27 August 2015…

The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) worked alongside the Harvey River Restoration Taskforce’s (HRRT) Green Army team this week to tackle a heavy infestation of Lupin weeds at a local Pinjarra site.

In disturbed and degraded landscapes, Lupin is an invasive and aggressive weed which, if not carefully controlled and managed, can cause devastating effects on the biodiversity of a natural site. Left to seed amongst native vegetation it can smother natural species, removing food and habitat for native animals.

The PHCC and Green Amy have worked together to remove this intrusive weed. Chair of the PHCC Jan Star said this important on-ground work was undertaken as part of the $3.6 million Rivers 2 Ramsar project that is being delivered by the PHCC.

“The R2R landscape scale restoration project is supported by the PHCC through funding from the Australian Government and embraces six priority sites across the Catchment,” explained Jan Star. “We applaud the efforts of the Green Army and the young people that worked with us to ensure the protection and enhancement of our Region’s native vegetation and biodiversity.”

“Not only does the Green Army provide tremendous job skills, the work undertaken by these young people in protecting and restoring our natural resources benefits everyone in our community, today and into the future,” she said.

This project is supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, through funding from the Australian Government.

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

 

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