Cockburn features some of Perths most unique and spectacular natural areas including the Beeliar Regional Park which includes Bibra Lake, Manning Park and Thomsons Lake (which is listed as a wetland of international significance).
Other iconic areas include our coastal reserves such as CYO Connor and Coogee Beach which was voted Friendliest Beach for 2011.
Discover Cockburn's spectacular natural areas including Manning Lake, Denis De Young Reserve, Bibra Lake and Banksia Eucalypt Woodland. This new guide maps popular areas and highlights the facilities available at each site.
To learn more click here.
The City has completed another successful revegetation program this year installing over 34,000 native plants into sites across the City including Market Garden Swamp, Bibra Lake and Success Reserve. Thankyou to all the volunteers who took part in the community planting events. Schools also participated in planting events and made a great contribution to protecting our natural areas.
Community volunteers at Market Garden Swamp
To maintain the natural areas within the City of Cockburn there is a need to reduce impacts on both the bushland and water bodies. These include activities such as illegal vehicle access, rubbish dumping, and taking of wildlife. There are also those activities which have an impact on the environment because we dont know any better, and things we can do to help with environment.
Illegal 4 X 4 and trail bike riders
These activities can damage vegetation, spread weeds and harm native wildlife. If you see these vehicles in the reserves you can best help by recording the date, time, vehicle description, licence or address of the offending driver and notify the Rangers Department of the City of Cockburn.
Dogs off leashes
In most of the City's natural areas dogs are not allowed off the leash. Free running dogs can frighten waterbirds and possibly harm wildlife. Please keep your dog on a leash or visit a dog friendly exercise area.
Rubbish dumping within natural areas is not only unsightly, it also damages the vegetation and spreads weeds. This is especially the case if the rubbish consists of weeds and lawn clippings. If you see these vehicles in the reserve you can best help by recording the date, time, vehicle description and licence, or the address of the person and notify the Rangers Department of the City of Cockburn.
You can also help by participating in Clean Up Australia Day which is held annually.
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre
At the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, on Hope Road, there are many community and volunteer activities you can get involved in. Activities can include helping with revegetation; educating the community (or learning yourself) about looking after the natural environment; and teaching people about the history and culture of Bibra Lake. Regular school holiday programs are provided for the kids. Check out the Centre's website for more details about how you might like to get involved.
Native ARC Animal Rehabilitation
Volunteering is also available at the Native ARC Animal Rehabilitation Centre - also on Hope Road. The Centre provides help for sick and injured wildlife. For more information take a look at their website www.nativearc.org.au.
For more information on Midge Control and Management and to find out some helpful tips to minimise midge problems click here.
Dieback Management is a serious problem and poses a real threat to native species, for more information on tackling this issue contact Environmental Services. More Information
Do you want to have fun, meet like-minded people and be part of a community group who has a genuine concern for their local environment? Friends of Groups consist of volunteers from the community who help conserve local bush, coastal and wetland areas through a variety of activities such as planting days.
Contact us to find out more and register your interest.