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The Australian Capital Territory Red Hill Bush Regeneration Group is a registered Parkcare organization formed in 1989 to restore the original native bushland environment of the Red Hill Nature Park in Canberra, Australia


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View the Red Hill Regenerators images of Red Hill, flora, fauna and our weeding and planting work


"Moments from Red Hill" by Paul Williamson and Red Hill Regenerators. Belgrove Press. $15. Book launch 4pm 12/12/13 at Red Hill Cafe. Order your copy here




Granted $3000 in 2010 by Landcare NSW as part of the Communities in Landscapes program, to help regenerate endangered Yellow Box - Red Gum grassy woodland. More...


Donated $400 in 2011 by Dimor P/L via the ACT NRM Council for NRM activities on Red Hill.


Awarded $500 in 2011 for ACT Landcare Community Group of the Year


2012 Finalist National Landcare awards


The Return
Eagles appeared suddenly on the hill
yesterday flying still in the wind
two sets of black wings held fingers spread
like on an ancient shield.
Today they perch on strong talons, crooked beaks
taunted by miniature magpies.

Decades back on a family trip
we saw eagles strung dead
wing tip to wing tip on miles of barbed fences.
Sheep grazed the dry grass behind.
Deaths for crimes against rural livelihood
were later eclipsed by DDT.

For years a reclusive pair of survivors
has worked the roads from Mugga Ridge to the south.
Each year they send their young to fly
until this season with good rains for growth and
food for extra chicks
returns wedge-taileds to Red Hill.

Paul Williamson


photo: Geoffrey Dabb


Stone Knife on Red Hill

There is movement all the time on the hill.
In daylight hours, wrens flit
galahs search the hollows, kangaroos
spirit between tea tree and eucalypts.

Through moon-washed still nights
under Ngunnawal stars or cloud
boobooks hoot, frogmouths drift, possums
scurry and hiss high springtime.

Father carries his child on his shoulder today.
Mother follows with a spare warm jumper.
A cyclist strains along the rough track
speaks, head-turned in passing.

Now on the hard ground of the ancient
mound, I find the forgotten stone knife
left on the earth-given kitchen bench
when the tribe moved onward.

Paul Williamson


Welcome to the ACT Red Hill Bush Regeneration Group

You are welcome to join our monthly activities. We carry out bush regeneration work within the Red Hill Nature Reserve on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 9am to 12:30, except for January. By joining the Group, you will automatically be advised of any Group activities and their locations. You will also be supporting the preservation and conservation of a vital ecosystem and recreational resource.


  • 21 July 2014: TAMS has enacted the ACT Biosecurity Action Plan for a critical situation involving Fireweed germinating, flowering and seeding in imported couch nature strip and parkland turf in the suburbs of Forde and Crace. Community are encouraged to report any sightings with a photo and location to A number of Parks and Conservation Service and City Services staff will be busy mapping and treating all reported plants over the next two weeks and beyond.

  • 18 July 2014: Total volunteer hours spent on Red Hill in 2013-14 was 1,315 person hours. More details....

  • 11 July 2014: The Regenerators has submitted a response to the draft ACT Environmental Offsets policy. More...

  • 1 July 2014: The kangaroo count scheduled for 2 July is deferred.

  • 27 June 2014: More volunteers are urgently required for the Red Hill kangaroo counts which will be held on Wednesday 2 July and Sunday 6 July 2014. Meet at 9.45am sharp at the Telstra buuilding on Kent Street, Deakin. Wear warm and bright clothes. The work will take about four hours and entail walking through the bush from Hindmarsh Drive to Kent Street. Volunteers contact here

  • 23 June 2014: Recent research in ACT nature reserves has significant implications for the Regenerators' conservation work and priorities. More...

  • 28 May 2014: The June Working Bee will be held on Sunday 1 June 2014 . We plan to work from where we left off last month, which was a little south of the Davidson Trig. This time we will set up our tools south of the trig and near the saddle just to the north of the plantings where the tracks cross as shown on Map23 B13 of the White Pages. Two cars will leave the end of Brereton Street at 8.45am for those who need a lift. If you are walking, the shortest route is via the path at the top of Astley Place, Garran.We will be chipping or spraying verbascum and thistles and cutting and daubing woody weeds. Please wear the usual long trousers, long sleeve shirt and hat. Bring water and something for yourself for morning tea. We will work from 9am to about 12.30pm. All tools and instructions will be provided. The event will be cancelled via an email at 5pm on Saturday if rain is forecast.

  • 27 May 2014: There will be a meeting for Parkcare volunteers to discuss the ACT Tracks and Trails draft strategy. Go to Stromlo Depot at 5pm Wednesday 11 June 2014. More...

  • 18 May 2014: The June working bee will be held on Sunday 1 June 2014. The main task will be to conduct a population count of the kangaroos on Red Hill Reserve. About 12 to 15 people will be required to walk from south to north along the hill, taking about three hours. More information will be provided nearer the day. More...

  • 17 May 2014: A team of Regenerators, Greening Australia and Parks & Conservation people had a successful morning on 14 May planting, guarding and watering 240 mixed trees and shrubs in three locations at the south end of the Reserve and one location near the site of the 2011 plantings. Two water tanks will be provided by P&C to assist with ongoing watering. Our thanks to all involved.

  • 3 May 2014: The walking track which runs downhill from the Red Hill lookout (at the north end of Red Hill) to the fire trail at the bottom of Red Hill near Mugga Way, will be closed during May and June 2014 for major repairs and refurbishment. The purpose of this work is to reduce erosion and run off from the existing track and to improve safety. More information can be obtained from Nadia Rhodes, Ranger in Charge, Centenary Trail at

  • 28 April 2014: the May working bee will be held on Sunday 4 May 2014 from 9am until about 12.30pm. We will continue where we left off last month. Meet either near Davidson's Trig or if you want a lift to the work site meet at the end of Brereton street Garran, by the Saudi ambassador's residence at 8:50 am. Our focus will be on woody weeds and some spraying. More...

  • 10 April 2014: Owing to forecast rain, the midweek working bee has been rescheduled from 11 April to 15 April 2014, commencing at 9am. See below for more details.

  • 7 April 2014: You are invited to help plant tubestock trees and shrubs on Red Hill from 9am on Wednesday 14 May 2014. Park at Tamar Street entrance. Please wear sturdy clothes and shoes. Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and a snack.

  • 4 April 2014: All known rabbit warrens on Red Hill have now been fumigated by contractors. Any active warrens should preferably be GPSed or clearly marked with tape and reported to our feedback mailbox.

  • 3 April 2014: The next midweek working bee will be held on Friday 11 April 2014, from 11am to 12.30, then 1.15pm to 3pm. Meet at the top of the laneway towards the Eastern end of Glasgow Street, Hughes (between 57 & 59 Glasgow St). From the lane way, take the path straight up to the gap in the fence and the tools will be there. If you can't find us, please call Ross (0415 256 951). The work will involve cutting woody weeds, spraying and chipping thistles. Please wear sturdy clothes and shoes. Bring a hat, water and some lunch. We'll stop at 15 Downes Place for lunch and if you're starting at lunch time, please join us then for a chat before we start the afternoon session. Gloves, tools and herbicide will be provided and training if required.

  • 2 April 2014: Dr Michael Mulvaney will be leading a 2 hour walk on Red Hill on Thursday 10 April 2014, meeting at the Telstra Building on Kent St at 4pm. He will be talking about how to deal with development incursions and issues in ACT Nature Reserves. More...

  • 31 March 2014: The April working bee will be held on Sunday 6 April, from 9am until about 12.30pm. Meet either near Davidson's Trig or if you want a lift to the work site meet at the end of Brereton street Garran, by the Saudi ambassador's residence at 8:50 am. Our focus will be chipping verbascum and thistles and some spraying. More...

  • 1 March 2014: A 19ha section of Red Hill will have a fuel reduction burn in June and September 2014. See here for location. The map and 2013-14 Bushfire Operations Plan indicate both fuel slashing (FS032) in April along fire trails and urban interface, and fuel burning (FB237). Details of the proposed activity can be found here.

  • 26 February 2014: The March working bee will be held on Sunday 2 March 2014 from 9am to 12.30pm. Meet just below the Red Hill Summit restaurant to start work on clearing weeds from around the historic Callistemon plantings. Wear a sleeved shirt, long pants and strong shoes. Bring water, sunscreen a hat and morning tea. We will supply tools, gloves and training. More...

  • 25 February 2014: What are the benefits to our community for having trees in our suburbs. This ecological research will give some answers.

  • 19 February 2014: A program of work for the Red Hill Reserve has been prepared by Parks & Conservation. It will be updated as required. More...

  • 17 February 2014: A meeting will be held on 20 February 2014, between Regenerators, Parks & Conservation and Greening Australia to determine the precise extent of the planting and associated works which will be undertaken on Red Hill in 2014 as part of the ACT wide Woodland Resoration Project. It is anticipate that Regenerators volunteers will assist with the planning and implementation of this major project.

  • 17 February 2014: The final report of the NCA review of the National Capital Open Space System (NCOSS) has been released. Red Hill Nature Reserve forms part of the NCOSS. More...

  • 16 February 2014: A weekday working bee will be held from 9am on Tuesday 18 February 2014, from behind the Saudi Ambassador's residence at the top of Brereton Street, Garran. Wear a sleeved shirt, long pants and strong shoes. Bring water, sunscreen a hat and morning tea. We will supply tools, gloves and training. More...

  • 27 January 2014: The first working bee for 2014 will be on Sunday 2 February 2014, 8.00am to 11.00am. Park at the Parliament House lookout car park. Wear a sleeved shirt, long pants and strong shoes. Bring water, sunscreen a hat and morning tea. We will supply tools, gloves and training. More...

  • 10 January 2014: If you think removing woody weeds from Red Hill is hard work, just see what it could be like!!. More...

  • 10 January 2014: The Regenerators response to the ACT Government's Draft ACT Trails Strategy 2014-2024 can be downloaded from here.

  • 5 January 2014: The draft minutes of the 2013 AGM are now available. More...

  • 19 December 2013: The first working bee for 2014 will be on Sunday 2 February 2014. More details to follow.





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