Protecting native animals

Native havens for plants and animals

What is the Native Havens program?

The Native Havens program has been designed to help residents and schools plan, create and maintain a native habitat garden that ensures the continued survival of local plants and animals.

Why is this important?

Most of the native bushland in the Randwick City area is in large reserves that aren’t connected to each other. Urban development has broken up these areas. This creates small pockets of bushland and reduces the amount of available space for native plants and animals to thrive. Your garden can become part of a connective corridor that expands the amount of native bushland to support local flora and fauna and ensure their continued existence.

Why get involved?

We’d like to help you turn your garden into a haven for our native animals. Native gardens are a great learning experience. They are drought-hardy requiring little water and maintenance once established. Schools have the opportunity to enhance their grounds whilst educating and involving their students and residents can become the envy of their neighbourhood.

How can you create a Native Haven at home?

Through the Native Havens program, Council will:

  • Give you free design advice for your property or school
  • Help you select plants from Council’s Community Nursery
  • Offer support during planting
  • Supply some native plants
  • Provide advice and support to help maintain your garden

Please note: Although Council provides support and some materials they will not undertake any labour work. Program availability is dependent on the schedule of Council’s Bushcare Officer.

Want to know more

If you are interested in the Native Havens program please contact Council via email at

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