The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council has joined forces with the State’s Department of Parks and Wildlife to protect and preserve nationally threatened ecological communities in the Watkins Road and Bradby Nature Reserves in Mundijong and Serpentine.
The projects have been made possible through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
At Watkins Road Nature Reserve, work is to be undertaken to target the invasive weed Watsonia, whilst at Bradby Nature Reserve, weed control not only focuses on Watsonia, but also African Lovegrass, Victorian Tea Tree, and Tagasaste.
Parks and Wildlife District Nature Conservation Coordinator Dr. Karl Brennan said the Watkins Road Nature Reserve project also aims to assist recovery of the nationally listed and threatened plant, Southern Tetraria.
“There are many of these plants spread over 17 hectares, and they are very rare to our State and nation, so rare in fact, that at one point, the plant was thought to be extinct,” Dr. Brennan said.
According to Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s Chairman Andy Gulliver, the objective of the projects is to protect and preserve the areas with threatened flora, listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
“We are pleased to have received funding from the Australian Government to carry out this type of conservation work on behalf of the Peel-Harvey community, ensuring that these nature reserves continue to be managed for future generations,” Mr Gulliver said.
For further information about the work of the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council or to find out how you can help their cause, visit http://www.peel-harvey.org.au.
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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