Planting the seeds for a greener future

City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino, Jane Brook Community Association president Matthew Merson and Helen Newman of the State Natural Resource Management Office. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d404976
City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino, Jane Brook Community Association president Matthew Merson and Helen Newman of the State Natural Resource Management Office. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d404976

The Jane Brook Community Association has secured $70,000 in grants over the past two years from the City of Swan and state natural resource management program community grants to make the project possible.

Association volunteers and 60 Mazenod College students will give up their spare time to plant seedlings along the foreshore.

Association president Mathew Merson said the project would have many benefits.

‘This work will contribute to the environmental value of the Jane Brook Foreshore Reserve, improve and protect remnant vegetation, contribute to water quality improvements of the Swan River and provide refuge to the Carnaby’s cockatoo,’ he said.

City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said that involving local residents and school children provided a sense of community ownership that would contribute to the long-term success of the bushland rehabilitation.

The works will support previous work undertaken along the foreshore reserve in 2011 and 2012 when 21,000 seedlings were planted.