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    09055: Environmental weed control surrounding the Porongurups

    This infestation of arum lily was removed as part of this project. Courtesy South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.
    This infestation of arum lily was removed as part of this project. Courtesy South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.

    The national heritage-listed Porongurup Range National Park and surrounding remnant vegetation has very high biodiversity with more than 700 flora, 300 macro-fungi and 15 lichen species.

    However, weed infestations are threatening this biodiversity, replacing natural ecosystems and habitats, and out-competing a number of rare flora, some of which are endemic to the Porongurup Range.

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. controlled declared and environmental weeds within a 5 km buffer around the park.

    This complemented control work carried out by the Department of Environment and Conservation inside the park and work carried out through a Caring for our Country program, which targeted weeds of national significance. The project also helped build the capacity of community members and local landholders in weed identification and control.

    Investment: $ 49 500
    In-kind contribution: $ 19 300
    Other contribution: $ 6 070
    Delivery organisation: South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.
    Project duration: June 2010 - June 2011
    Location: South Coast region—Porongurup Range National Park and surrounding remnant vegetation

    Major project achievements

    • Treatment of 130 ha of declared and environmental weeds, with a primary focus on introduced wattles and arum lilies.
    • Treatment of 15 ha of declared and environmental weeds, with a primary focus on introduced wattles.
    • Treatment of 31 ha of declared and environmental weeds, including taylorina, dolichos pea, agapanthus and polygala.
    • Treatment of 15 ha of declared and environmental weeds, with a primary focus on red valerian and gladiolas.
    • Community engagement activities including 11 newsletters and 16 events.

    Project partners

    Oyster Harbour Catchment Group Inc.; Pardelup Work Farm; Friends of the Porongurup; Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia; Department of Environment and Conservation; Porongurups Weeds Steering Group; Shire of Plantagenet

    More information

    South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. (08) 9845 8537 or info@southcoastnrm.com.au

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