Friends of Lane Cove National Park Inc
of Lane Cove National Park Inc. is a community support group for
Lane Cove National Park, Sydney, Australia.
conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Friends
awareness of the significance of the Park's unique natural and
- work for
the protection and restoration of the ecosystems of Lane Cove
National Park through bush regeneration
educational activities in the Park
did we begin?
of Lane Cove National Park was formed in late 1993 from a small
group of bush regeneration volunteers working in Lane Cove National
Park, in particular the 'dynamic duo' Nancy Pallin and Nan Goodsell.
It began as a working committee specifically to seek Government
support for the community work being done.
A week before their first meeting, wildfires swept through the park,
destroying over 80% of the vegetation. The newly formed Friends
saw the opportunity to take advantage of the tremendous publicity
and public support in the wake of the fires, in order to recruit
new volunteers. With the help of the NPWS staff (and ABC coverage)
over 150 volunteers were signed up at meetings in February and April.
Many professional bush regenerators also offered their help as trainers,
producing a high quality of work which continues still. The volunteer
Bush Regeneration Program was born!
then approached the Foundation
for National Parks & Wildlife for funding. By mid-1994 they
had organised funds to employ a Coordinator and Technical Officer
for three years. At the end of this period the benefits of the Bushcare
Program were so obvious that the NPWS now employs a full-time Bushcare
Coordinator plus an assistant, to coordinate the work of the volunteer
groups and NPWS field staff.
bush regeneration volunteers for the park
- Apply for
grants for and help manage projects in Lane Cove National Park
- mainly bushcare
- Help with
and/or organise training sessions for new volunteers
- Staff an
Educational trailer, bought by the Friends, at public functions
and in the Park. The trailer displays information about the park,
our group, bushcare, looking after the catchment area etc.
- Write articles
about our activities for local newspapers
and propagate seedlings to be planted in heavily degraded areas
and along the River for bank stabilisation in the park. The park
has its own mini-nursery for this purpose, established on the
initiative of a volunteer - the Friends' first president
- Help the
NPWS Bushcare Coordinator with office work and publishing of a
combined Friends/Volunteers newsletter "Regenavitis'
- Take photographic
this website with information about the park for visitors, Friends
and LCNP bushcare volunteers
welcome to join a group of volunteers in one of the many bush regeneration
sites around the Park. Supervision and training are provided by
There is room
within the Friends of Lane Cove National Park structure for anyone
interested in aspects of the Park other than bush regeneration to
become involved and develop community support.
here to find out more about our projects.
to see awards gained by our group and individual members.