Spring clean for the shorebirds
Tue, 22/10/2019 - 09:13

The City of Canada Bay will host a community spring clean this National Bird Week to help save threatened shorebird species.

According to Bird Life Australia over 300 Godwits were recorded in the Paramatta River estuary between 2008 and 2011, however in recent years visits by the Godwits to the area have been in steady decline.

“As a Council, we have pledged up to $35,000 to develop a biodiversity program to prevent threats to the unique shorebirds that feed along our foreshore,” said Mayor Angelo Tsirekas.

The biodiversity protection program will include public education, signage upgrades, citizen science workshops and enforcement to help prevent their decline.

“We are committed to the ongoing protection and health of the Paramatta River. Migratory shorebirds such as the Bar-Tailed Godwit play an important role in this delicate ecosystem,” said Mayor Angelo Tsirekas.

“We urge the community to join us in protecting migratory shorebirds and ask that we all commit to keeping our dogs on leash, staying a safe distance away from the birds and ensuring our area stays clean.”

Residents from across the Inner West are invited to roll up their sleeves and take part in the Spring Clean for the Shorebirds, to help protect their habitat from the threats of litter and pollution.

The cleanup will take place at Rodd Park, Rodd Point from 8.30am–12:30pm on Saturday, 26 October and will involve plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Volunteers will enjoy free refreshments and will receive a free ice-cream cone or coffee (when keep cup provided) for their participation.

Where: Rodd Park, Rodd Point

When: 8.30am–12:30pm, Saturday 26 October

Register now: bit.ly/ccbspringclean

Anyone can participate and all cleaning materials will be provided!

For more information, email the City of Canada Bay at council@canadabay.nsw.gov.au or call 9911 6411. Spring Clean for the Shorebirds will coincide with and support Riverfest! , the annual community festival for 'Our Living River', celebrating the Parramatta River and all of our local waterways that flow into it.

The City of Canada Bay will host a community spring clean this National Bird Week to help save threatened shorebird species including the Bar-Tailed Godwit and Curlew Sandpiper.