Our next event is at Arcadia School Market Day on 16 November, the topic is habitat.

We hope you find the visit useful. Please see this video as an introduction to our group and its aims.

Please drop us a line and give us some feedback. We’re always open to suggestions on how we can broaden our service to the catchment’s community.

Please contact us using the email link on the right for more information or ring Nick Chartorisky on 9653 2056.

Free native plants : Trees for Weeds

In a short time, local residents used this program and now their trees have grown to 3 metres high. To find out how, see the recent article.

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The free native plants are available again to landowners who live in the Hornsby Council rural area or in Hills Shire near Old Northern Rd. We want them to go to people who are clearing privet or lantana or other weeds and who wish to revegetate with local native plants. Contact Jutta Hamilton on 9653 2056 for advice on what to plant and how to plant them. We thank Michael King for his generous donation to make this happen.

Streamwatch Water Testing Program Continues

One of our main activities is monitoring the water quality in the local waterways. See our reports for 2009-2018 and our April 2019 article on the subject.

Under the NSW Government, from July 2019, the Australian Museum as host and Sydney Water as funder have ceased to support the Streamwatch program across the Sydney basin. Now the host is the Greater Sydney Landcare Network, who are now trying to get funding to continue the water quality monitoring work. With three other Streamwatch groups in the Hornsby municipality and Hornsby Council Water Quality officers, we are now commencing a 6 month plan of joint testing at 6 sites to assess the closeness of test results. These sites are at current Streamwatch sites or close or new sites. They cover Ecohealth catchment sites as well as industrial and post-sewer sites. The conclusions in May 2020 will determine the next steps for Streamwatch water testing in this area.

Our achievements in 2018/19

Our project “Helping Landowners” was based on a $2,000 grant from a member of the community via Landcare Australia to provide 1,480 local provenance native plants and some materials to 18 residences.

  • 10 media articles have been published and are available on the website
  • 10 field days or working bees on private and public land
  • 35 series of physical and chemical water quality tests at 3 creek sites: see results on website
  • 4 samplings/counts of macro-invertebrates as a biological measure of water quality at 2 sites
  • 1 community event with the focus on the earth water cycle, water plants and water quality testing at the November Arcadia Market day.

See our full achievements for the year

Some results from previous work

Carrs Bush May 2018 ALL

For more information on this project see Carrs Bush Final Report and also see the following articles on our work in Carrs Bush :

Carrs Bush (May 17)

My Favourite Place (Dec 16)

Sept 2018 Carrs Bush Project Completed

In 2012, we planted 200 trees and shrubs for a wildlife corridor at 164A Arcadia Rd, Arcadia.

We have kept them well-watered and see the results! And see our related article.

Oct 2012 and 5 years later in Aug 2017

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Please download the following brochures about our group

Still Creek Landcare brochure

5 Step Guide to Help the Catchment