Cessnock City Council hosted the launch of a series of videos aimed at raising awareness of the unique bushland environments within the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) and their importance to local species.
The event, held on Thursday 25 March at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, was hosted in conjunction with Birdlife Australia, who were launching their ‘Birding Guide to the Cessnock Wetlands’.
The short videos are a part of Council’s ongoing ‘Our Bushland’ campaign, which has been running since 2018. The campaign has been made possible by funding from the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said the event was an opportunity to bring together all the people and organisations that have been working hard to protect local bushland areas.
“Cessnock is a rapidly growing area, which is fantastic for our local businesses and community members. However, such rapid growth presents a challenge for protecting our local environment.”
“There are so many great things about our local bushland and Council is actively encouraging the local community to learn more about it.”
General Manager and Head of Conservation at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby and the Devil Ark at Barrington Tops, Tim Faulkner is one of the first stars in the video series. He said the people of Cessnock are fortunate to have this bushland on their doorstep.
“There is so much crucial habitat for rare and endangered wildlife and it’s fantastic Council is getting behind awareness-raising through the ‘Our Bushland’ project.”
The videos will be featured on Council’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.