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Community Park News


WMCA Media Release - June 2013



A small wilderness is being revived by a dedicated group of local residents in the picturesque locality of Wellington Mills in the Ferguson Valley.

  The Wellington Mills community association supported by a Natural Resources Management Community Grant of $27,000, aim to reinstate a section of the Ferguson River which up until 2008 was covered in a pine plantation.

  Project coordinator Jenny Payet said,

  “Residents for many years have been active in their concerns about the land and river degradation. The restoration of the River where the pine trees once grew has been a result of a successful negotiation between the community, the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Forest Products Commission. In addition, two hectares of former plantation in the centre of the community is being rehabilitated as a community park”.

  The community park will be for locals and visitors including walk trails with universal access, a picnic area and interpretive signage depicting the rich environmental and heritage values of the park.

  “The park area was once home to the original Wellington Mills town site that was built around the Jarrah timber mill surrounded by rich jarrah forest in the late 18th century,” said Mrs Payet.

  Community park volunteer coordinator Rob Watkins said,

  “Volunteers have notched up a collective 600 hours to date in land preparation, planting and weed control. Volunteer management and support has been the critical factor for the success of this project.”

  Grant monies received will assist with the purchase of a ride on mower, a variety of indigenous native plants, spray materials, trail design and construction and interpretive signage design.

  The project is supported by the Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Water and the Shire of Dardanup.