HALF of a biodiversity conservation area in Clarkson will open to the public this month following work to create walking and cycle trails.
The 6ha section of retained bushland in the Catalina estate is off Marmion Avenue between Neerabup Road and Aviator Boulevard.
Altogether, more than 12ha of bushland have been reserved in the estate, with the southern part of the biodiversity conservation area due to open next year.
The park contains a variety of plants including parrot bush, pearl flower, chenille honey-myrtle, grass trees, yellow buttercups and solar fire daisies, as well as more than 30 animal species, mostly birds.
Tamala Park Regional Council, which includes the cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup, Perth, Stirling and Vincent plus towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park, is developing the estate with Satterley Property Group.
Chief executive Nigel Satterley said his group was committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment surrounding Catalina.
“This quality remnant vegetation is a habitat for important birds like the Carnaby’s black cockatoo, which is protected by Commonwealth legislation,” he said.
“We want to ensure Catalina is an idyllic and tranquil community for the native species, as it is for our residents.”
The northern half of the conservation area is also adjacent to a landscaped parkland with a picnic area.
About 15 per cent of the estate is reserved as public open space, including landscaped parks and picnic areas, sporting fields and protected habitat for local birds, plants and animals.