There is a lot happening this year. The new HEN Committee has started campaigning and working for the protection of our beautiful Hawkesbury Environment.[Read more…] about HEN NEWSLETTER March 2019
The map of Bushells Lagoon here shows (orange spots) where HEN and Green Army stages 1-3 began some on-ground works in 2015-2016, which now gives us much more clarity about what to undertake next. We have treated weeds, fenced, planted reeds, trees and shrubs; and learnt a lot..plant ID, bird ID, water tests, carpwatch, assessing damage to banks and how to protect them from erosion…there is much more to learn however!! It was a collaborative operation with WSU, TAFE, Council and Hawkesbury River County Council, as well as Local Land Services and several research students. A new youth team calling themselves Wetland Warriors was formed by the young GA team: despite calls on their time to study or find a job, they have inspired landholders to work together on more wetland protection.Plans are now on the way for workdays to be held at selected sites to continue bank protection and restoration. This is intended to encourage locals around the wetland to give some of their time to develop a more stable, biodiverse and resilient riparian edge (against wave and carp action) by initially scoping the site and seeing some indicators of issues eg depth, turbidity, exposure, lack of plant roots, lack of woody debris etc; then undertaking planting of selected reeds, shrubs and trees on the day. The two photos taken before and after restoration works shows what can be done by simple means. Please get in touch with HEN Project Co-ordinator for more information about being involved.
ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND WANT TO DO MORE TO HELP PROTECT IT?
HEN has recently run a successful campaign to reduce WASTE in the Hawkesbury. Our first step was to collaborate with the Hawkesbury Council to bring Responsible Cafes to the region by encouraging the use of Keep Cups. Many local cafes have come on board and the waste from disposable cups is already being reduced.
You may have seen us at the Hawkesbury Show inside the HCC tent!
Our next move in the Waste area is to find and list repairers in The Hawkesbury who will mend all manner of goods/ clothes/ household items. This is to encourage reuse and recycling, and reduce the unnecessary purchase of new items. Please let us know if you are aware of anyone who might be interested in this campaign.
Hawkesbury region (and Greater Western Sydney) is under enormous pressure for development on a scale not seen before. This means more housing, industry, infrastructure, greater water use, air & water pollution, alteration of hydrology, and waste production; as well as decimation and fragmentation of the last remnants of Cumberland Plain vegetation, and surrounds, with the impacts on wildlife due to clearing, higher traffic, noise etc..
HEN is working with BLORCAG https://www.facebook.com/groups/352831875210393/about/
to highlight residents’ and landowners’ objections to this massive proposed road corridor known as the Castlereagh/ Bells Line of Road Corridor.
HEN is also part of a group bringing together community groups, industry and government who are organising a Koala Awareness Day in Kurrajong Park 15th September 10am – 2pm to highlight the importance of keeping habitat for the iconic koalas still found in the Hawkesbury. In attendance should be a koala detection dog and Cranky Koala with kids’ competitions. Please come along!
Special Sydney Science Festival presentation: Tuesday 14th August 6-7pm Windsor Library
Protecting our Hawkesbury- Nepean River System
Join Dr Ian Wright as he explains what happens when you flush the loo or wash clothes and how much of this water waste makes its way into our river systems, the lifeblood for food, agriculture and our quality of life in the Hawkesbury.
Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you would like to help with any of these campaigns.