Why you should join Helensburgh & District Landcare Group
If you care about your environment you should definitely join your local Landcare group - we would love to see you. You don't have to be an expert on native vegetation or a dedicated green activist. Landcare is made up of ordinary people who simply want to make a difference.
Membership is $10 Individual, $15 Family. For membership details, please Email us or phone 0414 819 742.
Landcare is a non-governmental community movement dedicated to preventing land degradation and achieving sustainable land management. It started in Victoria in the mid-1980s and spread rapidly to other states.
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.
One major problem is the escape of environmental weeds from our gardens into the bush and waterways. These weeds have the ability to replace our native bushland especially in areas which have been disturbed. This disturbance can be caused by extra stormwater runoff, by dumping of soil or other waste in bushland, too frequent fires and inappropriate use of bushland areas.
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.
Degraded bushland which is infested with plants such as privet, Madeira vine, morning glory and lantana and littered with refuse and devoid of native birds is not an attractive sight. Already the fringes of Garrawarra State Conservation Area are beginning to look like this.
Don’t despair! We can live in harmony with our environment. All it takes is a greater awareness of the problems and the will to support organisations such as Landcare. The Helensburgh and District Landcare Group has active teams of local volunteers in Helensburgh who spend a few hours a month systematically attacking the weed problem and regenerating native vegetation.
Address: 25 Tunnel Road, Helensburgh, 2508
Phone: 0414 819 742