Sydney's latest Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub site is being regenerated!
Centennial Parklands' dedicated bush regeneration volunteers are currently helping to restore areas of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub listed as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community, which is restricted to less than 1% of its original area.
This volunteer bush regeneration project began in February 2004 and has involved the improvement of two rare remnant sites consisting of endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, located on York Road and the Bird Sanctuary, Centennial Park. The project will further expand to an exciting new site in Queens Park in 2019.
Volunteers to date have done a terrific job of assisting professional bush regenerators and staff in helping to promote resilience and assisting natural regeneration of indigenous species. The changes that result from bush regeneration are best measured over months and years, rather than days and weeks, as natural regeneration is often a slow process dependent on climatic cycles. Good outcomes occur when a continual commitment and ongoing vigilance is applied to a project over time to ensure previous works are maintained.
Generally, tasks may include, depending upon the project and on an as-needs basis: removal of invasive species, soil stimulation and seed collection.
Some of the benefits of volunteering on environmental projects include:
It's a fantastic way to connect and socialise with like-minded people and the environment
Improving your health and wellbeing by getting active in the outdoors
It's a practical way to improve the natural environment, thinking globally and acting locally
Learning new skills and improving knowledge in native and exotic plant identification and control methods, which may well come in handy in your own garden.
Bush Regeneration Volunteers are required to:
Understand the goals and objectives of the volunteer group
Work positively and cooperatively within a diverse group of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds
Work unsupervised and as part of a team depending upon the project.
What do volunteers need?
On the day you will need long sleeves and long trousers, water, sturdy enclosed shoes, wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen.
No experience is necessary, just a passion for conservation and getting your hands dirty.
Good physical fitness is also required – bush regeneration can be hard work.
What do we supply?
Onsite training, all the tools, gloves and morning tea.
Dates and times
One Sunday a month, from 9am till 12 noon.
- 18 April 2021 at York Road
- 16 May 2021 at Queens Park
- 13 June 2021 at the Bird Sanctuary
Volunteer for the Bush Regeneration project
Vacancies are currently available for this program. To register for this project please email Centennial Parklands team with your full name and contact number.
Processing volunteer applications
Individuals interested in ongoing volunteer service at Centennial Parklands must be approved by the volunteer program unit prior to participation.
The application process to become an on-going volunteer may take several weeks and includes the following steps: volunteer application, interview and induction.