The start of 2024 has been huge for the Project Restore team, with all hands on deck for the summer monitoring period. So far this year the fieldwork team have conducted 43 field work days capturing the health and biodiversity of the habitats at our restoration locations. This includes deploying 606 underwater cameras that have captured 454.5 hours of footage. And it’s only April.

2024 is shaping up to be a significant year for the project with ongoing monitoring, restoration commencing and our citizen science and community engagement kicking off.

In March we launched our new Project Restore brand and website. We will continue to keep this updated with our Project updates and most importantly opportunities for the community to get involved. You can check out our new hub here.

We held our first community engagement session at the Bundeena Progress Meeting to ignite our citizen science community to assist with our upcoming Posidonia collection program. We will also be launching this in Pittwater and will be conducting similar community engagement sessions soon. The local councils, Sutherland Shire Council and Northern Beaches have been prominent in assisting with permitting and advice on best locations to set up collection points. We look forward to having these collection points installed soon.  Click here to stay up to date with opportunities to get involved.

Our next significant step in engaging the community in our project is to launch our socio-economic survey. SIMS, together with researchers from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Wollongong (UOW) are interested in the potential social and economic benefits which may come from Project Restore. This research creates a monitoring framework for social and economic values generated by the habitat restoration work of Project Restore.

Everybody has a different connection with the Harbour and your responses help us to know what the social and economic benefit of restoration is. Your feedback from this survey will help to inform researchers at SIMS and the NSW State Government how to design future restoration projects.

We are asking you to complete a short survey to share your experience of interaction with Sydney Harbour. Please click here to complete the survey.