Shelley: School’s River Rangers plant sedges at bridge

Shelley Primary School's River Rangers lend a helping hand at the WadjupGabbilju foreshore walk in Riverton. From left: Brett Watts, Moya Alloit-Wesson, Ciara Woods, and Clayton Watts. Picture: Emma Geary
Shelley Primary School's River Rangers lend a helping hand at the WadjupGabbilju foreshore walk in Riverton. From left: Brett Watts, Moya Alloit-Wesson, Ciara Woods, and Clayton Watts. Picture: Emma Geary

SHELLEY Primary School’s River Ranger cadets lent a helping hand planting sedges near Riverton Bridge last week.

Youngsters pulled out weeds and planted native plants near the start of the WadjupGabbilju foreshore walk, helping to re-establish plant growth along the banks of the Canning River.

The 6.6km walk showcases two estuarine parts of the river that stretch along the Shelley, Rossmoyne and the Riverton foreshore.

The signed walk was created several years ago thanks to a Lotteries West grant obtained by the City of Canning and is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers known as the WadjupGabbilju group.

Group co-ordinator Susan Harris said there were 32 interpretive signs along the walk that explained the environment and cultural history of the estuary.

Ms Harris said the names Wadjup and Gabbilju were Aboriginal names describing the estuary and the way the water sits in the land at each end of the walk.

She said much of the planting along the walk aimed in the long-term to create botanical curtains to give the sign stands physical separation from dogs.

“All our plant species have to be native to the Swan Coastal Plain, but at the same time have to be able to cope with the foreshore’s very challenging unique conditions.

“Overall the planting is to enable the signs to aesthetically nestle into the existing fringing vegetation. In some cases it helps illustrate sign-content,” she said.

For more information about the group visit www.facebook.com/WadjupGabbilju/

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