Bushland gets protection
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.”