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Baldivis complex works done to preserve environment

Jake DietschSound Telegraph
Works to install artificial nests for cockatoos at the future Baldivis District Sporting Complex.Picture: City of Rockingham.
Camera IconWorks to install artificial nests for cockatoos at the future Baldivis District Sporting Complex.Picture: City of Rockingham. Credit: City of Rockingham.

Work has been done to preserve environmentally significant areas at the future Baldivis District Sporting Complex.

The complex will be located on Eighty Road and will address a shortage of recreational space in Baldivis.

Before civil works start, the City of Rockingham has taken steps to minimise the impact on local wildlife and surrounding bushland.

The first part of this included the installation of nine cockatoo nesting boxes.

The artificial nesting hollows were specifically designed for the three species of black cockatoo found in WA.

The hollows are predicted to last for at least 50 years, with ongoing maintenance.

The surrounding area will be rehabilitated with native plants to encourage potential foraging by black cockatoos.

About 3ha of bushland will be rehabilitated with 30,000 native seedlings over the next two winters.

A fauna relocation specialist will also help in the construction phase, if animals need relocating.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was committed to environmental values.

“The City is acutely aware of the importance that the natural environment has to the site and the wider community, which is why we are dedicating significant resources to protect the flora and fauna located in the area,” he said.

“Once complete, the BDSC will provide about eight hectares of open space, two pavilions, 18 outdoor hardcourts, a nature playground, youth space and an indoor recreation centre.”

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