WORK has commenced to transform a local waterway into a functioning ecosystem including a biodiverse living stream.
Friends of Woodlupine Brook coordinator Heidi Pember said the 300 metre restoration of Woodlupine Brook from Strelitzia Avenue to Woolworths Drive had been a long time coming.
“We have been looking after the brook, collecting rubbish, and reporting to the City of Kalamunda if there was anything amiss or damaged in the brook since 1993,” she said.
Mrs Pember said the brook, adjacent to Forrestfield shopping centre, faced losing its big marri trees and significant damage to local infrastructure if the project was delayed any further.
“Our main concern was to conserve the trees and rejuvenate the brook to encourage more birds and creepy crawlies to use the brook as a habitat,” she added.
“The roots of marri trees are getting very exposed.”
If left alone, falling trees could potentially damage a bridge across Woolworths Drive which is also currently at risk of flooding.
The works will retain and protect the mature native trees within the brook, realigning it to protect the steeply eroded banks.
Contractors are installing riffle and pool systems to manage the stormwater surges through the channel.
Once the groundwork using heavy machinery is complete Mrs Pember said the Friends of the Woodlupine Brook would work alongside contractors to replant in the area.
The revegetated floodplain will increase habitat and allow movement of birds and other native animals along the brook.
“I am very excited about the project,” she said.
“We hope when it is done there is a footpath, seats and nice vegetation.
“Once it is set up people can enjoy what we have created.”
The project is partly funded by the Water Corporation and the State Natural Resource Management Program.
Works are expected to be completed by September 2022.
By Morgan de Smidt