bushcare volunteers commit to their site, they see it as a chance to get outdoors, to be active and to socialise. Long-standing friendships are often formed and people enjoy the opportunity to discuss issues with some like minded new friends.

Aside from enjoying your meeting days, there are also other opportunities to assist the Bushcare Program, such as promoting your group at community events or festivals, taking photos, writing grant submissions or preparing morning tea.

How do I become a Bushcare volunteer?

Joining the Bushcare Program is very simple - you can phone 4325 8222 or email bushcare@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

A Bushcare Officer will discuss how the program can suit you, and whether you join an existing group (see a list of current Bushcare project sites below) or are interested in starting up a new group in your area.


After formally registering and becoming an active volunteer, your registration and activity within the program entitles you to start participating in all the activities that our Bushcare volunteers enjoy.

Throughout the year, a series of free educational workshops are offered to active volunteers. The workshops provide an enjoyable way for you to learn more about conserving our local bushland.

For more information on workshops, see the Bushcare Program Fact Sheet

Current Bushcare project sites

 Group Name  Day Time  Meeting Area 
Allagai Bushcare
Every Friday 

Winter 9.00 am - 11.00 am
Summer 8.00 am - 10.00 am

MacMasters Beach - northern end of car park 
Blackwall Mountain Bushcare - Supervised
Third Saturday of the month
8.30am – 11.30am
End of Mullbong Rd, Blackwall Mountain
Burrawang Bushcare Third Tuesday of the month

Summer 8.00am - 11.00am 
Winter 9.00am - 12.00pm

Woy Woy - Hillview Reserve, Nambucca Dr and Hillview St
Bushlands Ave Bushcare
First Thursday of the month

 Summer 8.00am - 11.00am
Springfield - Bushlands Ave Park, Bushlands Rd and Springfield Rd

Cappers Gully Bushcare - Supervised
Third Saturday of the month
9.30am - 2.30pm
East Gosford - End of White St

Copacabana Dunecare - Supervised
First Saturday of the month
1.00pm - 4.00pm Copacabana - Viewing platform near the Surf Club

Everglades Wetlands Bushcare 
 - Supervised (Second Saturday only)
Second and fourth Saturdays, and every Thursday Summer 8.00am - 11.00am    
9.00am - 12.00pm
Woy Woy - End of Boronia St
Forresters Beach Dunecare - Supervised
Third Sunday of the month
Summer 8.00am - 11.00am 
Winter  9.00am - 12.00pm 
Forresters Beach - Near observation platform at end of Crystal St
Goodaywang Reserve Bushcare
Third Saturday of the month

Summer 8.00am - 11.00am 

Winter 9.00am - ​12.00pm

Point Clare - meet in the first car park on Kurrawa Avenue
Green Point Bushcare - Supervised 
Second Thursday of the month
9.00am – 12.00pm
Green Point - Kenmare Rd

Katandra Reserve Bushcare 
Second Monday of the month

1.00pm – 3.00pm
Holgate - meet in the car park at Katandra Reserve

Kincumber Bushcare - Supervised
Second Saturday of the month
9.00am – 12.00pm
Kincumber - Carrack Rd reserve

Malkana Ave Bushcare - Supervised
Fourth Saturday of the month

Summer 8am - 11am 
Winter  9am - 12pm 
Forresters Beach - Malkana Ave

Matcham 360 Bushcare - Supervised First Thursday of the month 12.30pm - 3.30pm  360 Wambina Rd, Matcham
Narara Creek Bushcare - Supervised (First Thurs only)
First and third Thursdays
8.30am – 11.30am
Narara - Opposite Carrington St

Niagara Park Bushcare - Supervised (Second Thurs only)
Second and fourth Thursdays 
9.00am am - 12.00pm
Niagara Park - Meet on steps of Niagara Park Youth Club

North Avoca Bushcare  - Supervised 
Second Saturday of the month 8.30am – 11.30am
North Avoca - Lakeshore Dr Playground
Patonga Bushcare - Supervised
First Monday of the month
8.30am - 1.30pm
Patonga - Opposite Eve Williams Oval
Pearl Beach Bushcare First Saturday of the month  9.00am - 12.00pm Various sites (volunteers will be provided with details when they register)
Pearl Beach Dunecare
Second Saturday of the month

9.00am - 12.00pm
Pearl Beach - Dunes and various sites

Peninsula Dunecare - Supervised
First Saturday of the month

Summer 8.00am - 11.00am    
Winter  9.00am – 12.00pm 
Ettalong - Intersection of Barrenjoey Rd and The Esplanade

Pioneer Park,
Second Saturday of the month 9am - 12pm
Pioneer Park, Point Frederick (end of Albany Street)
Pretty Beach - Supervised  Every Monday 1.00pm - 4.00pm Araluen Drive
Rumbalara Ramblers
Second Monday of the month

8.30am - 11.00am
Springfield - End of Dolly Ave

Spencer Bushcare Third Friday of the month  10.00am - 1.00pm Various sites
Terrigal Lagoon Bushcare - Supervised
Second Saturday of the month
 8am - 11am
 Terrigal Rotary carpark
Three Creeks Bushcare - Supervised
​Second Sunday of the month (except January)
9.00am - 12.00pm
Green Point - Meet at the water pond at Quattroville Pl

Umina/Ettymalong Creek Landcare - Supervised
Third Sunday of the month
8.00am - 11.00am
Umina - End of Etta Rd, near Umina Oval

Umina Community Dunecare Group

Fourth Thursday (supervised) and fourth Saturday (unsupervised) of the month.

9am - 12pm

In front of Umina Surf Club

Wamberal Lagoon Bushcare - Supervised
Second Saturday of the month
Summer 8.00am - 11.00 am
Winter 8.30am - 11.30am
Wamberal - End of Remembrance Dr, near Surf Club carpark
Wildenow - Supervised
Second Monday of the month
8.30 - 11.30am
Reserve behind Wildenow Rd (convenor will provide details)
South Street Umina Bushcare - Supervised Fourth Thursday of the month 2.00pm - 5.00pm End of South Street, Umina at the beach access way
Putty Beach Dunecare Currently on hiatus


 Avoca Beach Public School
Fourth Wednesday Open to parents of current students only
 Lisarow High School Tuesday afternoon Open to parents of current students only

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