David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    Local bushland cleaned up

    18/12/2007 2:04 PM

    Three Bush Forever sites within the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire have received second-year funding for urgent conservation work through the State Government’s Saving our Species initiative.

    Almost $330,000 will go towards the continuation of priority conservation work at nine Bush Forever sites throughout Perth, including Watkins Road Nature Reserve, Cardup Nature Reserve and a private property in Lowlands.

    Environment Minister David Templeman said Bush Forever sites provided a guarantee of future access to beautiful natural bushland and it was important their high conservation value was protected.

    “Earlier this year, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) undertook urgent conservation work at these sites, many of which had previously lacked sufficient on-ground management,” Mr Templeman said.

    “The second stage of work will include weed control, removal of illegally-dumped household and building rubbish, closure of unused tracks, vegetation rehabilitation and installation of signage and fencing.”

    DEC has urged people using the shire’s Bush Forever sites to respect the bushland by not driving vehicles on unauthorised tracks and not leaving any rubbish behind.

    “Conservation workers have previously removed a large amount of household and building rubbish, including hazardous piles of illegally dumped asbestos at Watkins Road Nature Reserve,” the Minister said.

    “They also manually removed an extensive population of the invasive cotton bush weed at Lowlands.”

    DEC has currently working with shire rangers to rehabilitate native vegetation, close unused tracks and improve conservation signage at the Watkins Road site.

    This will help protect native vegetation from the damage caused by illegal access with off-road vehicles.

    As part of the project, fencing will be erected along the western side of the South West Highway next to the nature reserve, to restrict the entry of unauthorised vehicles and illegal rubbish dumping, while still allowing access for bushwalkers.

    Active weed management and control for weeds such as cotton bush, arum lily, watsonia and blackberry will remain a large feature of the work.

    Saving our Species is a two-year, $15million biodiversity conservation initiative addressing critical biodiversity conservation priorities where significant long-term results could be achieved from a short-term, strategic focus.

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