The City of Armadale (the City) falls within the wider Upper Canning Southern River Wungong catchment. The catchment comprises two major rivers, the Wungong and Canning Rivers, both of which are tributaries to the larger Swan River Estuary.
Land along the Canning River is of mixed, fragmented ownership. Where the City has care and responsibility of the foreshore, rehabilitation activities continue to be prioritised. Historically the delivery of river foreshore rehabilitation activities on City land have been in partnership with the Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group ( AGLG) e.g. Fancote Reserve. It is anticipated that with the onset of development, more areas of the Canning River foreshore will be managed by the City.
The City is also responsible for the management of a significant portion of the Wungong River foreshore, specifically the area between Armadale Road and Champion Lakes, equating to approximately 4kms. A concept plan has been prepared and approved by Council for a 'Wungong River Project'. The concept plan has been developed to guide the City and adjacent developers on the location of infrastructure and environmental rehabilitation activities. The Plan features a trail, enabling pedestrian and cyclist use in a natural riverside setting. Delivery of the project will necessitate partnerships between the City, AGLG and adjacent developers.
The City of Armadale is home to a number of wetlands, many of which are recognised by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (the DBCA) via a state wide classification system.
The system, commonly referred to as the Geomorphic Wetland Classification System, assigns one of three categories of environmental significance to wetlands.
The categories, in ascending level of importance, are:
- Multiple use wetlands
- Resource enhancement wetlands
- Conservation category wetlands.
Presently, the majority of wetlands within the City remain in private ownership. As part of the development process, management of once privately owned wetlands may be transferred to the City (this is also the case for sections of river foreshore).
It is anticipated that the number of wetlands under the care and maintenance of the City will rise over the coming years as a result of ongoing development.
To become involved in the care of any of the following bushlands, please contact the City on 9394 5000.
Armadale Settlers Common
Armadale Settlers Common in Bedfordale is a 383 hectare bushland reserve, of which approximately 287 hectares is vested in the City of Armadale for the purpose of 'parks and recreation'. The Common lies on the Darling Scarp and is within the wider Darling Range Regional Park.
The area is highly important for flora conservation, with a total of 318 plant species found in the Common, along with two 'Declared Rare and Priority Flora Species'. A diverse array of fauna and flora can be observed year-round.
Much of the bushland is in good condition and its network of walk trails invites recreational activities such as walking and hiking, orienteering, nature appreciation, picnicking, excercising and nature photography. The Common offers expansive views of the City, large areas of intact vegetation and public use facilities. The Common contributes significantly to the backdrop of the Armadale city centre and is part of the Heritage Country Tourist Drive.
The Armadale Settlers Common Management Committee, which is a committee of volunteers, provides oversight on the management of the area. The Armadale Settlers Common Strategic Directions Document also helps guide management activities.
Bob Blackburn Flora Reserve
The 4.2 hectare Bob Blackburn Flora Reserve is located on Williams Road in Armadale. It is recognised as a 'Forrestfield Complex Threatened Ecological Community' - a community of species which was once common to the Swan Coastal Plain. However, now as little as nine per cent remains.
The vegetation is dominated by a woodland of Corymbia calophylla (Marri), Eucalyptus marginata (Jarrah) and Banksia. Common species of the shrublayer include Stirlingia latifolia (Blue boy), Davensia nudiflora, Hybertia hypercoides (Yellow buttercups), Xanthorrhoea preissii (Grass tree), Conospermum stoechardis (Common Smokebush), Bossia eriocarpa (Common brown pea), Dryandra nivea, Gompholobium capitatum (Yellow Pea) and Dasypogon bromeliffolius (Drumsticks).
The Forrestfield Complex Bushland Management Plan applies to Bob Blackburn. 'Friends of Bob Blackburn' is actively seeking fellow members to look after the reserve.
The 498 hectare Bungendore Park Bushland Reserve is home to a wide variety of plants and animals.
In fact its location on the western edge of the Darling Scarp means the park displays a wide range of soils, topography and vegetation types, producing well over 300 different plant species. Most of the park is open Jarrah-Marri forest with a typical suite of understorey shrubs and orchids. The park also features many blossoms - a fact which helped it to earn its name, which means 'place of the gum blossom' and 'top of a hill' in local Aboriginal language.
Bungendore Park is situated on the edge of the Darling Scarp, with sweeping views to the Swan Coastal Plain. It is located three kilometres south-east of Armadale and can be accessed from Admiral Road. Walkers can set out on marked trails located throughout the reserve.
A committee of Council, known as the Bungendore Park Management Committee, assists in the management of the area. The Bungendore Park Strategic Directions Document also helps guide management activities.
The Bungendore Park Management Committee, a Committee of volunteers, provides oversight on the management of the reserve.
Cammillo Reserve on the corner of Cammillo Road and Railway Avenue in Kelmscott is vested in the City of Armadale for recreation. The bushland (2,215 square metres) is recognised as 'Forrestfield Complex Threatened Ecological Community' - a community of species which was once common to the Swan Coastal Plain. However, now as little as nine per cent remains.
The vegetation is predominantly a low woodland of Banksia attenuata (Slender Banksia) and Banksia menziesii (Menzies Banksia) over a mixed shrubland of Mesomelaena psuedostygia.
Cammillo Road Reserve is threatened by weed invasion, predominantly by bulbous and grassy weeds, and by human activities such as rubbish dumping and trampling.
The Forrestfield Complex Bushland Management Plan applies to Cammillo Road Reserve.
Creyk Park is located on Lilian Avenue and Kembla Street in Armadale and is owned by the City of Armadale. The bushland is recognised as a 'Forrestfield Vegetation Complex Threatened Ecological Community' - a community of species which was once common to the Swan Coastal Plain. Now as little as nine per cent remains and bushlands like Creyk Park are becoming threatened with extinction.
The bushland is predominantly Jarrah, Banksia attenuata (Slender Banksia), and Banksia menziesii (Menzies Banksia) woodland over a scattered understorey of Jacksonia sternbergiana, Hakea ruscifolia (Candle Hakea) and conospermum stoechardis (Common Smokebush).
Ehrharta Calycina (Perennial Veldt Grass) is a major threat to this bushland community. Interpretative signs are displayed at the park and illustrate tracks to follow in order to reduce the spread of weeds and dieback, and minimise the trampling of vegetation.
The Forrestfield Complex Bushland Management Plan applies to Creyk Park.
Eva and Bill Moore Heathland
Eva and Bill Moore Heathland on Lake Road Kelmscott is vested in the City of Armadale for recreation. This unique bushland is recognised as a 'Forrestfield Complex Threatened Ecological Community' - a community of species which was once common to the Swan Coastal Plain. However, now as little as nine per cent remains.
The heathland is dominated by Melaleuca preissiana, Hypocalymma angustifolium (White Myrtle), Acacia pulchella (Prickly Moses), Astartea fasicularis and Kunzea ericifolis (Spearwood).
This bushland area is threatened by weeds, frequent fire, and trampling. The Forrestfield Complex Bushland Management Plan applies to this area.
Fletcher Park in Wungong is a 19 ha reserve vested in the City of Armadale for recreation. The reserve is leased to the Wallangarra Riding and Pony Club. The vegetation of Fletcher Park has been listed as a 'Critically Endangered Threatened Ecological Community', and contains the last examples of some species in the world.
The bushland is in excellent condition, and the riparian (stream zone) vegetation provides a link for fauna to other bushland to the west. The vegetation community has been described as Corymbia calophylla - Kingia australis woodland on heavy soils.
Common species of Fletcher Park include Corymbia callophylla (Marri), Kingia australis (Drumsticks), Xanthorrhoea preissii (Grass tree), Eristmen spicatus (Pepper and Salt), Nuystia floribunda (Christmas tree), Damperia linearis, Mesomelaena tetragona (Semaphore sedge), and Tetraria octandra.
The City of Armadale have prepared a Fletcher Park Management Plan with the assistance of the Wallangarra Riding and Pony Club. A component of this management plan involves an annual weed management plan.
Kendal Court bushland on Grovelands Road in Kelmscott has been recognised as a 'Forrestfield Vegetation Complex Threatened Ecological Community' - a community of species which was once common to the Swan Coastal Plain. Now as little as nine per cent remains and bushlands like Kendal Court are becoming threatened with extinction.
Since 2002, the school community, the City of Armadale and the Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group, have been working together to understand and protect this precious bushland.
The Forrestfield Complex Bushland Management Plan applies to Kendal Court.
Lloyd Hughes Park
Lloyd Hughes Park on Martin Street Kelmscott is approximately 17 hectares in size. A watercourse (tributary to the Canning River) runs through the reserve, which contains bushland in good condition.
The vegetation is dominated by Marri woodland on the lower slopes, and Wandoo woodland on the upper reaches of the reserve. Weeds threaten areas of the bushland (probably resulting from past disturbances such as rubbish dumping). These weeds include Ehrharta calycina (Veldt Grass), Avena fatua (wild oat), Watsonia, and Eragrostis curvulata (African Love Grass).
Friends of Lloyd Hughes Park contribute to the conservation of this area.
Warwick Savage Park
Warwick Savage Park is located on Simons Drive in Roleystone. This Darling Range vegetation community is threatened by weed invasion and frequent fire.
There is an active Friends group for the reserve and they are actively seeking fellow members to look after the reserve.