Environment and Ecology

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Initiative Title: Environment and Ecology
Category: Infrastructure Initiatives

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The Manly Hospital site is located on North Head, surrounded by National Park lands.  The site is on top of a Sydney sandstone escarpment where open heath scrub and sheltered flat ground exist  leading down to Collins Beach (above), which itself is protected from coastal winds.  In contrast the upper ocean facing ridge line, where the current Manly Hospital site exists, is exposed to the coastal breeze.  With fresh air in abundance, this contributes to improved health, providing excellent conditions for a Health Care facility.

Diversity of ecological environments, includes a protected rainforest gully directly beneath the site, extending all the way down to Collins Beach on Sydney Harbour.   Ridge top woodlands and bushlands greet Collins Beach on the valley slopes with heath growing on the rocky outcrops and coast escarpment.     

A large variety of native plants, animals, birds and sea life adds to the dramatic natural landscape.   Plants such as the sunshine wattle, flannel flowers and paperbark trees are dotted throughout the rain forest and woodlands.    Animals like the bush-tail possum, echidna and our famous long-nosed bandicoot all  live in a small but unique space which has become isolated over the years by urban development.  This has prevented the natural diversification in breeding, exposing them to potential extinction.  In the ocean below are our equally famous breeding grounds for fairy penguins and sea dragons.

It goes without saying, the protection of the surrounding site environment and ecology is of paramount important to maintaining this delicately poised population of unique animals and plant life.   A key objective has to be the minimisation of population impact upon this natural value.  Special regards has to be given to visitor surges, noise, waste, landscape and bushland management as well as protecting the ecology.   One innovative approach employed at the Quarantine Station is the Integrated Monitoring and Adaptive Management System (IMAMS) employed there.     

Contact Name: Darryl Dobe
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Start Date: 20-Jun-2017
End Date: 21-Dec-2018
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