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Community Caring for Bandicoot Brook

Waroona District High School’s Bush Rangers have adopted Bandicoot Reserve as a study area

Look what’s happening at Bandicoot Brook! With a little help from the students at Waroona District High School, the Coolup Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) will continue a project to protect rare flora and Nationally listed TEC’s.

The National Landcare Program funded Community Environment Grant was awarded to Coolup LCDC in June this year to help build on weed management activities started in 2014 as part of the Bandicoot Brook Reserve restoration program. Colleen Archibald, NRM Support Officer, based at the Waroona Landcare Centre provides the Coolup LCDC with guidance and support.

A 68ha linear reserve of remnant vegetation, Bandicoot Brook Reserve provides an important linkage between the Murray River in the east and the Peel-Harvey Estuary in the west. The reserve is home to critically endangered clay pan communities,  including three Nationally listed TEC (Threatened Ecological Communities) and 18 species of rare and priority flora. The site is a window into what much of the eastern Swan Coast Plain would have looked like prior to European settlement.

Serious weed invasion from bulbous and grass weeds is the main threat to the reserve. The Coolup LCDC are supporting the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, with activities aiming to implement strategic and effective weed control, encouraging native plant regeneration and improving the condition of the surrounding clay pan communities.

Bandicoot Brook Reserve is a perfect site for both education and community activities. The Waroona District High School Year 9 Bushranger’s class have adopted the reserve as their study area. Educational field trips will be held throughout the project, focusing on the importance of the wetlands and woodlands of the Pinjarra Plain.  Regular community walks, talks and hands-on management activities with schools and the wider community will raise awareness of the values of Bandicoot Brook Reserve and the importance of the wetlands and woodlands of the Pinjarra and Swan Coastal Plain.

This project is supported through the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Media Contact:  Jane O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Jane.Omalley@peel-harvey.org.au, (08) 6369 8800

 

We acknowledge the Noongar people as Traditional Custodians of this land and pay our respects to all Elders past and present

 

 

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