Re­ju­ve­nated bush on show

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

AF­TER a bush­fire tore through parts of Kens­ing­ton Bush­land last year, the area is show­ing signs of im­prove­ment.

Stu­dents at nearby Kens­ing­ton Se­condary School and res­i­dents at Alexan­dra Vil­lage were evac­u­ated when the blaze burnt through about 3ha of bush­land.

The Friends of the Kens­ing­ton Bush­land are hold­ing a guided in­for­ma­tion tour, led by Town of Vic­to­ria Park nat­u­ral ar­eas team leader Stephen Szyd­lowski, on May 7 be­tween 10am and 11.30am from the Etwell Street en­trance.

Friends of the Kens­ing­ton Bush­land’s Narelle Dou­glas said the con­cept of the event was to bring peo­ple to their lo­cal bush­land.

“We want them to ap­pre­ci­ate the bush­land and po­ten­tially as­sist in its preser­va­tion,” she said.

“It will be a chance to ex­plain about what’s go­ing on here and what projects are hap­pen­ing. I’d en­cour­age peo­ple to come along

“It’s a bio­di­ver­sity hot spot with rain­bow bee-eaters and Carn­aby’s black-cock­a­toos.

“The Friends are in­volved in man­ag­ing weeds.”

The site is a part of the Banksia Wood­lands on the Swan Coastal Plain, which was put on the list of threat­ened eco­log­i­cal com­mu­ni­ties un­der the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion and Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion Act 1999, in the en­dan­gered cat­e­gory, by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment last year.

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