Bushland Matters - Spring 2009

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         EVENTS                                                           WEED FACTS                                                                                 MOSMAN                                                                                     G

                                        Ochna “Mickey Mouse Plant”
SEPTEMBER                               (Ochna serrulata)

Native Plant                            This is an invasive weed which is native to
Walk and Talk                           South Africa and can spread easily from
Saturday 26th Sept                      gardens to bushland by seed dispersal. Ochna
2009                                    is a dense evergreen shrub that grows to 2-4m
Time: 9am to 12:30pm                                                                                      Leaves
                                        high. Leaves are glossy green with finely
Location: Drill Hall in Cross St and    serrated and often wavy leaf margins. Yellow                                   Flowers       The Bushcare Newsletter of Mosman Council
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                                        5 petal flowers appear in Spring and Summer.
Bradley Bushland Reserve
                                        The calyx of the flower turns red after the petals
A introductory informal workshop
and bushwalk that will help you
identify native species and
                                        drop and berries forms which start green and
                                        turn black when mature. The fruits look like                                                                  BUSHCARE AND BUSHLAND NEWS
                                        “Mickey Mouse” ears, hence the name “Mickey
understand their different habitat
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Balmoral Bushland
Bookings essential: Mosman                                                                                               Fruits
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                                        Weed Control - The plant has a strong tap root making                                                                               Australian Bushland Restoration, the        Council will commence in late 2009
Bushcare on 9978 4038 or email
                                        it difficult to pull out by hand. Only juvenile seedlings                                                                            current holder of Port Jackson and          a significant bushland restoration
                                        can be removed by hand or dug out. Mature plants will                                                                               Middle Harbour contracts, is making         project at Balmoral Reserve behind
                                        need to have the main stems lightly scraped with a knife                                                                            good progress toward the overall            the cricket nets at Balmoral Oval.
OCTOBER                                 about 15-30cm in length and apply undiluted glyphosate                                                                              contract specifications. It is expected      The project will remediate the
                                        herbicide to the scraped stem immediately. This will kill                                                                           that the current management                 following environmental issues.
                                        the plant over a few weeks.                                                                                                         level of native regeneration will be        • Land contamination from being
                                                                                                                                                                            maintained and expanded where                    an old tip site.
                                                                                                                                                                            appropriate.                                • Uncontrolled stormwater drainage
                                                       TRAD AND COMMELINA
                                                                                                                                   Happy volunteers brushing up
                                                                                                                                   on their weeds knowledge at the          Interesting Note - At The Spit over              causing flooding of the oval after
Caring for our Coast                                                                                                               Weeds and Bush Friendly Garden           3 tonnes of household rubbish was                heavy storms and soil erosion.
Thursday 15th October,                                                    The invasive weed Trad (Wandering Jew) will be           Info Night which was held at                                                         • Weed infestation particularly from
                                                                                                                                                                            removed from the bushland.
Time: 10 - 11.30am                                                        seen flowering during spring. Their flowers are small      Mosman Council Chambers on 6th                                                            Morning Glory, Lantana and Coral
Location: Clifton Gardens Reserve                                         and white in colour. Trad looks similar to the native
                                                                          Commelina (Scurvey Weed) which can be
                                                                                                                                   August. Over 30 people attended                    Staff News                             Trees.
Come along to Clifton Gardens to                                                                                                   this informative evening.                          Both Steven Smith
                                                                          misidentified as a weed in the bush or garden. The
                                                                                                                                                                                      and Jamie Slaven from
discover the marine treasures of
Mosman’s unique coastal
                                         Trad - White Flowers             native Commelina has iridescent cyan (Blue) flowers       Hazard Reduction Burns                             Council’s Open Space
                                                                          and will be flowering over spring and summer. The         Council and the NSW Fire Brigade
environment. There will be a            Commelina -                                                                                                                         Team are soon to become new
                                        Blue Flowers                      different colour flowers will make plant identification    have been undertaking strategic
variety of interactive marine                                                                                                                                               fathers, with their wives to give birth
                                                                          easier. Another difference with these two plants         hazard reduction (ecological) burns
displays, information, and Pirate                                                                                                                                           in late September or early October
                                                                          are the leaves. Trad leaves are shorter, dark green      in bushland reserves in Mosman.
Dave to take kids on an adventure                                                                                                                                           (when baby is ready!). It will be Steve’s
                                                                          and glossy and more fleshy. Commelina leaves are          Hazard reduction burns have recently
along the shore.                                                                                                                                                            second child and Jamie’s first child.
                                                                          sparsely spaced with wavy edges and grow from an         occurred at The Spit, Sirius Cove
                                        Commelina photo by Ross Rapmund   enclosed leaf sheath.                                    West, Bradley Bushland and Lawry
                                                                                                                                   Plunkett Reserves. Smaller pile burns                                                The works will require redefining
                                        NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS AND                                 TIP - REMOVING                      have taken place at Reid Park and                                                    the natural drainage line in the gully
                                        NEWSLETTER RECIPIENTS                                                                      Millet Road. All HR burns are part                                                   below Coronation Street and the
                                                                                                ONION WEED                         of the Manly Mosman North Sydney                                                     creation of an open grass swale
Mosman Fair Day                         If your contact details change                                                             Bushfire Management Committee Fuel                                                    adjacent to the oval. The project will
Sunday 25th October 2009                                                                  Wait until the
                                        please notify Council so the                                                               Management Program 2009/10.                                                          also restore the degraded bushland
                                                                                          plant is in flower,
Time: 10am to 3pm                       Bushcare database can be updated.
                                                                                          during spring/
                                                                                                                                                                                 Want to know more                      using contract bush regenerators.
The Fair Day is a fun day for all                                                         summer. Cut the                          Grant update                                   about Bushcare?                       The contaminated area will be
the family with stalls and activities   Also anyone who no longer wants to                                                         Unfortunately Mosman did not receive                                                 capped using crushed sandstone and
                                                                                          flower stem half                                                                   Contact Council’s Bushcare Officer,
centred around Allan Border Oval,       be part of the Bushcare program or                                                         the Estuary and Coastal Management                                                   revegetated with indigenous plants.
                                                                                          way and drop                                                                      Jamie Slaven on 9978 4038 or email
The Crescent, Mosman Square             no longer wants to receive a copy of                                                       Grant for track improvements and
                                                                                          undiluted Glysophate into the centre                                      
                                        Mosman Bushland Matters please                                                             creek restoration at the Kahibah Creek                                               The project should be completed
and the Village Green. Come along                                                         hole of the stem. This will allow the
                                        email or phone Council’s Bushcare                                                          Bushcare site.                              Information on bushland can be           by early 2010, with the exception
and see the Bushcare display in                                                           herbicide to reach the underground
                                        Officer.                                                                                                                                 found on Council’s website at           of on-going weed control and site
the Environment and Sustainability                                                        bulb which will kill the plant. Just     The successful winners of the Sharing
                                           (contact details see front page)                                                                                                  maintenance. The project is partly
Marquee. Free native plants will                                                          placing herbicide on the leaves will     Sydney Harbour Access Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        funded by the Dept. of Environment
be given away.                                                                            only kill the leaves and not the bulb.   Grants will be released soon, so no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Climate Change under the
                                                                                          (Advice from Paul Marynissen - Weeds     news yet on the grant application for
                                                                                          Officer Wyong Council)                                                                                                         Estuary Management Program.
                                                                                                                                   the Millet Road Bushcare site.

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                                                                                                                                                                        BUSHCARE VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW
 STUDENTS GIVE A HELPING HAND                                                         BUSH PLANTS?                                  ROAD GROUP
                                        Camilla Cawsey a student from                                                         A group of passionate local residents
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yvonne Fischer - Reid Park/Millet
                                        Wenona Girls School and a local
                                        W        Gi l S h l d l           l         Actintotus helianthi (Flannel Flower)                                              Yvonne with the Reid Park volunteers
                                                                                                 White daisy like flowers      have come together to form a new                                                Road Bushcare Volunteer
                                        resident of Mosman has been                              mainly in spring and         Bushcare group to restore a section
                                        volunteering at The Grove Bushcare                                                                                                                              Yvonne is one of the longest serving
                                                                                                 early summer. Plant          of bushland below Silex Road,
                                        group since March 2009. Camilla                          is covered by whitish                                                                                  volunteers in the Mosman Bushcare
                                                                                                                              between Cross Street and Morella                                          program with 17 years of volunteer
                                        started volunteering as part of fulfilling                woolly hairs. Found in
                                                                                                 heath and open forest.       Road. The bushland is part of the                                         service. Yvonne is an original member
                                        the community service component of                                                    Sydney Harbour National Park and
                                        the Duke of Edinburgh Award                                                                                                                                     of the Reid Park Bushcare Group, which
                                                                                                                              the group will be under the direct                                        is the oldest formal Bushcare Group in
                                        program.                                    Hardenbergia violacea (Hardenbergia)
                                                                                                A scrabbling vine with
                                                                                                                              supervision of the National Parks                                         Mosman which began in 1991. She is
                                         Camilla explains what the Duke of                      small purple pea              and Wildlife Service. The group                                           also a member of the Millet Road
Edinburgh Award is all about. Camilla says the Duke of Edinburgh Award is                       flowers with pale              leader is Diane Choquette who            Bushcare Group which started in 2002 in the upper section of Reid Park.
about individual choices, setting goals and improving yourself with guidance                    yellow centres. Found         has been inspirational in getting
                                                                                                commonly in woodland          the group formed. There will be a        The early days at Reid Park
from people skilled in the activities that have been chosen for each section
                                                                                                and forest.                   weekday group and weekend group.         Yvonne started Bushcare at Reid Park in 1991 when the Council at the time
of the award - Physical Recreation, Skill and finally Service, where Bushcare
                                                                                                                              Diane is also keen to set up a group     wanted to start a Bushcare group to tackle the weed problems in the Park.
volunteering fits in. The Award can also be interpreted as an opportunity to
                                                                                    Pultenea daphnoides (Bush Pea)            for students doing the Duke of Edin-     The first Bushcare supervisor at Reid Park was Chris Brogan who Yvonne
pursue interests, activities and ambitions of an individual. Camilla says                       A shrub to 2-3m high
                                                                                                                              burgh Award. Anyone interested in        says was an excellent supervisor with remarkable knowledge of the bush.
service at her school, Wenona, is designed to enable students to make                           which has clusters of
                                                                                                yellow flowers with red        joining this group please call Diane     Chris made the morning teas a learning experience where he would get
a valid contribution to society, as well as learning about some of the dif-
                                                                                                markings in spring.           on 9969 2282.                            everyone to identify plant samples. Yvonne remembers when Chris was
ficulties, problems and needs that may be present. We are reminded that
                                                                                                Found on protected                                                     taken away by the police as he was spotted by a resident sharpening his
throughout our participation in service responsibility for all in the community
                                                                                                slopes and forests on                                                  bush knife in Reid Park. Yvonne was one of the 4 - 5 people who started
should be a common goal.                                                                        sandstone.                                                             the Reid Park group. The group has worked over the years removing weeds
The Grove Bushcare has really benefitted from Camilla joining their group            Clematis aristata (Old Man’s Beard)                                                and replanting indigenous plants where possible grown from locally
and gained additional volunteers with Camilla’s parents David and Anne-                               A twining climber                                                collected seed. Reid Park is a very different place now thanks to the
Marie also helping out. Jasper Brown is another student volunteering at                               with masses of                                                   Bushcare volunteers.
                                                                                                      white flowers in
The Grove. Kahibah Creek Bushcare group is another Bushcare site that                                 spring. The leaves                                               Bushcare Highlight - Reid Park winning the Keep Australia Beautiful
has students volunteering for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Thank you to                               are grouped with 3                                               Sustainable Cities Program 2005 Award in the category of Urban Wildlife
all these students as the community and the bush benefits from their                                   leaflets along the
                                                                                                                                                                       Habitat Restoration and Renewal.
contribution to Bushcare.                                                                             vine.
                                                                                    Pomaderris intermedia (Pomaderris)          Diane Choquette - group leader         Worst Weed - A toss up between Madeira Vine and New Zealand Christmas
   PHYTOPHTHORA                               FLAME WEED                                             A shrub growing to            of the new Silex Rd group           Bells (Peruvian Lily)

      PROJECT                                CONTROL TRIAL
                                                                                                     3m high with dense

The Uni of Sydney and Mosman             Council is conducting a trial of a new
                                                                                                     clusters of pale
                                                                                                     yellow flowers in                                    NATIONAL TREE DAY 2009
                                                                                                     early spring. Flat
Council are conducting a study           weed control technique called Flame                         white felt under         Roserville Reserve was the site in
within Lawry Plunkett Reserve to         Weeding in bushland at Wyargine                             side of the leaves.      Mosman for the 2009 National Tree
determine the effect of soil nutrient    Point. This method uses a direct                                                     Day on Sunday 2nd August and
                                                                                    Grevillea linearifolia
loads on the severity of dieback         flame from a hand held unit that            (White Spider Flower)                     Schools Tree Day on 31 July. Around
disease caused by the soil borne         generates heat to destroy the weeds                            A shrub to about      50 volunteers came to plant on
pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi.         and their seeds. The use of heat can                           2m high with          National Tree Day with a number
The project will determine if all the    help stimulate natural regeneration of                         White “spider like”   living outside the Mosman area. The
observed dieback symptoms can            native species from the soil seed bank                         flowers in early       two local schools that participated
be attributed to P. cinnamomi, or        as many native seeds are naturally                             spring. Leaves are    were Middle Harbour Public School
                                         adapted to bushfires. The trial area                            long and slender.     and Beauty Point Public School.
whether other factors may be
                                                                                    Leptospermum polygalifolium               Over the two days 600 native plants           Above: Council’s Steven Smith        National Tree Day volunteers planting
involved. The study will be              has been selected close to areas
                                                                                    (Lemon-scented Tea Tree)                                                                cooking up a tasty BBQ for the                 native seedlings.
concluded in late 2009, however,         of resilient bushland dominated by                            A shrub to 2.5m        were planted mainly on the southern                    volunteers
current findings from glasshouse          weeds. Flame weeding has been                                 high with white        side of the reserve below Hopetoun
trials indicate that high nutrient       used by other Councils as a method                            flowers during          Ave. The area included the site of
levels impact on tree species            of weed control. If successful and                            spring. Leaves         previous years National Tree Day
                                                                                                       have a lemon           which benefited from the additional
particularly on the Red Bloodwood        cost effective
(Corymbia gummifera) and Sydney          Council will                                                                         planting to fill in the gaps and
Peppermint (Eucalyptus piperita).        consider this                              Dianella carulea (Blue flax Lily)          increase plant diversity. Thanks to
High levels of nitrogen, phosporus       method for                                                    A tuft herb with       Bushcare superviser James
                                         other bush-                                                   flowers that are        Robertson who helped out Council
and aluminium are present at a
                                                                                                       rich blue with
number of the study sites from soil      land sites in                                                                        on the day. The plantings have made
                                                                                                       yellow anthers.
analysis. Results will be revealed       Mosman.                                                       Blue-purple edible
                                                                                                                              a improvement to the reserve and will
in the next edition of Mosman                                                                          fruits appear after    add to the local biodiversity value of
Bushland Matters.                                                                                      flowers                 this special area.

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