OzFish Unlimited, in conjunction with Hawkesbury-Nepean Landcare Network (HNLN) and Penrith City Council Bushcare are working to improve the health and habitat of School House Creek in Regentville and are calling on local volunteers to help at a tree planting day this Sunday 8 November.
Across a number of weekends organised by HNLN, volunteers are needed to help restore the banks and bushland of the creek. Events will include activities such as water quality testing, frog identification and a nature walk.
Angus Fanning, Project Manager with OzFish Unlimited said local partnerships like this one are vital in recovering damaged waterways and improving vital fish habitat.
“This upcoming weekend’s working bee will be the second in a series of four events and will focus on planting much needed trees and shrubs to improve the existing River Flat Eucalypt Forest,” said Mr Fanning.
“It is great for the kids and families as they gain a better understanding of how the ecosystem works.”
“Young kids particularly get a kick out of learning how planting trees can benefit fish,” he said.
School House Creek is directly connected to the Nepean River and is downstream from Glenmore Loch, with the River Flat Eucalypt Forest adjacent to the creek playing an important role for filtering urban runoff and reducing erosion, and sedimentation of the watercourse. The new shrubs will also increase invertebrate numbers that provide food for native fish in the waterway while also providing shade.
Katherine Clare, Local Landcare Coordinator for HNLN agreed with Mr Fanning and said she looks forward to running these weekends and improving the long-term health of School House Creek.
“We all love and benefit from our creeks and rivers and it’s wonderful to see the community coming together to care and restore a local waterway. It is a big task and we will need all the help we can muster,” said Ms Clare.
Event Details: Tree Planting with Bushcare Come and help plant new vegetation on the banks of the creek
Sunday 8 November | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Martin Street, Regentville
Volunteers are asked to bring sun-safe clothing, plenty of water and gloves. Morning tea will be provided.
To ensure a covid safe event please register your interest here.
This project was made possible by the OzFish-Landcare NSW partnership with funding support from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts, the Tate Endowment Fund, BCF – Boating, Camping Fishing and Penrith City Council.