Success at Simmos as three-year project is completed

Simmos Beach restoration site visit with (L-R:) Rob Dixon (Georges Riverkeeper), Campbelltown City Council Councillor Rey Manoto, Beth Salt (Georges Riverkeeper) and Bushcare volunteer Tony Smith
Simmos Beach restoration site visit with (L-R:) Rob Dixon (Georges Riverkeeper), Campbelltown City Council Councillor Rey Manoto, Beth Salt (Georges Riverkeeper) and Bushcare volunteer Tony Smith

A project to restore the creek line that runs into the pristine Simmos Beach Reserve at Macquarie Fields has been a success.

The joint project between Campbelltown City Council and Georges Riverkeeper focused on controlling invasive weeds, planting local native species and returning the 1km long creek to a more natural state, ensuring the area is more attractive to native wildlife such as koalas.

More than 4500 plants were installed by volunteers and contractors over the course of the project to improve over four hectares of critically endangered bushland between Fifth Avenue Reserve and the Georges River.

“Thank you to all the volunteers and local residents who pitched in during planting days to improve this important bushland,” Campbelltown City Council Mayor George Brticevic said.

“It was fantastic to see the community so engaged with cleaning up this area so that it can be enjoyed by both people and the animals who use this important urban bushland corridor,” Cr Brticevic said.

Georges Riverkeeper Treasurer Rey Manoto said the works had improved environmental outcomes for the local area.

“These works have restored the flow of the creek to help protect against flooding during high rainfall periods as well as removing weeds, rubbish and sediment,” he said.

The project was funded by Council and $50,000 from the NSW Environmental Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation program.

Anyone interested in helping to maintain the site and getting involved with protecting local bushland can join the Simmos Beach Bushcare Group.

Details on Campbelltown City Council's website.

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