STUDENT bushrangers have kick-started a restoration project in the Bennett Brook Catchment area.
About 50 students from Kiara College and 40 students from John Forrest Secondary College planted about 3500 local plants on September 23 to improve the water quality of the drainage site near Grogan Swamp in Lockridge.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Water Corporation are working with the City of Swan, Whiteman Park and the Friends of Bennett Brook on projects that will educate the community, improve water quality and provide a habitat for local wildlife.
The Water Corporation has contributed $34,000 to remove invasive weeds and revegetate its stormwater drain.
Water Minister and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said the project would help improve the overall health of the Swan Canning River.
“The Bennett Brook Drainage for Liveability Project is a great example of how revegetating a drain can help create more clean, green, sustainable and liveable environments,” he said.
“Thank you to the Kiara College and John Forrest Secondary College students who rolled up their sleeves and helped plant native trees on Monday, the benefits of their efforts will be seen for years to come.”
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson thanked Lockridge Primary School students who have been busy planting during the past few months.
“Well done to everyone, particularly all the school students, who have contributed their time and efforts to improving the Bennett Brook foreshore through weed control and native species planting,” he said.