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Biodiversity Month

Biodiversity Month The City of Canterbury Bankstown will kick-off Biodiversity Month this weekend, with a series of events, walks and talks, aimed at promoting the importance of our local flora and fauna. No  

​The City of Canterbury Bankstown will kick-off Biodiversity Month this weekend, with a series of events, walks and talks, aimed at promoting the importance of our local flora and fauna.

One of the highlights will be the native gardens for backyard biodiversity workshop, which will be held on Saturday 29 September (10am-noon), at Chester Hill Community Gardens. It will provide discuss:

  • Basic needs of native animals and plants;
  • Creating shelter for reptiles, birds and mammals;
  • Encouraging native bees into gardens;
  • Creating ponds and mini wetlands; and
  • Choosing appropriate native plants to create food and shelter for native animals.

Registered participants will also receive a free native plant.

Canterbury resident Tim Pullen, who is regularly involved in Council’s Biodiversity Month activities, said transforming his front and backyards into native gardens has been rewarding.

"I’ve always loved nature so, for me, it’s important to be surrounded by it. We’ve got lots of native plants at home – grevilleas, banksias and even native grasses," Mr Pullen said.

"Having a native garden is incredibly important for our native wildlife. We see wattlebirds, honeyeaters and flying foxes coming through our yards – we even have a local frog species living in our pond.

"A few years ago, we worked with Council to build a swale in our backyard, which collects rainwater we then use on our garden."

There are seven other Council-hosted activities scheduled, including:

  • Saturday 1 September (11am-12.30pm) - introduction to keeping native bees, at Lakemba Community Gardens;
  • Saturday 1 September to Friday 7 September - native plant giveaways, at Earlwood, Bankstown and Panania Library and Knowledge Centres;
  • Saturday 15 September (8-10am) - breakfast with the birds, at Deepwater Park, Milperra;
  • Sunday 16 September (10am-12.30pm) - Wolli Creek river walk;
  • Saturday 22 September (9.30am-noon) - Salt Pan Creek river walk;
  • Wednesday 3 October - native animal shows, at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre (10.30am) and Campsie Library and Knowledge Centre (12.30pm); and
  • Thursday 4 October (5.45-7.45pm) - grey headed flying fox information evening, at Turella Reserve, Earlwood.

Mayor Khal Asfour said residents don’t have to wait until September to celebrate Canterbury-Bankstown’s biodiversity, with Council’s Bushcare program running year round.

"The work carried out by Council, contracted bush regenerators and our Bushcare volunteers, has resulted in significant improvements to the conservation and management of local bushland," Mayor Asfour said.

For more information, or to register for any of these events, visit and search biodiversity, or call Council’s Environmental Sustainability Education Officer on 9707 9798.

 12/02/2019 12:20 PM