Photo credit: P. Meek @ DECC
At the most fundamental level, biodiversity supports the ecosystems that sustain life on this planet.
The processes provided by biodiversity are often referred to as 'ecosystem services' and include plant pollination, soil formation, waste disposal, water filtration, food production, medicines and pest control, as well as providing cultural identity and recreational experiences.
From the plant pollinator interactions that allow our large-scale food harvesting, to the humble backyard Blue-tongue Lizard which preys upon garden‐destroying snails, biodiversity supports humans in our everyday life.
Biodiversity in Marrickville today
The original native flora and fauna communities within the Marrickville Council area have been extensively modified as a result of urban development. Late 19th century clearing of vegetation for agriculture, industry, housing and parkland decreased available habitat which, in turn impacted on the biodiversity in the area. This resulted in an overall loss of species diversity and abundance of native animals occurring within the Marrickville area. However, even this modern, urban environment continues to support many different biodiversity values.
The Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
In November 2011 Council adopted its first ever biodiversity strategy. The strategy is divided into 3 reports and you can download each of the documents here:
- The Marrickville Biodiversity Strategy 2011-2021 (the Strategy)
The Strategy explains the rationale and context for Marrickville’s biodiversity planning. It provides an overview of Marrickville’s existing biodiversity values and sets out six strategic Focus Areas to conserve and enhance those values. Key directions for each Focus Area are to be actioned by Council's Biodiversity Action Team over a 10‐year time frame.
- The Marrickville Biodiversity Action Plan 2011-2015 (the Action Plan)
The Action Plan is a practical, spatially oriented document that outlines specific on‐ground actions and policy recommendations for the next 4 years. The Action Plan is a quick reference for staff developing planning documents or prioritising resources for on‐ground works. The maps can be used to advise on‐ground staff and guide their day‐to‐day management techniques.
- Appendices to the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (the Appendices)
The Appendices provide supporting documentation regarding the methods used to develop the Strategy and Action Plan and more detailed information regarding Marrickville's biodiversity values and Focus Areas. Importantly, they contain protocols for scientific and community monitoring programs.
- Our Nature, Our Vision (the Summary)
A summary of the Biodiversity Strategy 2011-2012
Links to biodiversity-related projects
- Volunteering with local biodiversity projects
Groups of volunteers meet regularly to undertake the planting and maintenance of important local native vegetation communities across the Marrickville area. Find out more about helping out with one of our dedicated volunteer groups.
- Guideline to biodiversity protection (PDF file)
This guideline provides additional information to the Marrickville DCP 2011 Part 2.13 – Biodiversity. It assists applicants who may be required to determine the impact of a development on the endangered population of the Long-nosed Bandicoots (Perameles nasuta) in inner western Sydney. It gives further detail regarding wildlife corridors and connecting natural habitats within the Marrickville Local Government Area.
- Download the 2007 Fauna Study (6MB, PDF file)
In February 2007 a fauna study was carried out on 10 sites around the Marrickville Council area by the Australian Museum Business Services. Eight sites were previously surveyed in 1992 and 1996. The survey provided a series of recommendations for Council on how to better manage habitat and open space to protect and expand the fauna found.
The GreenWay is an opportunity to link the Cooks River and Iron Cove with a revegetated, sustainable transport corridor. The proposed route passes through Leichhardt, Ashfield, Marrickville and Canterbury local government areas along the route of the disused Dulwich Hill to Rozelle freight line. This page provides information about the GreenWay as well as links to local groups and Marrickville Council staff involved with the project.
- Marrickville Community Nursery
Council's community nursery, aiming to promote biodiversity of the local area through growing and selling plants native to the Lower Cooks River Valley.
- Cooks River Ecological Monitoring Program
This program aims to increase the scientific knowledge available to the community about the Cooks River. This program is jointly funded by Marrickville, Canterbury and Rockdale Councils with support from the Wolli Creek Preservation Society and the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC).