Dono­van Street re­serve story to be told

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times News - Therese Col­man

The story of Au­gusta’s Dono­van Street re­serve be­gan as a pro­posed site for hous­ing de­vel­op­ment, and is now crown land at the cen­tre of an up­com­ing book.

Au­gusta’s Kings Park is a book that will be pro­duced by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search Group Au­gusta and will cover the his­tory, ge­ol­ogy, di­verse flora and fauna of the area, and pro­vide de­tails of walk trails through the Dono­van Street re­serve.

Co-edi­tor and ERGA member Don Brad­shaw said the Au­gusta com­mu­nity ral­lied to­gether when it found out the area was pro­posed for de­vel­op­ment.

“It’s hard to get the peo­ple of Au­gusta to agree on the day of the week, but there was an over­whelm­ing agreeance for keep­ing the piece of land as is,” he said.

“Once the Shire agreed to pre­serve the area, we did a bio­di­ver­sity study which came back with won­der­ful re­sults.”

The re­serve is home to 300 spe- cies, in­clud­ing seven species of mam­mals, 200 va­ri­ety of fungi and 47 species of or­chids.

The draft book’s in­tro­duc­tion ex­plains how gran­ite rocks that border the re­serve and the es­tu­ary were frag­ments of Gond­wana, when the Aus­tralian con­ti­nent split from India.

Dr Brad­shaw said 3000 copies of the book would be printed, with funds raised from the gold-coin do­na­tion purchase price to go to ERGA to sup­port fu­ture re­search.

The book is ex­pected mid-2018.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Au­gusta's Kings Park co-edi­tor David Novy and con­trib­u­tor Peter Lane.

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