Banksia woodland takes shape

Mitch Borgogno,Mark Claxton and Daniel Jones from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Jim Prince,David James and Bryony Fremlin from Friends of Forrestdale and Mark Brundrett from DPW. Picture: Martin Kennealey d422745
Mitch Borgogno,Mark Claxton and Daniel Jones from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Jim Prince,David James and Bryony Fremlin from Friends of Forrestdale and Mark Brundrett from DPW. Picture: Martin Kennealey d422745

The aim of the project, which is funded by Jandakot Airport Holdings to offset the clearing of 167 hectares of native vegetation at Jandakot Airport, is to improve habitat for wildflowers and native animals, including Carnaby’s cockatoos.

In the first two years, weeds have been brought under control on 500 hectares in 20 conservation areas.

Work to establish 20 hectares of new banksia woodland is also taking place at Forrestdale Lake, east of Banjup, and in the Anketell Road area of Jandakot Regional Park.

A spokesman for the Department of Parks and Wildlife said the two locations were chosen because they are managed by the Department, contained soils suitable for the growth of woodlands and were within 45km of the airport.

‘Planting is expected to conclude in 2015, while weed management will continue for several more years to allow native plants to grow and flourish in this area,’ he said.

‘It is expected to take approximately 10 years to get substantial food supplies for Carnaby’s cockatoos from the banksias that are currently being planted.’