Cessnock City Council is excited to launch the 'Our Bushland' 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. It's about the bushland down the street, round the corner and across the road. 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.
A lot of the local bushland in Cessnock is significant because it is some of the last of the large patches of vegetation on the valley floor in the Hunter. As a result, the bushland of Cessnock is home to some very important species, both plants and animals:
- Critically endangered species, including the Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot use our local bushland for food and shelter. The Regent Honeyeater is also known to breed here.
- Werakata National Park provides vital protection for Kurri Kurri Sand Swamp Woodland, an endangered ecological community.
- The North Rothbury Persoonia (Persoonia pauciflora), listed as critically endangered, is only found in a small area in North Rothbury.
- The vulnerable Earps Gum, Eucalypts parramattensis subsp decadens is only found in the Kurri Kurri/Cessnock area and in Tomago sandbeds. Werakata National Park provides vital protection for this rare species.
- The small flower Grevillea, Grevillea parviflora subsp parviflora, listed as vulnerable, can be found growing in the area particularly, in Werakata National Park.
- Numerous endangered ecological communities including Lower Hunter Spotted Gum- Ironbark Community and Quorrobolong Scribbly Gum Woodland are found in the area.
The long term survival of many of these threatened species and communities is linked to the long term health of our local bushland.
Unfortunately, deliberately lit fires, illegal fire wood collection and illegal dumping is reducing the habitat value and detracting from the beauty of our local bushland. The ‘Our Bushland’ campaign, through raising awareness of the value of our local bushland seeks to improve the communities appreciation of local bushland and reduce the frequency of these damaging behaviours.
The ‘Our Bushland’ campaign will also focus on landholders to increase awareness about the importance of the bushland found in our own backyards. The project will provide landholders with information about how they can better manage their land for biodiversity and what assistance, including funding, is available to assist.
The next workshop will be held 17 April 2019 at Ellalong Community Hall. Bookings are essential