Banksia Wood­land pro­ject takes root

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

CLARE­MONT res­i­dents and the In­dian com­mu­nity group Shah Sat­nam Ji Green S Wel­fare Force Wing joined forces to plant the last of 10,000 seedlings at Lake Clare­mont dur­ing win­ter re­cently.

“The Friends of Lake Clare­mont, with sup­port from the town and the group, are try­ing to cre­ate a patch of Banksia Wood­land of about half a hectare to ex­tend the na­tive wood­land on the north side of the lake,” Friends of Lake Clare­mont (FoLC) co-or­di­na­tor Heidi Hardisty said.

Banksias are favourite food for en­dan­gered Carn­aby’s cock­a­toos, and the fort­nightly plant­ing at the lake since mid-June was a funded by State Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment Pro­gram grants, al­low­ing the In­dian group’s mem­bers to work on the pro­ject for their third suc­ces­sive year, in­clud­ing cel­e­brat­ing In­dian In­de­pen­dence Day on Au­gust 15.

“This year the In­dian group planted nearly 10,000 na­tive seedlings, es­sen­tially one-third of the en­tire Friend of Lake Clare­mont plant­ing projects this win­ter,” Ms Hardisty said.

FoLC re­stored a wet­land buf­fer zone at the lake with grants from Car­ing for Our Coun­try Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment and Swan River Trust Al­coa Land­care.

Clare­mont deputy mayor Bruce Haynes and Vipin Me­hta of the Shah Sat­nam and Ji Green S Wel­fare Force Wing.

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