We ended last week on a high by launching a new program in Sydney – Reviving Rockdale Wetlands! The program is in partnership with Sydney Airport and Bayside Council who gathered with us at the site on Friday to celebrate day one of the three year program.
This major partnership will engage the local community to drive environmental restoration activities throughout the Rockdale Wetlands Biodiversity Corridor. The Rockdale Wetlands runs from the Cooks River to Sans Souci and has been identified as a critically important habitat for the protection of declining flora and fauna species in the local area. The parklands and riparian areas attract birdwatchers and nature study groups while also supporting a range of other recreational activities, including extensive cycling tracks, sporting fields, tennis courts and playgrounds used by the community.
Bayside Mayor Bill Saravinovski said the Council’s partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Sydney Airport is helping improve the natural environment in Bayside.
“This work complements the work of our Bushcare volunteers and supports our plan for the Hawthorne Street Natural Area and Scarborough Ponds.”
Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the airport was focused on supporting community and environmental assets in the Botany area.
“Not only do the Rockdale Wetlands play an incredibly important role in supporting biodiversity in the area, but they also bring the community together,” he said.
“We’re very pleased to partner with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Bayside Council to revive this critical habitat and nurture it for the benefit of the entire local community.
“We’re committed to supporting our local communities and making a tangible contribution to protecting biodiversity and preserving Sydney’s world-renowned natural beauty.”
Conservation Volunteers Australia CEO Phil Harrison also welcomed the partnership.
“Over the years this unique wetland area has been affected by serious environmental degradation through littering, green waste dumping and of course, infestation from a host of different weeds,” he said.
“Despite this, it’s remained home to key fish breeding habitat, seven Endangered Ecological Communities and 28 fauna species listed as either threatened or migratory in the area.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Sydney Airport and Bayside Council to provide ongoing support to Rockdale Wetlands Biodiversity Corridor and we encourage all members of the community to come and join in.”
Sydney Airport has partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia on multiple projects over the past five years including Kamay Botany Bay and most recently supporting the Congwong Beach Sand Dune Restoration Project. This program concluded earlier this month and achieved fantastic results, engaging the community in removing over 2000sqm of invasive species, allowing the native seed bank to germinate once again. Our volunteers enjoyed the program immensely;
“I had fun, it wasn’t stressful, I met people, I learned something new and was able to contribute the environmental sustainability.” – Congwong Beach Volunteer
How do I volunteer?
Come and join in with the new project at Rockdale Wetlands! Volunteers can register to participate on the Reviving Rockdale Wetlands project by visiting www.conservationvolunteers.com.au or contacting Conservation Volunteers Sydney on 02 9331 1610.