Landcare is a national network of people working to protect, rehabilitate and manage the natural environment.
In Wyong Shire, Landcare includes Bushcare, Coastcare and Dunecare groups that work to rehabilitate urban bushland, coastal dunes, rivers, wetlands and the foreshores of Tuggerah Lake, Budgewoi Lake, Lake Munmorah and southern parts of Lake Macquarie. This in turn improves the habitat for our local native animals.
The first group in Wyong Shire was Bateau Bay Bushcare formed in 1981.
During the late 1980s, the Dunecare program saw several groups created to protect our coastline. The years 1990 to 2000 were declared the 'Decade of Landcare' and many more Dunecare, Coastcare, Landcare and Bushcare groups formed during this time.
In 2003, a strategic planning forum resulted in the formation of the Wyong Shire Landcare Network and its management arm, WyCare. Council staff and the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority encouraged the development of the Landcare program.
And, in 2008, in recognition of the value of Landcare groups and their ongoing stewardship of our natural areas, Landcare staff were appointed by Council on a full time basis to support our volunteers.
There are more than 40 active Landcare groups and schools across Wyong Shire ranging from Bateau Bay in the south to Gwandalan in the north and Norah Head in the east to Ourimbah in the west. The groups aim to remove weeds, encourage natural regrowth of native vegetation, revegetate with local native plants and monitor and maintain their work.
Over 400 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life attend regular working bees when they can. Will you be one of them?
Be part of a positive change in your community! Individuals or businesses can be a part of the Landcare program through the following ways;
Anybody can join and new volunteers are always welcome.
No experience is necessary and all training is provided. If you are interested, call the Landcare Coordinator on 4350 5555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the Get Involved Registration form online to register your interest.
Landcare is a great way to have fun, keep fit, socialise and help the environment. Through the training and educational workshops you can learn new skills and lots of fascinating things about the natural world from interesting and passionate people.
Organise a group of staff to spend a morning or day on-site with a nominated group to assist with a project. Activities may include hand weeding, planting, fencing or other similar tasks. Please contact the Landcare Coordinator to discuss details on 4350 5555.
You may like to make a donation towards your favourite group and the works they do. For this option please visit the Landcare Australia Donate page and nominate your selected group.
Your local group
Use the interactive map to see where groups are located, their meeting times, description of the site and their activities.
Landcare training and workshops
Council holds regular Landcare training and workshops. View the Landcare Training Calendar July to December 2015 for locations, dates and times.
All events are free but please book ahead in case of changes