Bush Regeneration at Sir Joseph Banks Park

Published on 07 January 2015

A team of Bush Regeneration Specialists are now onsite at Sir Joseph Banks Park to remove noxious weeds from our City's largest parkland.

The team has local experience and this work will help protect the dune system in the area and the community of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub plants.  This project is one component of the Botany Bay City Council's noxious weed removal program and has the support of the NSW Government and the Sir Joseph Banks Reserve Trust. 

The Trust was awarded a grant of $21,804 from the NSW Government as part of the 2014-15 Public Reserves Management Fund Program.  The grant will fund the removal and control of noxious and environmnental weeds by experienced bush regenerators in sections of Sir Jospeh Banks Park, with a follow up program of replanting the cleared sites funded by the Botany Bay City Council.  This is the first stage of a program to fully regenerate Sir Joseph Banks Park and the Council will apply for further grants as funds become available.  

Information about the weeds
The spread of noxious weeds at Sir Joseph Banks Park has a major impact on the remnant dune system and threatens the remnants of the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub community.  The main weed species are spreading to other areas in the park and taking over and smothering existing native vegetation.  There are at least 10 noxious weed species recorded for Sir Joseph Banks Park and of those, several are listed as ‘Weeds of National Significance’ which will require a program to destroy, remove and control compatible with State or National programs.  The Bush Regeneration team is taking steps to combat and control the spread of these weeds and protect our local environment.