Community WEED Project
The Community WEED Project developed the Kimberley WEED Cards, a comprehensive photo identikit and control recommendations for Kimberley weeds, designed for practical use in the field. With the support of The Weeds Society WA and The Environmental Weeds Action Network, we updated the cards to include more weeds and distribute more them more widely.
Click on the images below for information about each weed.
The Community WEED Project worked with Minyirr Park rangers to build up skills in weed identification, control and monitoring. Priority weeds were Neem, Passion Vine, Siratro and Merremia. A number of weedbuster days were held with rangers and the community at Minyirr Park and the other nearby monsoon vine thicket at Hidden Valley to control weeds and revegetate with native plants.
The Community Weed Project worked with Kimberley TAFE to deliver the weed identification and control component of the Rangers’ Conservation and Land Management Course. We have covered lots of beautiful country looking for, and removing problem weeds. Rangers are continuing these works, and are now collaborating with EK on the West Kimberley Nature Project to keep up this work on country.
The Community WEED Project worked with Balanggarra Traditional Owners as part of the Saltwater Country Project coordinated by the Kimberley Land Council. The group constructed an informative walk-trail along the historic path of the SS Koolama survivors, who were walked from their bombed ship at Koolama Bay to safety by Balanggarra people from the Kalumburu mission.
Environs Kimberley’s main role was to support the team to collect weed and ant samples for AQIS and conduct initial weed control works on Calotropis procera (Rubber Bush) invading the beaches near Bertram Cove. The Calotropis infestation was identified from previous Balanggarra sea trips and then confirmed by AQIS as the eastern-most front of the invasion, with a separate infestation occurring at the Berkeley River mouth.
The Community WEED project also lent support to the (then) Walmajarri rangers of the Warlu Jilajaa Jumu Indigenous Protected Area. In 2008, we supported a back to country field trip and worked with the rangers to identify and map weeds, conduct training in weed control methods, support biodiversity surveys, identify plants and collate Traditional Knowledge for the IPA plan and develop advice for weed management, including the use of fire.
The Environs Kimberley Community WEED project was a finalist in the Community Achievement Category at the 2008 WA State Environment Awards. This project was recognised for helping to protect biodiversity by increasing public awareness and developing the capacity of Kimberley people to identify and respond to the threat of weeds. As a finalist, special mention was made of the unique partnerships that were developed with Department of Environment and Conservation, Kimberley.