Poison in the program

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THE community group behind the poisoning of a section of Attadale foreshore near Troy Park (Herald, February 7, 2015) has defended its actions.

Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group (SERAG) secretary Jane Leahy Kane says the treatment was part of a sanctioned program.

Last week the Herald reported the newly formed Friends of Attadale Parks and Amenity Areas group (APAA) criticism of SERAG’s activities in poisoning a 300sqm grassed section of the park near the park’s Burke Drive entrance. Ms Kane says kikuyu incursion is a massive issue and she provided before-and-after photos to highlight SERAG’s restorative success stories in other parts of the reserve—even APAA has praised its work elsewhere in the reserve.

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APAA’s objection is that a relatively small area used by joggers, cyclists, walkers and mums with prams as a rest area has been severely degraded by the poisoning.

Ms Kane told the Herald SERAG’s involvement with the reserve began in 2010 and Melville council approved SERAG’s request to deal with the “recurrent problem of kikuyu incursion”. She says all work has been approved by various authorities including the council, parks and wildlife, Swan River Trust and South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council. Locals were also invited to have their say, something APAA disputes.


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