Development within the Manly area became rapid following completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in l932. All suitable residential areas were quickly taken up and market gardens sprang up along the creeks, which fed into the lagoon in North Manly and Brookvale.
Table of Land use in Manly Lagoon Catchment
|Type of Land Use||Area (km2)||Area (%)|
|Residential - low density||6.62||37|
|- low-medium density||2.31||13|
|Open Spaces - Recreation||2.67||20.3|
|Education & Technical Facilities||11.7||7|
The open space generally lies adjacent to the lagoon and its tributaries. Approximately half of the open space is linked to Manly Dam, which ceased operating as a water supply source in 1942 and is now a recreational resource.
Source: Manly Lagoon Estuary Management Study 1995
The Water Quality Monitoring & Rehabilitation of Manly Lagoon Catchment Project
A National Landcare Grant to the Manly Environment Centre (MEC) has funded the continued employment of a Catchment Liaison Officer (CLO) whose role is to work with the community, industry, golf courses, students and other stakeholders to enhance the Manly Lagoon Catchment.
The bandicoots in North Head Manly are endangered, with less than 100 assumed to be left. Their number has decreased significantly over the last years, but scientists have not found the reasons for the declining population yet. Consequently, Australian Wildlife Conservation has launched an 8 week research program. Together with Earthwatch volunteers, scientists monitor the animal activity around North Head in order to find solutions for the protection of Manly’s bandicoots.
The Long-nosed Bandicoot occurs throughout a range of habitats along the east coast of
Volunteer Penguin Warden Scheme
In 2005 National Parks called for volunteers from local community and from wildlife carer organisation to help establish a team of people for the 2005/6 breeding season following destruction of nests and eggs on a couple of beaches plus predation of penguins by dogs.Manly Wharf and Federation Point became focal points for crowd control over public holidays – penguins were made known in local press and crowds wanting to see the Penguins have increased.
The sustainable features of the Hazell house were built into an existing house that the couple bought in 2001in North Manly. The building design company Envirotecture Projects, headed by Dick Clark, designed the eco-friendly house. Dick Clark explains “It is no more expensive designing an environmentally friendly house if you get the fundamental things like orientation correct, which ensures that everything falls into place. In fact, energy-efficient designs should be ultimately less expensive than conventional models.” The house features excellent cross-ventilation and passive solar elements such as a concrete floor structure and internal brick walls that retain the heat in the winter and keep the inside cool in the summer.