WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE...
TO CUT A LONG STORY ...
|Clean Up Australia founder, Ian Kiernan, visits Mermaid Pool|
WORKOUT AT THE 'GREEN GYM !!
Sue removes weeds with Landcare Ambassador-Beau Walker
|Keith, Dave and Kris "getting fit" by removing non-native and invasive water weeds|
WHERE THE HELL IS MERMAID POOL?
|An aerial view of the pool surrounded by a small remnant of bushland |
(The UNSW water lab is to the left)
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED.
|Tiny native fish (the original "Mermaids") migrate up Manly
TIME TO THINK ABOUT GOING NATIVE?
DOES EVIL LURK IN YOUR GARDEN?
Identify weeds here.
|The invasive and pervasive Lantana|
IT’S A WILD LIFE AT MERMAID POOL
|Juvenile "Cox's Gudgeon" climbing a sheer rockface|
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
In 1788 Governor Arthur Phillip traversed this creek-line when it was surrounded by dense forest and swamps. In the Depression years of the 1930’s there was a camp at Allambie for people who had lost their homes. Girls used to slip away to the pool to swim naked-hence the name-Mermaid Pool. In those days the water was crystal clear, the bird-life rich and varied and the bushland vibrant and colourful. There is still a rare pocket of coastal rainforest beneath the rocky overhangs of Mermaid Pool which echoes a long distant era. A mere seventy years ago much of Manly Vale was unspoilt bushland, platypus still occupied some waterways and even quolls and koalas were ‘in residence’.
|The home of the Douglas Family in the 1930's in what is now "Jenna Close"|
WHAT ON EARTH NEXT ?
THE KING ST WAR MEMORIAL AVENUE
|Ex Merchant Seamen, Don, Ray and Don at the "Avenue of Honour" central monument.|
OPERATION W.O.W. WATCHING OUR WILDLIFE
King Parrot nesting box
ORARA RESERVE RESTORATION
Our parent organisation, the Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee has also helped fund important restoration work at Orara Reserve at Allambie, in conjunction with the Beach School. This work involved contracting a team from Bushlink ( a bush regeneration organisation which employs people with a disability). Collaborating with students, they are gradually removing the invasive weeds from this beautiful area of remnant bushland. We hope to contribute more funding to this important project in the future.
The "Return of The Mermaids" restoration project won the Inaugural KNSWB Blue Star Sustainability Award in 2015 in the Habitat and Wildlife Guardianship Category.
STOP PRESS: JUNE 2018.
In 2017 (on World Environment Day). The NSW Department of Education proceeded to bulldoze several hectares of rare bushland at nearby McComb Hill for the Manly Vale Public School expansion. The community pleaded with them to "build up not out" to save the habitat of the threatened Eastern Pygmy Possum. They also warned that removing all the trees and shrubs from the northern slope would mean that silt and sediment would be washed into Mermaid Pool. They ignored all protests. After heavy rain in June 2018..this was the devastating result...
A SMALL BIRD CORRIDOR
On October 8th, 2018 The Greater Sydney
Landcare Network https://greatersydneylandcare.org/
sent a letter to The Minister For Lands
(Paul Toole), Local MP (James Griffin) and Northern Beaches Mayor (Michael
Regan). The letter supported the Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee’s initiative
of establishing a “small bird corridor” at Mermaid Pools. This would mean that
four unallocated crown land parcels of bushland between Manly Dam and District
Park (alongside Manly Creek) would be formally protected and zoned for
conservation. If this eventuated it would help offset the loss of bushland
adjoining nearby Manly Vale Public School, where the dense bushland habitat of
the following recorded birds was bulldozed as part of a redevelopment. (Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike, Brown Thornbill,
Eastern Spinebill, Little Wattle Bird, New Holland Honey Eater, Red Browed
Finch, Scarlet Honey Eater, Silvereye, Spotted Pardalote, Superb Fairy Wren,
White Browed Scrub Wren, Azure Kingfisher).
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment finalised the amendments to Warringah Local Environment Plan 2011 and the amended LEP was gazetted on Friday 24th July 2020. This means that the four parcels of bushland in the Mermaid Pools environs were rezoned from low density RI to Public Recreation RE2. Details on this link :- https://tinyurl.com/y36abpyo
This is good news but we continue to lobby for a better conservation outcome with a designated small bird habitat corridor.
STOP PRESS MARCH 2022
"Unprecedented rains hit NSW in early March leaving many communities flooded across the State. Unfortunately the deluge resulted in a huge amount of debris (bricks, glass, rubbish) being deposited on the shores of Mermaid Pool. (see below images). To counter we organised a human chain event on 26th March where our "bucket brigade" passed material up to King St and into a Skip. Ironically we did a similar activity on our 10th anniversary.
CAN YOU SPONSOR THE FUTURE?
CAN YOU SPONSOR THE FUTURE?
|Mermaids Sapphire and Skye (courtesy Manly Sea-life Sanctuary)|
Join the Facebook Group: Mermaid Pool Restoration project
Check out these video links:-
Segment with Costa on Gardening Australia 2014
Mermaid Pool Sydney Metro CMA Award winners 2012
World Water Day 2012. 10th Anniversary of "Return of the Mermaids"
Jess Amos Film
And here's article on the Mermaid Pool by Peter Fitzsimons that was featured in the Sydney Magazine