Jeff Angel of the Total Environment Centre wrote in the foreword to Beyond the Untidy Fringe, “There’s no doubt that having strong contacts in, and a real understanding of government decision making, is of great benefit to those seeking change.”
From the beginning the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society entered into local politics and developed programs in partnership with the Council, although not necessarily in agreement with all Council decisions. Architect Doug Stuart was instrumental in organising a survey of Lane Cove’s bushland and was a mainstay of the Society, spearheading environmental activism. He was President for a decade from 1991 and continued to monitor Development Applications and write countless submissions when they had the potential to affect the environment.
Members of the Society were Councillors and Mayors including Rosilyn Baxter, who in her 21 years on Council, “…worked tirelessly to promote LCB&CS aims.” As one member said, “Ros deserves a medal”. In 1994 Ros received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
The Society has brought the fight for the preservation of the environment to local, state and federal authorities, organising ‘Meet the Candidate’ election events and writing submissions. In 2016 The Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society joined other community organisations in successfully resisting the State Government’s plan to amalgamate Lane Cove with Hunters Hill and Ryde Councils.
Here members of the Society, including Bill Henningham, a past mayor of Lane Cove, Alasdair Stuart, Graham Holland and Doug Stuart stand outside the meeting to make submissions to the Greater Sydney Commission.
The Society lobbied for and promoted a Plan of Management for Bushland, which included BMAC, the Bushland Management Advisory Committee. The Society has three permanent places on this committee.
In 2016 BMAC celebrated its 25th anniversary and awards were presented on the night.
In 2010 young mothers and Society members, Corinne Fisher, Anne Proudfoot and Alyson Hayes were instrumental in establishing the very popular Bushkids program to engage young children with nature and to encourage a life-long love and care of the environment. In 2016 the Council partnered with the Society to further develop and run the program with a permanent coordinator.
The Society has assisted in the publication of a number of books including Judy Messer’s book Growing the Native Plants of Lane Cove which is now available for download from the Council website.
A member of the Society, Don Dove, wrote the first Bushwalks in Lane Cove in 1982 which is now in its 7th edition. The latest version is seen here on the Society stall in the Plaza and it is also available at Lane Cove Council and in the library.
Late Winter/Spring wildflower walks in lane Cove National Park
Free Guided Walk – Sunday 16 August – 10am – 1pm – Bookings Essential. Meet at the corner of Carramar Rd & Fiddens Wharf Road, West Lindfield, 10am. The grade is easy to medium with rocky steps and gentle slopes.
To Book your place go to: https://cutt.ly/2s4AM3G
Matthew Springall has 25 years experience regenerating and leading bushcare volunteers in many NSW National Parks, including Lane Cove National Park. Matt also spent 10 years as a tour guide with NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service andwill lead our bushwalk into Lane Cove National Park from the Fiddens Wharf Track, highlighting the variety of trees, wildflowers and birdlife. Plant experts from the Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society will also assist, but be quick as there is a limit of only 20 bookings. Bring a Covid safe mask.
As numbers are limited, please be sure to cancel if your plans change so others may join the walk. We will stop mid-walk for brunch by the river having experienced the beautiful trees, ferns, flowers, birds, animals and river of the Lane Cove National Park so BYO a snack & drink. For inquiry SMS Kate: 0411 593 078 or email: email@example.com
Lane Cove National Park is home to diverse flora types and is part of one of the mega diverse floras in the world. One of the most beautiful and spectacular is the Sydney sandstone flora on the upper slopes of the Lane Cove Valley. This has its main flowering in Winter/Spring with a diverse understory of Pea flowers, Heath land plants and Banksias to name a few. Honeyeater birds such as the New Holland and the Eastern Spinebill can be seen feeding on the nectar flowers.
Guided bushwalks at North Head
Ron Gornall regularly takes guided bushwalks in Spring in the native plant sanctuary at North Head which has ocean and Sydney Harbour views.
The Society organises two stalls per year, Spring and Autumn, in the Lane Cove Plaza to encourage growing indigenous plants and provide information on environmental issues and activities, locally and nationally.