An important threatened species conservation project is underway in Queens Park to protect a remnant of the endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS).
This Project, supported by the Sydney Coastal Councils Group through funding from the Australian Government, aims to:
- reduce weeds within the remnant vegetation to provide some space under the canopy species for native species regeneration; and
- create a buffer planting zone and plant non-provenance native species in northern edge of site to create a barrier to weeds and minimise mowing adjacent to the remnant.
What is ESBS?
ESBS is a nationally and state-listed Endangered Ecological scrub and heath vegetation community confined to deep, wind formed sand deposits in the coastal suburbs of Sydney. It originally covered over 5,300 hectares, however today there is less than 145 hectares (a loss of over 97%).
Six remnant areas of ESBS can be found in Centennial Parklands, with a considerable amount of restoration activity undertaken to restore and conserve the Bird Sanctuary and York Road remnants (in Centennial Park).
This Queens Park remnant, however, is in poor condition and is struggling to survive.
Bush regeneration works commenced in January 2016 and the buffer planting is scheduled for March / April 2016.
Park visitors are advised that weeds and grass will be sprayed with herbicide in preparation for planting.
Temporary signs will be placed at these location prior to the herbicide application.
Centennial Parklands recognised as ‘best practice’
In 2008 we were recognised by the then NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (now known as the Office of Environment and Heritage) as a best practice “Threatened Species Demonstration Site” for our management of ESBS remnants.
This recognition is an endorsement of the quality work of our horticultural staff who oversee the maintenance program, supported admirably by a dedicated and hard working team of bush regeneration volunteers.
This group of volunteers turns up routinely, works diligently and have displayed a long-term commitment to their project – to ensure our threatened species is preserved. You may have even passed them by and hardly noticed them. The cost of maintenance is funded by the Centennial Parklands Foundation.
What to know more about ESBS?