Funding of $500,000 will be used for improvements to a popular natural oasis in Sydney’s North West as part of NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said the funding would enable essential works to be undertaken at Bidjigal Reserve in Baulkham Hills.
“This funding is great news as it allows for a range of upgrade works to be done at this beautiful local reserve, including bushland restoration and upgrades to walking trails, signage and stormwater infrastructure,” Mr Elliott said.
“Bidjigal Reserve is a peaceful parcel of bushland where people can reconnect with nature in the heart of Sydney.
“This investment means the reserve remains one of Sydney’s most popular bushwalking spots, as well as helping protect the hundreds of species of native plants and animals.”
Bidjigal Reserve is part of a 300-hectare corridor of bushland along Darling Mills Creek and is home to 370 native plant species, 140 native animal species and a diverse bird population.
The area has a rich Indigenous history dating back 10,000 years and was part of the territory of the Bidjigal clan of the Darug people.
The reserve contains an extensive network of walking tracks and can be accessed from various points including Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, West Pennant Hills and North Rocks.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the new $16.5 million Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Space Activation Program would fund upgrades to Crown land and community facilities.
“The last 12 months has taught us the importance of green open space and creating public places where people can safely meet, congregate and relax,” Mr Stokes said.
“It makes good sense that by improving Crown land and public infrastructure we could make better use of the assets we already had to create more open space.
“As well, these projects will support local jobs and economies with work for tradespeople and materials suppliers.”