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Landcare is a non-governmental community movement dedicated to preventing land degradation and achieving sustainable land management. It consists of a network of local volunteer groups of which there are over 1700 in New South Wales alone. Each group works to find local solutions to local problems such as salinity, soil degradation, animal pests, weeds, vegetation loss, waterside erosion, poor water quality, coastal degradation and urban land degradation. If you appreciate how lucky we are in the Helensburgh district to enjoy a relatively unspoiled bush environment you should also be aware that it is under serious threat. read more

Sunday, 19 February 2017

New Wollongong Bushcare Group in Helensburgh

Our Helensburgh Creek site will now benefit from having a Wollongong Bushcare Group working there.

The first work day is Wednesday 22 February, 2017. We will be working from 9 am to 12 noon.
This site is our original Landcare site which we first started working on in 1993. A lot of great work has been done here over the years, but now we are seeing some new problems on the site.

If you can come wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves, hat and water.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Rise and Shine Community Cleanup 2016




Our annual ‘Rise and Shine’ Clean Up, sponsored by Wollongong City Council, will be taking place on Sunday 20 November, from 1.30 pm. We will be cleaning up the area around Helensburgh Station, down to Wilsons Creek, the access road to the carpark, and the old Railway Station and Tunnel, on the corner of Tunnel Road and Vera Street. This area is a high visability area for all the tourists who come to photograph our World-famous tunnels.
For more information, contact Merilyn on 0414 819 742 or email merilyn@helensburghlandcare.org.au

Friday, 19 February 2016

Clean Up Australia Day 2016



Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 6 March, 2016

Clean Up Australia Day is a national clean up day that was started by yachtsman Ian Kiernan. Since the national event started in 1990, Australians have donated more than 27.2 million hours cleaning their streets, parks, bushland and waterways on Clean Up Australia Day. Every year Australia wide, hundreds of thousands of Australians get stuck in and Clean Up their local environment by collecting and removing rubbish. It is always held on the first Sunday in March. This year it will be held on Sunday, 6 March.

Helensburgh & District Landcare Group provide a registration point in Helensburgh for residents to come along and register, pick up a bag and then go and clean up an area of their choice. The filled bag is then returned to the registration point. This provides you with an opportunity to clean up your own street or the local park. We can also suggest areas which need a clean up if you wish.

The registration point is at the Old Mine Surgery, 78 Parkes Street, Helensburgh, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. You will need to wear a hat, gloves and sturdy shoes.  For further information, ring Sean on 0410 694 811, email merilyn@helensburghlandcare.org.au



Monday, 28 January 2013

Watch out for Bridal Creeper in your garden during winter





Bridal creeper is a climbing plant with small bright green leaves. It appears in winter, has small white flowers and, eventually, red berries. Bridal creeper is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.

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Frogs in the Illawarra


 Frogs of the IllawarraHave you ever seen a frog in your garden and wondered what kind of frog it was? Would you like to know more about how to
make your garden frog-friendly?
In response to community demand for this information, the Illawarra Councils are pleased to introduce the new 'Frogs of the Illawarra' brochure.
More than thirty frog species have been identified in the Illawarra region, and this brochure includes a fantastic colour poster
showcasing sixteen local frog species. 


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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Focus Weeds

Here are just a few of the weeds in our region;

Streamwatch


Helensburgh and District Landcare Group’s involvement with Streamwatch




In 1997, Helensburgh and District Landcare Group committed to being involved in Streamwatch for three years. We selected four local creeks and we had eight volunteers. A team of two volunteers went out each weekend to test their nominated creek. This meant that each of the four creeks was tested monthly (with a few misses) for three years.

The then Hacking Catchment Management Committee provided the funding for the Streamwatch kit. At the end of the three years, the kit was passed onto a high school in the Sutherland Shire for student involvement in Streamwatch.

Unfortunately, our test results are missing from the Streamwatch website. When we started testing there was no interactive Streamwatch website and despite several attempts to have the data put on the Streamwatch site, we have not been successful.

We present the raw data for Camp Creek, Gills Creek, Kellys Creek and Wilsons Creek and also rainfall figures for the three years as recorded by one of our members. For more information on what it all means, please check out the Streamwatch website: www.streamwatch.org.au

Other useful water quality information can be found at: www.waterontheweb.org

Camp Creek
Gills Creek
Kelly Creek
Wilsons Creek
Rainfall Helensburgh 1997-1999