SOS Cumberland Plain Restoration Program

Greater Sydney Landcare Network was successful in getting a Saving our Species grant to facilitate with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The grant includes ecological and cultural burning across eight sites in western Sydney. It also includes vegetation management to improve habitat.

The Cumberland Plain TECs are facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future due to loss of geographic distribution from land clearing; a very large reduction in ecological function due to a change in community structure and species composition; a disruption of ecological processes including altered fire regimes; invasion and establishment of exotic species; and degradation and fragmentation of habitat.

The significance of the CUMBERLAND PLAIN RESTORATION PROGRAM (CPRP) is that it will deliver on outcomes to address these shortfalls, through

a) ecological/ cultural fire planning and implementation

b) vegetation management and

c) structural habitat restoration.

The Program additionally aims to improve the extent, condition and connectivity of the remaining patches of a number of TECs over the long term, with the development of strong partnerships between NPWS and local Councils and, the engagement of volunteers able to restore TECs across the Cumberland Plain – in addition to the education of the local and wider community.

Western Sydney has a new and growing population with a culturally diverse community. It is hoped to reach this audience in an attempt to develop an understanding of environmental stewardship by direct contact, community workshops and the installation of informative material. 

NPWS will be sharing their expertise and experience in fire management across all project sites, educating local councils in this, with other stakeholders (Greater Sydney Landcare, Hawkesbury Landcare and Conservation Volunteers Australia) encouraging volunteer engagement and management.

AIMS of the project:

1. Halt the degradation of identified TEC remnants across the Cumberland Plain.

2. Improve extent, condition and connectivity between the vegetation elements within the reserve.

3. Encourage flora and fauna diversity.

4. Encourage community participation and establish an appreciation and support of TEC habitat values.

5. Encourage Aboriginal community participation in cultural burns.

To find out more please contact Landcare SOS Project Officer

The Cumberland Plain Restoration Program is funded by the NSW ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST.