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.

Workshops

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 of the month 

8am - 10am

Corner of Lakeside Drive and Tudibaring Parade
Blackwall Mountain Bushcare - Supervised
Third Saturday of the month
8.30am – 11.30am
End of Mullbong Road, Blackwall Mountain
 Bulbararing  Fourth Monday of the month 9am - 12.30pm   Avoca Beach - end of Reynolds Road
Burrawang Bushcare Third Tuesday of the month

8am - 12pm

Woy Woy - Hillview Reserve, Nambucca Dr and Hillview St
Cappers Gully Bushcare - Supervised
Third Saturday of the month
8.30am - 11.30am
East Gosford - End of White St

Copacabana Dunecare - Supervised
First Saturday of the month
2pm - 4pm Copacabana - Viewing platform near the Surf Club

Davistown Wetlands TBA TBA Davistown - end of Magnolia Avenue
Everglades Wetlands Bushcare - Supervised (Second Saturday only) Second and fourth Saturdays Summer 8am - 11am    
Winter
9am - 12pm
Woy Woy - End of Boronia St
Forresters Beach Dunecare - Supervised
Third Sunday of the month
Summer 8am - 11am 
Winter  9am - 12pm 
 
Forresters Beach - Near observation platform at end of Crystal St
Goodaywang Reserve Bushcare - Supervised
Third Saturday of the month

Summer 8am - 11am 

Winter 9am - ​12pm

Point Clare - meet in the first car park on Kurrawa Avenue
Green Point Bushcare - Supervised 
Second Thursday of the month
9am – 12pm
Green Point - Kenmare Rd

Kariong Eco Bush Fourth Sunday of the month 9am - 12pm Kariong Eco Garden - Dandaloo Street
Katandra Reserve Bushcare 
Second and / or last Monday of each month

8.15am – 11.15am
Holgate - meet in the car park at Katandra Reserve

Malkana Ave Bushcare - Supervised
Fourth Saturday of the month

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

Matcham 360 Bushcare - Supervised ​Third Monday of the month 9.30​am - 12.30pm  360 Wambina Rd, Matcham
Narara Creek Bushcare
First and third Thursdays
9am – 12pm
Narara - Opposite Carrington St

Niagara Park Bushcare - Supervised (Second Thursday only)
Second and fourth Thursdays 
9am - 12pm
Niagara Park - Meet on steps of Niagara Park Youth Club

North Avoca Bushcare  - Supervised 
Second Saturday of the month 8.30am – 11.30am
Behind 50 Lake Shore Drive
Patonga Bushcare - Supervised
First Monday of the month
8.30am - 11.30am
 
Patonga - Opposite Eve Williams Oval
Pearl Beach Bushcare First Saturday of the month  9am - 12pm Various sites (volunteers will be provided with details when they register)
Pearl Beach Dunecare
Second Saturday of the month

9am - 12pm
Pearl Beach - Dunes and various sites

Peninsula Dunecare - Supervised
First Saturday and third Thursday of the month

9am - 12pm 
Opposite 118 The Esplanade, Ettalong

Pioneer Park,
Supervised
Second Saturday of the month 8.30am - 11.30am
Pioneer Park, Point Frederick (end of Albany Street)
Pretty Beach - Supervised  Every Monday 1pm - 4pm Araluen Drive
Rumbalara Ramblers Dunecare
Second and / or last Monday of each month 

​8.15am - 11.15am
Springfield - End of Dolly Ave

Spencer Bushcare Third Friday of the month  9am - 12pm Various sites
Terrigal Lagoon Bushcare - Supervised
Third Tuesday of the month
 ​9.30am -
1​2.30pm
 Terrigal Rotary carpark
Three Creeks Bushcare - Supervised
​First Sunday of the month (except January)
9am - 12pm
Green Point - Meet at the water pond at Quattroville Pl

Umina/Ettymalong Creek Landcare - Supervised
Third Sunday of the month
8am - 11am
Umina - End of Etta Rd, near Umina Oval

Umina Community Group

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

​8am -11am

In front of Umina Surf Club

Wamberal Lagoon Bushcare - Supervised
Second Saturday of the month
Summer 8am - 11am
Winter 8.30am - 11.30am
Wamberal - End of Remembrance Dr, near Surf Club carpark
Wildenow - Supervised
Second Monday of the month
8.30am - 11.30am
Reserve behind Wildenow Rd (convenor will provide details)
South Street Umina Bushcare - Supervised Fourth Thursday of the month 2pm - 5pm End of South Street, Umina at the beach access way
Putty Beach Dunecare Every Thursday of the month. Third Thursday supervised 
9am - 12pm ​Killcare Beach - first car park

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