In late 2020, the City’s environmental staff began major improvements to the Elkhorn Avenue, Edencourt Drive and Tiger Circle Reserves in Southern River.

These reserves have high conservation value and form part of a buffer to Balannup Lake, which is a Bush Forever Site.

Balannup Lake which covers 19 hectares is under the ownership of the Western Australian Planning Commission. The City manages aproximately 4 ha of natural areas reserves that border Balannup Lake which provide an important recreational space for the local community’s enjoyment.

The protection and enhancement of these reserves is imperative for the long term conservation of Balannup Lake. The City's improvements to the site included removing weeds and woody debris as well as installing a limestone firebreak to provide access for both maintenance and the public.

The City’s plan to progressively enhance the reserves over a few years includes ongoing weed control and revegetation of degraded areas.

In 2021, over 13,500 native seedlings and 229 native advanced trees were been planted at Elkhorn Avenue and Edencourt Drive Reserves. Approximately 60% of the native advanced trees are suitable for foraging, breeding or roosting by the threatened black cockatoos, resident to the site.

The City will be planting 22,250 seedlings at Edencourt Drive and Tiger Circle reserves in 2022. A portion of these seedlings will be planted and Edencourt Drive Reserve as part of the Bushcare's Big Day Out community planting day on the 12th June 2022.

A map of the proposed works at the reserves is shown below:

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Edencourt Drive
Southern River WA 6110
Australia