Peel Harvey Catchment Council grant to Harvey River Restoration Taskforce


Harvey River Restoration Taskforce staff Michelle Mullarkey and Jordon Garbellini mapping photo points for weed control with Paul Tholen from the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Harvey River Restoration Taskforce staff Michelle Mullarkey and Jordon Garbellini mapping photo points for weed control with Paul Tholen from the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

NATURAL resource management in the region was given a boost with a $49,900 grant to the Harvey River Restoration Taskforce (HRRT) from the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council Community Environment Grant program (PHCC).

The HRRT will manage on-ground actions to restore a public reserve in the Ramsar-listed lands adjacent to the lower Harvey River with the funding.

Together with project partners Greening Australia, Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Western Australian Planning Commission, HRRT will work with landholders to monitor and control invasive weed species affecting riparian vegetation in the lower reaches of the river, estuary and adjoining wetlands.

Weeds that are threatening the habitat for migratory species and impacting the sites’ ecological values include Watsonia, Arum Lily, Typha, Cotton Bush, Black Wattle and Cape Tulip.

HRRT chairwoman Jennifer Stringer said the group was delighted to receive funds to continue work they started in 2015 with the project’s many partners.

“Working collaboratively with other organisations provides for better on-ground outcomes and ensures the project’s longevity into the future,” she said.

PHCC’s inaugural round of community environment grants is funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.