Trail a bridge to na­ture

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d449922

Dean Hux­ley on the Na­tive ARC trail.

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