Greening Western Sydney
Greening Western Sydney is the largest urban environmental restoration project in Australia.
Since 1992 Greening Australia has been actively restoring the bushland and rivers in the publicly owned lands of Western Sydney. Each year, the community of Western Sydney invests over 5000 hours of volunteer labour to restore and enhance native bushland and public open space.
Under the guidance of Greening Australia, volunteers have planted over 800 000 native plants including trees, shrubs and grass species. Restoration activity has focused on the Western Sydney Parklands and the South and Ropes Creek Open Space areas. These sites support significant remnants of the nationally endangered ecosystem, the Cumberland Plain Woodland and three environmentally sensitive tributaries of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. These sites also provide vital areas of public open space and recreation opportunities for the people of Western Sydney.
In addition to revegetation, volunteers are involved in a range of restoration activities including seed collection, weed and pest control and riverbank stabilisation. Community engagement and support is critical to the project’s success. The Nurragingy Community Nursery provides a focal point for meetings and wildlife walks and an active schools program is in place.
- Over 990 000 native trees, shrubs and grasses have been established.
- Restoration of over 30km of river and creek frontage.
- Annual volunteer commitment of over 5000 hours.
- Thriving community engagement and education program.
- Installed over 100 kilometres of protective fencing.
- 1995 Winner – National Landcare Awards for Vegetation Management.
- 2004 – Parks and Leisure Association (state and national award) in the category of Open Space and Natural Resource Management.
- 2006- Finalist in the Banksia Awards (biodiversity and land category).
Project Report - Greening Western Sydney Project