Trail a bridge to nature
THE decline of Australian bush is behind a new initiative launched in Bibra Lake.
Conserving Australia’s Biodiversity and the Environment (CABATE) comprises two components, the first being a video providing different perspectives on our relationship with the land and caring for the environment.
The second aspect – a bush walk – provides information on native flora and fauna, the traditional Noongar way of life and how the public can create a wildlife friendly environment.
Native ARC manager Dean Huxley said the trail would be used as an educational tool promote inclusiveness and bring attention to the environment.
“There is an ever-increasing disconnect between human beings and the environment in which they live,” he said.
“As human activities are responsible for most of the loss of biodiversity throughout the world, the importance of information and education cannot be underestimated.
“The intention is to provide an interactive educational experience where the community and school groups can discover the environment pre and post-human intervention, gain an appreciation of Aboriginal culture, learn about native wildlife, connect with the environment and understand the importance of protecting it.”
The trail, sponsored by BHP Billiton, is not the only recent addition to the local animal care centre.
A state-of-the-art water bird enclosure also opened this month.
The enclosures are a result of an ongoing partnership with BP, which operates an oil refinery in Kwinana.
The enclosures will provide birds with a natural environment in which to recover from injury prior to release.
Native ARC will make the ponds available to other wildlife organisations.
Dean Huxley on the Native ARC trail.