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A helping hand at Kingsley

National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger, Jim Cutler (front), talking with some of the Tomaree friends. Photo © FoTNP.

You’re invited to help Rejuvenate Kingsley Headland at Boat Harbour with the Friends of Tomaree National Park. Come for one or both mornings, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April. Book now to reserve your place.

The headland is not only a scenic location, but is rich with native plants, though Bitou Bush has invaded some areas. While National Parks and Wildlife Service will treat larger stands a couple of weeks prior, the Friends of Tomaree and interested community will work on Bitou that’s interspersed with native plants. 

“Our role in following up on the smaller plants and those mixed with the native plants weeks after broader treatment, helps ensure Bitou does not rapidly overtake the site again,” said Friends of Tomaree co-coordinator,” Josephine O’Brien. 

Participants do not need prior knowledge to make a worthwhile and appreciated contribution.

“A briefing at the start will ensure everyone knows the target weeds and easily confused native plants. There will also be some experienced Friends of Tomaree on hand to help,” said Ms O’Brien.

Check out Bitou and the native plants easily confused on this fact sheet.

As well as Bitou, we’ll be marking the location of any Chinese Violet we see, a highly invasive ground dwelling and climbing weed which arrived in Australia at Boat Harbour, and is restricted mainly to Port Stephens. Read more about Chinese Violet.

Bitou Bush
Chinese Violet

This is a great opportunity to help repair environmental damage on the site, not only in removing highly invasive weeds, but also planting in the vicinity.

And what better way to meet up with other caring people, outdoors in a safe airy environment, and enjoy a morning tea (supplied). 

You can read more about the coastal native plants and invasive weeds. It’s a growing work in progress.

The ‘Rejuvenate Kingsley Headland‘ event is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Hunter Region Landcare Network and Hunter Local Land Services also support the event through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL at where there’s a program and more information. Or if you have any queries, please contact Sue, Friends of Tomaree National Park co-coordinator at

Published: 20 Mar 2022