The annual eco monitoring of transects has been undertaken in Tunbridge Gully (Boddington townsite) to track the success of the native flora and fauna returning to the area. Annual weed control is having great results with the ongoing decline of invasive weed Juncus acutus (Spiny rush) throughout the creekline.
The several thousand seedlings which have been planted in the 7 hectare area are maturing and there are the beginnings of a new shaded canopy. There is evidence of native wildlife beginning to return, including the brush tail possum. Kangaroos are in abundance as are, spiders and other small insects, which all aid with the spread of native plant species.
Photo monitoring has also been conducted from the south end of the creekline, to where it meets the Hotham River. Native vegetation has increased dramatically since the start of the monitoring project with the aim of increasing the biodiversity and improving the water quality within the ecosystem.>>
This project is funded by South32 Worsley Alumina in partnership with Boddington District High School, Shire of Boddington, Friends of the Reserves – Boddington (Inc.), Newmont Boddington and PHCC