A big green thumbs up to Fairfield Council workers and volunteers from the Shah Satnam Ji Green ‘S’ Welfare Force Wing who will plant more than 20,000 native plants along Orphan School Creek in Canley Heights and Georges River in May.
About 10,000 River Flat Eucalyptus Forest natives were planted on May 7 along the Orphan School Creek. It follows previous creek rehabilitation and revegetation works that Council completed in 2015 and will provide ideal habitat to native wildlife, including frogs, water dragons and a variety of birds.
This Sunday, the volunteer group will turn their attention to the Georges River, where they will plant 8000 native plants that will help reduce bank erosion issues identified in the Georges River Management Plan.
Later this month council will plant a further 2000 long-stem Paperbark trees (Melaleuca) native plants and install coir logs to prevent bank erosion from boat wave action at Georges River.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone praised the volunteers in ensuring “our waterways remain healthy for future generations to enjoy”.
“The native plants used at these locations protect the banks from erosion, improve water quality and habitat diversity,” he said.
“The works will provide greater access to our natural assets and improve our waterways.”
Council’s rehabilitation and revegetation works are funded through Council’s Creek Care Program and Greater Sydney Local Land Services grants.
In the last year council has planted more than 50,000 seedlings across the City.
- Do you want to volunteer? Call council’s Natural Resources team on 9725 0222.