Gondwana Link is reconnecting country across a vast 1,000 km swathe of southwest Western Australia. The ambitious project stretches from the high-rainfall Tall Karri Forests and wetlands of the southwest corner, to the semi-arid woodlands and Mallee district bordering the Nullarbor Plain.
Together with our supporters, partners and associated groups we are helping to restore and relink the landscape for local wildlife like the Honey possum, Malleefowl, Black Cockatoo and Black-gloved Wallaby, and protecting a host of native plants.
Land clearing for agriculture has fragmented the landscape of the Gondwana Link. The western forests and eastern woodlands of the pathway are relatively intact, but there is large-scale fragmentation in the central areas. Scattered segments of bush, still rich in plants and animals, do remain but they are declining in number every year.
To help reverse the decline of native wildlife and reconnect patches of healthy bush in the Gondwana Link, we are using a range of methods to improve existing habitat and create new habitat.
As the owner of three large properties in the link, we are one of the key players in the project. Over the past decade we have restored 2500 hectares of native vegetation on our properties and on other privately-owned land. We have also assisted several Gondwana Link stakeholder groups to develop Conservation Action Plans (CAP) for their areas. The CAPs, which cover over 1 million hectares, guide the prioritisation of on-ground work and help define how to measure success using ecological indicators, such as the presence of native birds.
Our work in Gondwana Link is reliant on strong partnerships, large-scale investment, and support from people like you. By bringing local people and landowners together with innovative businesses and government organisations, we’re able to tackle the critical restoration and conservation issues in the area whilst creating more sustainable opportunities for local communities.
Satellite map of Gondwana Link. © The Wilderness Society
Barry has worked with Greening Australia for 10 years in a number of different projects in the Gondwana Link area including conservation action planning; compiling revegetation management and monitoring reports; revegetation implementation and managing a large-scale corporate partnership project.