In 1978, an area of bushland in South Turramurra was threatened with destruction by plans to build a netball complex. Residents were galvanised into action to try to save this natural area and so STEP was formed. That particular fight was lost, but from this small beginning STEP has grown to become a vital force in conservation in northern Sydney. Click here for more information on our history, aims and achievements.

STEP questions the conventional wisdom. Urban environmentalism is much more than fighting against loss of natural areas. It is essential to look many decades ahead and to educate and inspire the community to appreciate what we have if the battle against the unthinking and destroyers is to be won. Natural areas may be maintained by regeneration and maintenance but they can only be saved if they are not lost, piece by piece, to our ever increasing need for housing, schools, roads, playing fields, hospitals and all the other developments our governments are imposing upon us.

By joining STEP you will demonstrate that you are concerned about retaining the local environment for the future. We draw our members from far and wide but we are primarily concerned with Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby and surrounding suburbs. Each year we organise walks and talks, produce newsletters, make submissions and support environmental education. We've published position papers, books and maps of walking tracks.

Christmas Special – Special Price on our Maps ansd Books

For our Christmas special complete this order form:

Maps of walking tracks:

  • Lane Cove Valley $5
  • Middle Harbour North $10
  • Middle Harbour South $10


  • Understanding the Weather $15 (+$10 p&p)
  • Field Guide to the Bushland of the Lane Cove Valley $20 (+$10 p&p)
  • Sydney's Natural World $20 (+$10 p&p)

Talks and Walks

Sunday 18 October Walk Rawson Park to Bradleys Head Loop
One of Sydney’s iconic harbour walks through beautiful Sydney Red Gum woodland. Endangered littoral rainforest is found on some of the lower southern slopes. Spectacular harbour views.

Tuesday 27 October annual general meeting and talk on birds (Ross Rapmund)

STEP Matters

Issue 182 (September 2015)

Recent Summisions

Hornsby Quarry – Spoil Management Project (September 2015)
Canoon Road Recreation Area Draft Plan of Management (August 2015)
Berowra Valley National Park and Berowra Valley Regional Park Draft Plan of Management (June 2015)
St Ives Showground and Precinct Lands Plan of Management (February 2015)
Russell Vale Colliery Underground Expansion Project Review (January 2015)

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