Decades of Healing @ Popes Glen Creek

 

Popes Glen Creek rises in Memorial Park, close to the town centre of Blackheath, then flows east for about 4km through Popes Glen Bushland Reserve and into the Grose River. Over decades this beautiful interface between the town and the Blue Mountains National Park had suffered the effects of polluted urban stormwater inundating a natural system, and had become a wasteland, devoid of native plants or animals … that is, until an inspiring group of volunteers, led by Alan Lane and Virginia King, decided to tackle what seemed like an insurmountable problem … and turned a wasteland into a wetland. These are the first few lines of ‘From Wasteland to Wetland in Popes Glen’ which we published in 2016 and which you can read here. Now a video has been made about this inspiring story. It’s called ‘We create a Wetland Popes Glen Reserve’ and you can watch it here.

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It outlines the extensive history, commitment and success of one of the Blue Mountains first bushland groups, Popes Glen Bushcare. This ambitious rehabilitation project is also detailed in the FREE digital photo history “Wasteland to Wetland – The Full Story” which you can read here

If you’d like to volunteer a few hours of your time, Popes Glen Bushcare Group meets on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9am – 1pm.

Coming up:

Saturday August 24, 2019: Popes Glen Bushcare Group work day Saturday 24, 9am – 1pm (but come when you can; leave when you need to). Meet inside the Blackheath caravan park beside the creek. Contact: Alan Lane, 0425 382 441; alanlane388@gmail.com

Saturday September 28, 2019: Popes Glen Bushcare Group work day Saturday 28, 9am – 1pm (but come when you can; leave when you need to). Meet inside the Blackheath caravan park beside the creek. Contact: Alan Lane, 0425 382 441; alanlane388@gmail.com

About Lis Bastian

Lis Bastian is the Senior Lead for Blue Mountains City Council’s Planetary Health Initiative. She is the editor of the Local News Platforms and has been a writer, editor, news presenter and teacher/lecturer covering both cultural and environmental issues for over 30 years. She has been pioneering Solutions/Constructive Journalism in Australia since 2012.

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