Over the last two years NSW Ports, in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Bayside Council (NSW), has been steadily working to rehabilitate Sir Joseph Banks Park, a nature reserve on the Botany foreshore that provides a wonderful community space with ponds, wetlands and picnic facilities for all to enjoy. The park contains the once endemic and now “critically endangered” Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and is a rare urban habitat for a myriad of flora and fauna species.
With funding and involvement from the NSW Ports team, the program is carried out by volunteers who sign up to participate on scheduled volunteer days throughout the year, delivering:
- 9,548 plants and trees planted
- 11,255m2 of invasive species removed
- 206kg of rubbish collected and removed
- 540 volunteers involved over 50 days
Congratulations to everyone involved in the success of this program to date. While ongoing works are on-hold due to COVID-19, we look forward to the continued success of this program when it’s safe for in-person volunteer activities to resume.