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Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub: Rescuing an endangered ecological community


  • Ian Perkins,

  • John Diamond,

  • Georgina SanRoque,

  • Lyn Raffan,

  • Bettina Digby,

  • Peter Jensen,

  • Daniel Hirschfeld

Ian Perkins was the initial Project Manager at the York Road site described here and is now Natural Resource Projects Co-ordinator, Wingecarribee Shire Council (PO Box 263, Moss Vale, NSW 2577, Australia; Tel: +61 2 4868 0750; Email: John Diamond and Georgina SanRoque (Bush Habitat Restoration Co-operative, 26 Larkin Street, Waverton NSW 2060, Australia; Email: have undertaken work at Lot 23 York Road and five other ESBS sites over the last 12 years. Lyn Raffan is Senior Threatened Species Officer, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (Tel: +61 2 9585 6921; Email: During the preparation of this article. Bettina Digby was Supervisor of Bushland with Randwick City Council, NSW, Australia (Email: Peter Jensen is Environment Officer with Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (PO Box 607 Mosman NSW 2088, Australia; Tel: +61 2 8969 2100; Email: Daniel Hirschfeld was an ESBS Recovery Team member, co-nominee of the ESBS, previously Bushland Officer with Randwick Council and can now be contacted at Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE (Blaxland Road, Ryde, NSW 2122, Australia; Tel: +61 412 320 295; Email: This paper aims to draw together insights from managers involved in ESBS on-ground works at a range of sites from 2003 to the present.


On-ground works prove an important mechanism for gaining knowledge about this near-extinct ecological community, providing new insights into ways to manage and restore it.