Sydney Harbour is one of the world's greatest harbours and we need to protect its diverse marine life for future generations.
That's why the City supported a project led by Sydney University's School of Biological Sciences to install concrete flowerpots along the Glebe foreshore seawall, creating new rock pools.
Since the installation of the rockpools, Blackwattle Bay has been transformed into a haven for sea life, with at least 28 new and unique marine species recorded in the harbour waters in the past year.
After just one year, photos captured by underwater cameras purchased with City funding show the simple solution has attracted an abundance of algae, sea snails, star fish, crabs, sponges and small fish who now call the Blackwattle Bay pots home.
More than half of our natural foreshore has already been replaced by constructed seawalls, so finding clever engineering solutions to maintain and build on our diverse ecosystem is so important. This is a great example of how we're working with scientists to achieve significant outcomes for the environment and the community and I look forward to seeing the program adapted for future coastal developments elsewhere.
I'm so proud of the work we have done over the past 10 years to transform the Glebe foreshore. What was once an overgrown waterfront is now a beautiful public space and native habitat. I really encourage you to get down to Blackwattle Bay and enjoy all it has to offer.