Western Australia News
In the southwestern corner of Western Australia, Greening Australia is part of an alliance carrying out environmental restoration and protection on a grand scale through Gondwana Link.
GA's Biodiverse Carbon grows on!
The annual monitoring of the revegetation at GA’s Peniup property in Gondwana Link was once again completed with fine efficiency and good cheer by the great team from University of Western Australia and GAWA.
As can be seen in the linked Powerpoint slides, the locally native vegetation, both direct seeded and planted as seedlings, continues to thrive. And the local wildlife are enjoying the new habitat with lots of reptiles and birds moving in. This is what carbon sequestration is all about.
Learn about the history of south-west Western Australia and how the Gondwana Link will repair a centuries worth of habitat destruction and combat the effects of a changing climate. Video courtesy of Burning House - www.burninghouse.com.au *Warning: this video runs for 11 minutes.
Gondwana Link is one of the largest and most ambitious conservation projects in Australia’s history.
Designed to protect and restore land across and adjoining the nation’s only global renowned biodiversity hotspot, the completed link will be an arc of bushland stretching for 1000 kilometres, from the wet forests in the State’s far southwest to the edge of the Nullarbor plain.
Extensive agricultural clearing in parts of this region has fragmented the landscape. But across the Gondwana Link pathway, much of the bushland remains.
Greening Australia and Bush Heritage Australia are working together to reconnect the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River National Parks, currently separated by only 70km of mainly cleared land.
Land acquisitions and conservation covenants help protect the most ecologically important and at-risk private lands, while scientists help assemble and apply the latest revegetation techniques to restore native bush habitats. The Indigenous Noongar people are guiding us with respect to the cultural values of the country and through their knowledge of the land.
Greening Australia has purchased or jointly purchased three properties between the National Park’s (Nowanup, Peniup and Yarrabee) and has undertaken over 1400 hectares of direct seeding and tree planting on this land, plus some 400 hectares undertaken with local farmers.
The aim is to recreate bushland that, as far as possible, mirrors the original vegetation, a varied and diverse habitat which often has 400–500 plant species per property.
Approximately 600 kilograms of seed and 150 000 seedlings have been be used at the ‘Yarrabee’ property in the largest direct seeding project we’ve undertaken.
The scale of the Gondwana Link vision represents an extraordinary leap forward in Australian conservation.
Fitz-Stirling Functional Landscape Plan complete
Nowanup property purchases – 754ha
Restored 200ha using direct seeding and trial plantings of commercial crops
Yarrabee property purchased – 923 ha
Noongar community creates cultural ‘Meeting Place’ on Nowanup property
Peniup property purchased – 2409 ha
Cultural mapping on and around the Gondwana Link properties
Monitoring change in the ecological communities in the Fitz-Stirling region
250 ha biodiverse carbon planting on Peniup, providing a market enabler for restoration of native bush for the first time.
Over 3000 indigenous & non-indigenous visitors to Nowanup each year
Protection and restoration of 500ha of marginal or unproductive land on third party farms in Gondwana Link
Taking down the fences
ABC Radio National Encounter program featuring Gondwana Link: a story about land clearing, ecological damage and restoration in Western Australia.
Gondwana Link features on the ABC's 7:30 Report
Greening Australia was featured on the ABC's The 7:30 Report as part of a story on Gondwana Link, one of the largest and most ambitious conservation projects in Australia's history.