Help Save our Species - Hawkesbury

Hawkesbury City Council has been awarded a $153,000 ‘Saving Our Species’ grant from the Office of Environment and Heritage to protect the remnant Shale Sandstone Transition Forest in the Kurrajong Hills area.

Saving our Species is a program run by the Office of Environment and Heritage which aims to protect threatened plants and animals in NSW.

The Shale Sandstone Transition Forest is an important ecological community, which is a naturally occurring collection of native plants, animals and other organisms occupying a particular area. Ecological communities are threatened when they become at risk of extinction. Currently over 100 threatened ecological communities are recognised in NSW.

The Shale Sandstone Transition Forest in the Kurrajong Hills area is listed as a threatened ecological community.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councilor Barry Calvert said the grant would help support a “key part of the Hawkesbury environment and hopefully help to preserve the native forest which is home to koalas and many other native fauna and flora”.

“The seven year project will be funded by both Hawkesbury City Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage,” Councillor Calvert said.

“The project will focus on Matheson Park, Singletons Reserve and Diamond Hill Reserve bushland areas.

“These areas are significant as they contain good quality remnant Shale Sandstone Transition Forest,” he said.

“They also have good vegetation connectivity to the lower mountains and form part of the wider koala habitat in the region. Bound by Little Wheeny Creek, the sites are home to many native fauna.

“The threats impacting on this ecological community include invasive species such as weeds, foxes and rabbits, and unauthorised clearing of vegetation,” the Mayor added.

“Council staff will be coordinating the project with assistance from the Matheson Park and Singletons Reserve Bushcare groups. Now would be a great time for new volunteers to join these bushcare groups to help with this special project.”

Local residents interested in being part of this new project can join the Matheson Park and Singletons Reserve Bushcare groups. Please call Council’s Bushcare Officer on 4560 4525 or email martin.gauci@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au for more information on becoming a volunteer.

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