Recognition Awards

Macclesfield Bushcare Group wins Council Environment Award 2013

At the Mt Barker District Council inaugural Environmental Awards and Volunteer Recognition Event in 2013 the Macclesfield Bushcare Group was very pleased to receive the Environment Community Group Award for services of the group to the environment. Council also thanked eight other local environment groups and volunteers for their contribution to the community.

The Bushcare Group was celebrating 17 years working in liaison with Council to care for, protect and enhance remnant vegetation and encourage bush regeneration in the parks in Macclesfield. This included the monthly working bee in the Day Paddock park, support to the new Trees for Life, Bush for Life site established in the Stone Reserve, and periodic weed control in the other parks. Over 1,000 hours had been contributed by volunteers in the last few years.

The work of the group had been significantly enhanced over the previous 12 months, with funding for weed control through a Federal government Caring for Country grant obtained with the assistance of the Angas River Catchment Group. This enabled weed control to be carried out in 6 Macclesfield reserves: the Day Paddock, the Night Paddock, the Cemetery Reserve, Lord Robinson Park, the Stone Reserve and the Gummy Track. As part of this project students from the Macclesfield Primary school undertook planting in the Night Paddock and they also undertake an annual patrol for monadenia weed orchid with the Bushcare group.

Recognition Award to Sue Bradstreet 21 August 2020

We would like to recognise Sue Bradstreet's outstanding service to bushcare and to the Macclesfield Bushcare Group.

Sue was one of the founding members of the Friends of the Cemetery Reserve which was established in 1992, a group which then reformed as the Macclesfield Bushcare Group in 1996. Sue has been past Secretary and Treasurer of the MBG and then Chairperson from 2006 to date.
The group has held regular monthly working bees in the Day Paddock as well as sessions in the other Macclesfield reserves.

Sue has encouraged and trained volunteers, provided a vision and basis for the groups work, and raised awareness of the amazing diversity in our reserves with her technical expertise and outstanding knowledge of our local flora.

In addition to her work with the Bushcare Group Sue has also been caring for her bush Heritage property carefully controlling weeds on her property a day a week together with other volunteers for more than 20 years.

Sue was a co-ordinator with Trees for Life, Bush for Life program and through that provided support for bushcare work and volunteers across the region for over 20 years.

Sue's dedication and enthusiasm has been an inspiration to us all and her work has left an outstanding legacy to Macclesfield and the wider region.

Sue Bradstreet, our Chairperson and one of the founding members of the Bushcare group, was awarded an Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution of over 25 years to bushcare in Macclesfield, and the Macclesfield Bushcare Group.