Armadale’s Streamcare program an eco-friendly way of weeding

Jonathan Devine with Armadale's Deputy Mayor Ruth Butterfield and Streamcare officer Sandra Byrne.
Jonathan Devine with Armadale's Deputy Mayor Ruth Butterfield and Streamcare officer Sandra Byrne.

ECO-FRIENDLY revitalisation starts in the backyard with the City of Armadale’s Streamcare program.

Armadale residents can get access to free native plants and area-specific advice related to planting, weed control, fertilisers and pesticides as part of the program, which aims to revitalise and improve the habitats surrounding local streams and waterways.

Roleystone couple Jonathan and Heather Devine joined the program after noticing they had a lot of weeds they needed to deal with but weren’t sure what to pull and what to keep.

“We looked initially for advice on what weeds are really undesirable, and what plants would encourage local birds and butterflies,” Mr Devine said.

“Sandra came and walked the whole property with us, identifying weed plants, suggesting trees that should be encouraged or discouraged and what a healthy river looks like.”

Armadale mayor Henry Zelones said the restoration program had started in 2002 and had since helped hundreds of residents.

“The best way of caring for these waterways is by assisting the residents to ensure local natural habitats are protected,” he said.

“The more landowners we introduce to the program means the waterways in the area are protected for future generations.”

The program is open to landowners who have a stream or creek on or near their property.

Email info@armadale.wa.gov.au or call 0409 116 985 for more information.

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