Pop in a Plant or Two for Platypus

Did you know that platypus were recently sighted in Colah Creek? For this small population of platypus to survive and thrive, healthy creek-side vegetation is a must. Hornsby Shire Council invites you to help our newly discovered platypus population by joining a one-off community planting event on Saturday, 26 August 10am-12pm at Forsters Reserve, Middle Dural.

At this event, you will help create a native understorey beneath the magnificent snow-in-summer (Melaleuca linariifolia) paperbark trees, to help improve habitat for platypus in Colah Creek, which runs through the reserve. You will also learn about looking after rural creeks to keep the small platypus population healthy.

Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book. Just bring along a pair of gardening gloves and drinking water and wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy footwear and a hat. Tools and light refreshments for morning tea will be provided.

For those who want to make a more sustained impact, there’s also the opportunity to become a volunteer for the Forsters Reserve Bushcare group which will meet once a month on a Saturday morning.

To find out more about the community planting, and to learn about becoming a Bushcare volunteer, visit