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Media releases from the Office of Susan Templeman MP.

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September 11, 2020

A local environment group has begun work to protect a popular and scenic Hawkesbury waterway after funding secured by Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman.


Hawkesbury Environment Network (HEN) was granted $20,000 to protect wetlands at Pughs Lagoon in Richmond from human impacts.


“HEN volunteers work to conserve and restore the natural environment of the local area, and to raise awareness of natural resource management,” Ms Templeman said.


“As part of that work, HEN has recently been able to resume its wetlands project at Smith Park, Pughs Lagoon, working with Hawkesbury City Council and local bush regeneration company Ecotune to remove weeds and plant native species.


“I visited the lagoon on Tuesday, September 8, to see the team’s work so far, and I must say I was impressed with the huge amount of non-native grass and other weeds they were removing along the water’s edge.


“I know the HEN volunteers were very excited to get back to work – all the while following strict Covid-safe conditions - and they have planted tall sedges and melaleuca in the area.”


HEN celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, and is planning on having an AGM anniversary event with the theme “Self-Sufficiency in Isolation” streamed on the web to give members the opportunity to join in the celebrations without the need to be physically present.


For more information about HEN events, visit