Smith Creek Asset Protection Zone (APZ) Works 

Smith Creek Reserve is a large area of bush that stretches from Leumeah to Campbelltown. We were engaged by Campbelltown City Council to install an APZ in a section of the reserve behind residential properties. The project also aimed to:

  • Achieve a balance between bushfire risk reduction and maintenance of biodiversity
  • Reduce the levels of exotic plants through appropriate treatment methods
  • Educate the community of the ecological importance of the reserve and ways in which they can prepare their properties in case of bushfire.

Works included:

  • Treatment of woody weeds (mainly Ligustrum sp., Grevillea robusta, Olea europaea subsp. cuspidataPhoenix canariensis and Ochna serrulata) and exotic vines (mainly Araujia sericifera, Anredera cordifolia and Ipomoea indica)
  • Maintenance of an Inner Protection Area of 5m and Outer Protection Area of 20m by slashing and mulching biomass and crown-lifting all remaining native and weed species.

Have a look at the photos below to see the overall results!

Our team, led by Site Supervisor Jake Proust, thoroughly enjoyed this work throughout the winter period and were lucky enough to spot a koala high up in the canopy on one of their visits!