Latest News - last updated November 2012
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A grant of $4050 has been won through Volunteer Grants 2012 from Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
This grant will provide a 10,000 litre tank for The Habitat and more much needed equipment. Thank you Federal Government!!
Late November we supported Riding for the Disabled by doing a stall and display at their open day in Marsfield.
We also took part in Riverside Girls High School activities day and lead a group of 30 year 10 students on a habitat walk.
Additionally we attended a community leaders
meeting organised by the Napean CMA, and attended by Landcare NSW and other prominent bushcare related groups from around Sydney.
November 3rd 2012
The Habitat community native plant nursery and community food garden, 251 Quarry Rd, Ryde, was opened by the Honourable Victor Dominello MP
Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and also by City of Ryde Mayor Ivan Petch. John Alexander Federal MP was also present.
This was a fabulous day with members of 10 different local community groups, City of Ryde Bushcare, City of Ryde Waste
and Hunter's Hill Council bushcare all putting on displays. Sausages for a free sausage sizzle were donated by the Meat Boutique.
The Habitat is now a partnership between IEWF (and our Habitat Network), City of Ryde and the local community. Volunteers and visitors are welcome every Wednesday
and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
We took part in the LaneCove Catchment Day at St Ignatius College. This was attended by 10 local schools. Mini workshops were run by ourselves.
the local Councils and Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre. The event was co-ordinated by Sue Martin, Environmental Officer at St Ignatius.
Well done Sue on organising a very educational and fun day for the 80+ students.
Our new resource a brochure on Brush-turkeys has been produced. Please see our resources page on this website and on
the Habitat Network website.
The build of "The Habitat" is progressing well. The water is on. August 19th the Food garden with 5 beds was planted by a group of volunteers
from the Habitat Network, Permaculture North and neighbours. The water tank is in but without a roof for collecting water. The shed is up and
the frame for the glasshouse has been erected.
We are now inviting local community groups to put on displays for us at the offical opening of "The Habitat" on November 3rd.
See more information on the nursery/garden page on the Habitat Network website.
We did a talk and planting activity with Young Einstein Child Care Centre in Meadowbank. Kids do love planting and especially watering!
Another article about small bird habitat was printed in the
Namoi Valley Independent newspaper (1.45 MB) .
"The Habitat" our new community native plant nursery and food garden is under construction at Santa Rosa Park, Quarry Road, Ryde, NSW.
On the 9th July 2012 the chain wire fence was erected. 18th July the plumbing was commenced to connect water to the site.
We are planning the official opening for 3rd November 2012 however we hope to be open to our growing community by the end of August/early September.
This facility will be run in partnership with City of Ryde. See
the Habitat Network website
for more information.
An article about small bird habitat was printed in the
Namoi Valley Independent newspaper (905 KB)
and was also printed in the Quirindi Advocate.
As part of our small bird habitat corridor project and the Ryde and Hunter's Hill "River to River" project we
partnered with Hunter's Hill Council for 2 planting days (April 15th and April 22nd) at our Tarban Creek Bridge bushcare site.
As at July 2012 the plants are growing beautifully.
Regarding the Ryde Community Nursery and Garden - the Master Plan and Plan of Management for the site have now been updated clearing the
way to start construction.
See our a new information sheet posted on our Habitat Network website about
Brush-turkeys in your garden.
We also have many new videos on You Tube - search for
"habitatnetwork You Tube channel"
or link to them from our bird and animal photos pages on
the Habitat Network website.
Also check out the You Tube vidoeo on the Lantana camara
showing details of the plant.
Is this something you would like to see more of?
We were invited to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show on the bushcare stand
in The Great Aussie Backyard area to chat to people about habitat and answer questions
related to habitat, weeds, native plants and bushcare. We were there April 6th, 7th, 9th and 14th.
We submitted an article for publication in the NSW Weed Society newsletter on Formosa lily, see
"A Good Weed #58 Autumn 2012".
We are actively supporting the Transition Epping project - visit their webpage on
the Transition Sydney website.
See press article on Brush turkeys in the
Northern District Times.
Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority is in the process of creating new bushcare resources.
We have just provided some of our Habitat Network photos (including some from our members - with permission) to aid in this project.
The purpose of the current training module being developed is to encourage Bushcare volunteers to consider the goal of
habitat restoration at their site, rather than focussing purely on weed removal, to discover all of the different landscape
components that provide habitat and to identify those that are presently been removed from their site.
Ideally it will help bushcare volunteers to come up with a more comprehensive action plan for their site.
There are another two modules which relate to the big picture of bush regeneration, weed control techniques and work health and safety.
The modules are being piloted by a few Councils in late February. SMCMA hope to have them available online by April.
To manage a section of the small bird habitat corridor at Huntley's Point near the Tarban Creek Bridge and Gladesville
Bridge we have started a new bushcare group in partnership with Hunter's Hill Council. Thank you to the RTA for giving us access to their land.
To read about this corridor please see the article linked in the 2011 News page below and published in the AABR newsletter.
This new group meets at the end of Huntleys Point Road every third Wednesday 9am to 11am. There are 4 other bushcare groups
which are active in this corridor. If you are interested in getting involved please send an email to
We applied for a couple of new grants this year to focus on habitat corridors - stretching from Terry's Creek in Hornsby
through Macquarie University and Shrimpton's Creek and across to the Field of Mars Reserve and the Lane Cove River. Unfortunately we were not successful.
An interesting report on the ABC about invasive weeds in
Katherine Gorge, NT.
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