Sydney Airport, Australia, is partnering with local volunteers and Bayside Council to undertake a three-year conservation project to revive the Rockdale Wetlands.
Driven by Conservation Volunteers Australia, the project will involve engaging with the local community to promote environmental restoration activities throughout the Rockdale Wetlands Biodiversity Corridor.
The Rockdale Wetlands run from the Cooks River to Sans Souci and has been identified as a critically important habitat for the protection of declining flora and fauna species in the local area. The parklands and riparian areas attract birdwatchers and nature study groups while also supporting a range of other recreational activities, including cycling tracks, sports fields, tennis courts and playgrounds.
Geoff Culbert, CEO, Sydney Airport, said, “Not only do the Rockdale Wetlands play an incredibly important role in supporting biodiversity in the area, but they also bring the community together.
“We’re very pleased to partner with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Bayside Council to revive this critical habitat and nurture it for the benefit of the entire local community. We’re committed to supporting our local communities and making a tangible contribution to protecting biodiversity and preserving Sydney’s world-renowned natural beauty,” he said.
Phil Harrison, CEO, Conservation Volunteers Australia, added, “Over the years this unique wetland area has been affected by serious environmental degradation through littering, green waste dumping and of course, infestation from a host of different weeds. Despite this, it’s remained home to key fish as a breeding habitat, seven endangered ecological communities and 28 fauna species listed as either threatened or migratory in the area.”