The City of Armadale has a rich diversity of ecosystems and is home to rivers, streams, wetlands, forests, heathlands, sedgelands and woodlands, each with its own array of plants and animals.
The City of Armadale is committed to preserving and enhancing these natural areas and recognises not only the ecological benefits of protecting our natural assets, but also the social and recreational benefits as well.
To help protect environmentally important areas, the City has launched a host of environmental initiatives:
- State of the Environment Report
- Local Biodiversity Strategy
- Management Plans
- Corporate Greenhouse Action Plan
- Streamcare Program
- Strategic Plan
The City employs an Environmental team that works within the City's departments and the wider community to promote and further environmental initiatives. Furthermore, a three man bush crew is employed by the City to manage the City's natural areas.
To contact the City's Environmental Team call 9394 5000.
Managing and protecting our bushland
The City of Armadale manages 190 hectares of remnant bushland in 48 reserves including some vegetation corridors along watercourses. In addition, the City has management responsibility for two large regional bushland areas - Armadale Settlers Common (295 ha) and Bungendore Park (498 ha).
Several of these bushland areas are home to threatened ecological communities and areas of declared rare flora. Some of the region's important bushland areas include:
- Armadale Settlers Common
- Creyk Park
- Kendal Court
- Fletcher Park
- Eva and Bill Moore Heathland
- Bob Blackburn Flora Reserve
- Camillo Reserve
- Warwick Savage Park
- Lloyd Hughes Park
- Bungendore Park
The biggest threats to such bushland areas arise from human activity and pathogens. Major threats to bushland in the City of Armadale include:
- Inappropriate fire regimes
- Feral animals
- Inappropriate access
- Land clearing
Managing and protecting our waterways
Waterways are dynamic systems, ranging from the head waters high in the hills, to river-mouths spilling into the oceans, Such water ways support a wide variety of plants and animals and are sensitive to environmental change. The City of Armadale boasts several large waterways, including Wungong River, Neerigen Brook and the Canning River.
A host of groups work alongside the City of Armadale to protect waterways. Such groups include State Government agencies such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Environmental Regulation, and Swan River Trust, as well as private landholders. Community groups such as the Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group (AGLG) also play a large role in the protection and enhancement of waterways.
The Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group operates under a Strategic Directions document derived from the principles in the Upper Canning Southern Wungong Catchment Management Plan.
Key threats to the health of our river systems include:
- Sand drift from land clearing and/or construction activities.
- Erosion from changing water regimes.
- Nutrient enrichment from fertiliser input.
- Diminishing water quality.
Get involved in helping the environment. You can help the City of Armadale to protect and enhance the environment by joining one or more of the following groups and initiatives:
- The Bushland and Environmental Working Group (BEWG)
- Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group (AGLG)
- The South Eastern Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL)
- Friends Groups
- Reserve Custodians