World Environment Day 2016
Posted on: 01.06.2016
“Go Wild For Life”
The Wollondilly Shire has rolling hills, gorges, grassy planes and meandering rivers that are home to a unique variety of plants and animals. Within the region there are a number of national parks and water catchment lands that help to preserve their habitat.
There are, however, a number of threatened plants and animals that exist outside of these areas. Many of the shires roadsides provide valuable habitat for threatened plants like the Bargo Geebung, and the Port Jackson Heath.
The Wollondilly Shire is also fortunate to have a thriving resident colony of healthy Koalas and other threatened animals such as Squirrel Gliders, Masked Owls and Powerful Owls that have been sighted in local areas.
These animals tend to use particular gum trees, for food and habitat, which occur within a forest type known as Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. This forest type has been listed as an Endangered Ecological Community with only about 30% of its original extent remaining and <2% protected in conservation reserves.
For this year’s World Environment Day we are celebrating the Wollondilly’s unique, rare and wonderful species through coordinating an event on Friday 3 June, we will be at Douglas Park Primary School planting out a threatened species garden with the Villous (shaggy) Mint Bush, Prostanthera densa and the Spiked – Rice Flower, Pimelea spicata.
Douglas Park primary school won the plants as part of the Macarthur Threatened Species Art Competition and the plants were grown and donated by the team at The Australian Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan.
For any schools for community groups wishing to undertake activities for this year’s World Environment Day the Wollondilly Community Nursery is offering free local plants.
For more information contact Council’s Environmental Education Officer on 4677 1122 or the Wollondilly Community Nursery 4677 0462.