APPENDIX A

Description of Remnant Bushland Within the F6 Corridor

Areas of remnant bushland exist;

Between Thacker Close & Manchester Road, Gymea, this stand has been identified as Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest. This consists of a stand of native trees, Angophora costata, Eucalyptus pilularis &, E. piperita with some E. globoidea. There is little or no understorey, consisting mainly of mown grass except along drainage line where some native ground covers can be found including such species as Commelina, Dianella & Gahnia.

Between North West Arm Road, Blackburn Place and Forest Road, Gymea Bay, this stand has also been identified as Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest. Described as open forest/dry sclerophyll with an upper canopy of, Angophora costata, Eucalyptus gummifera, E. pilularis &, E. piperita, E. punctata, Mid stratum includes such species as Allocasuarina littoralis, Banksia serrata, Ceratopetalum gummiferum, Elaeocarpus reticulatus, with a groundcover consisting of such species as Bracken, Commelina, Dianella, Gahnia, Gymea lilies & Lomandra. The understorey is also heavily infested with weeds including such species as Blackberry, Camphor Laurel, Cassia, Crofton, Lantana, Morning Glory and both Large and Small leaf Privet.

North of the tennis courts adjacent to North West Arm Road and below Forest Road, along the creek line, Kirrawee, this stand although marked on Council maps, as Sydney Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland is more characteristic of Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest. Open forest/dry sclerophyll with an upper canopy of, Angophora costata, Eucalyptus piperita & E. punctata, Mid stratum includes such species as Allocasuarina littoralis, Banksia serrata, Ceratopetalum gummiferum, Elaeocarpus reticulatus, Kunzea ambigua, and other native grasses and groundcovers including Dianella, Gymea lilies, Kangaroo Grass & Lomandra. The understorey is also infested with weeds including such species as Asparagus Fern, Blackberry, Cassia, Fishbone, Honeysuckle and both Large and Small leaf Privet.

Between Hunter Street and the tennis courts, Kirrawee, this stand has been identified as Sydney Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland. Described as woodland/dry sclerophyll with an upper canopy of Allocasuarina littoralis, Banksia serrata, B. ericifolia, Eucalyptus gummifera, and E. haemastoma. With a diverse understorey including such species as Angophora hispida, Grevillea sericea, Hakea teretifolia, Kunzea ambigua, Persoonia levis, and groundcovers consisting of such species as Dianella, Epacris, Lomandra, Lomatia & Xanthorrhoea’s. This is an area of good quality bush with little weed invasion.

West of Hunter Street and between Mundakal Avenue and Johnston Avenue, Kirrawee, this stand has also been identified as Sydney Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland. . Described as woodland/dry sclerophyll with similar species as above including some Eucalyptus globoidea. The understorey is also heavily infested with weeds including such species as Asparagus Fern, Blackberry, Camphor Laurel, Crofton, Fishbone, Lantana, and both Large and Small leaf Privet. There are also areas of open space consisting of mown grass.

Further along between Bligh Street, Meehan Place and the end of Mundakal Avenue towards Helena Street, Kirrawee, this stand has been identified as Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest. Described as open forest/dry sclerophyll with an upper canopy consisting of Angophora costata, Eucalyptus piperita, & E. punctata. With a diverse understorey including such species as Allocasuarina littoralis, Ceratopetalum gummiferum, Elaeocarpus reticulatus, Hakea dactyloides, H. sericea, Kunzea ambigua, Lomatia silaifolia and other native grasses and groundcovers including Bracken, Commelina, Dianella, Gymea lilies, Kangaroo Grass, Lomandra & Microlaena. This is an area of good quality bush with some weed invasion.The over riding goal of the Greenweb is to connect currently fragmented areas of remnant bushland which act as core habitat areas into larger, continuous areas of connecting wildlife corridors.An opportunity exists to incorporate measures that support the conservation and enhancement of the Shire’s biodiversity and bushland with any future proposals for this section of the F6 Corridor.

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