August 24, 2020

Planting event helps restoration and reconciliation

Volunteers from Alcoa joined with local Noongar people, landowners and representatives from the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council recently to plant more than 2,000 native seedlings in the Serpentine River catchment near Karnup.

Planting and cultural event edited
Members of the Bindjareb Middars conduct a Welcome to Country as part of the planting day at Hymus Creek.

The planting and cultural exchange day was organised as part of a partnership between the Alcoa Foundation and Peel Harvey Catchment Council to improve the health and biodiversity of the Serpentine River.

Peel-Harvey Catchment Council project coordinator Jo Garvey said the seedlings were planted along an 800 metre stretch of Hymus Creek between Lowlands Nature Reserve and Hymus Swamp.

“The site was highlighted as a priority area for restoration through a River Action Plan for the Serpentine made possible through our partnership with the Alcoa Foundation,” Jo said.

“Additionally, bushfires in January claimed years’ of restoration undertaken along Hymus Creek by local landowners and land care champions the Richardson family". 


The planting event was one of many in the Kwinana, Peel and Upper South West areas made possible this winter through funding  from the Alcoa Foundation. Overall, more than 27,000 seedlings were planted through this supp