Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout

Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout is a sheltered parkland on an important, culturally sensitive site fringing Derbarl Yerrigan, the Swan River, in the City of Belmont. The site had been acquired by John Wall Hardy in 1831 for farming but at the turn of the century was acquired by the State Government.

 

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For many years it was a ‘forgotten site’… vacant, disused, weed infested, eroded and a place of anti-social behaviour. Engaged by the City of Belmont, Ecoscape began the process of revitalisation of the site which included analysis, consultation and conceptual design in 2011.  The final design was articulated using the site’s dynamic cultural fabric and complex natural environmental elements to re-value the ‘forgotten’ site.

 

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Working with the Traditional Owners of the land and guided by the principle of ‘designing with respect’, Ecoscape allowed socio-cultural values to drive the design process. This work has resulted in an outstanding landscape design which articulates the site’s rich cultural heritage and reinforces the complex natural environmental elements. The park provides a variety of passive and active recreational spaces with interpretive information, sitting places and structures which tell both Aboriginal and European stories.

 

This project has been identified as an exemplar of best practice currently being articulated by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in the development the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Work to date on the draft RAP notes that all projects should reference the natural land history and engage with Traditional Owners as part of their methodology, to enable the systems and the stories of place to be celebrated, and for them to underpin the land management strategy or project.

 

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Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout is not only an important acknowledgement of the Traditional Owners of the land and our Aboriginal history, it also provides a beautiful, much needed parkland that will be loved by future communities for many years to come.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.

Whiteman Park Conservation & Environment Management Plan

In 2015, the Department of Planning engaged Ecoscape to prepare a Conservation and Environment Management Plan for Whiteman Park.  Whiteman Park is one of the largest recreation and conservation parks in the Perth Metropolitan region covering an area of 4,124 hectares of which 2,200 hectares are protected under the Bush Forever Act, 150 hectares are used for recreation and 200 hectares for horse riding (WAPC 2015). 

The purpose of the Conservation and Environment Management Plan (CEMP) was to provide a strategic plan for the management of the Park’s natural environment.  The plan aims to support current management initiatives and also identify areas of conservation value that require ongoing management to ensure these values are preserved and enhanced and that planned development considers these values.  The objectives of the plan were to:

  • provide an overview of the Park’s existing natural environment
  • provide an overview of the Park’s existing management strategies
  • identify challenges to the environmental management of the park
  • identify the conservation values of the Park and illustrate these on a plan that identifies priority areas for management.
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Strategic level recommendations were identified to address the challenges to the environmental management of the Park. Management Zones were identified for the purpose of providing a framework that is practical to follow for on ground staff.  The management recommendations equally aim to support the priorities identified in the Five Year Management Plan.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.

environmental management

Environmental management aims to ensure that ecosystem services are protected and maintained for future generations, and to ensure ecosystem integrity through the consideration of social, economic, and ecological variables.  Our natural environment maintains important ecological systems and provides habitat for vegetation and fauna species.  Ecoscape aims to sustain a balance between the social, economic and conservation values.

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services.

Ecoscape’s environmental management capabilities include:

  • development of local and strategic environmental management plans
  • integrated land use planning
  • weed management and restoration plans
  • vegetation community and condition mapping
  • access and infrastructure assessment and mapping
  • community and stakeholder consultation.
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approach.

Ecoscape develops environmental management plans and strategies aimed at protecting and sustaining the important environmental features of each project area.  Our team integrates all aspects of environmental management from the assessment of landforms and vegetation through to designing recreational areas for public use.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.

environmental management

Environmental management aims to ensure that ecosystem services are protected and maintained for future generations, and to ensure ecosystem integrity through the consideration of social, economic, and ecological variables.  Our natural environment maintains important ecological systems and provides habitat for vegetation and fauna species.  Ecoscape aims to sustain a balance between the social, economic and conservation values.

environmental management services consulting perth wa

services.

Ecoscape’s environmental management capabilities include:

  • development of local and strategic environmental management plans
  • integrated land use planning
  • weed management and restoration plans
  • vegetation community and condition mapping
  • access and infrastructure assessment and mapping
  • community and stakeholder consultation.
Water Corp of WA, Balcatta Office, Water Sensitive Urban Design Building Entrance

approach.

Ecoscape develops environmental management plans and strategies aimed at protecting and sustaining the important environmental features of each project area.  Our team integrates all aspects of environmental management from the assessment of landforms and vegetation through to designing recreational areas for public use.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.