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The Recovering our Backyard Expo was presented by the Blue Mountains Reccovery Wellbeing Committee, Resilience & Preparedness Group and Blue ARC on February 29, 2020.

Speakers included Sue Cunningham, Team Leader, Natural Area Operations, Blue Mountains City Council;  Holly Parsons, Birdlife Australia;  and, Dr Kellie Leigh, Executive Director, Science for Wildlife, Blue Mountains Koala Project.

In addition to speakers, tables with representatives from local groups and organisations were set up on the day with more information, and opportunities to voluteer.

Themes were around:

  • What can you do in your own backyard?

  • Are you interested in volunteering to:
    • Help wildlife impacted by the bushfires in the Blue Mountains region?
    • Assist with recovery of our natural environment?
    • Join a local wildlife or conservation group?

  • What skills can you offer to our community?
    • Can you sew or knit;  make things from wood;  write grants;  draw or take photos;  have skills using social media;  enjoy gardening;  have a car to help with deliveries etc?

Recovering our Backyard presentations from the day can be viewed below.

Blue Mountains City Council recovery programs following the 2019/20 bushfires & what residents can do in their own backyards, Sue Cunningham, Natural Area Operations, Blue Mountains City Council:


How to create a safer place for birdlife in your own backyatrd, Holly Parsons, Birdlife Australia:


Assisting wildlife recovery following the 2019/20 bushfires & the Science for Wildlife Blue Mountains Koala Project, Dr Kellie Leigh, Science for Wildlife:


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