Bush-it undertakes an extremely wide variety of contracts for councils, the National Parks and Wildlife
RTA and the Department of Lands, as well as private companies. A substantial number of our contracts
amongst threatened species of flora and fauna and within endangered ecological communities. Some of the
contracts we have been awarded are;
Queen Elizabeth II Park, Concord - Canada Bay Council
This Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest community (listed as an Endangered Ecological Community under the
NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995),
lies within a public park that is surrounded on all sides by roads and pathways. Weedy grasses, including
Couch, Kikuyu and Ehrharta were removed from around
native ground cover species and sprayed, after which the native ground cover has flourished. This park is
now home to an incredibly diverse ground cover layer.
Lovedale Place, Concord - Canada Bay Council
One of the few surviving areas of Coastal Saltmarsh in Sydney (listed as an Endangered Ecological
Community under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995),
it is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. These include Wilsonia backhousei (which is only known
to exist in two locations throughout Sydney and is listed as
Vulnerable under Schedule 2 of the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995) and important migratory
birds such as the Channel-billed Cuckoo.
Revegetation has been carried out to act as a buffer between the hospital car park and the Saltmarsh and
to provide habitat for birds.
Paulls Rd, South Maroota - Dept. of Lands
This site is very special and the work on this site is very sensitive, as it involved hand weeding weeds
and grasses such as Couch,
from around a number of threatened species that occur here and in very few other locations. Some examples
of these species are: Acacia bynoeana,
Kunzea rupestris and Micromyrtus blakelyi (listed as Vulnerable under the NSW Threatened Species
Conservation Act 1995); and Grevillea parviflora subs.
suplicans and Leucopogon fletcheri subsp. fletcheri (listed as Endangered under the NSW Threatened Species
Conservation Act 1995).
Nielsen Park, Vaucluse - NPWS
This complex community made up of Sydney Sandstone Woodland and heath, is the site at which the last
remaining examples of Allocasuarina portuensis were found.
Sadly, there are no plants left at the original site where it was discovered, but a propagation program in
conjunction with Mount Annan Botanical Gardens was
established some years ago and now there are young A. portuensis trees throughout Nielsen Park. Bush-it
has been carrying out regeneration works as
part of this program in order to assist in re-establishing a healthy community of A. portuensis. The main
focus of our work has been removal of weed so as to allow
natural regeneration and recruitment to occur and increase resilience.
Manly Dam, northern creeks - Warringah Shire Council
This vast area of pristine bushland is one of the most diverse in the Sydney region.
It encompasses several different vegetation communities and is home to many rare, vulnerable and
endangered species of flora and fauna.
Members of our team have been privileged enough to spot a Red-crowned Toadlet and a Powerful Owl whilst
working on this sight.
Our work on this sight has involved weeding in some very challenging and not easily accessed terrain along
the northern creek lines of Manly Dam,
preventing the weeds spreading further into the bush.
Botany Bay National Park - NPWS
This contract has included work in two distinct vegetation communities:
- An area of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (listed as an Endangered Ecological Community under the NSW
Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995),
which is home to a number of vulnerable and rare plant species, such as Banksia aemula ; and
- an endangered coastal Themeda australis grassland. Buffalo Grass and Couch were removed from around T.
other native ground cover and shrub layer species, allowing T. australis to spread and provide vital
habitat and food for small coastal birds and mammals.
Northbridge - Willoughby City Council
An expansive area of Sydney Sandstone Gully community, this site forms a vital wildlife corridor.
It has been heavily impacted upon over the years by some major disturbances, the most significant being
the construction of the suspension bridge at Northbridge.
The hydrology of this site has also been altered substantially in the past and this has affected not only
the spread of weeds,
but also the nature of the vegetation community itself. Weed control and removal has been carried out and
of the woody weeds in particular has seen an increase in the light and heat reaching the soil and has
assisted the regeneration of the diverse range
of native species present on the site.
Cherrybrook High School - Hornsby Council
This site is small and fragmented area of Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest (listed as an
Endangered Ecological Community under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995), surrounded by a
school (which uses the site as an
educational tool for the students), houses and pathways. Weeds, such as Madeira Vine and weedy grasses
have been removed from
around the native ground cover species and the native ground cover layer is now beginning to flourish.
Stonequarry Creek, Picton - Wollondilly Shire Council
The majority of this long section of creek, running through the centre of Picton, was lined by large
stands of Large-leaf and Small-leaf Privet,
as well as Blackberry and Moth Vine. Our work on this site entailed the removal of woody weeds as part of
the Stonequarry Creek Floodplain Management
Plan mitigation program and the poisoning or removal of other noxious and environmental weeds.