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* Summer Newsletter - Fresh off the press!
* Notice from our CEO
* Tools of the Trade - DONATE NOW
* New Clobber - order now with your coordinator
* Congratulations and special thanks
* COVID updates: Vaccination certification and Morning Tea advice.
* My Patch - with Marjorie Caws
* Questions Answered
* Final 2021 Mini Gardening Class - Lawn Care
* Call out for Admin AssistantBBQ'ers and Gardening Leaders
* Last Minute End of Year Party RSVP



Summer Newsletter

Our Summer newsletter is out now.  Read up on the Easy Care Gardening Lawn Care Tips and find out our latest award winners.   There's also some updates on uniforms, and important information about a tool fundraising drive.
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From Our CEO/President


This is the last newsletter for the year.  I started at Easy Care Gardening (ECG) during the tightest of the lockdown in mid- July. Although the restrictions have prevented me from meeting you all, I have been made to feel welcome and part of the team and for this take the opportunity to thank you all our dedicated volunteers for their essential service during the toughest times of the pandemic. I wish to thank you all volunteers for your resilience, dedication, and service to our clients in 2021. 

Accompanying the Summer Edition of the Newsletter is a letter from me, where I have summarised the year and the grants and government forums I have been focusing on and will continuing to work on in 2022.  Please take the time to read through this.

Although the pandemic is not yet at the end, I wish to end the year with a quote by Haruki Murakami.  “Once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive…….But one thing is for certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That is what the storm is all about.”

I have enjoyed meeting and servicing with our volunteers in the garden and at our Westfield Hornsby Pop up.  I hope to see you at our end of year volunteer function on 3 December or working in the garden in 2022.

Finally, wishing you, your family, and friends a Merry Christmas/ Seasons Greetings/ Happy Holidays and a safe, healthy and prosperous new year in 2022.

Warmest Regards,

Leanne Babic, CEO 

Updates for our volunteers
We have listened to the 2021 volunteer survey results and know tools and uniforms are priorities.

Leanne has been applying  for grants and looking into donation opportunities to support tools and uniforms and is pleased to announce that ECG won a competitive grant. Leanne would like to acknowledge Hunters Hill Council for supporting our winning grant application for tools for a team of 5 in Area 1 in November. We should expect to receive these funds in early 2022 and we hope that these tools will make a difference to our Area 1 team.

More details about these grants is provided in the Summer Edition of the newsletter.
Our 5 point tool strategy:
  1. Fundraise with GoFundMe.  This is a shareable fundraiser which you can put on your social media platforms like Facebook, or share through your email with friends.  
  2. 'Donate a tool kit' fundraiser, with tool set donations available through the office for $50, $100, $200 and $500.
  3. Investing in tools and organising some donations and fundraisers through Bunnings Warehouse.
  4. Applying for grants - and thankfully successfully receiving one from Hunters Hill Council for this exact purpose and we have also won an Ethical Jobs online matched donation funding campaign. This campaign will be expected to occur for one week only in early- mid 2022. We will be providing more details of this opportunity for the public to donate on this campaign such as when.
  5. Recycling, repairing and sharpening our existing kit to reuse and repurpose the tools we have.
Christmas Clobber?!
We have been searching for a new uniform provider. We are pleased to announce that we have a new uniform supplier. More details are included in this newsletter. I certainly would appreciate your feedback on these new uniforms.

Short Sleeved T-shirts now available in 95% cotton, in navy or beige, and come in a huge range of sizes so bags yourself a new top and look smart for the year ahead. 

Considering  our environment, we will have some of our older uniforms in stock; we have small numbers of sizes  S, M and L in short and long sleeves available.

Please contact your coordinator if you would like to freshen your uniform.
Also, if you don't have one of our bucket hats, we have some in stock.
Congratulations to our Perpetual Award winners from our CEO
This year, due to the restrictions, the perpetual awards were held as a smaller than normal occasion at the Coal Loader, on 11 November.  Our President, Frank Windeyer, our Patron Judy Horton, Volunteer Manager, Coralie Jensen, Marketing and Communication Manager, Meredith Kirton, Janine, daughter of the late Kathleen Ciemiega, and myself attended with 2021 winners and their plus ones.

This year, we had  11 volunteers nominated for the perpetual Brian Self and Kathleen Ciemiega Awards.  The Brian Self award is given to the volunteer who like Brian, demonstrates significant service. The Kathleen Ciemiega award is given to the volunteer who like Kathleen demonstrates the values of Easy Care Gardening during their volunteer service.

The competition was tight, but I would like to congratulate this year’s winners:
Brian Self Award 2021 winner is  Sue Bowers. Sue joined Easy Care Gardening on 6th September 2009 (12 years of volunteer service) and has been a regular and reliable volunteer, generously giving over 2,289 hours of her valuable time to assist our vulnerable elderly clients to remain independently in their homes.

Kathleen Ciemiega Award winner is  Marjorie Caws. Marjorie’s enthusiasm, generosity and compassion made her a very worthy recipient. Marjorie has volunteered since 1993 (28 years) - with positivity that her team, employees at Easy Care Gardening and clients find uplifting.  Marjorie has led the volunteer teams.

I hope you all join me in congratulating all the nominees and the 2021 winners, Sue and Marjorie.

Leanne Babic
Special Thank Yous
Thank you to the volunteers who attended the pop up at Westfield Hornsby from 11- 14 November and to Malcolm and Phil who stopped by to say hello.
A special thank you to:
  • Peter Sadler
  • Anthony Kee
  • Morris Nakhla
  • Marjorie Caws
for working on our stand.   And lovely to meet Phillip Nicholls who visited us there too.  He was the 2015 Brian Self Award Winner.
Vaccinations update from Commonwealth Department of Health- My Aged Care
As a My Aged Care Provider are required to continue to report every week the vaccination rates.  From 27 November, all paid, and volunteer essential works are required to have received a double dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and provide a copy of their vaccination record to their provider, ECG.

Booster shots are not yet conditional for My Aged Care, service providers, but on 23 November, all My Aged Care providers are to report on booster vaccination rates for all paid and volunteer essential workers on a weekly basis. 

Your third vaccination 'booster' shot is due 6 months after your last vaccination.  Keep us updated when you have had your vaccinations by contacting Administration.

This has been a tough, and seemingly never-ending journey, but as we have everyone’s health and well being at heart.  If you have any questions about vaccinations or booster, please do not hesitate to contact your coordinator.
COVID Safe Morning/Afternoon Teas
Although, we are now out of lockdown and are transitioning back to normal, unfortunately, the pandemic is not yet at the endemic, with new variants emerging, we still need to be careful and exercise all COVID safe practices.
This means until further notice, all morning and afternoon teas need to occur outside.  If a morning/afternoon tea cannot occur outside, unfortunately, we will need to decline all gatherings indoors.
Marjorie Caws was the well deserving recipient of the Kathleen Ciemiega Award.  You can read more about our Perpetual Awards in the Summer Newsletter.  Pictured here at the presentation at the Coal Loader is (left to right) Leanne Babic, Larissa Hansen, Marjorie Caws and Renata Mason. 
Read about her own patch below.

My Patch

Marjorie Caws has spent many many hours volunteer gardening for others, but what does a peek over her fence look like?  Marjorie and her husband bought a little cottage in Berrima in the Southern Highlands hoping to retire there one day. The years later, sadly her husband died suddenly.  Marjorie still goes down there as often as she can, though lockdowns have made it difficult this year.

The 1/2 acre block filled with trees and flowers, but that's not all.  "My garden attracts lots of wild birds,in particular king parrots, rosellas and lorikeets. Occasionally a kangaroo has been seen at dusk feeding on the grass . A regular visitor late in the evening is a wombat who pushes his way through a wire fence,usually leaving his recognisable calling card ,heading back to his  home on the river bank at the end of our street." reflects Marjorie, "Thankfully he hasn't stopped, so far, to dig any holes in the garden."

Marjorie says "the seasons are very distinct in the highlands and each one brings a different pleasure. Spring sees a lot of new life in the trees with blossoms in abundance and all varieties of bulbs in every garden. Autumn is just as colourful with the deciduous trees giving a spectacular show of red,orange ,yellow and gold as they drop their leaves before winter." and adds, "My half acre garden is a lot to manage now on my own and I'm extremely grateful to my good friends I've met at ECG who have regularly come down to work in the garden."

Tell us about your patch»


Question and Answers

Bronze Orange Bug, sometimes known as stink bugs, are out and about with vengeance. So what do they do?  Do you need to worry about them?  How do you treat them? 
They suck the sap out of developing fruit and foliage, weakening the tree and spoiling the fruit. If you have been using a white oil type spray for aphids and leaf miner, you shouldn't have many, but if you haven't, now is the time to start a routine application.  You might also need to consider manually removing them from your trees, but this is a job to enact with caution.  They can spray you and cause a nasty reaction if they get you in the eye, so always wear glasses or goggles if you're working in or around an infected tree.  Another option is to vacuum them off - mad it might look, but the long nozzle does keep you at a safe distance.

Wanting to know more about lawn care?  Do you have problems with weeds in your lawn?  Is it compacted and has bare patches?  Perhaps you should register for our Lawn Care Workshop.The last Basic Gardening Class of the year is going to be held on the 7th December at 4pm.  You can also visit our website here to catch up on the other slides from the basic gardening series.
Register Now
Current Vacancies
We are searching for two Part time- paid contracted positions for:
  • A garden leader to join our gardening team in Area 5 and to assist in other areas as needed.
  • An administrative officer to join our support office team at Pymble to help us transition with the My Aged Care reforms.

We Need Gardening Leaders   

ECG are recruiting for a garden leader to work 3 days per week for a 12 month contract with the possibility to extend the contract.  The Position Description can be found on the Join Our Team of our website or on SEEK. If you wish to apply please provide your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria and email this to

We Need Admin Assistance  

Our organisation is seeking a part-time Administration Assistant to maintain day-to-day office functions, assist with the My Aged Care Portal and attend to incoming communications via phone and email. We are looking for an individual who is efficient and comfortable being a member of a team with the ability to work autonomously at times.

The ability to multitask, prioritise work and provide administrative support is essential in this position.

The ideal candidate for this job is proactive, a good problem solver and organised. Assuring a steady completion of workload in a timely manner is key to success in this position.

For more information email this to or jump onto Ethical Jobs for a full job description and application link.

Family Day @ Bunnings Belrose is on the 9th December from 6pm-8pm
If you're free to volunteer on a stall handing out flyers and chatting to interested potential volunteers, we'd love your help. 
Volunteer Now

ECG End of Year Celebration for our Volunteers

RSVP:  Extended till 30th November - LAST CHANCE!!!
  • Plenty of parking
  • Directly opposite Cheltenham Railway station
 Drinks:  available at the bar at own expense
Council Acknowledgements
We wish to thank the City of Ryde and Ku-Ring-Gai Council for their generous end of year gifts for our volunteers. The gifts will be distributed at our end of year function on 3 December and through our Coordinators, for anyone who cannot attend the end of year function
End of year Closures and Moving Advice
Our office will be shutting at midday on 24 December and reopen with skeleton staff on 4 January. Our last garden visit will be on Wednesday 22 December and will recommence on Monday 10 January. 
ECG is leaving 159 Shaftesbury Rd
After 8 years of being at 159 Shaftesbury Rd Eastwood, we need to move. We wish to thank the City of Ryde for supplying room at no cost for our volunteer Manager, Coralie Jensen to meet with our volunteers since 2013. Coralie will be moving into our Pymble office but will still be available to meet with our volunteers in the Ryde area by appointment. Stay posted for our new location. 
The next newsletter will start in February.  Let us know if you have a submission.


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