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Simmos Beach Rehabilitation

Project status: In Progress

The project aims to improve the integrity and resilience of this key riparian corridor flowing into the Reserve from Fifth Avenue Reserve and Loftus Reserve in Macquarie Fields.

Approx start: March 2019 Approx finish: June 2021
Photo of Simmos Beach Reserve

About the Project

Council, in partnership with the Georges Riverkeeper (formerly Georges River Combined Councils Committee) has successfully obtained $50,000 in grant funding through the NSW Environmental Trust’s ‘Restoration and Rehabilitation Program’ to improve Critically Endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest in Simmos Beach Reserve and its urban headwaters.

The project aims to improve the integrity and resilience of this key riparian corridor flowing into the Reserve from Fifth Avenue Reserve and Loftus Reserve in Macquarie Fields.

The project will specifically focus on:

  • Bush regeneration and weed management works across 4.4ha of critically endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest vegetation
  • Improvement of habitat for threatened species such as the Koala and Cumberland Plain Land Snail
  • Removal of sediment to improve flows within Fifth Avenue Reserve
  • Removal of rubbish and ongoing maintenance of gross pollutant traps
  • Planting and installation of 2000 canopy species within the riparian area
  • Ongoing support of the Simmos Beach Bushcare Volunteer Group
  • Education with local schools and communities highlighting importance of endangered species and vegetation, impacts of stormwater and indicators for healthy waterways such as water bugs.

In addition to the grant funding, operational funds have been identified to further support this funding in the amount of $10,000 for the next three years and this will be for ongoing maintenance. The project is set for completion by June 2021 and will contribute to improving water quality within the Georges River catchment.
If you would like to be kept updated as the project progresses email your details to

How can you get involved?

Community involvement will help guarantee the success of the Simmos Beach Catchment Rehabilitation project. We will be inviting local residents to come down and talk about what will be undertaken during the project.

  You can also be a part of the project by:

  • participating in a community planting day to be scheduled in early 2020.
  • joining Council's Bushcare Program! 

For further information regarding the Simmos Beach Rehabilitation Project contact Council's Natural Areas Team on 02 4645 4601.

Project category: Parks and playground
-33.999275, 150.904339
Fifth Avenue, Macquarie Fields 2564
City Improvement
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Location: Fifth Avenue, Macquarie Fields 2564

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