bushland

Jirdarup Bushland Precinct is Noongar Boodjar and a natural reserve comprising three previously discrete areas.

Noongar Boodjar

Noonakoort moort nitja burranginge noongar boodja

Noonakoort moort kwomba

Djinunge nitja mungarrt — koorah

Noonakoort moort yirra yarkinje kwomba noongar boodja

Koorah — nitja — boordahwan

Noonakoort moort yarkinje noongar boodja

Nyidiung koorah barminje noonakoort moort

Wierrnbirt domberrinje

Noonakoort moort koort boodja

Nitja gnulla moorditj karrl boodja

 

All our Noongar people stand here on Noongar land.

Past, present and future.

We stand strong on our land. The mungart tree symbolises our strength and survival.

All of our people stand firm on our land.

Our people are here to stay—we will always be.

Noongar Recognition Act 2016, WA.

Overview

Jirdarup Bushland Precinct

The Precinct is Noongar Boodjar.  According to Professor Kingsley Dixon AO, Jirdarup is the most pristine and highest quality Banksia woodland remaining in inner Perth. Town of Victoria Park Mayor, Karen Vernon, describes it as the jewel in the Town of Victoria Park’s crown.

Jirdarup Bushland Precinct is managed by the Town of Victoria Park for conservation, passive recreation and education.

The Bushland is a rare slice of remnant banksia-jarrah woodland and home to a wealth of native flora and fauna and was formally designated by the Town in August 2015 as a single bushland precinct. Jirdarup means ‘Place of Birds’ in the Noongar language.  

Despite several major fires over the years, the bushland continues to recover.

Jirdarup

The Parts of the Precinct

Jirdarup Bushland Precinct comprises three previously distinct but contiguous areas in East Victoria Park. Kensington Bushland is 10.87 ha including the 9.1 ha Bush Forever Site no. 048. George Street Reserve is 2.7 ha undergoing revegetation since 2010. Finally, Kent Street Sandpit is 4.33 ha restoration project in the planning phase.

Swan River Myrtle by Georgina Wilson

Flora

Plants of Jirdarup

The first major survey of the flora of the Kensington Bushland was undertaken in 1980-81 and published by the Western Australian Herbarium in 1992.  Native plants comprised 70 per cent of the listed flora which was considered high for a suburban area.

FAUNA

Animals of Jirdarup

The Precinct is home to numerous birds, reptiles and insects. Surveys since 1990 have reported 68 species of birds, including some that simply fly over; 1 amphibian, the Western Banjo Frog; 16 reptiles; 3 introduced mammals, the common house mouse, feral cats and more recently rabbits. In 2023, foxes reappeared and the first sightings of bats were recorded.

Carnaby's Cockatoo by Veronica McPhail

Red Fingers by Wendy Peace

FUNGI

Fungi and Slime Mould

In July 2023, almost 100 people came out for a Walk and Talk on the Fungi and Slime Mould in the bushland. The presentations were fascinating and informative. Few in the audience knew that Fungi and Slime Moulds are neither plants nor animals, nor are they the same.