Bird Island - Return of the Birds to Glebe Island

Bird Island - Return of Birds to Glebe Island. Glebe Island, a desolate concrete apron, once served Port Jackson as a vibrant bird sanctuary. Its isolation from the mainland enriched its indigenous plants and animals. Glebe Island is now subject to neighbouring over development and a future of change. This bird-centric approach intends to hybridise the development-led era with a landscape approach by shifting the priority to Glebe Island’s pre-existing residents, Sydney’s birdlife. Areas within the concrete apron and along the foreshore have dictated the orientation and location of built form on Glebe Island. The planting selection within each area is influenced by the relationship it has with the intended client. Whether that’s habitat, food source, or food source to prey of theirs. These areas in the proposal have been designed to support, provide, and strengthen the bird community with six client species in mind.- The Yellow-Faced Honeyeater sheltered by the urban bushland at the heart of Glebe Island- The Welcome Swallow on the newly defined streetscapes and alleyways- The Great Skua along the Northern Promenade of Glebe Island- The Little Black Cormorant perched along the Southeast Promenade- The Great Knot feeding in the peninsula grassland or hiding out on Glebe Island Bridge- And finally, the Beach Stone Curlew dwelling in the low spinifex on the new beaches and mangroves
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.