Less than a third of original bush left

The draft plan is open for public comment from next Monday until Monday, May 6 and includes plans to increase current vegetation canopies by 15 per cent in rural areas and by 20 per cent in urban, residential and light commercial areas.

However, the most startling figures in the plan are the levels of historic clearing in the city. The report said only 2320ha of the original tuart forest that once covered areas like Baldivis and Karnup remain.

It said that less than 30 per cent of the city’s original natural assets like native vegetation, wetlands, coastal foreshore and natural waterways remained.

About 3694ha of the 7267ha remaining are within protected Bush Forever sites or conservation areas like Lake Cooloongup and Paganoni Swamp.

The City is also home to a variety of threatened and priority flora and faun including Grand Spider Orchid and threatened ecologies like Lake Richmond. Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin said the plan was part of the City’s Bushland Management Strategy and designed to guide planning, design and development of greening works in the City and its conservation reserves.

‘The plan highlights the importance of the retention, protection and expansion of green spaces,’ she said.

The plan is available on the City’s website www.rockingham.wa.gov.au