Resident urges bushland preservation

Christine Roll and Margaret Adams (President Ferndale Resident Association)
Christine Roll and Margaret Adams (President Ferndale Resident Association)

Mrs Roll has lived in Ferndale, opposite the remnant jarrah/banksia bushland in Karri Way, for nearly 40 years and is concerned that the birdlife would disappear if vegetation was destroyed.

In April, Mrs Roll volunteered for Birdlife Australia’s fifth Great Cocky Count (GCC).

Mrs Roll said despite the final count of reported cockatoos being not yet available for the area, black cockatoo conservation officer Tamara Kabat had confirmed that two of the banksias found in the Ferndale bushland were major sources of food for the birds.

Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds angered Ferndale residents earlier in March after initiating an amendment to Town Planning Scheme 23 to rezone and excise Lot 500, Karri Way.

The proposed rezoning of Ferndale Primary School oval, owned by the Department of Housing, would result in bushland being redeveloped for about 25 dwellings.

‘My major concern is that the vegetation will be destroyed or badly affected by the proposed building of homes on the school oval right against the fence surrounding the bushland,’ Mrs Roll said.

‘The number of cockatoos relying on the coastal plain to sustain their food source, including Ferndale, is increasing as their habitats are decreasing.’

Mr Reynolds, however, made it clear to residents in March that the State Government has initiated the process, but the future of the bushland had not yet been determined.