Plans prepared for Pinjarra Massacre site restoration

Workers and guides at the Pinjarra site.
Workers and guides at the Pinjarra site.

ON-ground restoration works at the Pinjarra Massacre site started last week with a cultural consultation and induction for environmental weed contractors who will be working on the culturally significant heritage listed site.

Murray Districts Aboriginal Association members guided contractors, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) and Shire of Murray officers through the sensitive site.

The event was organised by the PHCC.

Local community members shared stories and answered questions in preparation for the weed eradication and restoration program.

PHCC chairwoman Jan Star said it was fundamental to natural resource management that people cared for and about the country where they were working.

“Making sure that cultural awareness is part of the planning deepens our understanding of that country,” she said.

“The on-ground program schedule will include the removal of blackberry, bridal creeper and woody weeds before the revegetation program can begin.

“These aggressive weeds severely impact on the health of natural vegetation, which in turn reduces food sources for native animal species.”

The next stage of the restoration program, which includes a site clean-up, native revegetation and enhancement program, will follow when eradication of the weeds is complete.

The work is part of the four-year Rivers 2 Ramsar project to connect river corridors for landscape resilience across the catchment. It is supported by funding from the Australian Government.