A Boost for Environmental Conservation as Kalamatta Way Reserve Project Reaches Successful Conclusion

12 September 2023 12:00 AM

The Kalamatta Way Reserve Project, an environmental conservation initiative in Gooseberry Hill's Kalamatta Way Reserve, has successfully concluded, achieving significant milestones in habitat preservation and rejuvenation. Led by the City of Kalamunda, this project has garnered recognition for its effective strategies and positive impact on the local ecosystem.

The project's primary objectives were to address erosion issues, combat woody weed infestation, and reconfigure the creek. Through careful planning and execution, it achieved its goals by implementing rockwork to minimise erosion, extensive removal of woody weeds, and creek recontouring. Native plants have thrived, even in challenging summer conditions, thanks to ongoing weed control efforts that effectively suppressed invasive species.

Acting CEO Gary Ticehurst, expressed his satisfaction with the project's success, stating, "The Kalamatta Way Reserve Project demonstrates the City's dedication to environmental preservation and responsible land management. It not only mitigated erosion but also created a thriving habitat for native species, enriching our natural heritage."

A key contributor to the project's success was its well-planned approach, which included the strategic use of machinery for woody weed removal and creek reconfiguration. The City's understanding of seasonal factors and meticulous planning played a crucial role in achieving project objectives.

Kalamatta Way Reserve, the project's focal point, serves as a critical buffer between urban development and the remnant vegetation managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions. The reserve plays a vital role in supporting various important species, including three species of Black Cockatoos, and serves as a crucial ecological linkage.

Initiated in 2021, the project set out to restore 10,000 square metres of degraded bushland in Kalamatta Way Reserve to its natural state, representing the Darling Scarp Vegetation Complex. This involved the removal of woody weeds, soil preparation through ripping, and realignment of a drain to combat erosion.

The project received valuable support from the Western Australian Government's State Natural Resource Management Program, highlighting collaborative efforts in environmental conservation.

Kalamatta Way Reserve has now become an educational site where community groups can explore initial site constraints and celebrate the remarkable environmental outcomes of this project.

For more information, please contact the City at 9257 9999, or email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

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