Floating Landcare scoops environmental achievement award
07 September 2016
GREATER Sydney Local Land Services was recognised for its Floating Landcare initiative at the Blue Star Sustainability awards in Sydney last week.
Floating Landcare provides volunteers with a unique wilderness land management experience, travelling by boat to water access only bushland locations on the Hawkesbury River estuary, Brisbane Waters and Wyong River managing weedy hot spots and litter.
Led by Senior Land Services Officer Rebecca Mooy, the program has attracted more than 400 volunteers who have contributed the equivalent of half a million dollars in bush regeneration activities across 17 different sites.
“Floating Landcare would not be the success it is today without the support of our dedicated volunteers and project partners,” Ms Keyzer said.
Ms Keyzer said volunteers took part in activities at a number of sites along the estuary foreshore.
“By working in partnership with the major land managers the project works to sustain the biodiversity along the estuary which leads to a healthier wildlife corridor.
“Volunteers undertake bush regeneration to eradicate invasive weed species from the hotspots in the bushland, foreshore litter collection to reduce the impact of marine debris on mangrove, saltmarsh communities and marine wildlife and conduct flora and fauna surveys.
“Our overall aim is to increase the awareness and participation of the broader community of the need and opportunity to help protect, restore and rehabilitate the local bushland through volunteering.
“The Greater Sydney region is blessed with a beautiful mixture of coastal and estuarine landscapes and we are proud to play a part in protecting these important natural assets.”
Floating Landcare is assisted with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust. The program is coordinated by Greater Sydney Local Land Services with support of its partners: Northern Beaches, Hornsby, and Central Coast Council's, National Parks, Landcare Australia and its corporate partners.
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