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The City of Canterbury Bankstown, in conjunction with the Southern Sydney Region of Councils
(SSROC), Local Land Services and Sydney Coastal Councils Group, is encouraging residents to
create their own habitats to support local wildlife.
On Wednesday 25 October, an information session will be held at Belmore Community Centre
from 6-8pm, to discuss the different places habitats can be created. The different types of habitat
that can be formed, such as dense shrubs, long grasses, rock features, bird baths and nest
boxes, will also be discussed.
Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the Create a Habitat at Home initiative was an extension of the
conservation corridor work that Council had implemented across the City.
“For years, Council has been creating ‘stepping stones’ that connect public reserves together,
which enable many local species to thrive in our area,” Mayor Asfour said.
“An example of this would be the work we’ve done along the Cooks River, in particular along Cup
and Saucer Creek Wetland, where we’ve created freshwater wetlands, saltmarshes, and planted
native vegetation to improve habitat connectivity.”
Mayor Asfour said additional habitats meant more lizards, frogs, small birds and other species
would be able to survive in the local area.
“Creating habitat in your space is a great way to provide a safe and welcoming environment for
them,” Mayor Asfour said.
“You can do this in your backyard or on your balcony, in the common area of your apartment
block, or even in your school grounds.”
Ashbury resident, Phil Scott, has already begun growing his own habitat for local wildlife.
“It was important for my family to try and minimise the impact that we’ve had on the landscape, as
well as providing refuge for birds and animals whose homes no longer existed,” he said.
“When we started building our garden this year, we made sure to include native plants found
along the Cooks River, so these animals would be familiar with the environment around them.
“We also kept in mind the different garden elements that could be built to give these animals a
variety of options. That’s why we included a rock garden.
“The plan now is to keep planting and building different habitats, so this information session will
be useful to see what we can do next.”
To register for the information session, call Council’s Environmental Project Officer, Robyn
Young, on 9707 9628.
18/10/2017 3:50 PM