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It’s our Backyard: campaign puts spotlight on our natural beauty spots

A new campaign puts the spotlight on one of Campbelltown’s best kept secrets.

It’s our Backyard will be an eye opener for plenty, including some locals, as it focuses on the pristine bushland areas that are part of Campbelltown.

Simmos Beach, Smiths Creek Reserve, Keith Longhurst Reserve, Noorumba Reserve and the Dharawal National Park are just some of the brilliant natural assets in our backyard.

The Campbelltown Council campaign, as well as encouraging people to visit these great bushland spots, offers tips such as how to plan your trip and the best places to spot animals such as koalas and birds.

There’s also advice on the best kayaking and bushwalking spots and a range of educational material for kids to get out in the bush and learn about the native plants and animals in the region.

People can also find a host of safety tips for exploring local bush and waterways translated into a range of languages such as Arabic, Bengali, Hindu, Filipino, Samoan, Spanish Mandarin, Urdu, Nepalese and Vietnamese.

“Our bushland reserves are wonderful places to explore and are incredibly popular, with places like Keith Longhurst Reserve attracting 10,000 visitors a month during periods of good weather,” says Mayor George Greiss.

“The number of people taking to our local trails increased during the lockdown periods and we want to make sure people understand the hazards involved and how to remain safe, particularly on some of the more challenging trails or around water,” Cr Greiss said.

Visit the council website for more information on the campaign.

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