North Sydney Council encourages and supports community involvement and leadership to protect the environment. There are many ways to get involved including free environmental workshops, bush regeneration, planting days and water quality monitoring. There are even activities that can be done around the home that will help to protect our natural environment.
This program gives members of the community an opportunity to participate in creating and caring for gardens on public land in North Sydney. Streets Alive sites range from small planted areas around the base of street trees through to extensively landscaped areas hundreds of square metres in size.
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Bushcare is an environmental program that provides an opportunity for the community to become involved in managing, restoring and conserving local urban bushland areas. Participants meet on a regular basis and are provided with direction, technical advice, tools, native plants, mulch, removal of rubbish, signage and training. Bushcare volunteers can participate in our free annual training programs and attend a variety of interesting and informative weekend workshops. Participants keep in touch with the quarterly Bushcare newsletter.
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You can help identify wildlife in our area. Residents of North Sydney are the eyes and ears of our bushland reserves. Join Wildlife Watch and gain knowledge from long term wildlife watch volunteers and enjoy a walk at Berry Island to learn how to observe and record wildlife.
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The Native Haven Program offers FREE assistance to residents who wish to help the environment by using local indigenous plants in their garden.
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Adopt a Plot
Through a partnership between the Cremorne Point Bushcare Group, North Sydney Council and bush regeneration contractor Bush-it, the group won an Australian Government Envirofund grant of $21,000 in 2005. This funding facilitated local residents and businesses involvement in rehabilitating Cremorne Reserve and other areas of this iconic bushland. Participants uniquely teamed up with a qualified bush regenerator to care for a 'plot' requiring a commitment of only three hours a month.
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HarbourCare is a North Sydney Council initiative to support volunteers concerned about pollution in Sydney Harbour and its effect on marine and bird life, and who volunteer to cleanup and remove rubbish from our many small beaches.
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These projects are possible due to funding through the Environmental Levy as well as State and Federal government grants.