Bushcare’s Major Day Out is an annual event held in Landcare Week, which is quickly developing into highly regarded and very successful national day out, for local residents and bushcarers to get involved in caring for our bush.
An initiative of Willoughby City Council and local bushcarer, Don Wilson and supported by Landcare Australia, Bushcare’s Major Day Out takes place one day a year. A day for holding information and volunteer events with the goal of caring for Australia’s threatened bushland. A central committee of volunteers provides the means to manage, co-ordinate and publicise the event.
2012 – Another major success
In 2012 the Major Day Out was supported by local councils, Landcare, catchment management authorities, other land managers and sponsors.
This resulted in 97+ groups working at local events, up from 35 the previous year and 12 in the first year.
In 2012, everyone who joined in had a really enjoyable day. Some groups were wildly successful in getting a lot of new volunteers along, although not all groups had a lot of new starters.
We made inroads into the media with help from Angus Stewart of Gardening Australia. Angus also attended a site sponsored by the Wyong Council, where there was a big roll up of new people. He brought Peter Cundle with him and Peter gave a speech, which enthused a lot of participants.
A lot of those who had not done bushcare previously are now regular volunteers.
With each year Bushcare’s Major Day Out will gain more starters and help raise appreciation of the bush and in particular the precious little remnants of bush in the cities and towns.
If you are interested in hosting an event this year please contact the committee (see Contact Us) and give it a go.