The Ruabon –Tutenup corridor has significant ecological values as one of only two Swan Coastal Plain vegetation linkages remaining in the south-west.
It is recognised as a significant ecological link with vegetation patches providing habitat that facilitates the movement of species within and across this landscape.
The corridor also contains occurrences of the Busselton Ironstone Threatened Ecological Community. As such, works undertaken in this project complement on ground works undertaken through SWCC’s TEC project for the Busselton Ironstone TEC’s.
The project draws on the Management Plan for the Ruabon-Tutunup Rail Reserve (Draft) to implement key management activities to protect and enhance the conservation values of the corridor. Management actions will be supported on Shire, DPaW and private property.
The project aims to protect and enhance the conservation values of the Ruabon -Tutunup corridor through targeted weed control of weed species including Watsonia, Arum and Babiana and the revegetation of priority sites to prevent the re-establishment of weed populations.
Through recovery actions such as the control of pest animals and weeds, revegetation and exclusion fencing, the project aims to protect 94ha in the corridor. This includes revegetation on private property sites and maintenance and infill planning at the Old Ruabon Tip Site and Rail Reserve revegetation sites.
The community need for fuel load reduction in the reserve will be addressed through the facilitation of prescribed burns and past revegetation activities will be consolidated.
Efforts have been made to enhance local landholders’ understanding of the values of the corridor and engage them directly to protect or re-establish vegetation on their properties. Three landholders have undertaken activities which have contributed to improving native vegetation.
Further engagement of volunteers to undertake planting activities will continue during the project as well as field days and training events for the local community and stakeholders to benefit the long term conservation of the corridor.
- City of Busselton
- Local Private Property owners
89 ha of weed control undertaken at priority locations
90 ha of weed control undertaken at priority locations