Alix Goodwin, CEO National Parks Association of NSW
Sydney Marine Park
On 16 August, the NSW Government released its draft plan to protect the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion through the creation of a new marine park. The marine park, based on the Sydney Harbour National Park model, was to be made up of a network of 25 sites to be managed under three zones: sanctuary zones, new conservation zones and special purpose zones.
The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) warmly welcomes NSW Labor’s commitment for a new national park in south-west Sydney.
NPA included a proposal for protected areas in south-west Sydney in its ’50 Parks’ proposal, released late 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. A new protected area is vital in order to protect threatened ecological communities and threated species—including koalas—in the face of accelerating development.
Stephanie Clark, Citizen Science Officer
The ‘Wild Wild Inner West’ project launched with a pub talk event run as part of the Sydney Science Festival in August. The pub talk had ecologists and biologists from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales discuss urban ecology and urban nature in the City of Sydney and Inner West Council Local Government Areas.
Have you seen a Water Dragon in your Backyard? National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) would like you to become a citizen scientist and take part in our Sydney-wide survey on how water dragons use backyards in Sydney.
Margot Law, NPA Citizen Science Officer
Imagine a city where native animals flourish, helping to control feral vermin and even looking after your garden! Well, perhaps Sydney isn’t that far away from making this a reality. In recent years, we’ve seen native species like long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta), powerful owls (Ninox strenua) and native pollinators starting to reclaim their city.
Students at Blairmount Public School kicked off pollinator week a bit early with the ‘Bringing back the buzz to the Cumberland Plain Woodland’ project. Pollinator week, 12-19th November, is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our native bees and contribute to their conservation.