Georges Riverkeeper, in partnership with Campbelltown City Council, has successfully obtained $51,200 in grant funding through the NSW Environmental Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation grants program to improve Critically Endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest in Simmos Beach Reserve and its urban headwaters in Macquarie Fields over three years.

landscape showing large trees and greenery and sandstone

This area is home to two Endangered Ecological Communities, one Vulnerable Ecological Community, four threatened plant species (Sydney Plains Greenhood Orchid, Nodding Geebung, Small-flower Grevillea, Hibbertia puberula) and four threatened animals (koala, Cumberland Plain land snail, little lorikeet and grey-headed flying-fox).

Engineering works to remove sediment build up from the stream paired with removing dense weed infestation and rehabilitation (over 4.14 hectares) of the stream (which is 876 metres long) and surrounding area will, with natural regeneration and plantings, result in the restoration of the natural stream flow and the natural habitat to ensure the natural ecosystem as a whole is restored.

This project is funded through the NSW Environmental Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation grants program.