Macquarie University

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About this organisation

Our vision for sustainability is: "Macquarie University is ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable in all of its activities."

Why we support the vision

Retaining and managing spaces for the local survival of nature is one area where we can make a major difference for the future of the campus. We also set examples for the surrounding community through this activity. Much of our attention is currently on the importance of habitat restoration. All species have particular habitat needs. In addition to local factors like soil fertility or climate, habitat structure very often involves inter-dependencies between the various plants, animals and nutrient-cycling microbes. When the extent of a habitat is substantially reduced by changes to land use, the dependent biodiversity often becomes vulnerable to decline, possibly even local extinction. The Macquarie campus contains examples of biodiversity under threat from past extensive habitat loss. Around four hectares of the endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest (STIF) community occurs as remnant bush around the University grounds, particularly to the northwest of the Mars Creek lake. STIF was once the most common forest type throughout the Ryde municipality, but only about 1 per cent of that original forest now remains in this area.