Habitat Box Program

Habitat Box Program
Many of our native animals rely on hollows for protection and to breed. Many of our native animals rely on hollows for protection and to breed.  

Many of our native animals rely on hollows for protection and to breed. In an urban environment mature trees with hollows are scarce, so installing habitat boxes to supplement habitat is crucial to improving local habitats.

In Canterbury-Bankstown, hundreds of habitat boxes have been installed in local reserves to support our hollow-dependent fauna since the program commenced in 2003. These boxes provide habitat options for a variety of animals, including small parrots, possums, gliders, microbats, kookaburras, wood ducks and owls.

Currently there are more than 400 boxes providing supplementary habitat across Canterbury-Bankstown, about half of these were installed more than 10 years ago and are in the process of being replaced. In 2020, a number of habitat boxes were installed in new locations along the Cooks River, including at Boat Harbour, Gough Whitlam Park and Cup and Saucer Wetland. Council aims to install at least 30 new boxes each year (over the next few years) to replace boxes that reach their end of life and add boxes in new locations.

All boxes have an identification number on the side of the box and are inspected annually for public safety, structural integrity and habitat functionality.

If you see something interesting using a habitat box, we’d love to know about it! Simply snap a photo, note the ID number on the side of the box and email cleanandgreen@cbcity.nsw.gov.au

Reserves with habitat boxes

Bankstown / Darani Ward: Bromley Bushland Reserve, Norfolk Reserve, Roberts Road Reserve and Thella Kenway Reserve.

Bass Hill / Bura Ward: Amaroo Reserve, Band Hall Reserve, Bellevue Reserve, Carysfield Park, Dalton Reserve, Jensen Reserve, Kentucky Reserve, Lansdowne Reserve, Louisa Reserve, Maluga Passive Park, Manahan Reserve, Mirrambeena Regional Park, O'Neill Park, Rose Reserve, Sefton Golf Course, The Crest, Thornton Reserve and Walshaw Park.
Canterbury / Budjar Ward: Albert Park, Boat Harbour, Canterbury Park, Cooks River Foreshore, Croydon Park, Earlwood car park, Euston Park, Ewen Park, Gough Whitlam Park, Heynes Reserve (Cup and Saucer Wetland), Lees Park, Mildura Reserve, Pat O'Connor Reserve, Peace Park, Rosedale Reserve, Sando Reserve, Second Avenue Bushland, SJ Harrison Reserve, Sutton Reserve and Waterworth Park.
Revesby / Bunya Ward: Amberdale Reserve, Churchill Reserve, Cutting Reserve, Deepwater Park, Dilke Reserve, East Hills Park, Flood Reserve, Gordon Parker Reserve. Kelso Park South, Kelso Waste Management Facility, Keys Reserve, Lambeth Reserve, Marco Reserve, Monash Reserve, Montgomery Reserve, Morgans Creek Reserve, Newland Reserve, Padstow Park, Picnic Point Reserve, Prince Reserve, Richardson Reserve, River Reserve, Roma Reserve, Rorie Reserve, Salt Pan Reserve, Smith Park, Sylvan Grove Native Garden, Vale of Ah Reserve, Virginius Reserve and Whittle Bushland Reserve.

Roselands/ Bunmarra Ward: McLaughlin Oval, Riverwood Wetland, Salt Pan Reserve and Wiley Park.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.