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Yellomundee gains 25% more Yellow Rock

Blog Post - Yellomundee gains 25% more Yellow Rock

Through private land donations to FNPW our Regional and National Parks can grow and be retained not only for future visitors to enjoy but also for our wildlife and habitat to thrive.

Thanks to the generosity and long-time care of John and Shirley Sarks, a further 137 hectares of diverse bushland, remnant rainforests and ironbark forests on a spectacular ridge line, known as Yellow Rock, has been added to the Yellomundee Regional Park. After over 7 years of support from FNPW and considerable negotiation due to the presence of deep coal resources under the land, we are proud to announce that on 23 September 2016, the Office of Environment and Heritage gazetted Yellow Rock as part of Yellomundee Regional Park under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The park protects many special Aboriginal sites; demonstrating their connection to this ancient landscape and continues to be an important place for Aboriginal people today, with an Aboriginal Landcare group involved in volunteer work to care for their Country. Also known as Yarramundi, it is named after the “learned, clever man” or leader of the Darug people and lies within the traditional territory of the Boorooberongal clan.

Established in 2000, Yellomundee was initially 485 hectares extending 8.6 kilometres in a North- South direction and is located on the western bank of the Nepean River, and eastern escapement of the NSW Blue Mountains.

Much of the Yellomundee forest is shale/sandstone transition forest or Sydney Coastal River Flat Forest, both of which are classified as endangered ecological communities.The forests boast 68 species of birds including the Peregrine & Black Falcon, Rock Warbler, Yellow Tufted Honeyeater, Rainbow bee-eater and Lewins Rail.

Eight species of frogs and eleven reptiles including the second largest lizard in Australia, the lace goanna make this place home. Greater gliders and tree funnel webs can also be found amongst the areas alluvial and riverine plant communities, potentially including rare and vulnerable plants.;

There is suspected to be at least 17 rare or vulnerable species including the Turquoise Parrot and four types of owl (Powerful, Barking, Masked and Sooty). Several threatened species of frogs and snake occur here including the giant burrowing frog, red-crowned toadlet and broad-headed snake.

Yellomundee is also considered an important potential habitat for koalas and the endangered brush tailed rock wallaby, species which FNPW has been working with conservation groups for many years to ensure their breeding and survival.

With plenty of open space, recreational and cultural opportunities, Regional Parks are usually highly modified environments; however Yellomundee is very special, as only about one fifth of the land has been modified and it contains large areas of natural bushland.

This significant land donation by John and Shirley Sarks is testament to the passion and generosity that can be instilled by our great country and its natural wonders. With the addition of this 137 hectare area at Yellow Rock, Yellomundee is now 622 hectares protected for visitors to explore and share with the native flora and fauna for now and generations to come.

Regional Parks such as Yellomundee help protect nature in the urban landscape and assist in the preservation of many animal species while establishing green corridors for the safe movement of wildlife.

To find out more about how you can donate your land please visit this link.

The view from Yellow Rock across the Nepean River. Photo: John Yurasek.

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