Bush care milestone marked

John Hudson and Ralph Henderson with a cake to mark the milestone. Pictures: Emma Reeves d416415
John Hudson and Ralph Henderson with a cake to mark the milestone. Pictures: Emma Reeves d416415

The State Government is offering $300,000 through its new Banksia Woodlands Restoration Program for community groups to restore eligible areas in greater Perth and enhance the habitat of rare species.

As the recipient of previous grants, the Friends group showed Mr Jacob what could be achieved and enjoyed a birthday cake to mark 21 years since a name change from the Hepburn Woodland Preservation Group.

‘The wonderful work the Friends group has carried out is a great example of how other groups can help restore important bushland,’ Mr Jacob said.

He said groups could apply for grants ranging from $5000 to $20,000 for work carried out between June 1, 2014 and September 30, 2016.

‘We are asking local groups to help restore banksia woodland in areas dominated by weeds, which will improve the habitat for wildflowers and native animals,’ he said.

‘The project will have a major role in reversing habitat loss and managing threats to banksia woodland in Perth over the next two years, particularly for the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo.

‘Some examples of suitable projects include weed management, revegetation works, fencing to limit vehicle access and grazing, phytophthora dieback assessment and treatment, and management of pest animals.’

Friends chairman John Hudson urged other groups to apply for funding.

‘We showed the minister one of the places we have worked on near the entrance to the park and discussed a lot of weed types and native flora along the pathway,’ he said.

Applications for the Department of Parks and Wildlife-administered grants, available in two instalments, close on Monday, April 14, at 5pm.

For details, call Parks and Wildlife’s Swan region office on 9442 0300.