The Sisters of The Good Samaritan - Protection of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

The environment

The 2011-17 Vision Statement of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan identifies creation as one of their commitments.

During this time we have educated and informed ourselves so that we might better understand our place in the cosmos as humans, as believers in a creator God, and as caretakers of our earth home.

Inspired further by Laudato Si’, the 2015 encyclical of Pope Francis, we continually seek to deepen this commitment in all our relationships with all creation, and in our use of resources.

SGS Wivenhoe and Conservation

Pimelea Spicata (endangered native plant of NSW) found at Wivenhoe

In 2012, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan entered into a contract with the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), to set aside a piece of land near Camden, the the Macarthur Region, for ecological restoration.

A workshop was held recently to make these wooden boxes which are designed to house Pygmy possums, Feather tail gliders and Antechinus (small marsupials indigenous to Australia)

 

Under what is called a BioBanking agreement, the OEH provides funds for the gradual restoration of the land. Each year, agreed outcomes – the removal of feral animals and weeds (including trees) and regeneration of native species – must be achieved so that money can be released for further work.

These hebel blocks were also made during the workshop for housing micro bats

 

Since then a second BioBanking agreement has been achieved so that today 90 hectares of Cumberland Plain Woodland are being restored.

 

At the same time, the Sisters have committed to maintaining a conservation park of some 80 hectares on the adjoining land. This project is administered by SGS Wivenhoe and Conservation.