Hunter’s Hill Council in conjunction with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Habitat Network received a 3 year NSW Environmental Trust Grant to strategically approach habitat restoration at a landscape level along the lower Parramatta River estuary.
Bushcare groups and bush regeneration contractors are working across five reserves in the Hunter’s Hill LGA i.e. Clarkes Point, Kellys Bush, Gladesville Reserve, Betts Park and Parramatta River Regional Park. These reserves form part of a regionally significant biodiversity corridor. Bush regeneration works will improve ecological connectivity between bushcare sites and restore Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs) under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 i.e. Coastal Saltmarsh and Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest. The project involves improving habitat for fauna in particular small birds.
In addition the project has engaged the local community particularly increased volunteer numbers and community awareness and involvement including encouraging adjoining residents to plant suitable habitat in their gardens.
If you would like more information on the project, would like to join a bushcare group or help plant habitat in these reserves, please contact Council’s Bushland staff on Ph: 9879 9439
This project involves sediment and weed removal to enhance coastal saltmarsh and mangroves in Tarban Creek. Sediment and weeds are exposed and generally above the tidal inundation levels. A 10 year University of Technology Sydney study indicated that the health of the coastal saltmarsh and mangrove communities are deteriorating rapidly and complete loss of saltmarsh will occur if no remediation works are undertaken.
Sediment and weed removal works will focus on re-instating the natural substrate as far as practical to allow for optimum tidal regimes for the saltmarsh and mangroves using best practice methods. It is also likely that crab and fish populations will benefit from increased tidal inundation and saltmarsh expansion.
This project has been identified as high priority actions in the Parramatta River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan (2013).
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