Group seeks help to sup­port brook

Midland Reporter - - Opinion -

THE Su­san­nah Brook Catch­ment Group is re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers to help breathe new life into the group.

Group spokes­woman Kathryn John­son said the group started in 2002 to reveg­e­tate the pub­lic open space around Su­san­nah Lakes and to sup­port the Friends of Blue Wren and Tim­ber­top re­serves.

“How­ever, af­ter a decade of ac­tive in­volve­ment in the catch­ment the group disbanded,” she said.

“As with many vol­un­teer groups, on­go­ing com­mu­nity sup­port is nec­es­sary to keep mo­men­tum in the group and new faces were needed to keep the SBCG go­ing.

“We want to get the group run­ning again to raise the pro­file of Su­san­nah Brook in the com­mu­nity and to en­cour­age the for­ma­tion of friends’ groups within the City of Swan.”

Friends of the Blue Wren Re­serve co-or­di­na­tor Sandy Stone said the Su­san­nah Brook catch­ment was an im­por­tant wa­ter­way that fed di­rectly into the Swan River.

“It is im­por­tant that we main­tain the eco­log­i­cal health of the Brook as a di­rect ef­fort to main­tain water qual­ity in the Swan River,” she said.

“We also need to es­tab­lish wildlife cor­ri­dors within the catch­ment to coun­ter­act the de­cline of bio­di­ver­sity due to habi­tat frag­men­ta­tion.

“This is a large-scale is­sue, but by adopt­ing a catch­ment fo­cus with tar­geted pro­jects we can work at a lo­cal level to re­store some of the wildlife cor­ri­dors nec­es­sary to sup­port lo­cal wildlife.”

Ms John­son said the group would ini­tially es­tab­lish a steer­ing com­mit­tee to plan pro­jects within the catch­ment.

She said once the com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished a timeline of pro­jects would be es­tab­lished based on a re­view of the Eastern Catch­ment Man­age­ment Plan put to­gether by the Eastern Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Coun­cil.

To regis­ter your in­ter­est, contact Ms John­son at kathand­todd@big­pond.com or Ms Stone at sandy­roger. stone@gmail.com

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Sandy Stone, of Stoneville, and Kathryn John­son, of Gidgegannup, at the Blue Wren Re­serve in Stoneville.

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