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Floating Landcare is a joy, says volunteer

Volunteer bush regenerators from Hornsby and surrounds have the chance to visit three remote bushland areas in the Hawkesbury estuary in the next few weeks – with a free boat trip and lunch thrown in, thanks to the Floating Landcare program which is run by Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

Floating Landcare takes volunteers to boat-access-only sites in the Hawkesbury estuary to carry out bush regeneration and environmental repairs, including weeding.

Rebecca Mooy, Senior Land Services Officer at the Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GSLLS) says volunteers need no experience to join a Floating Landcare event – all training is provided on the day, along with the boat trip, morning tea, a picnic lunch, and tools.

"We have three events coming up in May and June and we would love to welcome new volunteers to join in some gentle hand weeding and a chance to visit pristine local bushland that is only accessible by water," she said.

On Saturday 3 May Floating Landcare is visiting Marramarra Point and Bar Island (8.30am-1.30pm), on Sunday 18 May Milsons Passage part of Muogamarra Nature Reserve (8.30am-1.30pm), and on Thursday 5 June Bar Island (8.45am-2pm). All trips depart from Deerubbin Reserve Boat Ramp at Mooney Mooney. RSVPs are essential – please email floatinglandcare@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP.

Volunteer Jenny Heller from Thornleigh joined Floating Landcare a year ago and said she has hardly missed an event since.

"I love giving something back to the environment, working with interesting and like-minded people who come from miles around, and learning something new every time," she said.

"We travel on an oyster barge through parts of the river that I'd never have the chance to see otherwise. The variety of ecosystems is incredible and being on the river is a joy. It's the best thing I've done in years and I just wish I'd started earlier."

Last month Floating Landcare hosted Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC's Gardening Australia as part of a corporate event. The group visited Portuguese Beach, in a secluded pocket of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, and tackled a lantana infestation. Footage of the day was shown on Gardening Australia on the 19th April last week.

Floating Landcare is a project coordinated by the Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with Pittwater, Hornsby and Gosford Councils and National Parks and Wildlife Service with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust. For more details go to http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/environment/trees,-plants-and-bushland/floating-landcare

Media contact: Joanna Woutersz  (02) 4725 3064