Green Army fights for healthier environment in the Shire of Kalamunda

Emiley Tieler macro-invertebrate sampling.
Emiley Tieler macro-invertebrate sampling.

THE Shire of Kalamunda is looking greener thanks to the work of a Green Army who were in the area from April to September.

The team put into the ground more than 6550 plants in the five months they were present.

Teams of up to nine young people aged between 17 to 24 years have undertaken environmental works in Kalamunda, Forrestfield and Wattle Grove to enhance the Shire’s natural environment.

Their work has included weed identification; building nesting boxes for birds and mammals; removing debris, removing weeds and grasses from bushland; and revegetating wetlands and dry areas.

They have also been applying mulch to revegetation sites; collecting and cleaning endemic seed; applying stem injection treatments to protect vegetation from dieback; and testing local wetlands to understand macro-invertebrates and water quality.

Other tasks included removing rubbish and litter, and photo monitoring of bushland and revegetation sites.

In Forrestfield green army works at Cambridge Road Reserve, Anderson Road Reserve, Federation Gardens, Hartfield Park and Woodlupine Creek and in Wattle Grove at Kalari Drive, Gilling’s Road and Magma Road have made a difference to the local environment.

Kalamunda Shire chief executive Rhonda Hardy said she hoped the team had been inspired by their efforts.

“We all remember our love of nature when we were young and when shown what exists by passionate experts, we hope it will make a difference to their careers and further studies,” she said.

“The Manpower Green Army supervisor, Helen Tholhuysen, has a wealth of environmental knowledge.

“These activities in our reserves will provide better habitat for our many wonderful birds, water birds and small mammals, such as native quendas, which live in the larger bushland reserves.

“Such local environments – particularly next to our wetlands – provide a cool and safe environment for our animals, especially in the summer months.”

Ms Hardy said they also provided the local community with the inspiring opportunity to appreciate our local natural areas.

The project was supported by Landcare Australia and Manpower while Kalamunda Men’s Shed assisted the Green Army by building 30 nesting boxes for bats, pardalotes and possums in Forrestfield.

The Green Army also collected seeds, which will be used in the Shire’s revegetation program.

Varieties of seed collected included marri, calothamnus, melaleuca, ispogon, eucalypt, hakea, allocasuarina and petrophile.