City releases draft Craigie Bushland Management Plan for comment
Members of the community can now provide their feedback on a draft plan about one of the City’s most biodiversity-rich conservation areas – Craigie Bushland.
A 28-day public consultation period is underway for the draft Craigie Bushland Management Plan, which will provide strategic direction for the ongoing management of the 56-hectare site over the next 10 years.
Craigie Bushland is classified as a major conservation area within the City of Joondalup and is also registered as a Bush Forever site due to the regional significance of its vegetation. It is home to a thriving Quenda population.
The draft plan was developed in liaison with key stakeholders and user groups including the Friends of Craigie Bushland, the University of Western Australia, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Water Corporation.
It describes the potential environmental impacts, risks and threats that are likely to affect Craigie Bushland’s biodiversity values and proposes management strategies to minimise these impacts.
Management actions such as on-going weed control and annual fire fuel load assessments are also included as well as the development of a Fauna Management Plan to address the sustainable management of existing native fauna populations.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said once finalised and adopted, the Craigie Bushland Management Plan would be monitored against several key performance indicators, enabling the
City to prioritise maintenance schedules and guide the future development of its conservation capital works program.
“We truly are blessed to live in a City that boasts such a high number of regionally significant natural areas such as Craigie Bushland which is home to a variety of important flora and fauna,” he said.
“As a local government, it is vital that we play our role in protecting our environmental assets for future generations.
“Craigie Bushland is widely utilised for passive recreational purposes such as walking and fitness as well as for nature appreciation. I would encourage all users of the bushland to have their say on the draft Craigie Bushland Management Plan during the public consultation period.”
The draft plan can be viewed at joondalup.wa.gov.au and will come before the Council later this year for final adoption. Consultation closes Monday, 28 May.