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    13034: Enhancing biodiversity in urban bushland at Wireless Hill

    Dean Nalder, Member for Alfred Cove, with Louis Meyer from his electorate office, and Margaret Matthews at a planting day. Courtesy Eleanor Cryer, office of Dean Nalder.
    Dean Nalder, Member for Alfred Cove, with Louis Meyer from his electorate office, and Margaret Matthews at a planting day. Courtesy Eleanor Cryer, office of Dean Nalder.

    Wireless Hill is a Bush Forever Class 'A' Reserve in the Perth suburb of Ardross. It's recognised for its biodiversity which includes more than 20 species of orchid.

    The Reserve is a legacy of the Wireless Hill communications station.  Most of the area was cleared when the station was built and veldt grass (a weed from South Africa) was planted to stabilise the soil.

    Friends of Wireless Hill have been working with the City of Melville to remove the veld grass and other weeds from the reserve. Weeds are removed manually to avoid the use of herbicide sprays which damage the native orchards and grasses. The City of Melville has agreed not to spray herbicide in the hand-weeded areas.

    This project will continue and expand the area of hand weeding in the best and very good condition bushland with the aim of improving the health and biodiversity of the bushland.

    The distribution of weeds will be mapped throughout the project.

    Investment: $ 34 000
    Delivery organisation: Friends of Wireless Hill
    Project duration: February 2014 - June 2015
    Location: Wireless Hill Park, Almondbury Road Ardross, City Of Melville

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