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Rare and valuable plant life in Viveash

An environmental group have welcomed a move by the City of Swan to better protect a bush reserve in Viveash that is rich with endangered plant life, by promising to install bollards to stop cars and the unwanted dumping of rubbish.

Eveline Reserve is a strip of Wandoo woodland in Viveash, behind the former Swan Districts Hospital and La Salle College which houses complex vegetation.

The reserve has vegetation listed in the City of Swan’s Local Biodiversity Strategy as highest priority for protection because less than eight per cent of the original extent of this vegetation still exists in the city.

The Blackadder Woodbridge Catchment Group (BWCG) have been gathering site information which  has now been published in the Eveline Reserve Vegetation Assessment and Management Plan.

The plan was created with the support of a Landcare grant and it has identified a critically endangered Threatened Ecological Community in the reserve.

The BWCG sampled 27 quadrats in the reserve over two years and analysed the data using statistical software to discover the reserve contains Floristic Community Type 3C.

BWCG secretary Phil Cloran said this finding was significant because until recently the reserve was simply managed as a recreation reserve.

The City of Swan has now installed signs to advise the public the reserve was a conservation area and unauthorised parking was prohibited.

Mr Cloran said the reserve contains at least 85 native flora species and it was rich in native grasses, sedges, lillies and herbs.

He said the most serious threat to the reserve was off-road vehicles as people daily used a dirt track through the reserve to avoid traffic congestion.

He added some people also used the track to dump household and industrial waste.

Following the report’s findings the BWCG has again asked the City of Swan to install bollards to prevent unauthorized vehicle access to the reserve.

BWCG chairperson Adam Viskovich said with so much of Viveash’s precious Wandoo woodland being bulldozed for housing in the last two years Eveline Reserve was more precious than ever.

“We’ve seen early signs of the environmental impacts, such as displaced birds and more competition for the remaining nesting hollows,” he said.

“Council getting involved in protection of this valuable reserve helps raise awareness that our urban bushlands are precious; every mature native tree is important, and as a community we need to work together to protect what is left.”

A copy of the Eveline Reserve Vegetation Assessment and Management Plan is available at bwcg.atspace.com

A Facebook page has been set up to showcase the groups other activities and sites they nurture and rehabilitate.

Please contact committee member Francesca Irwin on 0414 386 398 if you would like to get involved with BWCG.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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