NorthConnex has delivered native canopy seeds from trees at Darling Mills Creek to Hills Shire Council for future bush regeneration projects.
The seeds will be sorted and incubated by council nursery volunteers and sent to local areas in need of revegetation.
Hills Shire Council accepted the seeds from members of NorthConnex’s environment and community teams at the council’s community nursery.
Hills Shire Council Mayor Councillor Dr Michelle Byrne said the council appreciated having access to the type of seed found in the canopy as it differed from seed found on the bushland floor.
“This is a good opportunity for us to get the types of seeds we otherwise don’t have access to due to the height of the trees,” Cr Byrne said.
“The seeds taken from the canopy have a different genetic make up, which makes them more suitable for regeneration.
“Local seeds replanted in similar areas have a better chance of maturing, which is why it’s imperative to capture these seeds.
“The seeds will be used in nearby bush regeneration projects aimed at improving the biodiversity of local bushland and parks.”
All clearing of native vegetation for the NorthConnex project has been approved under the NSW Minister for Planning’s conditions of approval.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliot said it was encouraging to see the NorthConnex project team focused on delivering sustainable solutions to areas impacted by work.
“An environmentally responsible approach has been taken by the project team, including careful planning and detailed design, to ensure the disburbance and clearance of established vegetation will be minimised as much as possible,” Mr Elliot said.
NorthConnex Project Director Robert Ioffrida said NorthConnex was committed to working with local councils to help vegetation regeneration.
“NorthConnex aims to provide more native seed to council so everyone in the community can benefit,” Mr Ioffrida said.
The $3 billion NorthConnex project linking the M1 to the M2 will provide twin nine kilometre tunnels under Pennant Hills Road and save motorists 15 minutes of travel time compared with using Pennant Hills Road when it opens in 2019.