Wednesday 12th August 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Council Meeting - 12 August 2020
Thursday 13th August 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Bushfire Recovery - Environment
The Great Western Wildlife Corridor (GWWC) is a key corridor in the Great Eastern Ranges located between Bullio and Bungonia, linking the southern Blue Mountains with Morton National Park.
It has been described in the Wingecarribee Local Environmental Plan since 2010 as a Regional Wildlife Habitat Corridor and is mapped on the Natural Resources Sensitivity Map.
The GWWC is currently under review as part of the Green Web project and as more information and data are collected on threatened species and other flora and fauna. Preliminary analysis based on koala data suggests that the corridor is too narrow at several locations for this species.
The GWWC is critical for connectivity conservation as many threatened species including the Koala, Regent Honeyeater, Glossy Black-Cockatoo and other important ecological species such as Emus utilise this corridor.
The NSW Government recently purchased multiple properties on Tugalong Road Canyonleigh for Koala habitat, recognising the importance of this corridor for Koala conservation.
Regent Honeyeaters migrate along the GWWC on their annual migration from Victoria to their breeding grounds in the Burragorang, Hunter and Capertee Valleys. It is very important for them to have winter-flowering gum trees along their route. Fragmentation of habitat along the Regent Honeyeater migration route is a key reason this species is now critically endangered (less than 300 in the wild) whereas it's population was in the thousands as recently as the 1960s. The grassy-box woodlands on the more fertile soils of the GWWC are particularly important to this species.
The Sutton Forest, Paddys River, Wingello and High Range localities are where the GWWC is narrowest and highly fragmented and where we need to focus conservation efforts.
If you are interested in getting involved in private land conservation, attending a workshop or learning more, contact your Environment Officers at Council on 02 4868 0888.