The City of Newcastle has embarked on significant change in recent years as a result of our Sustainability Review. As part of these changes Bushland Services has been formed which is a small team that supports all activities in bushland reserves across Council.
This has changed the way our bushland programs operate including the volunteer programs of bushcare, coastcare and dunecare. As part of these changes, THE CITY OF NEWCASTLE LANDCARE has been formed which is creating new opportunities for our current and future volunteers.
There are currently over 40 groups of volunteers working within the local government area of Newcastle which will continue to be supported by Council, with the additional support of the Hunter Region Landcare Network. Volunteers will continue to undertake a variety of natural resource management activities including bush regeneration, dune stabilisation, mulching, collection and propagation of seed of indigenous plants for Landcare sites, planting and recording of local flora and fauna.
Our overall vision is to preserve and protect biodiversity of our natural environment, and to foster community awareness and participation in sustainable natural resource management for Newcastle. Volunteers of The City of Newcastle Landcare will be working within the framework of the Landcare Ethic: working towards the ecological restoration and sustainable management of the land and water resources in the Hunter Region and to pass on a healthier natural environment to future generations.
The City of Newcastle Landcare volunteers will receive:
- Free training and guidance from council officers
- Resources such as tools and plants, mulch and signage
- The City of Newcastle Landcare newsletter (four times a year)
- Safety gear and insurance cover whilst working on council land
- A bbq party and awards each year to celebrate volunteering and achievements
For current volunteers and people interested in volunteering, visit the Landcare volunteers page.
Directory of The City of Newcastle Landcare groups
|Group name||Location||Meeting time||Meeting day|
|Aries Way Reserve Landcare||Aries Way, Elemore Vale||1:30pm||3rd Sunday of month|
|Anna Place Reserve Landcare||Benjamin Drive, Wallsend||9:30am||4 dates per year*|
|Blackbutt Reserve Landcare||Lookout Road carpark, New Lambton||Various||Every Wednesday|
|Central Rankin Landcare (Murabarnbah Park)||Hasluck Drive Rankin Park||9:30am||Every Wednesday|
|Charlotte Street Reserve Landcare||Merewether Street, Merewether||1pm||2nd Friday of month|
|George McGregor Reserve||Cambridge Drive, Rankin Park||9am||3rd Sunday of month|
|Jesmond Bushland Landcare||Newcastle Link Road||10am||Last Saturday of the month|
|Kimbarra Landcare||Kimbarra Close, Kotara||1pm||1st Saturday of month|
|Kotara Park Landcare||Park Ave, Kotara||9am||1st Saturday of month|
|Merewether Beach Landcare||Henderson Parade, Merewether||8:30am||Every Tuesday|
|Myamblah Crescent Reserve Landcare||Myamblah Crescent, Merewether Heights||Various|
|Nereida Close Reserve Landcare||Nereida Close Reserve, Kotara||1pm||2nd Friday of month|
|Nesca Parade Landcare||Nesca Parade, The Hill||8:30am||2nd Saturday of month|
|Nobbys Beach Landcare||Nobbys Road, Nobbys Beach||8:30am||1st Sunday of month|
|Shortland to Wallsend Landcare (Northcott Park)||Lovell Parade, Shortland||9am||Every Wednesday|
|Stockton Cemetery Landcare||Nelson Bay Road, Stockton||8:30am||2nd Monday of month|
|Stockton Beach Landcare||Mitchell Street, Stockton||10:30am||2nd Monday of month|
|Trig Shepards Hill Landcare||Memorial Drive, Bar Beach||9am||1st Sunday of month|
|Wallsend Brickworks Landcare||Victory Parade or Iranda Grove Wallsend||9am||2nd & 4th Friday and 4th Sunday|
|Wentworth Creek Landcare||Cottonwood Chase, Fletcher||1pm||2nd Sunday of month|
* Clean Up Australia Day (2 March 2014), Volunteer Week (12-18 May), National Tree Day (last weekend in July), Landcare Week (September).
Want to learn more about our bushland and coast, or interested in volunteering?
Contact Henrietta Alexander, Bushland Officer P: (02) 4904 3310 E: email@example.com
To find out more view the Hunter Region Landcare Network website.
Grants and funding opportunities
The main source of funding opportunities for Landcare groups is through the following organisations:
The Environmental Trust - http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm
Landcare Australia - http://landcarelife.com/get-involved/fundings/
How does The City of Newcastle manage our local environment from the bushland to the sea?
View Council’s State of the Environment Report for all the details.
City Administration Centre
282 King Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
Tel: 02 4974 2000
If you are a current Landcare volunteer, visit the Landcare volunteer page for news and events.
Check out the new 'Landcare is for everyone' animation below if you are wondering how Landcare make a difference.