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Simmos Beach Reserve Catchment Rehabilitation Project

Photo of Simmos Beach Reserve The Georges River at Simmos Beach, Macquarie Fields

About Simmos Beach Reserve

Simmos Beach 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 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 October 2021 and will contribute to reducing weed invasion and improving water quality within the Georges River catchment.

Council staff completed a drop-in kiosk information session for residents on the 7  May 2019 to discuss the project, here their views and invite them to get involved with Simmos Beach Bushcare group. 

The project kicks off Friday 17 May with mechanical control and bush regeneration contractors beginning works controlling woody weeds.

If you would like to receive updates as the project progresses email you details to open.space@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au  

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 Autumn 2020, registration for the event when announced.
  • joining Council's Bushcare Program! 

For further information regarding the Simmos Beach Rehabilitation Project contact Council's Natural Areas Team on 02 4645 4490 or email open.space@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au 

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