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    11057: Nell’s Block community education project

    Vegetation established at Nell’s Block provides habitat for many native insects. Volunteers, Heather Adamson (Department of Environment and Conservation) and Pip Newman (Men of the Trees) bug hunting. Courtesy Michelle Mullarkey, Greening Australia.
    Vegetation established at Nell’s Block provides habitat for many native insects. Volunteers, Heather Adamson (Department of Environment and Conservation) and Pip Newman (Men of the Trees) bug hunting. Courtesy Michelle Mullarkey, Greening Australia.

    Nell's Block is a seasonally inundated dampland adjoining two large drains within the Harvey drainage system.

    Sites such as this on the Swan Coastal Plain are of high ecological value, yet sadly up to 80 per cent of them have been destroyed through clearing and drainage.

    Over the past 4 years, the site has been transformed thanks largely to thousands of school children who have helped with revegetation each year.

    Nell's Block forms a vital part of Greening Australia's biolink vision for the Peel. The vision aims to deliver landscape scale change by building a network of biolink zones that buffer and create corridors to existing native vegetation on various land tenures.

    Vital to the ongoing success of Nell's Block is the breadth of stakeholder and community involvement. This project aims to further enhance and nurture these relationships through:

    • community awareness days including school visits
    • community planting days
    • educational booklets and signature
    • resources for community members to monitor the success of restoration works (camera traps)
    Investment: $ 29 163
    In-kind contribution: $ 46 950
    Delivery organisation: Greening Australia WA
    Project duration: February 2012 - August 2012
    Location: Harvey

    Major project achievements

    • Workbook and educational signs developed showcasing Nell's Block flora and fauna and restoration history.
    • 53 community member attended education events.
    • Four camera traps installed.
    • More than 20 600 seedlings planted over 5 hectares including kangaroo paws and grass trees.
    • Community planting days attracted 200 volunteers.

    Project partners

    Men of the Trees; Harvey River Restoration Trust; Alcoa; Department of Environment and Conservation; Mandurah Bird Watchers; Greening Australia; Murray District Aboriginal Association; Peel Harvey Catchment Council; Riverside Primary School; Harvey High School; St Anne's Primary School - Harvey; John Tonkin College; Mandurah Catholic College; Dardanup Primary; Fairbridge

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