Noongar Work Crew Completes Riparian Restoration Project at Yarraweyah Falls

on 25 Aug 2014 

Close collaboration between Bush Heritage, South Coast Natural Resource Management, Bush Heritage partners Bill and Jane Thompson of Yarraweyah Falls, and Albany-based Noongar folks resulted in the completion on 8 August of a substantial riparian restoration project at Yarraweyah Falls.

South Coast NRM's Cultural Program puts together aboriginal work crews to undertake a range of environmental work on country.

With a 100-ha restoration project completed on Yarraweyah in 2013, owners Bill and Jane Thompson turned their attention this year to restoration of riparian margins through the cleared areas of their property.  A total of ~11,000 plants were organised through a local Landcare group, and Bill and Jane and various helpers including the local Malleefowl Preservation Group over a wet weekend got the first 4000 in the ground.

The work crew organised by South Coast NRM then kicked in to get the remaining 7000 plants in the ground, with a break part way through the planting to assist Bush Heritage and South Coast NRM installing wallaby camera monitoring sites in the restoration area on Monjebup Reserve and in adjacent bush as a a reference site.

With the planting completed to a high standard and well watered in by recent rains, South Coast NRM has advanced its objectives of engaging Noongar folk in environmental work on country, Bill and Jane Thompson are happy to be looking at 170 empty seedling trays, and we're happy to have put several components together to meet conservation, cultural and partnership objectives.