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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

8 October 1999

COMMUNITY GROUP 'DIGS DEEP' FOR PERTH'S NATIVE BUSHLAND


The Friends of Bold Park Bushland Group has joined forces with local primary school students, Kings Park & Botanic Gardens and the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers to 're-green' part of Perth's unique native bushland, with support from the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust.

Dr Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, and Federal Member for Curtin, Julie Bishop MP, met community volunteers on-site today to inspect tree planting and seed collection activities being carried-out as part of the Bold Park Eastern Gateway Project.

"This magnificent urban Bushcare project is the culmination the enthusiasm and hard-work of community volunteers and the expertise of local botanical gardens staff. Together they are helping to protect a six hectare 'green haven' in the heart of Perth," Sharman Stone said.

"This is really what the Natural Heritage Trust is all about. The local community gain valuable natural resource management skills to help protect the area over the long-term, and fragile urban bushland receives extra care and attention. Without support from the Natural Heritage Trust this may not have possible."

To date the Bold Park Eastern Gateway Project has received $58,700 dollars from the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust.

Project activities include seed collection from 32 different varieties of locally established native vegetation, planting 40,000 new trees, experimental seed germination with smoked water, weed eradication and rabbit control, community field days and production of A Bushwalker's Guide.

"The Bold Park - Perry Lakes area is a magnificent local community resource linking the city to the coastline. The work being done here over the next two years will help restore this important piece of city bushland for all to enjoy," Julie Bishop said.

"It's a popular spot for families, bushwalkers and people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It's vitally important the community understand how to properly restore and protect it over the long-term."

This year the Federal Government will invest around $10 million in Bushcare projects throughout Western Australia. Bushcare is one of the 17 programs which make up the Federal Government's $1.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Sharman Stone's office, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415
Lisa Lehman, Julie Bishop's Office, 08 9388 0288 or 0417 926 911

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