Cyril Jackson students help beautify Baigup wetlands by planting seedlings


City of Bayswater counillor Catherine Ehrhardt with Ella Geralis and Michael Geralis from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
City of Bayswater counillor Catherine Ehrhardt with Ella Geralis and Michael Geralis from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

CYRIL Jackson Senior Campus students helped to plant native seedlings at the “struggling” Baigup wetlands in Bayswater on July 27.

The 20ha wetland is located between Garratt Road and Kelvin Street along the Swan River.

The Baigup Wetland Interest Group received a $75,000 Federal Government grant as apart of the national land care program to undertake river restoration and weed management.

Baigup Wetland Interest Group co-ordinator Penny Lee said she appreciated Cyril Jackson students’ help.

“It was beyond my expectations, they completed a good lot of planting and it was lovely to meet them,” she said.

Ms Lee said the native seedlings would contribute to a good habitat for the species living in and around Baigup.

“Because of rapidly increasingly population along the river, more and more people are visiting Baigup these days, enjoying views of the river from the dual purpose walkway or cycle path,” she said.

“We want to protect and extend wildlife habitat while at the same time giving visitors an even more rewarding experience out in the fresh air.”

However, she said she was concerned about recent works on the adjacent Skipper’s Row subdivision.

“This is happening right on the border of Baigup as well as upstream next to Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary,” she said.

City of Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the City made significant progress in terms of weed control at the Baigup wetlands.