From Shire President John Daw
The Shire of Mundaring has many volunteers actively maintaining our bushland reserves. They clear invasive weeds for the sake of survival of our exquisite wild flowers and other native plants.
These volunteers are members of more than 80 registered Bushcare Groups that are linked to a particular reserve. The volunteers are known as Friends, such as the Friends of Black Cockatoo Reserves, Friends of Lion Mill Creek Reserve and Friends of Wooroloo Heritage Trail.
Bushcare Friends Groups have been operating for several decades and always welcome new members. As a Friend you will learn to differentiate a “weed‟ from a “native‟. This is an essential skill for keeping your own property and verge clean and healthy, too. Una Bell, on native grasses, plants, and invasive weeds and how to spot the differences. The Shire has the contacts for joining existing Bushcare Groups. Members enjoy new friendships and a bit of exercise while giving the environment a good hand!
If the patch of bushland that you are interested in caring for does not yet have a Friends Group, you can start one. Contact the Shire on 9290 6666 and liaise with the Supervisor of Environment and Horticulture.
Being a Friend of a Reserve is allied to the Keep Australia Beautiful Council‟s “Adopt a Spot” programme which is about cleaning up litter in a reserve or roadside near you.
The Shire’ s Bushcare Team is available on request to assist Bushcare Groups to plan their work and assist with weeding and revegetating programs.
It would be a sad outcome if our rich bushland became grassland. Sad not only for we humans who delight at the sight of such colourful native flora display, but also for Some residents may be unaware that a constant vigilance is needed to help conserve the wonderful native plants that are coming into bloom now and over the next few months.This vigilance is a gift from our Bushcare Friends.
As we drive along our roads and walk on our bush trails enjoying the colours and textures of the spring bush, let us all whisper a thank you to our community Bushcare Friends.