Cumberland Council works with residents and businesses to protect and enhance our local natural environment. By doing this, the council can ensure this environment is healthy and safe not only for today's community but for the communities of tomorrow.
The Cumberland Council area is located on Sydney’s Cumberland Plain, which extends from Ashfield to the Blue Mountains.
Over 200 years ago, woodlands across the Cumberland Plain covered some 122,000 hectares. Today, just eight per cent of this woodland coverage is left.
Due to the expansion of urban development, the remaining woodlands are typically small and isolated pockets threatened by weed invasion, mowing and further clearing. It is for this reason that Cumberland Council seeks, where possible, to retain existing and grow new trees.
The council is also home to some regionally significant natural waterways which drain to the Parramatta and Georges Rivers. These waterways include Duck Creek, Prospect Creek, Haslam’s Creek and Greystanes Creek.
How residents can help
Residents can all do something to improve the biodiversity of Cumberland. Here are some examples:
- Retain and grow trees, particularly local native species (PDF, 2.49 MB) which attract native birds and animals
- Reduce air pollution
- Reduce land pollution
- Reduce water pollution
- Encourage habitats on your property which encourage native animals
- Identify and remove noxious weeds and take steps to discourage unwanted introduced species such as the Indian Myna bird
- Use our mulching service to create environmentally-friendly mulch for your garden
- Adopt good garden practices such as worm farming or composting and installing a rainwater tank and drink irrigation system
- Volunteer for bushcare groups
- Record foxes you see in your local area using the FoxScan website. Foxes are a significant predator of native wildlife.
If you wish to remove a tree, you must work with Council's Tree Management (PDF, 193.04 KB) team.