The Wildflower Capital Initiative

The Wildflower Capital Initiative is a cross-agency program that seeks to promote Perth by showcasing the unique local flora as a wildflower theme in the design and character of public open spaces and major infrastructure. It is part of a state-wide initiative (Wildflower Way) with a focus on enhancing the community and tourist experience of WA.

Throughout 2019, the Wildflower Capital Initiative was implemented at high-profile sites along the Mitchell Freeway and Mounts Bay Road as a demonstration of the project aims and outcomes to the thousands of motorists and city workers who view these areas every day.

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The project area is split into three design areas, Plain, Gorge and River, following the thematic approach established in the Wildflower Capital Initiative Roadside Improvements Plan (Propagule, 2018). Each zone required a different approach, taking into consideration the aims of the Wildflower Way objectives, as well as the speed of traffic, roadside conditions, availability of water, ongoing maintenance requirements, and the safety of both motorists and Main Roads maintenance staff during installation and establishment.

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Main Roads Western Australia (Main Roads) engaged Ecoscape to prepare detailed design and documentation for the stretch of Mitchell Freeway between the Hamilton Interchange and Narrows Bridge as part of the Wildflower Capital Initiative (WCI19). On average, approximately 40 000 vehicles use this stretch of freeway in each direction every week day, often at lower speeds due to peak hour congestion. For this reason, this location had been identified as a key gateway for motorists travelling to, or through, Perth from both north and south of the City.

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Throughout the design process, Ecoscape established a collegial relationship with the Main Roads design and maintenance staff so that the final design would meet the project objectives whilst not becoming an ongoing maintenance burden. Through Main Roads, Ecoscape also liaised with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) regarding the species selection for the project, develpoing a suite of species mixes to be deployed in each zone, depending on flowering time, distance from the road and thematic intent.

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.