Create a great escape for native wildlife this National Gardening Week

Date posted: 11 October 2018

This week is National Gardening Week, the perfect time for residents to get out into their backyard, garden or onto their balcony and create habitat for our local wildlife.

Council is encouraging the community to do their part to help protect native wildlife by signing up for Council’s free Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program.

More than 2500 Lake Macquarie residents are already enjoying the benefits of the program. New members also receive our Backyard Habitat Planting Guide, a sign for your garden gate, discounts at participating nurseries and the Landcare Resource Centre, and helpful information and resources to help your garden thrive.

We also have some upcoming workshops that can help you kick start your backyard habitats.


Time and date



Charlestown Library

Toronto Library

Monday 15 October, 5.45-6.45pm

Wednesday 18 October, 5.45-6.45pm

Birds in backyards and beyond

Hunter Birds Observers Club members will provide identification tips on how to correctly identify species often seen in your backyard or local reserve. Use your knowledge to participate in citizen science program Aussie Backyard Bird Count, which runs from 22-28 October.

Book online

Book online

Morisset Library

Charlestown Library

Friday 19 October, 10am-11.30am

Tuesday 23 October, 5.30-7pm

Weed wanderers and garden escapees

Become a better bushland neighbour by avoiding popular (non-native) plants that have a major impact on our natural areas.

Book online

Book online

Speers Point Library

Thursday 25 Octobe, noon-1.30pm 

Birdscaping your garden

Build your knowledge on local native species to plant in your garden to attract nectar-eating birds.

Book online

Swansea Library

Tuesday 30 October, 11am-12.30pm

Water-saving gardening

Our native plants are unique and diverse: having adapted and flourished under the wide range of climate and soil conditions.
This workshop will help you successfully establish and grow Australian plants, rewarding you with years of enjoyment - without the need for extra water bills!

Book online

To sign up, complete the registration form at

If you are already a member of the Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program, you cannot sign up twice.

For more information about sustainable gardening, join our Lake Mac Grows Facebook group.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 11 October 2018