Bush to adorn new sta­dium

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Saskia Adysti

Katan­ning-grown broom bush will be used to dec­o­rate the $83 mil­lion Perth Sta­dium pro­ject.

Adrian Richard­son planted rows of broom bush plants on his farm nine years ago and is now bundling it up for his client to use for brush wood fenc­ing in the newly built Perth Sta­dium.

Mr Richard­son moved to Katan­ning in 1984 and was ap­pointed in­au­gu­ral trea­surer for Katan­ning Land­care in 1990. He started plant­ing broom bush in 2008 as part of a Land­care re­ju­ve­na­tion pro­ject.

Broom bush is an Aus­tralian na­tive plant that has the ca­pa­bil­ity to sur­vive in high-salin­ity soil.

Mr Richard­son planted the broom bush on his land as a way to con­trol salin­ity lev­els.

To­day most of his broom bushes are fully grown and he is send­ing nine tonnes of it to StrataGreen, a land­scape sup­ply com­pany that will use it for fenc­ing along the river­bank of the Perth Sta­dium.

“Nine years ago you could barely grow any­thing on these salty lands,” Mr Richard­son said.

He said he was “ec­static” to see the end re­sult of the prod­uct.

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