Ruabon-Tutunup Rail Corridor Project

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Ruabon-Tutunup rail corridor has significant ecological values as it is one of only two Swan Coastal Plain vegetation linkages remaining in the South West, which needs protection. The corridor provides habitat that facilitates the movement of species within and across the landscape and it contains occurrences of the Busselton Ironstone Threatened Ecological Community, as well as threatened flora and fauna species.

This project aims to protect and enhance the conservation values of the Ruabon-Tutunup rail corridor. Since the project commenced, the following activities have occurred: targeted weed control of priority weeds, revegetation of priority sites to improve habitat connectivity, pest animal control (rabbits) and prescribed burning to reduce fuel loads in the reserve.

A total of 16.2 ha of weed treatment was undertaken by a local contractor who targeted the following priority weed species: Watsonia, Arum Lily, African lovegrass, Couch, Kikuyu and Babiana.

Two sites had infill planting undertaken by a Bunbury Green Army team with the planting of 1248 native seedlings to improve connectivity of native vegetation along the corridor.

Annual newsletters were posted to all neighbouring landholders advising them of activities that occurred throughout the year and to improve their knowledge of the importance of the rail corridor. Six-monthly Technical Reference Group meetings have been held with relevant stakeholders to prioritise future works and discuss management actions for the corridor into the future.

“The City of Busselton is pleased to have been a part of the Green Army program. The team undertook infill planting at our toughest sites in the locality of Ruabon. The plants were put in with a slow release fertiliser tablet and protected with tree guards and stakes, which will give them the best chance of survival in the coming summer.  The team were energetic and interested to be there and it was a pleasure meeting them

Will Oldfield, City of Busselton

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

This project will be continuing until May 2018. Weed control will be undertaken along the reserve, particularly in areas that underwent prescribed burning, revegetation areas and along roadsides, to ensure the weed burden is managed into the future.

FUN FACT

There are many quenda (or southern brown bandicoots) that live in the vegetation along the rail corridor. The females have a rear facing pouch to prevent dirt from entering the pouch when they are digging!

FUNDING RECIPIENTS

  • Local contractors

COMMITMENT
0.5 ha of infill planting

ACHIEVEMENT
1.26 ha of infill planting

Project Manager

Derani Sullivan

Key Partners

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