Tree planting will encourage wildlife back to Cumberland
BIRDSONG could soon ring out through Western Sydney thanks to $4.5 million in federal funding for tree planting in a critical wildlife corridor.
The Cumberland Conservation Corridor, a series of linked land parcels, will have one million trees planted by Muru Mittigar, Greening Australia and the Greater Sydney Local Land Services. The Green Army will be part of some of the 13 tree planting projects.
Conservationist Wayne Olling, from the Cumberland Conservation Network, said the jigsaw of parcels of land was crucial for the movement of fauna.
“If there is a fire or a dry spell, they can move to another area,” Mr Olling said. “Before European arrival they had free range right across the Cumberland Plain. Now they are constrained to smaller areas.
“There have been extinctions and others are moving in that direction.”
He said sections of the corridor had been “identified by Birdlife Australia as important bird areas because, in winter, the swift parrot and regent honeyeater come into this area, so plantings of trees that flower in winter are important for that purpose”.
Lindsay federal Liberal MP Fiona Scott said it was “important for the future of Western Sydney that we do invest in the plains”.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured), who was at Oxley Park on Saturday, said more connections could yet be added to the corridor.
“Part of the $15 million overall that we will be spending on the Cumberland Conservation Corridor is to purchase land, so that there are appropriate connections between the remnant bushland of the area,” Mr Abbott said.