Smiths Creek Reserve 'Enhancing Koala Habitat' Project

Koala sitting in a gum tree

Smiths Creek Reserve supports significant local and regional environmental values, containing many threatened plants and animals and remnant areas of critically endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest.

The vegetation in the reserve forms part of an important regional biodiversity corridor which supports core Koala habitat and is a culturally significant local for the local Aboriginal people.

Find out more about Smiths Creek Reserve.

About the Project

Greater Sydney Local Land Services have awarded a grant of $20,000 to Council under the Native Vegetation and Significant Species Habitat program. Supported by additional funds by Council, locally the project aims to both improve Shale Sandstone Transition Forest vegetation, a Critically Endangered Ecological Community, and raise awareness of the value of the native habitat wildlife through a 'Hollows for Homes' project within local schools.

The project will specifically focus on:

  • Bush regeneration and weed management works across two areas of critically endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest vegetation adjacent to Waminda Reserve, Nymboida Crescent Road and Leichardt Street
  • Improvement of habitat for threatened species such as the Koala and Cumberland Plain Land Snail
  • Ongoing support of the Smiths Creek Bushcare Volunteer Group
  • Undertaking four 'Bush Explorers' community bushwalk events
  • Providing six environmental education sessions tailored to the needs of the local schools.

How can you get involved?

Community involvement will help guarantee the success of the project and you can help by joining Council's Bushcare Program.

For further information regarding the Smiths Creek Linking Urban Koala Habitat Corridors and Hollows as Homes Education contact Council's Natural Areas Team on 02 4645 4601.