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Barking mad for bushland

A Celebration of the rehabilitation of a rare patch of native vegetation and wildlife habitat was held at the Animal Welfare League NSW shelter in Kemps Creek yesterday.

A joint initiative between Animal Welfare League NSW and Greater Sydney Local Land Services, the project has seen 6 ha of the critically endangered Cumberland Plain woodland restored and rejuvenated with interpretive signs installed to highlight the value of the bushland.

Greater Sydney Land Services officer Jenny Schabel said thanks to the woodland located on the site, the shelter was home to more than just cats and dogs.

“With towering eucalypts, native grasses, shrubs and vines, the area is home to 65 different species of native flora and a variety of native animals including wallabies, echidnas, possums and owls,” she said.

Ms Schabel said the Greater Sydney team had worked with Animal Welfare League NSW and bush regenerators to undertake extensive weed control and restore the natural values of the area.

“The area was once overrun with invasive weeds like green cestrum and privet. But the bush regeneration teams have tackled the weed thickets and the bush has responded with a beautiful spring flower display.

“Three interpretative signs have now been installed to help promote awareness of the values of the bushland.”

To mark the milestone Animal Welfare League NSW staff and volunteers joined Greater Sydney Local Land Services officers on a guided bushwalk through the area to learn more about the site.

CEO of Animal Welfare League NSW Therese Markou said “we are very proud and honoured to have this wonderful pocket of Cumberland Plain woodland located on our Kemps Creek site, and would like to thank Greater Sydney Local Land Services for working with us for many years to protect this beautiful bushland”.

Animal Welfare League NSW is a registered charity caring for abandoned, surrendered and neglected animals. The Kemps Creek shelter on Elizabeth Drive is open to the public and includes an adoption service, a veterinary hospital, pet boarding and other services.

This weed control project site has been funded through both the NSW and Australian governments.

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Media contact: Nikki McGrath, Greater Sydney Local Land Services (02) 4724 2138 M: 0448 953 755