Partnership cleans up ‘Rum Jungle’

Published: Friday, 1 February 2019 at 2:04:17 PM

A Glenfield block of bushland known to residents as "Rum Jungle" will be cleaned up and restored in partnership with the local community.

The triangular strip of Crown Land, located on the west side of Chapman Road just south of Macedonia Drive, will undergo a staged clean up over the coming months.

Works will included mechanical removal of highly invasive African boxthorn plants and illegally dumped car bodies and heavy white goods.A ˜hands on" removal of the remaining rubbish will follow at the end of summer.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the project came about following a meeting between a local community member and City staff.

"Drummond Cove resident Heather Beswick met with the Environmental Planning Officer and City Rangers to discuss the community's desire to clean up the bushland," he said.

"The City is always keen to support community initiatives when, and where it can, and are therefore partnering with Drummond Cove residents to get the work done."

Project initiator Heather Beswick said she was thrilled with the City's support for the grassroots project, which is registered with the Keep Australia Beautiful "Adopt-a-Spot" Program.

"I was so pleased to hear the City not only backed the project, they are literally going to do all the heavy lifting for us,"she said.

"This project is a positive step forward to raising awareness about how our bushland is being mistreated and how important it is for the community to take ˜ownership" and responsibility to ensure this type of behaviour doesn't continue."

First stage Rum Jungle works will begin on Monday 4 February 2019 and, weather dependent, take approximately six days to complete.

Rum Jungle location

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