OFF Photographic Competition

OFF photo competition theme is ‘The Natural World of Georges River Council Parks and Reserves’. The photos adjudged to be the best, will appear with full acknowledgement in the Oatley – Nature in the Suburbs 2018 Calendar.

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Inappropriate Trimming of Street Trees

On going saga of over trimming on Gungah Bay road street trees. Council response (4/7/17) attached. Why would Augrid remove the entire “western” side of the tree, which goes no where near the power lines? Or is this a convenient “out” for the

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Centennial Park meander in the labyrinth & swamplands

On Friday 30th June 16 members of OFF took the train and bus to Centennial Park on a crisp, clear morning.
After morning coffee (with good use of Keep It Cups)

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Urban Habitat Creation

Georges River Council is drawing on the expertise of specialist arborist from Sydney Arbor Trees to create nest boxes in dead trees that would otherwise have been cut down and mulched. Small chainsaws are used to ‘sculpt’ the hollows within the trunk or branch of the tree. The size and configuration of the hollow will depend on both the tree size and the target

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Developer wants to cut large Blackbutt

The developer of a dual occupancy that is currently being built at 111 Gungah Bay Road, wants to cut down a beautiful Eucalyptus Piluaris (Blackbutt) in the

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Holding Back the Concrete – Dorothy Luther

Trees and gardens are disappearing because they’re untidy & take too much work.
But some intrepid souls are fighting back –Dorothy Luther will talk to members about the small but determined army of bush carers, community groups & feral gardeners trying to stem the tide. They’re creating bush pockets, rain gardens, walking & cycle tracks that enable us to still keep in touch with nature & watch the antics of birds &

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Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands in Need of Upgrade

The efficiency of the Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands needs to be re-examined. Management Plans made in 2005 are outdated. The 2015-16 report card by Georges River Combined Councils revealed “a slight decline” in the ecological condition of the catchment over the previous

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Jibbon Head

OFF members and friends went on our annual “whale watching” walk to Jibbion Head. We saw more than 10 whales, some were breaching creating spectacular

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Guide to Trees of Georges River Council Area

Historically, the tree cover of Georges River has been the result of a complex interaction between soil types and topography. Guide by Alan Fairley author of Native Plants of the Sydney

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Greening Oatley West Rail Park

OFF is working towards making our urban spaces greener. On Sunday 28 May Matt Allison orgainsed a tree planting morning at the Oatley West Rail Park (next to the underpass). We put in over 300 shrubs, grasses and ground covers as well as two trees – a Sydney Iron Bark and a Turpentine.

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