Threatened Species Day fact sheet
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2005
About the fact sheet
Western Sydney's Cumberland Plain region is home to the state's first and largest human settlement. It has been heavily cleared over the past 200 years, first for agriculture and then for urban expansion. Only 12 per cent of the original vegetation remains. Of the 22 Cumberland Plain ecological communities, 12 are so badly affected they are listed as endangered. Along with clearing, weeds are one of the biggest threats facing these fragmented patches of bush.