Cumberland City Council is calling on residents to get involved in our natural environment and ecosystem to mark National Biodiversity Month.
As part of the month-long campaign, Council will be showcasing and promoting our biodiversity programs and initiatives including running a photo competition, encouraging residents to host their own beehive in their backyard and to sign up to our Bushcare Volunteer program.
The photo competition encourages residents to submit a photo of a plant, animal or ecosystem that represents our biodiversity. The Native Stingless Bee Program provides residents with ongoing support to host their own hive at home. The initiative aims to build the numbers of our native stingless bees which are important for a healthy local environment. Meanwhile the Bushcare program encourages residents to get involved by helping improve and maintain the native vegetation in our open spaces, parks and bushland.
National Biodiversity Month is held in September every year to help promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity in our environment. The month aims to encourage Cumberland’s residents to do their bit and make a contribution to our local environment while learning more about protecting and preserving the endangered flora and fauna.
Mayor Lisa Lake said Cumberland’s environment is rich and unique in biodiversity. “Cumberland has over 65 native species recorded with 14 species under threat including the Cumberland Plain Woodland Species and the Powerful Owl, the Green and Golden Bell Frog, the Swift Parrot and the Grey-headed Flying Fox. The month is an important time to reflect on our natural environment and ecosystem.” She said.
“Council is committed to supporting and conserving our local biodiversity and we are always looking for ways to engage with the community and encourage our residents to get involved in our environmental programs and initiatives.”
To find out more or to get involved in Cumberland City Council’s National Biodiversity Month program visit: https://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/national-biodiversity-month