Grant to boost conservation and tourism efforts

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Wagin Lake.
Camera IconWagin Lake. Credit: Michael Traill

The State Government has stepped in to help the Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone combat unauthorised motorcycle use and help bring tourists to Wagin Lake.

A $19,200 grant from the WA Government’s Natural Resource Management Program will help install educational signage for motorbike users, informing them of the environmental impact recreational motorcycle riding has on the unique habitat which is home to several threatened species.

Motorcycle usage damages vegetation and dormant seedlings around the lake’s edge which feed some of the bird species found in the reserve.

Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone’s Gen Harvey said damaged vegetation could lead to high levels of salinity in the lake. “There’s old vegetation along the banks that are dried out now that were growing when the water was right up to the edge,” she said.

“If the motorbikes cut through all that there’s potential seed banks there for the next time the lake inundates and can grow back.

“The motorbikes remove that seed bank and cut up the areas that would have been more stable in terms of vegetation.”

Ms Harvey also said the grant would help with conservation efforts while also going towards a hide box for visiting bird watchers.

“The grant is a bit of a conservation focus but also a little bit of a tourism focus for Wagin, the plan is to build a bird hide box,” she said.

Threatened species including the red-tailed phascogale, western spotted quoll, forest red-tailed and black cockatoo are found in Wagin Lake.

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