THE City of Joondalup has adopted a five-year management plan for Shepherds Bush Reserve in Kingsley.
The 16.5ha Bush Forever heritage reserve is classified as a major conservation area, contains regionally significant bushland and is one of the City’s top five natural areas because of its high biodiversity values.
The plan describes potential environmental impacts, risks and threats that could affect the reserve’s biodiversity, such as weeds, plant diseases, non-native fauna, fire and antisocial behaviour and proposes management strategies to minimise them.
Strategies include regular weed and feral animal control, annual fire hazard assessments and monitoring of flora, fauna, weeds, fungi, bat and invertebrate species.
In July, Joondalup councillors endorsed the release of the draft plan for three weeks of community consultation, ending August 15.
A council document from last month said 34 submissions were received and the feedback was “generally supportive”.
However, some comments made included wanting to see an increase in responsible dog ownership involving the removal of dog waste, more rubbish bins at the active recreational parkland, the importance of engaging local schools in educational activities within the bushland and emphasis on revegetation to provide habitat for fauna.
At the September 20 meeting, Cr John Chester requested the chief executive “take all actions necessary to form a Shepherds Bush Reserve Friends Group to help maintain the reserve”.
The council document said during community consultation, 26 respondents said they would be interested in taking part in a Friends group and that the City would contact them to follow up.