Biodiversity refers to the variety of all life forms; the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Protecting biodiversity and land resources is important because of its role in sustaining natural processes, such as nutrient cycling, soil formation and pollination. Maintaining biodiversity is essential for the survival of healthy ecosystems. Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, with a large portion of its species found nowhere else. Urban development continues to be the most significant pressure on biodiversity in Sydney. Within the Georges River Local Government Area several threatened flora and fauna species can be found.
The Georges River Council area consists of a huge network of over 300 parks, reserves and bushland areas. These areas of open space are home to a rich variety of native animals including possums, wallabies, flying foxes, lizards, birds and fish. As Australian bushland has been diminished through increased urbanisation, many of the natural homes of native animals have also been lost. As a result, wildlife occasionally seeks sanctuary in homes, backyards and community spaces.
Acknowledging this, Georges River Council makes every effort to ensure any activity in the area has minimal impact on local native species and must address the need to achieve a balance between the needs of our vulnerable species, the community and the local environment.
Georges River Council undertakes a range of land management programs which aims to enhance our natural systems and is proactive in preserving our bushland and biodiversity through:
- Bush regeneration and bushcare volunteers
- Strategic land use planning and management
- Conducting education initiatives with the aim of increasing the value the community places on areas of biodiversity
- Delivering projects which work towards the protection of biodiversity and sustainability of our natural areas
- Participation in the Fox Scan project
Are you interested in spending some time outdoors soaking up nature and learning more about native plants and weed identification? If the answer is YES, please call 9330 6400 for more information.
Volunteers assist with:
- Weed identification and removal
- Native plant identification
- Soil stabilisation and minor drainage works, where required
- Planting (when natural regeneration of soil-stored seed is unlikely to occur)