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    15177: Black Flag control at Blackwall Reach Reserve

    Blackwall Reach Reserve, within the City of Melville, is a registered Bush Forever site (331) and Aboriginal Heritage site (3650 and 3536). Containing a Priority Ecological Community (Northern Spearwood shrub lands) and Threatened Ecological Community (Banksia Woodland) it provides vital habitat for Carnaby's Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris). 

    Significant works have been undertaken by the Bicton Environmental Action Group (BEAG) in conjunction with the City to restore the woodland, heathland and fringing foreshore vegetation. Due to limited resources current chemical weed control efforts have focused on control of grasses, leaving the reserve under threat from Black Flag (Ferraria crispa invasion.

    Black Flag seeds readily making hand weeding difficult and labour intensive. The project aimed to expand current chemical weed control efforts by conducting two herbicide applications to target the higher density infested areas throughout the reserve with complimentary revegetation, hand weeding and maintenance conducted throughout the year by BEAG volunteers.

    Investment: $ 12 995
    In-kind contribution: $ 50 004
    Delivery organisation: City of Melville
    Project duration: May 2016 - December 2016
    Location: Bicton, Perth

    Purpose of project

    To restore the woodland, heathland and fringing foreshore vegetation: due to limited resources current chemical weed control efforts have focused on control of grasses, including Perennial Veldt grass, leaving the reserve under threat from Black Flag invasion. Black Flag seeds readily making hand weeding difficult and labour intensive.  The project aimed to expand current chemical weed control efforts by conducting two herbicide applications to target the higher density infested areas throughout the reserve with complimentary revegetation, hand weeding and maintenance conducted throughout the year by BEAG volunteers.  By tackling Black Flag infestation within Blackwall Reach it will hopefully limit spread to the rest of Bush Forever Site 331 along the Attadale Foreshore and Alfred Cove which have community group interest from the Friends of Attadale Foreshore and the Swan Estuary Reserve Action Group respectively.

    Major project achievements

    • To control a high priority weed, Black Flag, that is threatening the success of current restoration efforts by staff and community volunteers in Blackwall Reach.
    • Prevent degradation of the regionally significant Priority Ecological Community of Northern Spearwood shrublands and Threatened Ecological Community (Banksia woodlands).
    • Provide valuable habitat for native fauna including Carnaby's Black Cockatoo.

    Project partners

    Bicton Environmental Action Group

    Project contact details

    City of Melville

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