SHIRE of Mundaring has seen success recently in managing blackberry, a Weed of National Significance, along the Jane Brook, thanks to funding from the State NRM Program.
The project involved the spraying and removal of blackberry on both private landholder properties and within Shire reserves earlier in 2018, with follow-up treatment later in the year.
The blackberry management enabled restoration works to commence along the banks of a section of Jane Brook within the Shire's Railway Reserve Heritage Trail reserve. This included the Shire of Mundaring Bushcare Team planting of 540 sedges (Juncus pallidus and Lepidosperma effusum) to help stabilise the stream banks and minimise erosion. This will also improve water quality by reducing sedimentation and, in addition, will enhance the habitat qualities along this section of the brook.
The funding provided through the State NRM Program helped the Shire to affect positive, ecological change along the Jane Brook and has created the opportunity to continue ongoing restoration efforts along the watercourse.