Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society



Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society

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The Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society is incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act 1984, and has a constitution and organisation approved under the legislation. The Society meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month, except January, at 7:30 pm, at the Lane Cove Tennis Club, Kenneth St, Longueville. Anyone is welcome to attend.


to preserve the biodiversity of the natural heritage of Lane Cove Municipality by means of conservation and the proper management of the natural bushland, wet lands and aquatic ecosystems, both for their intrinsic value and for the use of enjoyment of present and future generations;

to ensure that air, land and water pollution controls in Lane Cove are of a sufficiently high standard and are adequently implemented so as to prevent harm to human health and the natural environment; and

to represent locally the wider concerns expressed in Australia and internationally for the protection of the natural environment and where appropriate take action to express support for such concerns.


organises two stalls per year selling indigenous plants , and distributes information on environmental issues and activities, locally and nationally;
conducts several bushwalks each year, some locally and some further afield;
distributes a monthly newsletter;
represents the local environment in the decision making process on many issues in the Municipality, including developments and also on wider issues raised by State and Federal governments – this takes the form of direct representation and discussions with appropriate parties;
liaises with Lane Cove Council and enjoys a good relationship with that authority, though it does not always agree with its decisions or actions; and
joins in many local activities, exhibitions and displays.

Managed/contributed to the following campaigns

Type of group

Incorporated Association

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity


Primary location

Lane Cove

Known address

PO Box 989, Lane Cove, NSW 1595

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Founding Year


History of group

The Society commenced in 1971 with the aim to save the bushland valley now known as Bushland Park, from being cleared and converted into an extension of 9 holes for the Lane Cove golf course. We successfully won that action and the Park is now listed on the Register of the National Estate due to rare fungi.

The members’ energies were quickly harnessed into other environmental issues, such as volunteer bush regeneration groups, promoting the Bradley method of regeneration. Council took this up in 1978 when they employed contractors in 3 of the reserves.

Member Don Dove wrote the first Bushwalks in Lane Cove in 1982, and the book, is now in its 7th edition (available at Lane Cove Council or the library). Judy Messer wrote Growing Native Plants in Lane Cove. We lobbied for and promoted a Plan of Management for Bushland, which resulted in the Council’s Bushland Management Advisory Committee, where we have 3 representatives on the committee.

We continue to monitor Development Applications for construction adjacent to bushland and make submissions on other environmental and conservation issues in the LGA and state wide.

Lane Cove Bush Kids was initially established by LCBCS in 2010. The Society has recently partnered with Lane Cove Council to run this very popular educational program

We produced a history of the Society in 2012, Beyond the Untidy Fringe, written by Virginia Macleod, available for sale at the library.


Protection of the Lane Cove Bushland Park and its status as a wildlife refuge;
Establishment of Lane Cove Bush Kids;
Promotion and support for Council’s regeneration programs;
Actively contributed to one of the first Plan of Management for Bushland in 1990, assisting in writing the brief and the development of the Plan. This lead to the employment of a bushland officer, the Bushland Management Advisery Committee (we have 3 members on the committee) which continues to update the Plan of Management;
Initiation of the first hydrology study, now embraced by councils State wide;
Provides major input into public consultation on the Local Environment Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP), assisting in achieving the E2 zoning for our bushland reserves
Promotion of a pilot recycling program, resulting in a permanent system being adopted by Council.
AWARDS – significant awards to the society. Many individuals have also received awards from LCC

1995 – LCC Centenary Committee Certificate of Appreciation
2007 – LCC Citizenship Awards – Sustainability Award
2008 – Nth Sydney Community Awards – Most Outstanding Community Group
2011 – LCC Citizenship Awards – Lane Cove Bush Kids
2012 – Nature Conservation Council of NSW – Most Outstanding Member Group (joint award)
2014 – Nth Sydney Community Awards – Lane Cove Bush Kids
2014 – United Nations World Environment Day Awards awards – Lane Cove Bush Kids
2014 – Lane Cove Council Community Award for ‘sustainable organisation’- Lane Cove Bush Kids
2014 – Corinne Fisher, Chair LCBCS – National Pride of Australia Award, Environmental Category for being instrumental in establishing the Lane Cove Bush Kids program and the state-wide grassroots organisation Better Planning Network

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