crag newsletter - february 1997

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No, No, NO NO NO
(crag 0197)

PLEASE, no more grass clippings or rubbish in the Canal Reserve...

In a report published last year, 'Urban Bushland Under Threat' the Canal Reserve was identified as one of the areas of Sydney with some of the last remnants of vegetation that is unique to Sydney.

Unfortunately, there have been incidents in the past where grass clippings, tree cuttings and refuse have been dumped in the Canal reserve and these items have caused damage to the native species.

Due to work currently being undertaken by Sydney Water to provide a fire break for residents a lot of the dumping has been exposed and is of concern to all as we attempt to encourage regrowth of species that grew in the Cumberland Plain prior to urbanisation.

We would encourage all residents to assist us in the regeneration of an area which is unique in NSW by ensuring that all grass clippings, tree cuttings and other refuse are disposed of through the Council's recycling or weekly rubbish collection.

Grass clippings, exotic tree cuttings and rubbish dumped in the Canal Reserve threaten the regeneration of native species.

Cleanup Australia - You can help!

In an attempt to improve the rubbish situation the Canal Reserve has been declared an official Cleanup Australia site.

This means that you can help make a difference to the Reserve that we have all been fighting to save. Come along on Sunday March 2nd and help collect rubbish in the Reserve.

Even if you can only help for a short time come along and show your support.

Canal Reserve(opposite Boothtown Reserve)Gipps Road, Greystanes.
Sunday, March 2nd, 1997.
9:00am till 1:00pm
Sign-on from 8:30am(you must sign-on to satisfy insurance requirements).
Garden gloves, sturdy footwear (no thongs), hat, sunscreen and plastic garbage bags.

Quick Update on the Reserve's Future...

Responsibility for the Canal Reserve rests temporarily with the State Government's Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Land Management Group.

The Land Management Group have contracted the services of Sydney Water to carry out essential maintenance works until such time as a detailed study can recommend a future for the Reserve.

The study is expected to take at least twelve months. A number of consultant firms have been asked to tender to produce the study with the successful tenderer hopefully being announced by March 1997.

More detail on this in our next newsletter.

Please note: Until the Canal Reserve is made safe for passive recreation it should not be used.

The Canal Reserve is an official Cleanup Australia Site March 2nd 1997

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