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From Greening Glebe to Sustainability

The Glebe Society has had a strong commitment to environmental issues since its foundation, but the emphasis has changed over the years, in line with changing concerns in society generally. In the early years the focus was on ‘greening Glebe’ with encouragement of both public parks and private gardens. More recently, issues of sustainability and […]  Read more »



Posts about Environment

Have you seen a Striated Heron in Federal Park?
Posted on 4th November 2020

Calling all twitchers  Read more »

Public Spaces Ideas Competition
Posted on 21st October 2020

Glebe Society member, Asa Wahlquist has entered the Idea for a public walk around the foreshores of Blackwattle and Rozelle Bays into the Public Space Ideas competition.  Read more »

Forest Lodge school students at work on the Painted River project

Painted River Project – Updated
Posted on 11th October 2020

The year six students at Forest Lodge have a tradition of leaving a gift for the students who follow them. The plan this year is for a mural featuring Johnstons Creek  Read more »

Screenshot of Birdlife Australia's webpage for the Spring Bird Count 2020

News from the Blue Wren Subcommittee – October 2020
Posted on 16th October 2020

Get involved with the Spring Bird Survey on Sunday 1 November 2020; and hear what’s been happening in local habitat creation.  Read more »

Palmerston Avenue Park Upgrade
Posted on 16th October 2020

The City of Sydney began its works to improve the park land in Palmerston Ave in late July. It should be finished by the end of the year. The plan is multifaceted. It will provide a greener space, remove noxious weeds, improve drainage and allow people to move around more easily.   Read more »

Environment Subcommittee Annual Report 2019-2020
Posted on 16th October 2020

The proposed new Sydney Fish Market building has been the main focus of the Environment Subcommittee for the past year. Activities have included attending stakeholder meetings about the proposed plan and lobbying politicians.   Read more »

Blue Wren Subcommittee Annual Report 2019-2020
Posted on 17th October 2020

The Subcommittee has 13 members and met in person on four occasions during the year. The volunteers of our bushcare/landcare groups in Glebe continued to work to value, retain and enhance biodiversity in Glebe and Forest Lodge, and its bays and foreshores, for current and future generations. Not surprisingly COVID-19 impacted on our activities in the second half of the year. We did not hold our regular meetings, our autumn party (to which all our bushcare volunteers are invited) and the award of the Craney Biodiversity Grants to our local preschools and schools were cancelled, and the annual biodiversity lecture was postponed. Further, no planting days were organised by our buschcare volunteers from mid-March until July, when they recommenced in Orphan School Creek Park under the COVID-safe rules set-up by the City.  Read more »

Inquiry into the Problem of Feral and Domestic Cats in Australia
Posted on 31st August 2020

Studies have shown that each roaming pet cat is responsible for killing 186 reptiles, birds and mammals per year. Read the Society’s submission to the Federal Government’s Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia.   Read more »

Detail from a map of the City of Sydney by Woolcott & Clarke, 1854.

Blackwattle Bay and its creeks
Posted on 9th July 2020

Since Blackwattle Bay is currently threatened with overdevelopment this may be the right moment to look back at a little of its history and that of the creeks that drained into it. A little exploration inland from Sydney Cove when Philip and the ‘First Fleet’ arrived would have brought them to a freshwater creek running […]  Read more »

Johnstons Creek, May (photo: Phil Vergison)

Progress on the Johnstons Creek Naturalisation Project
Posted on 8th June 2020

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Fox sighting in Glebe

Another fox sighting in Glebe
Posted on 8th June 2020

There are occasional reports of foxes being sighted in Sydney, including Glebe. I recently sighted a fox literally in our back yard in Allen St, Glebe. It was 7am two weeks ago (May 2020) when I opened the back door and noticed an animal running from the backyard down our narrow lane. It was light […]  Read more »

Ernest Pedersen Reserve today (image: Lyn Collingwood)

Update on new plans for Ernest Pedersen Reserve
Posted on 26th May 2020

The City exhibited its revised plans for Ernest Pedersen Reserve in Ferry Road, which incorporated elements from the original design as the front garden of the adjacent house, Rothwell Lodge.  The community feedback to the City was enthusiastic as the overall design was much improved on last year’s proposals. There was, however, concern about the […]  Read more »

Ernest Pedersen Reserve in Ferry Rd

Ernest Pedersen Reserve in Ferry Rd
Posted on 16th December 2019

The working group (Ferry Road Bushcare Group – Jenna Reed Burns and Iain Gibson; Glebe Society – Andrew Wood; City of Sydney – Chris Thomas [Manager Design] and Helen Rogers [Design Manager]) met in Town Hall House on Thursday 21 November to consider the City’s revised plans for the Reserve. The new plans have fully […]  Read more »

Proposal to Make Harold Park Off-leash for Dogs
Posted on 1st April 2019

The City of Sydney invites feedback on a proposal to make the grass lawn of Harold Park ‘off-leash’.   Read more »

Update on the Glebe Fox(es)
Posted on 3rd December 2018

In response to the Society’s letter to City of Sydney about the problem of foxes in Glebe, we received a response dated 18 October, from David Riordan, Director of City Services and an expression of concern on behalf of Councillor Kerryn Phelps.  Read more »