Partnerships and Corporate volunteers
2010 the Friends formed 'partnerships' with two local businesses
bordering on Lane Cove National Park. Partnerships such as this
are important to the continuation of the bushcare program as future
Government funding is not expected to meet the needs of ongoing
commitment of providing for the program.
International Australia - six years now
On 10th March
2011 at a gathering in the Park of Friends & staff of Brother
International (Aust.) P/L the MD Mr Yoshi Sugimoto presented a cheque
for $5000 to the Friends for the bushcare program in Lane Cove National
the efforts of the Company's staff in earning "eco points"
for environmental endeavours (e.g water saving, non use of plastic
bags, using less power) the company gave $1 for each point - total
for year $2,500. Then the company generously matched this amount.
The Friends are grateful for this partnership with Brother &
the staff interest in the Park.
Photo: presentation to Friends of LCNP by MD & staff of Brother International
(Aust) Pty Ltd of cheque for $5000 for the bushcare program in LCNP.
our second year of partnership with Brother
On Friday 27th
April 2012 Brother International Australia and the Friends of Lane
Cove National Park celebrated a second year of their partnership
with a morning of tree planting by the volunteer Brother team, followed
by an al fresco lunch and the presentation of another enormous cheque
for $5000 for the Friends to use to help achieve our aims.
Last year the
$5000 from Brother bought much needed tools and equipment for the
Bushcare volunteers. The partnership is part of Brother International's
ongoing support of the environment and the local community, and
once again we thank them for their commitment to the environment
and their contribution to the Friends of Lane Cove National Park.
Photo: Managing Director of Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd Mr
Yoshi Sugimoto presents $5000 to Friends of LCNP Treasurer Glynis Butteriss and
President Margaret Reidy and Alex Rodriguez, Marketing Manager,
Consumables (Business Machines) and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility),
and 'event organiser '.
International Australia - a third, fourth and fifth year of support
For a third
year Brother International Australia has sent a volunteer group
to help with planting an area at Tunks Hill Picnic Area in Lane
Cove National Park on 17th May 2013.
presented the Friends with a generous cheque of $5000 to help us
attain our environmental aims and to quote from Alex Rodriguez (see
above), they 'had a fun and productive day out in the park'.
Click here to see some photos from the morning in 2013.
Again in 2014 and 2015 Brother International Australia has donated $5,000 and a morning of volunteer work to the Friends of Lane Cove National Park.
Photo right: Brother Managing Director Mr Hiroyuki Kato presenting 'the cheque' to Friends President David Meggitt in 2015
International Australia - a sixth year of support
Brother International had their annual tree planting day at Tunks Hill on 16 September 2016 and supported the Friends with another donation of $5000
Thank you again, Brother International.
International Australia 2017
- a seventh year of support
Crimson Hill partnership
The Friends and the Defence Housing Association have come to a unique agreement where DHA have purchased a family membership of Friends for all new residents. We are planning a combined planting day early in 2016 and hoping to establish a Friends bushcare group within Crimson Hill.
PARTNERSHIP REHABILITATING AN URBAN CREEKLINE
Creek bushcare group has been fortunate in being awarded a 2015
Transurban Community Grant. These grants are available for projects
that generate social and environmental benefits for communities
in which Transurban roads operate. The group qualified as Mars
Creek flows under the M2 at Macquarie Park.
will fund the missing link between the recent upstream catchment
remediation on the main Macquarie University campus and the bushcare
sites on the university ecology reserve and downstream in LCNP.
75 hours of professional bush regeneration contractor work will
be carried out downstream of the M2, along the creek line to the
top edge of the present bush regeneration site.
looks forward to a close partnership with Transurban in helping
to rehabilitate this lovely creekline (pictured).
Cove Bush Regenerators
Many of you
will know of Lane Cove Bush Regenerators. They are a non-profit-making
Co-operative who have been working in the park for many years. Some
of them are members of Friends.
they found they had a few dollars in the kitty and decided that
the best thing to do with it would be to donate time to the sites
they have been working on around the park.
They have decided
to donate a total over 320 hours of their expertise to the park
this year worth easily in excess of $10,000, making it by far biggest
corporate donation this year 2011.
Marriott Hotel on Ryde Rd celebrated its 6th birthday on 1st September
2010 by providing lunch for the staff of local businesses.
Friends were invited to represent the Park and took along the Education
Trailer. Collection boxes at the entrance invited people to donate
a gold coin for bushcare in the Park - $250 was collected.
See photo on right.
In another effort for the Park the hotel collected $200 at the Granny
Smith Festival at Eastwood.
President Margaret Reidy receives the cheque for $1,000
from Sydney Strider Jim Moody in 2009
President of Sydney Striders Road Runners Club, in late 2004 presented
the Friends with a cheque for $1,000. This followed 2 previous
donations of $500 each in the previous 2 years.
The group has
since donated $1,000 in each of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and
2012, and $500 in 2010.
November 2009 Sydney Striders ran its last race for the year in
Lane Cove National Park. Over 200 runners participated. The entry
fees go towards the group's donation to the Friends of yet another
The money is
put towards specific bush regeneration projects.
the Sydney Striders use the park on a regular basis and the donations
are made in appreciation of the environment in which they run –
“a highlight of the Striders’ calendar”, to quote
Thank you Sydney
Striders for your continued support.
the opening of its coffee shop in Macquarie Shopping Centre, Starbucks
management sought to find a local environmental group to sponsor.
They found The Friends on our web site.
President Margaret Reidy with Starbucks manager John Cam
planting a Sydney Blue Gum in Lane Cove National Park to
mark their donation.
On 20th November,
2003 the manager of the new shop, John Cam, and Margaret Reidy planted
a Blue Gum near the river at Area 9, Carters Creek. Starbucks have
made a one-off donation of $1,000 to the Friends.
We are grateful
to receive this sponsorship for the park’s Volunteer Bushcare
These 2 donations
will be used for contract bush regeneration work at the Marrs Creek
Bushcare site. The coordinator of the Marrs Creek bushcare group,
Margaret Hafey, also a very active committee menber, passed away
unexpectedly in November 2003 after an operation, and donations
in lieu of flowers at her funeral will also be used for contract
work at her site.
Friends have made donations with their membership fees over the
years, including amounts of $500 and $1,000. We thank all these
Friends for their help.
volunteers helping with bushcare
Conservation Volunteers Australia, employees of corporate
group Crown Castle did a day of pre-fire
weeding at Mars Creek in 2014. Click here for some photos from the day.
volunteers and employees of State Street had a planting day at Tunks Hill in April 2013. Click here for photos.
Minolta returned for a second year in May 2013 to plant natives
and remove weeds. Click here for photos.
- The Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation from Eastwood
held yet another planting day at River Ave in June 2013. Click here for photos
- Landcare and the Foundation for National Parks have continued with their partnership with LCNP, bringing in numerous corporate groupsparticulary to the Tunks Hill area and also to Fairyland. Photo Citrix at Fairyland 2016