Campaign launched to get locals thinking about ‘Our Bushland’
Cessnock City Council is excited to launch a campaign to raise awareness about local bushland and its importance to local species.
The campaign has been made possible by funding from the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. It seeks to educate residents about all bushland, not just the bushland in National Parks.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said we’re talking about the bushland down the street, round the corner and across the road.
“We need to be thinking about all the pockets of bushland located around our community and take action to ensure we are looking after this bushland. This vegetation is home to some very important species and are called biodiversity hotspots by ecologists.”
“Critically endangered species, including the Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot use our local bushland for food and shelter. The long term survival of these birds is linked to the long term health of our bushland. These birds particularly love it when the mature nectar rich eucalypts such as Spotted Gums flower,” Mayor Pynsent said.
Unfortunately, damage by deliberately lit fires, illegal fire wood collection and illegal dumping is detracting from the beauty of our local bushland and reducing its habitat value.
The ‘Our Bushland’ campaign will also focus on landholders to increase awareness about the importance of the bushland found in their own backyards. The project will provide landholders with information about how they can better manage their land for biodiversity and what assistance is available to assist them including funding.
Council in partnership with Birdlife Australia and the Office of Environment and Heritage is delivering a number of events to help the community learn more about local biodiversity including BioBlitzes and information workshops. To find out more visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/ourbushland.