Macarthur Heights

CASE STUDY

Biodiversity

The master plan for the Macarthur Heights aims to conserve and protect biodiversity and remnant bushland of quality within the context of creating and urban centre. Our aim here is to retain existing Endangered Ecological Community (EEC), Cumberland Plain Woodlands, and incorporate them into a network of riparian corridors and further manage these for conservation.

Our development applications are underpinned by a Vegetation Management Plan and Ecological Flora and Fauna Report for the revegetation and rehabilitation of five riparian corridors as natural second and third-order creek lines and to realign and revegetate Bow Bowing Creek. These creeks are highly disturbed and in some parts concrete lined, with little to no ecological value or connection.

We are also looking into the protection, monitoring and reporting of EEC fauna identified within the restoration precincts. This is paramount in the protection of the Meridolum corneovirens Cumberland Plan Large Land Snail.

Ultimately, the strategies and implementation of management programs will re-establish native corridors that benefit the protection of an endangered ecological communities.

The project delivered:

  • a comprehensive pedestrian and cycle network to join up public open spaces and site amenities 
  • the regeneration of five natural riparian corridors throughout the site including: removal of weeds, creek stabilisation and significant landscaping works 
  • construction of a new sportsfield precinct, featuring two large multi-purpose playing fields 
  • the regeneration of Bow Bowing Creek to bring it back to a more natural watercourse with riparian planting either side of the creek 
  • landscape and embellishment works around Thomson Lake as a focal point for passive recreation including a BBQ area, seating, shelters, boardwalks and lawns 
  • new local parks in Stages 1 and 4, comprising turf areas and terraces for passive recreation 
  • support Western Sydney University’s underlying theme of bringing knowledge to life.

 

The UrbanGrowth NSW Sustainability Strategy is currently open for public consultation.