Native Havens

The Native Havens Program offers FREE assistance to residents who wish to help the environment by using local indigenous plants in their garden to increase habitat for wildlife.

Native plants, apart from looking good and being environmentally friendly, serve many useful purposes. They provide food, shelter and nesting materials for our native animals. They can also reduce your water consumption. North Sydney, while densely populated by humans, is still home to many native animals. To provide additional habitat in your garden, nest boxes are also available from Council's Customer Service Centre.

North Sydney has only 45 hectares of bushland remaining; a small percentage of what was once abundant with native fauna and flora.

Each garden that adds local native plants increases the resources available to our wildlife, effectively increasing the area of bushland and reducing the pressure on native wildlife.

Furthermore, by eliminating weeds that spread seeds, fruits and propagules from gardens into bushland, less resources are required by Council to restore degraded bushland.

Hundreds of residents have been involved in creating native havens on their private land.  Would you like to get involved?

Through the Native Havens Program, Council can provide:

  1. advice on suitable local native plants for your garden,
  2. FREE local native plants,
  3. identification of remnant native plants,
  4. advice on effective weed control,
  5. ongoing support.


Get involved

Bushland Project Officer or phone 9936 8100 to make an appointment.


Streets Alive

Visit Council's Streets Alive web page if you are interested in creating and maintaining a garden on the street verge or other public property.


Useful Links

Flora for Fauna... Gardens to help our wildlife

Identify the native plants of North Sydney

Identify the native animals of North Sydney

Become a wildlife watch volunteer

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