Category Archives: Social

Gully Combined Day 2018


Welcome to country by David King

Upper Kedumba Bushcare Group hosted 35 volunteers from Garguree Swampcare and Friends of Katoomba Falls Groups and the broader Bushcare community in our annual Kedumba Catchment Gully get-together.

It was a great success, with a wonderful community feeling and a great boost to the Upper Kedumba Bushcare site. There were so many enthusiastic and committed helping hands and we also had five new volunteers join in.

We were working on four different site components, giving a variety of work options to the volunteers so they could join in with tasks to challenge them and also tasks where they would feel familiar and relaxed.

After a full work morning we indulged in a wonderful shared feast and heard from Eric Mahoney about works in the catchment and how our workdays positively impact on it. Jane spoke about our Bushcare native bee metropolis and who we would likely see using the bee hotels.

Our workday consisted of :

1 – Continuing to create a wetland soak in the low lying section of UK to change the environmental conditions currently present. Trying to create a wetter area, hoping to diminish annual grasses and create . a more suitable habitat for aquatic creatures. Trying to slow the flow of the water in big rain events, capturing it on site and stripping nutrients from it.

Coir log installation with the Bush Doctors and volunteers in action

David King with the Bush Doctors

The Bush Doctors supervising work in progress

In February/March we hope to plant this area out with Juncus and other sedges.

2 – Continuing on with a creation of a mulch path through the site – the long term vision is to create a site where local community will feel inclined to walk through it, stop to find out about local native bees and pollinators, fauna and habitat creation, why these things are needed and how important they are for our local environment.

3 – Removal of small and large privets in bands across the slope. This work will be supported by a day of contracting works in the next 3 months and with continued planting of endemic species.

4 – Removal of Monbretia from a drainage line.

Thank you to all who came along and helped with our ongoing Bushcare works.

In the mist

Jane, Phil & David ventured out this misty, wet Saturday morning and it was decided that the best thing to do in the circumstances was to plant some Blechnum ferns. Planting in these conditions will hopefully ensure a good strike rate for the plants

We had the pleasure of meeting two nearby residents out walking their Great Danes. They expressed an interest in becoming involved at Upper Kedumba.

Pollinator Day at Upper Kedumba

A fine, sunny day greeted the many enthusiastic people who arrived at Upper Kedumba bushcare site on our native bee pollinator day. A very busy and productive time saw a number of different native bee habitats installed which will be observed with interest over time. Many thanks to all those that attended who made it such a great morning.

Upcoming Events at Upper Kedumba


Australian Pollinator Week Event

Come and join the Upper Kedumba Bushcare Group for a fun morning on Saturday 3 December 2016 between 8.30 and 12.30pm, and help enhance the Upper Kedumba area as a native bee friendly environment.

Our aim is to develop a holiday village for our little bee friends.

BeehousesIn this exciting new adventure for our group, we will bee building four different types of bee hotels. Classics such as Honeymoon Hotel, Swarm Inside, Beehome Soon and Beehive Yourself.

All lifestyle suites catered for the discerning pollinator.

beehouses3 beehouses2beehotelrooms

As different species of native bees prefer different styles of accommodation, there will bee other types installed, such as high rise bee-bamboo, bee-nests and bee-blocks.

beesticks beenests beeblocks4

There will also be some landscaping, planting multi-coloured flowering natives, so they never have to go without some bloomin’ blossoms.



All materials will be provided, so we encourage volunteers to help out on the day, or just come along to see the diverse collection of structures being created and installed.

After that, sit back, relax and join us for a cuppa and cake, feeling you have been a good property developer with a warm fuzzy feeling inside and a buzzy feeling outside and knowing you have helped set in train the establishment of a bee-utiful environment.


Mulching at UK

Mulch HQ

Mulch HQ

Karen, Sukhi & David

Karen, Sukhi & David

Phil, Karen, Sukhi & David in new UK bushcare haven

Phil, Karen, Sukhi & David in new UK bushcare haven

Unlike recent weather Saturday 2 July was fine & sunny.
A large pile of mulch was distributed by wheelbarrow around the Top Station site mostly with aim of subduing the Vinca and also to establish a level area to develop into a morning tea haven. Watch this space for further improvements.

First Day for 2016

Our first day this year was held on the second Saturday in January for a change and we were joined by Jade Tinkler & family who were a welcome addition to the regulars who attended. The weather was fine & warm and tasks carried out included whipper snipping around the new plantings, repair work on the Pine St drain, pruning blackberry flowers and some spot weed spraying. No watering was needed as we have had some very good rainfall recently.

Meri & Aleifr Tinkler - Scarecrows

Meri & Aleifr Tinkler – Scarecrows


400 Native Trees Planted! 

45 Volunteers show that many hands make light work.

gullygetogether01a gullygetogether04 gullygetogether02 gullygetogether05 gullygetogether07 gullygetogether08 gullygetogether11 gullygetogether12

The weather gods smiled and the threatened rain did not eventuate on Sunday morning. Instead a glorious spring morning enabled the task to be completed on time and in time to enjoy a cuppa and delicious lunch under the trees outside the Gully Heritage Centre.

This work should be of great benefit to the Gully Catchment Area and give impetus to the group’s work in this area.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who participated.

Pictures by Paul Vale

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

Planting area watering supervision

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

Planting area looking north from Pine St

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

Planting area on old blackberry patch

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

Planted area looking up to Pine St

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

Planted area from north bank

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

Plant selection by David

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

David demonstrates watering technique

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

David & Karen at work

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

Planting Worker Bees

Upper Kedumba Planting Day

Upper Kedumba Planting Day Lunch

Weather for Bushcare Not!

Our brave and maybe foolhardy volunteers used the abundance of nature to water the new plantings!


Our new drainage system was operating very efficiently as designed and protecting those valuable plants.

pinest_020515_5 pinest_020515_4 pinest_020515_1

Afterwards the retreat to Hilary’s for a warming cuppa or two made it seem all worthwhile.