Perth NRM is pleased to announce it has been granted $353,557 through State NRM’s Community Stewardship Grant Program for a project to assist in the postfire recovery around Wooroloo Brook.
In February 2021, a devastating wildfire raged from Wooroloo to Bullsbrook burning more than 10,000 hectares (ha), destroying homes and properties. The fire largely followed the path of the Wooroloo Brook.
The natural postfire recovery of the bushland has been patchy, with woody weeds and introduced grasses flourishing in many areas. These invasive species are an increased fire hazard, adding to the fuel loads.
Biodiversity loss has occurred in many areas of the brook. Habitat such as logs, tree hollows and dense understorey vegetation has been lost. Bare banks of the brook and heavy unseasonal rainfall immediately following the fire and in the summer months since have encouraged bank instability and sedimentation.
The State NRM Community Stewardship Grant will allow Perth NRM to work with project partners from the City of Swan, Parkerville Community Care and the Wooroloo Community Team, and Eastern Region Landcare community to undertake significant restoration work in this valuable natural area, to restore biodiversity and habitat values and arrest the fire-weed cycle, improving the resilience of this area for the future.
The Postfire Recovery of Wooroloo Brook project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program.