Tree plant­ing will en­cour­age wildlife back to Cum­ber­land

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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