A significant number of animal and plant species have been recorded within the reserve, including a variety of threatened species and endangered ecological communities.
Opportunities to acquire and reserve bushland on the Cumberland Plain of a similar size and condition to this reserve are limited. Its protection provides the people of western Sydney with a new breathing space where they can enjoy some of the region’s unique plants and animals.
The reserve contains the upper catchment area of Rickabys Creek and plays an important role in providing landscape connectivity in this part of the Cumberland Plain. It is strategically located in respect to other reserves including Agnes Banks Nature Reserve, Castlereagh Nature Reserve and Wianamatta Regional Park.
The permanent protection of corridors and associated refuge areas is critical for the long-term survival of the threatened animals and plants in this highly fragmented landscape.
For more information, see the program’s 2008–09 annual report.
Australian Government grant
The purchase of Wianamatta Nature Reserve was supported by a $11.7 million grant from the Australian Government, which was two thirds of the purchase price. The vegetation protected in the reserve has not been counted towards the offset requirements for the Strategic Assessment approval.
Protecting the reserve
Before it was purchased, the threatened vegetation at the property was damaged by years of illegal access and rubbish dumping. Stopping illegal access was the highest priority in protecting the new reserve. In 2010 the program funded the installation of cable fencing along all road frontages to the reserve, allowing the new reserve to begin its recovery.