Facts About the Catchment
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Population: Approximately 4 million
Area (square sq. km.): 1860 (the area extends offshore to include state waters to the three nautical mile limit)
National Parks: 7
Nature Reserves: 5
State Conservation Areas: 3
State Forests: 1
Aquatic Reserves: 11
Intertidal Protection Areas: 7
Local Government Areas: 39
Major surface catchment areas: 8
Local Aboriginal Land Councils: 6 (Deerubbin, Gandangara, Illawarra, La Perouse, Metropolitan and Tharawal) approximately 21,000 indigenous population
Endangered or vulnerable ecological communities: 21
Endangered or vulnerable ecological populations: 9
Endangered or vulnerable species: 139
Regular Volunteers: Around 8,800 people regularly volunteer in Bushcare and Landcare activities every year.
Volunteer numbers in 2011: More than 20,000 volunteers helped look after our beaches, bushland and parklands.