Planting For Our Waterways

Published Thursday, 18th May 2017

Tree planting by volunteers at Orphan School Creek in Canley Heights
Tree planting by volunteers at Orphan School Creek in Canley Heights

Fairfield City Council is on track to plant over 20,000 native plants along Orphan School Creek in Canley Heights and Georges River during May

to improve, maintain and regenerate the City’s waterways and surrounding areas.

About 10,000 River Flat Eucalyptus Forest natives were planted at on 7 May along the Orphan School Creek in Canley Heights and follows previous creek rehabilitation and revegetation works that Council completed in 2015.

Council workers and volunteers from the enthusiastic Shah Satnam Ji Green ‘S’ Welfare Force Wing powered through to plant 10,000 River-flat Eucalypt forest plants, a commitment that Mayor Carbone described as highly commendable.

“It was great to have Council staff and community volunteers work together on the mass planting at Orphan School Creek earlier this month,” said Mayor of Fairfield City, Frank Carbone.

“Their tremendous planting efforts along Orphan School Creek will provide ideal habitat to native wildlife, including frogs, water dragons and a variety of birds.

This Sunday 21 May, the volunteer group will turn their attention to the Georges River, where they will plant 8,000 native plants that will help reduce bank erosion issues identified in the Georges River Management Plan.

“The native plants used at these locations protect the banks from erosion, improve water quality and habitat diversity,” said Mayor Carbone.

“The works will provide greater access to our natural assets and improve our waterways.”

“Council is most grateful of Shah Satnam Ji Green ‘S’ Welfare Force Wing group’s outstanding efforts, ensuring our waterways remain healthy for future generations to enjoy.”

In the coming weeks, Council will plant a further 2,000 long-stem Paperbark trees (Melaleuca) native plants, and will also install coir logs to prevent bank erosion from boat wave action at Georges River.

The rehabilitation and revegetation works undertaken by Council are funded through Council’s Creek Care Program and Greater Sydney Local Land Services grants.

Fairfield City Council has already planted more than 50,000 seedlings across the City in the past year.

If you are interested in volunteering at future planting days, contact Council’s Natural Resources team on 9725 0222.

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