PNHA is committed to raising awareness of, and providing information on environmental issues.
We are involved in advocacy for environmental protection of key strategic sites, as well as the overall maintenance of the natural values that make Pittwater special. PNHA provides comment and advice on matters before Council that affect the environment through submissions where community consulation is invited.
For example, establishing corridors for wildlife to cope with the widening of Mona Vale Rd and Ingleside land releases is essential. Ingleside Chase Reserve and Katandra Bushland Reserve MUST have fauna corridors to Ku-ring-gai Chase and Garigal National Parks to conserve healthy bushland and its wildlife, and the means to safely cross the widened road. PNHA is represented on the community reference group for the Ingleside land release.
We succeeded in getting 122 Mona Vale Rd rezoned E2 Environmental protection and also woodland along the upper bank of Narrabeen Creek on 120 Mona Vale Rd.
Mona Vale Dunes
A grant for $12215 from the Federal Government’s Communities Environment Program is funding bush regeneration on Mona Vale Dunes. The site is east of Mona Vale Golf Club, on the ridge of the dunes. As well as removal of dense weed growth of Bitou bush, Lantana, Ground Asparagus and Green Cestrum, the project includes planting of tubestock dune plant species. This will probably occur next autumn. The project will end in June 2021.
Avalon Golf Course bushland.
Northern Beaches Council is already engaging bush regeneration contractors to work in this interesting bushland. A grant of $10000 to PNHA on behalf of Avalon Preservation Association is contributing to weed removal here. This grant is also from the Federal Government’s Communities Environment Program. An unusual wattle Acacia leiocalyx occurs here, one of the 140 native plant species on the course.
Mona Vale Road Widening
We have successfully lobbied NSW Roads and Maritime to ensure that fauna overpasses and underpasses will be provided on Mona Vale Road East and West. This will enable fauna to move between bushland areas.
Baha’i Temple Bushcare
Instead of the Baha’i Temple site this year we will be moving our project to another Grevillea caleyii location in Duffy’s Forest yet to be confirmed. Bushcare at the Baha’i Temple is still closed due to COVID restrictions.
Saving Caley’s Grevillea, Grevillea caleyii, a critically endangered species. The NSW government Saving Our Species program funds bush regeneration contractors to work in bushland surrounding the temple. PNHA receives grants from Greater Sydney Local Landcare Service to add to the contract work.
If you would like to volunteer with the PNHA bushcare group, contact David on 0404 171 940.
Recently Completed Projects 2019
- Careel Creek Vine Weeds Control
- Mona Vale Basin Bush Regeneration Support
- Sydney Freshwater Wetlands Rehabilitation
About Asparagus Fern
Asparagus Fern is Pittwater’s worst weed. The good news is that you don’t have to dig out those white tubers – they are only for storing water and cannot grow if left in the ground. What you need to remove is the crown or central growing point. All berries and the crown should go into your green waste bin.