On-ground restoration works at the Pinjarra Massacre site commenced this week with a cultural consultation and induction for environmental weed contractors who will be working on the culturally significant heritage listed site.
Murray Districts Aboriginal Association (MDAA) members took the time to guide contractors, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) and Shire of Murray Officers through the sensitive site. Organised by the PHCC, local community members shared stories and answered questions of the group in preparation of the weed eradication and restoration program.
Jan Star AM, Chair of the PHCC said that it is fundamental to natural resource management that we care for and about the country where we are working. Making sure that cultural awareness is part of the planning and doing deepens our understanding of that country.
“The on-ground program schedule will include the removal of blackberry, bridal creeper and woody weeds before the revegetation program can begin. These aggressive weeds severely impact on the health of natural vegetation, which in turn reduces food sources for native animal species,” said Jan Star.
The next stage of the restoration program, which includes a site clean-up, native revegetation and enhancement program, will follow when eradication of the troublesome weeds is complete.
This important program of works is part of the four-year Rivers 2 Ramsar project that is connecting river corridors for landscape resilience across the catchment. This project is supported Peel-Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government.
Media Contact: Jane O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Jane.Omalley@peel-harvey.org.au , (08) 6369 8800
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