Launch of Cumberland Conservation Corridor
28 April 2015
The Australian Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, launched the Cumberland Conservation Corridor project on April 28 2015 at a bush site in Londonderry, Western Sydney. Assisting with the launch was the Federal Minister for Lindsay, Fiona Scott.
The Cumberland Conservation Corridor is an election commitment of the Australian Government and its implementation will bring outstanding environmental and social benefits to the region. It consists of three key components:
- Protection in perpetuity of land with high conservation value through the use of covenants,
- Funding of Green Army teams to provide environmental training for young people, and
- Allocation of one million trees from the 20 Million Trees Program to Western Sydney.
Both Minister Hunt and Fiona Scott acknowledged the tireless efforts of local conservationists Lisa Harrold and Wayne Olling in convincing the government of the value of investing the Cumberland Conservation Corridor.
The site of the launch was a 5.7 Ha block with high quality vegetation representing two endangered plant communities, Castlereagh Scribbly Gum Woodland and Shale Gravel Transition Forest. This is the first site to be protected by a covenant through the Cumberland Conservation Corridor.
Key elements of the Cumberland Conservation Corridor will be delivered by the Nature Conservation Trust and Conservation Volunteers Australia. Governance for the project is supported by a Reference Group with membership by the Australian Department of the Environment, Greater Sydney Local Land Services, University of Western Sydney, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Penrith City Council, Cumberland Conservation Network, Blacktown and District Environment Group, Western Sydney Conservation Alliance, Derubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council, Murru Mittigar, Richmond TAFE, Cumberland Bird Observers, Nature Conservation Trust and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
The Greater Sydney Local Land Services has played an important role in the delivery of the Cumberland Conservation Corridor through providing meeting venues, assisting with governance by reviewing management plans, technical support through ecological assessment of sites suitable for protection by covenants and conducting faunal surveys on identified sites.
Launch of Cumberland Conservation Corridor at Londonderry.
Left - Right: Rosemary Hollow (Project Manager), Minister Greg Hunt, Bill Dixon (GS LLS), Fiona Scott MP, Terry Charlton (Chair, GS LLS).