Young People making a difference for our reserves

23 December 2022 8:55 AM

Recently, students from Carmel Adventist College Secondary, in collaboration with the City of Kalamunda, took part in a busy bee at the newly revegetated Kalamatta Way Reserve in Gooseberry Hill.

Students were involved in a variety of tasks, including removing woody weeds and tidying up Quenda bungalows.

Mayor Margaret Thomas said, “Kalamatta Way Reserve is a critical buffer between urban development and remnant vegetation managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The reserve is home to several important species, including three species of Black Cockatoo, and is a critical ecological linkage.”, she said.

“Partnering with schools to deliver key environmental objectives mean students get hands on experience working to improve our natural environment and develop key new skills in the process.”

“The students’ work is greatly appreciated and will value add to funding received as part of the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program.”

The project began in 2021 with the aim to restore 10,000 m2 of degraded bushland in Kalamatta Way Reserve into bushland representative of the Darling Scarp Vegetation Complex. This included removal of woody weeds and ripping of the soil as well as the realignment of a drain to reduce the level of erosion experienced on the reserve.

This project so far has ensured the management of woody and herbaceous weeds, incorporated enhanced habitat activities post weeding, engaged with local residents, established artificial habitat nodes and incorporated native vegetation.

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program.

To learn more about the project, visit the project page
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