After renovating this bridge for the light rail extension, a Southern Boobook Owl reviews the accommodation. Photo curtesy of TfNSW
Many people have commented on the clearing of vegetation in the GreenWay (rail) corridor for platforms and other structures associated with the light rail extension. Although much of this vegetation is not native it still provides valuable habitat for small birds, reptiles, insects and occasionally bandicoots. Under condition B18 of the approval for the Inner West Light Rail extension there needs to be a Revegetation and Light Rail Compensation Package as part of the development.
During the month of august 3000 shrubs, grasses and ground covers were planted by Apunga Ecological Management in Beaman Park Earlwood. These plantings compliment the 2000 plantings in Richard Murden Reserve, Haberfield last month completed by Bush-it. The plantings have been funded by the GreenWay USP and will work towards realising the objectives of the biodiversity strategy around habitat improvement and connectivity.
The Draft GreenWay Biodiversity Strategy is on public exhibition. We welcome comments and feedback on this strategy, which covers all four GreenWay Councils. Currently the Strategy is on exhibition at Canterbury Council and submissions must be received by Monday 15th October 2012. You do not have to be a resident of Canterbury to provide a submission.
The GreenWay Project’s Biodiversity Officer, Adam Ward, is currently working on several revegetation projects along the GreenWay with specialised contractors, Councils and community groups including the Cooks River Mudcrabs and Friends of Ewen Park.
The activities, which include gradual removal of weeds from escarpments (pictured), extensive native plantings and some species mapping, are consistent with the goals of the GreenWay “Trellis” concept - connecting the GreenWay habitat corridor into neighbouring properties.