Friends of Periwinkle Bushland helping keep parts of Mullaloo beautiful


Friends of Periwinkle Bushland member Dot Lullfitz cleaning.
Friends of Periwinkle Bushland member Dot Lullfitz cleaning.

SEEING Periwinkle Bushland damaged by rubbish and weeds is “heartbreaking” for Dot Lullfitz, one of three women cleaning up the Mullaloo site each week.

The 78-year-old has been a member of the Friends of Periwinkle Bushland group since it formed in 2002 following residents’ concerns about flora and fauna in the area.

Mrs Lullfitz, an inaugural Friends member, said the group started with neighbours, dog walkers and locals who work collaboratively with the City of Joondalup natural areas team.

The Mullaloo resident, who has tended to weeding and picking up rubbish in the bushland for 16 years, said the group originally had strong membership but now needed additional hands.

“There is only three of us who do weeding and pick up rubbish, there is about six interested members but we all have our roles and some of those are tied in with administration,” Mrs Lullfitz said.

“We’d love some more hands so we can get through the bushland and keep it tidy for longer.

“The result of weeding and keeping it clean is that the bushland can regenerate itself, the natural seeds can grow up and the plants can grow and spread out because weeds and rubbish is not there.”

Mrs Lullfitz, who cleans up the bushland each Wednesday, said she had come across “all sorts of things” while tidying the area.

“Sometimes kids get in there with their bikes and they bash down the bushland to make bike tracks which ruins a wide section and as time goes on it gets wider and wider and destroys more bushland; it’s quite heartbreaking,” she said.

“The kids also break down trees and cart rubbish in there for their cubbies and then they lose interest so that has to be cleaned out.

“They smoke in there and there’s always the worry of fires.”

Another problem for the Friends group was people littering and leaving their beer bottles and cigarette butts in and around the bushland.

The senior also saw the beauty of nature while cleaning up the bush, with several rainbow bee eaters and willie wagtails recently hatching.

Anyone interested in joining Friends of Periwinkle Bushland can call 9307 6714.

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