The Friends of Koondoola Regional Bushland
Vision for the Wetland


Friends of Koondoola Regional Bushland (FKRB) 
A History From The Pas
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In 1987 when Homeswest asked local ratepayers what development they wanted to see in part of Koondoola Regional Bushland some said they wanted to keep the bushland intact. David Wake and the Coalition for Wanneroo’s Environment spearheaded a successful campaign to secure it. After much lobbying, including taking councillers and politicians through the wonderful bushland, the Wanneroo Council was also convinced.  

 An agreement was reached with Homeswest in 1994 and the Friends, which included members of the Coalition, officially formed the following year. Botanists Malcom Trudgen, Neil Gibson and Bronwen Keighery and local politicians Iain MacLean and Carolyn Jakobsen were among those that brought the values of the bushland to public attention.  

 

 "As a local primary school teacher I thought it would be ridiculous if we had to trek all the way to Kings Park when we had fantastic bushland right here within walking distance of school," said long-standing member, Phylis Robertson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making the difference  

The fence installed in the mid-1990s that runs around the entire bushland has made a great difference. It seems to give the bushland a sense of identity and care so people are less likely to dump rubbish or start fires. It has 11 fire vehicle-access gates and 15 smaller people-access gates. There are also 11 signs displaying the bushland name that acknowledge the City of Wanneroo and FKRB as bushland managers. Phylis checks the fences and gates for any damage or vandalism to and from work every weekday and on the weekends.  

 Bush magic  

The bushland is 136 hectares of mainly banksia woodland with scattered jarrah and lower lying, wetter areas with flooded gum, freshwater paperbark and prickly bark, mostly in excellent condition.

 "In spring it’s a truly magic place, but we have wonderful things flowering any time: large and spectacular flowers too," Phylis said.

 "When I took a group through in January they were amazed to see vibrant Calytrix and Verticordias everywhere. That’s very rewarding."

"I’ve spent a lot of time in bushlands and I’ve never seen such a variety of orchids: greenhoods, jug, bird, spider orchids, rabbit, snail orchids. I keep finding new plants!"

 Friends member Elizabeth George is compiling a herbarium of Koondoola’s great plant variety.

 Bandicoots and black-gloved wallabies live in the bushland. Rufous whistlers, blue wrens, Carnaby’s cockatoo and the western thornbill are some of the rarer birds found there. There’s an amazing range of insects, probably related to the great variety of plants, including the rare western jewel butterfly, magnificently colourful jewel beetles and a seemingly rare spoon-winged lacewing (resembles a dragonfly).

 Come walk in Koondoola  

Phylis and David Pike are known for their fascinating nature walks held in Koondoola on the second Saturday morning of each month (see the What’s On section for details) plus two annual night walks. Up to fifty people attend and The Wanneroo Times greatly assists in getting good numbers along.

 If you take a walk in the bushland at other times consider starting at the display boards near the corner of Koondoola and Burbidge Avenues. The boards include some of Phylis and Mary Owen’s beautiful wildlife photography, a large ariel photo showing tracks through the bush, and information on current activities. The photo displays have been also seen in many schools, libraries and at other events.  

"We now have a library of photos we use on the noticeboards to show what is flowering every month of the year!" Phylis said.  

 Walkers are also weeders  

As with most bushland care groups, weeding exotic plants is a key task. Veldt grass and love grass are the current focus. Phylis and Alice Stubber will further develop their activities with schools and locals for Weedbuster Week this year. People who have come on nature walks often help out and are encouraged to weed as they walk.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We often see piles of weeds that have been pulled up by anonymous people and that’s very gratifying," Phylis said. 

Before and after photos help the Friends track their progress. Weeders meet before work for one hour from 7am every Wednesday (7.30am in winter) and some also weed on the weekend.


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