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Vehicle access control works for important Augusta bushland

Flat Rock, Donovan Street bushland, Augusta
Flat Rock, Donovan Street bushland, Augusta Don Bradshaw

Vehicle access to an area in Augusta known for its rare wildflowers will be restricted under a plan coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and community members.

Parks and Wildlife district nature conservation coordinator Ben Lullfitz said the Donovan Street bushland contained hundreds of wildflower species including those found nowhere else in Western Australia.

“Amazingly, some of these plants grow on a large granite outcrop within the bushland known as Flat Rock,” Mr Lullfitz said.

“Unfortunately some people have been taking their vehicles off formed tracks, driving onto Flat Rock and damaging surrounding vegetation and declared rare flora habitat.

“Working together with the Environmental Research Group Augusta (ERGA) and the Shire, we have developed a plan to manage access to the 85-hectare site.”

Mr Lullfitz said the area was classed as unallocated Crown land so permission had been granted by the Department of Lands to carry out vehicle access control works.

“The project aims to protect this important bush area from the damage that vehicles can cause, through managing access to some areas,” he said.

ERGA has documented more than 300 species of native wildflowers in the Donovan Street bushland, including 47 species of orchids.

Signs have recently been installed at several entrances to the bushland alerting visitors to its special status.

For further information about the planned works contact Ben Lullfitz at the Parks and Wildlife Busselton office on 9752 5555 or environmental officer John McKinney at the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River on 9780 5255.

 

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