Think global, act local – travel out west and see grassroots efforts in action

Stream/s: Reaching conservation goals; Reconciling development challenges
Host Organisation: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Location: Cattai and Scheyill National Parks, Western Sydney

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Above & Tile Image: Woodland-Paul Hardey OEH

Come west to meet a furry Aussie and learn how community action is playing a big role in helping restore and protect the fragile ecosystems and threatened species of Western Sydney.

Western Sydney is the most rapidly developing urban area in the Sydney Basin. At the time of European settlement the Cumberland Plain comprised over 1000 square kilometres of woodlands and forests. Its fertile land resulted in it becoming a focus for agriculture. Gradual clearing for rural and urban development has left only 9% of the original native vegetation (with 8% protected in formal conservation reserves). This has resulted in many native plant and animal communities becoming threatened.

On this excursion New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service invites you to visit Sydney’s urban fringes and meet the dedicated staff and community members who are taking action to conserve and protect their local environment. You will visit two national parks and learn about the inventive approaches being adopted to enhance conservation of the environment and to protect threatened species in these challenging, rapidly urbanising landscapes.

At Cattai National Park you will meet some iconic Aussie critters – a mob of eastern grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies. National Parks and Wildlife Service field staff will talk to you about how protected areas are managed in the region and about the exciting tree-hollow replacement project that is underway to restore the landscape as well as introducing you to the cute resident micro-bats. You will have a chance to ask questions and continue conversations with our knowledgeable scientists and dedicated community volunteers over morning tea.

At Scheyville National Park, the next stop, you will be invited to see land management in action. There will be a tour of the research plots, where you will gain insights into the variety of techniques being trialled, which use fire as a management treatment for weed control and native species regeneration. You will see the seed production techniques being implemented and gain an appreciation of how community engagement and empowerment is being successfully integrated into park management. Lunch will be enjoyed in picturesque surrounds before returning back to Sydney Olympic Park where you can take enjoy the afternoon entertainment at PlanetFest.

Expect an educational and informative excursion.

Particulars and requirements

This excursion includes an easy grade nature walk.


Transportation: Return travel to Sydney Olympic Park via coach. There will be a communique to delegates closer to the date regarding options to get to/back from Sydney Olympic Park pre/post excursion.
Meals: Morning tea and lunch *Catering will include some vegetarian options. Delegates with other special dietary requirements will need to bring their own packed food/beverage.

What to bring

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Closed-toe walking shoes
  • Sun lotion
  • Weather gear (hat, rain jacket)
  • Water bottle


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