Support from Rangelands NRM WA has allowed the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group (KBULG) to expand operations at its Karlkurla Park native plant nursery, benefitting both the local environment and the community.
CEO of KBULG, Kim O’Reilly said funding provided by Rangelands NRM WA through the State NRM Office had enabled the appointment of an additional part time nursery coordinator.
“This has allowed us to not only increase the number of plants we can provide each year to the community and school groups we work with, but also better meet their specific needs,” she said.
It has also given us greater scope to service a growing demand from the general public for locally grown native plants, for use in ‘water wise’ home gardens.
Originally established in 2002 and mostly staffed by volunteers, the nursery has produced thousands of native trees, shrubs and ground covers each year for use in local community and school revegetation programs. The plants grown have also been used to re-vegetate parts of the Karlkurla Park itself; an important area of regenerating bushland on the northern outskirts of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Ms O’Reilly said the appointment of the additional part-time nursery coordinator, Robert Taylor, has complemented the existing position held by local girl Lisa Short.
“Robert’s extensive knowledge and experience in, and deep passion for growing native plants in arid areas fits in very well with Lisa’s enthusiasm and willingness to learn,” she said.
With the guidance of KBULG committee member Peta Osborne, their energy and knowledge have also been pivotal in the re-establishment of the local Native Plant Group. Robert’s skills in native seed collection will also allow us to reduce our reliance on purchased seed.
The expansion of the Karlkurla Park nursery is just one of a number of initiatives undertaken by the KBULG over the last 12 months, which have further built its reputation amongst the community it serves.
For further information on the Karlkurla Park native plant nursery or other KBULG projects, contact Kim O’Reilly on 0429 805 521 or visit their website.