About Us

We acknowledge and respect the First Nations Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders past and present of the South Lawson Park bushcare site and surrounding Country. We are mindful and respectful of the presence of traditional places and objects on the site (Customary acknowledgement)

The site is located within Gundungurra Country and subject to the Gundungurra Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA). This is a 10-year, legally binding agreement—under the Native Title Act 1993—between the Gundungurra Traditional Owners and a number of land managers, including the Council, within the Gundungurra Native Title Application Area (BMCC, Lawson Enclosures, 2019).

Welcome

Welcome to the South Lawson Park Bushcare Group website! On this website we describe and record the environmental features of the south Lawson area that we operate in, and the volunteer work that we do.

  • New members, including families, are welcome.
  • Children and young people must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the bushcare session.
  • If you’d like to come to a session to observe and ask questions then that’s fine too.

Why do bushcare?

Urban bushland, being part of broader ecosystems, has much to offer the community.

  • Healthy bushland and streams help to both ameliorate the detrimental environmental effects of, and also actually combat, global warming and climate change.
  • Bushcare sustains the intrinsic values of natural environments and ecosystems, such as diversity of life forms, knowledge and beauty.
  • A range of ecosystem services, in the form of healthy soil, food, clean water and air, positive recreational and cultural experiences and much more, are nurtured by bushcare activities.

However, urban bushland is constantly threatened by adverse impacts, particularly invasive weeds and large stormwater flows that cause erosion.

If these issues are left unmanaged at the urban/bush edge then they not only destroy urban bushland but can spread to significant areas of the National Park, threatening fauna and plant diversity, intact ecosystems and the World Heritage Area.

Therefore, a major practical aim of bushcare is to tackle weed and erosion issues on bushland perimeters before they develop into major problems that are very expensive to remediate or even impossible to control.

Erst tackling the Privet July 2019 Photo: K Hising/BMCC

We also have a great time! Good company, exercise, new skills and rewarding experiences are readily available. (Photo: K Hising/BMCC)

Please take a look at our eight minute film, Bushcare Blue Mountains: South Lawson Park. Directed by Vera Hong of Seconds Minutes Hours Productions, it has some stunning footage of the beautiful Lawson Creek catchment.

To view the film go to https://vimeo.com/198653820

Bushcare Blue Mountains: South Lawson Park Image: V Hong 2017
Image: V Hong 2017

When?

  • The Bushcare Group was formed in 1995 and has operated continuously since then.
  • We meet on the third Sunday of the month, from 9.00 until 12 midday, but these times can be adjusted to suit individual circumstances.
  • A BMCC Bushcare Officer supervises each session.

Contacts

The location of each month’s meeting spot can vary. Check before attending.

  1. Bushcare Officer: khising@bmcc.nsw.gov.au and 4780 5623
  2. Bushcare Team Leader: sbenson@bmcc.nsw.gov.au & 4780 5528
  3. Convenor: 4759 2058.
Happy Bushcare officer! Photo: Helen Coltman
Bushcare officer pleased with progress! October 2019 Photo: H Coltman

Visit http://bushcarebluemountains.org.au and http://weedsbluemountains.org.au for further information about bushcare. The BMCC Bushcare Manual is available at https://www.bushcarebluemountains.org.au/resources/bushcare-manual_web/

Love Lawson Festival Nov 2009
Love Lawson Festival, Nov 2009 Photo: BMCC

The practical, environmental and social benefits of bushcare

  • Maintaining and re-establishing healthy bushland, especially in unvegetated areas, is one of many ways to ameliorate the adverse effects of global warming and climate change and also to combat these processes: valuable water resources are being protected, carbon storage is maintained and enhanced, genetic diversity is promoted and wildlife corridors provide native animals with opportunities to adapt to temperature and rainfall changes.
  • Rapidly spreading weeds like Blackberry and Honeysuckle are removed. They have the ability to smother walking tracks, waterfalls, streams, cascades and access routes.
  • The natural beauty of local bushland is protected.
  • The water quality of Lawson Creek is regularly monitored and the water remains in a reasonably fit state to support animal and plant life.
  • Residents have a pleasant patch of bushland to walk through and live near.
  • The bushcare group removes litter and notifies BMCC of illegally dumped rubbish.
  • Tourists, bushwalkers, visitors and locals alike are all interested in experiencing the uniqueness of Australian bushland landscapes and not hectares of inaccessible Blackberry and Privet.
  • Tonnes of invasive weeds have been removed.
  • New plantings of local provenance shrubs and trees have been established
  • The continuous weeding has  provided the bush with an opportunity to repair itself over time.
A champion worker Sept 2015
A champion worker, Sept 2015 Photo: K Hising/BMCC
South Lawson Park Bushcare Group December 2017 (Photo: BMCC)
Morning tea! December 2017 Photo: K Hising/BMCC

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