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Partnership preserves native Sydney species

A NSW Government partnership project has preserved a critically endangered native Sydney plant species.

Deane’s Tea-tree is only found along the picturesque creek lines in the National Parks of Sydney’s north western suburbs.

But Greater Sydney Senior Land Services officer Rebecca Mooy said the prevalence of invasive weeds and creek pollution had led to the plant being listed as vulnerable under both the NSW and Federal government guidelines.

“Little had been done to determine just how much of this important native species was left so Greater Sydney Local Land Services partnered with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to restore a section of Middle Harbour Creek which flows through Garigal National Park, one of four key management sites for the species,” she said.

Funded through the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program, work undertaken included species surveillance to determine the health of the Deane’s Tea-tree population as well as the removal of exotic weeds.

Senior Field officer for OEH Kathryn Wem said a targeted survey had been critical to the success of the project.

“Since undertaking the survey we now know the population, although restricted to close to the creek line, has more individuals than had previously been recorded for the site,” she said.

“Having a better understanding of the population’s extent, the health of individuals within it and its surrounding habitat will help us better preserve this vulnerable species well into the future.”

Ms Mooy hailed the project a great success.

“Removing the competition for space created when weeds find their way into any bushland remnants provides new native seedlings with a much needed opportunity to get established, thrive and provide essential habitat for our native animals.”

“This project has had a great outcome for the future success of the species and the health of the riparian corridor along the Creek, we are proud to have supported it,” she said.

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