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Protecting Randwick Environment Park


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Published Date
29/01/2020
News Topic
Sustainability & Environment
Randwick Environment Park

With so many harrowing photos coming out of bushfire-affected areas, one can feel very lucky to take a walk through the Randwick Environment Park.

The 13.1-hectare site consists of parkland, bushland, an ephemeral wetland and is home to more than 90 species of native and endangered plants. There are also barbecues, picnic areas and lookouts for visitors to enjoy. As Council’s sustainability manager says, “It’s the jewel in Randwick City’s crown”. 

However, maintaining the park is no easy feat. Dedicated volunteers work alongside our Bushcare team to ensure the preservation of the bushland. Bush regeneration contractors carry out works on a weekly basis whilst Bushcare volunteers visit the site every fortnight.

Bushcare Randwick Environment Park

But what is bush regeneration you ask?
Bush regeneration is the rehabilitation of bushland from threats such as weeds, erosion, pest animals,
nutrient overloading and clearing. These threats and many others are mitigated by strategic land management practices, employed to restore ecosystem functions for native flora and fauna.

Bush regeneration is the preferred on-site land management practice due to the fact that it harnesses and promotes the natural regeneration processes that are built into native ecosystems, it has a low impact and has consistently proven to be the most effective and economical way to expand patches of native vegetation, whilst improving their condition.

Bushcare Randwick Environment Park

What challenges does the Bushcare team face?

ChallengeWhat Council is doing

Weed invasion

  • Active management of weeds by bush regeneration contractors (weekly) and Bushcare volunteers (fortnightly)
  • Fences that prevent access to remnant bushland
  • Education (signage boards present within the park, annual tours with UNSW students)


Pollution/littering              

  • Council has installed and regularly cleans out 3 gross pollutant traps that are located around the perimeter of the intermittent wetland. These collect large physical debris
  • Rubbish is also collected by contractors and volunteers
  • Removal of illegal camps and cubbies
  • Rubbish bins are located at key points within the reserve
  • Education (signage, public awareness campaigns)


Pest and domesticated animals

  • Fencing helps to prevent access to bushland remnants
  • Bush regeneration and revegetation helps to create natural habitat for native animals
  • Education (signage regarding responsible pet ownership)
  • Provision of animal waste bags (dog/cat waste can introduce bacteria that can adversely affect the environment and native wildlife)

What can you do to help?
Our Bushcare groups would love to have you join them!
To volunteer just attend one of our regular Bushcare groups and complete an onsite induction with our Bushland Officer. No experience is needed as we have activities and sites to suit all levels of participation. The Bushcare calendar lists the dates of all our groups for the year in one easy place.

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