26 September 2023

BGPA sets up Bold Park for the future

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The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) has published the new Bold Park Management Plan 2022-27 after a period of extensive public consultation.

Minister for the Environment, Reece Whitby said the plan put the community at the heart of the park’s development, with a focus on visitor experience, community engagement and amenity, and infrastructure.

“Planning for a new community conservation hub at the Bold Park Ecology Centre will be informed through an inclusive community co-design process,” Mr Whitby said.

“The conservation hub concept seeks to support and enhance valuable partnerships with community groups and not-for-profit organisations working to conserve and interpret protected areas, such as Bold Park.”

He said the plan outlined the BGPA’s renewed commitment to working with Traditional Owners to deepen the community’s understanding of the cultural and historical significance of Bold Park.

“The Whadjuk Noongar people have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years and maintain a strong and continuing cultural connection to Bold Park,” Mr Whitby said.

“The BGPA supports the awareness and recognition that for millennia, the area has provided plants, animals and resources for food, shelter, clothing, medicine and implements.”

Covering 442 hectares in Perth’s west, Bold Park is one of the largest remnants of original bushland in the urban area of the Swan Coastal Plain, not far from the coast.

The biodiversity of Bold Park makes it an important community asset, with a wide range of native and non-native species of flora, fauna and fungi identified.

More than 300 different local native plants are found within the park boundaries, including a number of priority and regionally significant species.

The Garden’s 31-page Bold Park Management Plan 2022-2027 can be accessed at this PS News link.

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