The Bombo Headland Landcare Project grew out of a desire to regenerate and revegetate a local area to create a haven in which passive recreation – walking cycling, fishing and observation of native plants and animals could take place.
This area has encountered quite a battering from the elements and from humans. The headland covers approximately 80 hectares, much of which has either been quarried for road base (basalt) or covered by the unwanted overburden form the quarrying. The result is an environment that bares scant resemblance to the original. Lantana, blackberries, croften weed and kikuyu have proliferated at the expense of native species, and rabbits flourish in this exotic cocktail. Abusive activities such as trail bike riding, vehicular access and acts of vandalism on the remnants of vegetation were generally accepted. As a consequence of this use and neglect, sever erosion has become a problem in many areas.
In 1989, a small number of concerned and interested residents took two significant steps that resulted in the Landcare project which is thriving today. In the first instance our informal group letterboxed the neighbourhood and held a meeting. The response was encouraging and around 20 people signed up. In the second instance the group developed a concept plan for the future of the headland and submitted it to Kiama Council. The Council accepted our plan and has been immensely supportive to this day.
Today Bombo Headland Landcare Group has made considerable contributions to the environment and amenity of the Kiama area.
Trees planted – over the past 16 years Bombo Headland Landcare Group has averaged about 1000 successfully established native trees, shrubs and plants per year. The major plantings have come from a combination of efforts by a Green Corp group, Kiama High School World Environment Day activities, bush regenerators & our own efforts. BHLG plantings have been the result of 3 linked but relatively independent planting groups;
- on the headland facing south overlooking Bombo Beach,
- in the valley area backing onto the board walk,
- backup plantings in all areas by key group coordinators as required.
Amenity – the concrete walkway linking with the board walk leading onto Boneyard Beach. This was a Joint Green Corp/Kiama Council effort – overseen and funded by Kiama Council who supplied machinery, materials and a concreter while labour was supplied by Green Corp.
Education (on going) – Kiama and St Josephs High Schools study Bombo Headlad Landcare Group’s activities and history as part of HSIE environment study in year 11/12 each year. Kiama HS has engaged in several World Environment Day activities, ie tree planting. Venturer scouts have carried out site preparation and tree planting as part of the environmental perspective to the Duke of Edinborough Award.
Bombo Headland was also awarded the Statewide overall winner in the Clean Beach Challenge Award!
The group has most recently been successful in obtaining funding under the Caring for our Country Community Coastcare Grants, $45 245.45 in partnership with three neighbouring Landcare groups; Gainsborough Chase Minnamurra River Wetland Landcare Group, Little Blow Hole Landcare Group, and Werri Beach Dunecare to continue environmental repair work throughout the Kiama LGA and develop resources for the wider community to improve community capacity to carry out natural resource management projects.
The group meets on the last Saturday of the month between 2pm-4pm at Bombo Headland, and would be more than happy to have new volunteers to join the friendly team.
Bring gloves, bottle of water, wear a hat and sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing. Any tools you have at home such as secateurs, loppers, mattocks could be brought along. You can also stay for afternoon tea, BYO plate.