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Mary Woodward with the street library.

Cockatoo care

TWO decades of protecting and conserving the Mundaring Black Cockatoo Reserves is something to chirp about. 

The Friends of the Black Cockatoo Reserves group 20-year anniversary celebrations included new signage and plaque and a recently installed street library in the shape of a black cockatoo. 

Mundaring resident and group coordinator Kaylene Watts started the group in 1998 with her friend, the late Helen Harvey.

“Helen and I just met walking through the bush and were dismayed by all the rubbish around so we decided to set up the friends group and invited all the neighbours to come along to a meeting and from that ended up with a core group, most of those are still around today,” Mrs Watts said. 

Over their time the group has met each week to pull out weeds, remove rubbish, plant trees and help coordinate burn-offs at the 32ha site. 

“We’ve removed all the asbestos, broken bottles, and dealt with a continued feral bee problem.”

“The reserve is at the stage now where you can just enjoy it.”

Artistic Mundaring couple and group volunteers Mary and Chris Woodward designed and made the street library.  

Located on the corner of Eagle and Stevens streets in Mundaring, the initiative gives local residents the opportunity to borrow and swap books.

The Shire of Mundaring also recognised the milestone with a grant to fund new signage at the reserve. 

Shire of Mundaring President John Daw commended the friends group for their dedication in caring for the ecologically significant bushland.

“The purpose of this project is to demonstrate to general users of the reserve the contribution that volunteers have made, and continue to make, to maintain the bush in pristine condition,” he said.

The new signs, made with help from Mundaring Men’s Shed volunteers will be hung throughout the reserve.

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