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Funding Secured to Protect Park in Bunbury

By Kevin Kelly

In an effort to safeguard a vast expanse of bush land to the south of Bunbury, the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) has teamed up with the City of Bunbury, securing more than $1 million in funding to protect the park.

The project may serve to increase the value of real estate in Bunbury by safeguarding the environment and thereby making Bunbury a more desirable place to live.

Part of the funding came from the Federal Government's Caring for Our Country Targeted Area Grant, with the City of Bunbury chipping in the remaining $288,000.

Diagnosed as a crucial natural area, the land chosen for conservation – the Preston River to Ocean Regional Park – is home to a wide array of rare vegetation. Currently endangered by poor conditions such as an overgrowth of weeds and rubbish dumping, the area spans 893 hectares and has great potential as an educational resource.

Over the next four years, the City of Bunbury and SWCC will repair the land by preserving an endangered ecosystem, and revegetating and rehabilitating a dune devastated by wind at Mindalong Beach. The project will not only restore the park, but provide people with a beautiful recreation area close to the city.

Renters and investors of property in Bunbury will soon be able to advantage of this wonderful natural resource, and take pride in the city's approach to conservation.

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