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    09059: Fencing, weed and access control in priority Shire of Murray reserves

    Dead watsonia corms. Heavy infestations of watsonia were removed from a number of reserves during this project. Courtesy Shire of Murray
    Dead watsonia corms. Heavy infestations of watsonia were removed from a number of reserves during this project. Courtesy Shire of Murray

    All reserves that form part of this project have been assessed as Priority 1A1, according to criteria set out by the South West Biodiversity Project.

    Most contain threatened ecological communities, declared rare flora and significant habitat for specially protected fauna. Most also contain vegetation complexes that are approaching or below 30 per cent of their pre-clearing extent, the level recognised as a minimum requirement to maintain biodiversity.

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, the Shire of Murray controlled the spread of invasive weeds and prevented the establishment of new weed populations in priority reserves. The focus of work was initially on controlling small, isolated weed infestations in areas of good vegetation condition. It then shifted to larger infestations in more degraded areas.

    Disturbance during weed removal was kept to a minimum to ensure no large openings were created and to allow for natural regeneration of native vegetation. Fencing was also installed in some reserves to prevent further habitat degradation by stock invasion and to control access to prevent the spread of dieback.

    Investment: $ 16 500
    In-kind contribution: $ 5 520
    Other contribution: $ 2 971
    Delivery organisation: Shire of Murray
    Project duration: June 2010 - September 2011
    Location: Shire of Murray

    Major project achievements

    • 1 ha of weeds controlled at Reserve 1453, followed by revegetation and fencing for access control.
    • 2 ha of watsonia treated at Reserve 6038.
    • 1 ha of weed treatment completed at Reserve 40591 and 5170.
    • 1.5 ha of weeds controlled at Reserve 34033.
    • 2 ha of weeds controlled at Reserve 31922.

    Project partners

    Peel Men of the Trees

    More information

    Shire of Murray (08) 9531 7777 or mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au

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