Friends of Tomaree National Park

Friends of Tomaree National Park

The Friends of Tomaree National Park is a newly formed and growing community-based group of the National Parks Association (Hunter Branch), an affiliate of EcoNetwork.

We are dedicated to advancing the integrity of Tomaree National Park. We carry out regular bush regeneration, helping to manage significant weeds. We support threatened species work, undertake some wildlife surveys and care for special plantings. And we like to enjoy ourselves. All our activities within the national park are with the support and oversight from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. 

When and where are our work bees?

Zenith Beach, Fishermans Bay, Wreck Beach … yes, Tomaree National Park definitely has the most glorious places to do bush regeneration! 

Join one of our regular morning work bees:

— in North Tomaree on the 1st Tuesday, 2nd Saturday and/or the 3rd Thursday each month. Please contact Sue.

— at Fishermans Bay on the 1st Saturday or 3rd Tuesday each month. Please contact Josephine.

Some people participate in many of the work bees at one or the other localities, others attend one morning a month. We’re happy for your help whenever that is available. Please contact Sue or Josephine at tomaree-np-friends@npansw.org.au to get involved or for more information. You do not need to be an NPA member to participate — of course you’re welcome to join.

What happens on work bees?

In North Tomaree we regularly work at Zenith Beach and sometimes Tomaree Headland. 

At Zenith Beach we’re focusing our 2021 assault on Bitou bush, Chrysanthemoides monilifera, a predominately Autumn yellow flowerer and highly invasive shrub that out-competes native vegetation. We’re planning to achieve a once-over ‘cut and paint’ of the central block by winter’s end 2021, then look for any growing from the seed bank. Late spring 2021 we may plant spinifex seed heads in Zenith’s bare dune areas where bitou bush once stood >>

On Tomaree  Headland we’re removing Bidens pilosa, commonly called Sticky beaks, Farmers friends or Pitch-forks, to minimise dispersal of its annoying needle-like seeds that stick in your clothes

<< We’ve significantly impacted Myrtle-leaf milkwort, Polygala myrtifolia, a spring-summer flower and our focus at Zenith in late 2020, along with small bitou bush. Later in 2021, we’ll tackle Myrtle-leaf milkwort on Tomaree Headland and revisit it at Zenith Beach. 

Over summer 2021 we removed sea holly, Eryngium maritimum, a prickly weed of the strand line area and nasty to encounter with bare feet >>

Our group is from all over Tomaree Peninsula as we enjoy Tomaree National Park and want to give something back.

In Fishermans Bay we regularly work on the gully and beach zone nearest the visitor area. We’ve removed bitou, blackberry, agapanthus and more — we’re encouraging new plants to re-establish and developing plans to replant and regenerate this riparian zone and its beach area.

Our group is mainly Fisho locals but everyone is welcome.

Beyond the work bees, assisting with threatened species

Villous Mint-bush Prostanthera densa a threatened species, listed Vulnerable

Once widespread between Tomaree and Sydney, only a couple of tiny pockets remain in each of Nelson Bay and the Sydney area. We’re supporting this Save Our Species project (SOS) by ensuring two translocated populations planted in the park are kept free of overgrowth.  We’ve networked and shared with SOS the discovery by local naturalist, Philip Diemar, of the only known natural population in Tomaree National Park, further reinforcing the important connection between scientists and community in increasing knowledge and understanding of this species. In May 2021 we planted a small area to help regenerate this species. We’re fortunate rains followed and now we watch anxiously to monitor growth and survival.

Threatened donkey orchid surveys

We help with surveys of some of the threatened donkey orchids in the park. The Sand doubletail or Tomaree donkey orchid Diuris arenaria is an endangered species found only on the Tomaree Peninsula. We’ve also shared knowledge of another donkey orchid, Diuris praecox, listed Vulnerable, that extends the range and known habitats of this threatened species on the Tomaree Peninsula.

We hope to be involved with other interesting projects too.

We’re just beginning — come along on our journey and help in improving the integrity of our wonderful Tomaree National Park. Please contact Sue at  tomaree-np-friends@npansw.org.au

In the News

10 June 2021 The Examiner  Friends of Tomaree National Park marks World Environment Day, gears up for long weekend clean up

8 June 2021 News of the Area  Friends of Tomaree National Park mark World Environment Day

21 April 2021 The Examiner Tomaree gets a helping hand

Past Events

May – June 2021: Bush and Coast Care Workshops;
Native and Weed look-a-likes
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Workshops to learn more about our common dune plants, easily-confused native and weed look-a-likes, and some minimal impact bush regeneration techniques.

See the presentation for the North Tomaree workshop Native Plants and Weed Look-a-likes

North Tomaree’s single focussed workshop on Saturday 1 May morning with optional afternoon field trip more information here

Fishermans Bay series of small workshops before each work bee, from April to June more information here.