2018 Community Stewardship Grants
253 applications valued at over $42 million were received, highlighting an ongoing commitment to the conservation, rehabilitation and regenerative use of Western Australia's natural resources.
Assessment of these grant applications is now underway, and notification of successful applicants is anticipated in late November.
The next round of Community Stewardship Grants will open in 2019
I have been contacted by Janicke Waterways Assessment & Environmental Investigations Team who will be visiting Dumbleyung this week with the purpose of inspecting the roadside reserves to conduct a review on the Bridal Creeper control methods used by the various organisations and groups in the south west.
For the past seven years State Natural Resource Management Group have provided funding to a private Spray Contractor to spray and GPS bridal creeper infestations along the Dumbleyung Shire Road Reserves.
This review will only focus on Bridal Creeper (Asparagus asparagoides) as other Asparagus species are not commonly found in the Shire.
Aspects to be investigated is the history of controlling the weed, previous reports, chemicals used, success of the spray programs, inspecting photographic records from monitoring points and collecting historical photographic evidence.
During the past few years, Bob Bray targeted bridal creeper growing on various roadsides and bush areas around the Dumbleyung perimeter. This spraying program was successful and almost 100% of the target sites have shown very little re growth. Residents have also come on board and carried out spraying on private property. These actions, along with the Volunteers who carried out spraying in the Dumbleyung Shire Reserve and bush areas surrounding the Kukerin Townsite have resulted in smaller areas of infestation and good control results have been recorded at some sites with only one control spray.
However, the Nairibin Rock and surrounding bush reserves have a dense infestation of bridal creeper which has spread (presumably by birds) along the surrounding road reserves. The rust fungus was spread across the Nairibin Rock locality in 2016 and results are being monitored. Unless all Stakeholders are working together for effective control in the worst infected areas, this weed will continue to spread.
There is proof that bridal creeper germinates and regrows rapidly following a fire, with the timber burnt these areas then become accessible to spray the Bridal creeper.
A further experimental trial will be conducted this year to burn a defined wooded area for easy access to spray the regrowth post burn. Results will be monitored post spraying.
I have had reports from concerned shire residents regarding large areas of bridal creeper infestation, particularly in bush areas and can only advise to cover those infested sites an army of workers would be required to walk through the bush hand spraying the weed over a couple of seasons, at least! A secondary option of spreading the rust fungus can have poor results depending on seasonal conditions. Rust will thrive in moist sites with mild summer conditions as experienced along the coastal locations and therefore is less effective as a control measure in the agricultural regions.
Please contact Claudia at the Landcare Office if you wish to report or discuss any bridal creeper infestation areas. Landline 9863 4225 or 0429612447.
Article by C.Hadlow
Pictured above left: Bridal creeper smothering sandalwood tree
Pictured above right: Roadside bridal creeper, June 2018