Landcarers ‘Restore, Re-new’ and ‘Reclaim’ WA wildlife
Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group, WA
To improve the biodiversity of Upper Canning, Southern River and Wungong River in Western Australia, Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group (AGLG) set out in 2011 with the mission to clear invasive exotic weeds and plant indigenous seedlings in the region.
Their plan, the ‘Restore, Re-new, Reclaim’ project, had the purpose of creating new habitats, providing green corridors, reducing erosion and increasing water quality. With a helpful Be Natural Landcare grant, the group purchased tools, equipment and provided volunteer training to prepare for their vast revegetation goal.
Over three community planting days, the AGLG encouraged a total of 1404 volunteers to donate over 5383 hours of planting time to rejuvenate the precious sites. It was a great pleasure for the project leaders to see such an increase in membership and to have such open-hearted contributions from over 20 school groups and other environment protection teams.
For the AGLG, it became necessary to teach volunteers, young and old, about sustainability as well as the ‘Bush Forever’ idea which aims to protect mythological and significant sites of Indigenous Australians, like those in Armadale, for generations to come.
Overall, 25ha of land wPhoto LIFE Story – Restore, Re-new, Reclaim as successfully rehabilitated through the removal of weeds. Planting on land and in-stream would also give home to native wildlife that had been missed for many years. The funding, training and increased membership helped the group to produce the AGLG Business Plan 2011/12 – 2013/2014, which began forward thinking for the group and would lead to the expansion of their project sites.
Since then, the fantastic Landcaring team has undertaken projects that continue to improve land and water across the cities of Armadale and Gosnells. The AGLG was also named the Western Australian State Urban Landcare Award Winner in 2011, and went on to feature as a finalist in the 2012 National Landcare Awards.