Bush­land gets pro­tec­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

THE area in­cor­po­rat­ing Kens­ing­ton Bush­land, Ge­orge St Re­serve and the Kent Street Sand Pit will be merged into one area to be called Jir­darup Bush­land Precinct fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion by the coun­cil at its Au­gust meet­ing.

The Town’s cul­ture and lo­cal history work­ing group en­gaged Trevor Wal­ley, EcoE­d­u­ca­tion Abo­rig­i­nal Of­fi­cer at Perth Hills Cen­tre, to pro­vide in­put on the cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of the area and dis­cuss sug­ges­tions for the nam­ing of the bush­land precinct.

The group con­sid­ered Abo­rig­i­nal names with ref­er­ence to the flora and fauna of the area, and ‘Jir­darup’ mean­ing ‘place of birds’ was cho­sen.

“The cre­ation of the Jir­darup Bush­land Precinct recog­nises not only the im­por­tance of the Kens­ing­ton Bush­land and the pro­tec­tion this area war­rants, but also that the sur­round­ing parcels of Ge­orge Street Re­serve and Kent Street Sand Pit do not func­tion in­de­pen­dently from the Kens­ing­ton Bush­land, but are linked to pro­vide a valu­able nat­u­ral as­set,” chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said. “To have a par­cel of Bush For­ever land, as it is clas­si­fied, so close to the city, is an as­set that must be con­served and pro­tected. The precinct pro­vides valu­able cor­ri­dors for na­tive fauna to move around the ur­ban area.

“Hav­ing one de­fined precinct will al­low us to care for and man­age the area ap­pro­pri­ately.”

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