Imagine you had a spectacular bushland area on your doorstep that was over twice the size of Perth’s Kings Park…Well if you live in Bunbury, you do!
And we need your help to protect it into the future.
If you would like to take part in future community action to support the formalisation of the Regional Park, there are a few different things you can do.
Contact your local Members
Your Member for Bunbury (State) and Member for Forrest (Federal) are dedicated to helping their communities voice what matters to them at the State and Federal government level.
So if you want them to promote the Regional Park as part of their hard work, please make sure they know it is a priority for you.
Member for Bunbury, Hon. Giovanni (John) Mario Castrilli MLA can be contacted at:
Ph: 9791 3636 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Member for Forrest, Ms Nola Marino MP, can be contacted at:
Ph: (08) 9721 3788 Web: http://nolamarino.com.au/
Contact your local Candidates in the upcoming WA State Election
If you didn’t already know, the next WA State election is due to be held on 11 March.
In the lead up to the election, your local Candidates will be busy campaigning on what matters to Bunbury voters. Make sure the Regional Park formalisation is on their priority list!
Your candidates are:
Don Punch (Labor Candidate)
Ian Morison (Liberal Candidate)
James Hayward (National)
Michael Baldock (The Greens) –
Sam Brown (One Nation)
Or contact SWCC at 9724 2400 or email@example.com to find out more about what you can do.
What makes the proposed Park so Special?
A first for Bunbury, the proposed Preston River to Ocean Regional Park covers 893ha of continuous public bushland reserves, and stretches from the airport in the east to the iconic Maidens Reserve in the west. It includes Manea Park, Loughton Park, Hay Park, Tuart Brook Reserve, Shearwater Tuart Forest and the Maidens.
This important and unique ecological linkage has state and national significance, due to its diversity of plants and animals. It is home to over 600 species of flora and 180 species of fauna, many of which are listed as endangered. On a walk through these beautiful bushland areas visitors can see a range of stunning wildflowers under the jarrah and marri trees, marvel at the towering majesty of the tuart trees, or hike through the rugged coastal dune fields of the Maidens. There’s also a chance to get up and close with a Western Ringtail Possum, a Brush-tailed Phascogale or a Quenda (bandicoot) at night! Or you might see the beautiful and endangered Black Cockatoos in the treetops during the day.
The Park is highly significant to Noongar people and it also provides important areas for passive recreation like bushwalking and birdwatching, education, cultural heritage and conservation research.
This Park holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Bunbury locals.
It really is the People’s Park.
“Having the Park on the City’s doorstep is key to our amenity. This piece of nature is part of our City’s identity and a legacy for our children.” (City of Bunbury Deputy Mayor, Brendan Kelly)
The future survival of this entire system however is under threat due to a range of pressures, including weeds, rabbits and foxes, dieback and other disturbances such as illegal off-road vehicles, rubbish disposal and firewood collection.
For more information on the proposed Park or to report illegal activity, contact the City of Bunbury at 9792 7000.
The Preston River to Ocean Project (2013-2017)
SWCC and the City of Bunbury have been working together through the Preston River to Ocean project since August 2013 to protect and enhance the incredible environmental, cultural and social values of the Park, for the benefit of our environment and the Bunbury community. The project is funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the City of Bunbury. The other key partners are Department of Parks & Wildlife, Department of Planning, Department of Housing, and of course, the Bunbury community.
Over this time, a lot of work has been undertaken, including 238.5ha of weed treatment, 6.1km of new fencing, fox and rabbit control, dieback management over a 40ha area, signage, and rubbish clean-ups. 30,000 seedlings have been planted to rehabilitate 2.7ha of bushland and coastal areas, and together with Department of Parks and Wildlife, unique and nationally threatened plant communities have also been uncovered.
This has all been with the help of local school students, Noongar people, community groups and other dedicated community volunteers. More than 1,350 people have been engaged in the project though 48 events over the last three years, including planting days, wildflower walks, cultural educational events, the ever popular night stalks, bird watching, dieback workshops, weed control days, rubbish clean-ups, and educational activities with schools.
In recognition of its cultural and heritage significance, local Noongar people have been actively involved throughout the project to ensure cultural values are respected and included in management.
The success of the project is a tribute to the dedication of the Project Partners
and the Bunbury community.
The project finishes up in June 2017.
Celebrating 3 years of the Preston River to Ocean Project!
In order to recognise these great achievements and all of the people involved, we held a celebration event in Bunbury on 15 December! And what an event it was!
More than 60 local community members, project volunteers, politicians, state agency staff and other key stakeholders heard from the key project partners about the project achievements and future aims.
If you missed it, the presentations are available below:
Ben Deeley, City of Bunbury – background and City perspectives
Andrew Webb, Department of Parks & Wildlife – taking a closer look at the park flora
Bunbury Green Army Team – a valuable contribution to the project
South West Catchments Council – project achievements and future directions
For more information about this project and how to get involved, contact:
Pip Marshall, Project Manager, on 9781 3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org