This Regional Land Partnership project will mitigate the threat of Phytopthora cinnamomi (Dieback) and protect the habitat of the Glossy Leaf Hammer Orchid (Drakea elastica). This slender stemmed orchid is endemic to the Swan Coastal Plain. With few scattered populations, the species is listed as endangered on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Our region supports one of the largest remnant populations, surviving just south of Perth. Perth NRM will deliver the project in partnership with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions by installing a limestone green bridge near the population. The bridge will also protect the Banksia woodlands also found at the site.

What is a ‘Green Bridge’? Green bridges are a thick limestone layer installed over the top of a track where it crosses a dieback infestation. The limestone deters the spread of dieback due to its alkalinity, and the free draining and stable surface reduces the risk of soil and water contact and potential dieback transfer across the reserve.

The project also aims to raise awareness of the conservation of this amazing plant species.

Project contact:
Luke McMillan, Environment Manager, Perth NRM, (08) 9374 3333

This project is supported by Perth NRM, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Photo Credit: Andrew Crawford, DBCA