New Mandurah project to protect threatened fauna


PHCC chief executive Jane O’Malley, DPaW nature conservation co-ordinator Craig Olejnik and PHCC natural assets co-ordinator Jo Garvey.
PHCC chief executive Jane O’Malley, DPaW nature conservation co-ordinator Craig Olejnik and PHCC natural assets co-ordinator Jo Garvey.

THREATENED cockatoos, migratory and resident shorebirds living in the Austin Bay and Robert Bay nature reserves are the focus of a partnership between the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC).

Weed control, water management, restoration and revegetation, access control, and community engagement are all on the agenda in a bid to improve the habitat for fauna living along the eastern side of the Ramsar-listed Peel-Harvey Estuary.

Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Dr Karl Brennan said both projects aimed to assist recovery for threatened ecological communities, such as saltmarshes and claypans of the Swan Coastal Plain.

“Improvements at Roberts Bay will also contribute to protecting five priority flora species across 138 hectares of Conservation Category Wetland,” Dr Brennan said.

Peel-Harvey Catchment Council chairman Andy Gulliver said the project was vital to the long-term sustainability of some of the region’s greatest assets.

“Weed control, fencing to better manage access and other enhancements are an important part of maintaining these areas, with Austin Bay listed as an internationally significant wetland,” Mr Gulliver said.