The Friends of Jirdarup Bushland is a community group dedicated to the protection, preservation and promotion of the Jirdarup Bushland Precinct in the Town of Victoria Park.
Why we exist
Our group formed in 1999 as the Friends of Kensington Bushland at the time the Government was finalising its Bush Forever Policy. The Kensington Bushland Reserve was included as site 048.
We rebranded in 2020 following the decision by the Town of Victoria Park to include the Reserve in the wider Jirdarup Bushland Precinct. The name was chosen to reflect the Noongar word for bird: djirda.
Our mission is the preservation of Jirdarup Bushland Precinct (Kensington Bushland, George St Reserve and Kent St Sandpit) in the Town of Victoria Park (Western Australia) and the promotion of its importance in the community.
Our logo features a Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in flight above a graphic designed by local Aboriginal artist Darryl Belotti. The rings symbolise a meeting place and the three parallel lines a journey and paths.
What we do
To strategies to achieve our mission are:
- Advocacy for the preservation and protection of Jirdarup Bushland Precinct and other Banksia woodland areas in the Town of Victoria Park (ToVP). Read more.
- Landcare to ensure the ‘Bush Forever’ site in the Precinct is maintained and preserved and work towards ecological restoration and protection of flora and fauna in adjacent areas. Our hand-weeding project is our major activity.
- Community education to increase community awareness of the value of Jirdarup Bushland Precinct, including its Indigenous heritage. We do this through providing resources of families and children, encouraging research and citizen science and a range of other community education initiatives.
We work collaboratively with other organisations with common goals.
Our governance is overseen by a Management Committee. We are registered with the ACNC as an unincorporated charity.
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