Star Swamp Bushland Reserve
Star Swamp Bushland is a 96 hectare Class-A reserve, vested in, and managed on bahalf of the community, by the City of Stirling. It is located 15 km north of Perth and comprises 4 hectares of semi-permanent freshwater lake with paperbark trees and 92 hectares of banksia, tuart, jarrah and marri woodlands, and areas of low heath. The bushland is an important habitat for many species of reptiles, insects, and spiders. It also provides a breeding site and sanctuary for both waterbirds and other bushland bird species. The resrve has been set aside for the purposes of conservation, passive recreation and education. It is used by schools, universities, amateur groups and individuals for all these purposes.
Interpretation of Star Swamp
Themes for Interpretation:
The Star Swamp Seasons
- Based on the Aboriginal concept of the six-season cycle.
- Depicting the moods and seasonal changes of the wetland and bushland components.
- Traditional ethnic adaptations to these changes.
- Wildlife evolutionary adaptations to these changes.
Star Swamp- Then and Now
- Based on the social and economic changes of the North Beach/Waterman areas from early this century to the present day.
- Based on the corresponding impacts on the Star Swamp environment that must have occurred during this time and more recent measure in the last 10 to 15 years towards conservation.
Flora and Fauna of Star Swamp
- Showcasing the diversity and richness of plant and animal life within the wetland and bushland areas.
Swamp and Bush Ecology
- Interpreting the complex relationships between all elements of the swamp and bushland.
- Interpreting various microcosms within the different vegetation suites of Star Swamp.
Star Swamp and Beyond
- Emphasis on its regional links in terms of biolinks and movement corridors and the significance of these processes towards improving biodiversity.
Static and Interactive displays
- Natural attractions of Star Swamp depicting the colourful wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.
- Environmental features centre on the complex relationships of the bushland and wetland ecosystems.
- Diversity and richness of floral over the four principal vegetation ecozones found in the reserve viz, Melaleuca wetland, Tuart forest, Banksia woodland and Open Hearthland. Hydrology of the area ie, how the wetland is related to the Gnangara Mound and that it is a surface expression of the mound.
- Connections to other wetlands ie, how the wetland is part of the total chain of wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain and how this chain serves as a migratory pathway and seasonal habitation for numerous insects, birds and small animals.
- Diversity of other fauna including reptiles, amphibians, small animals and various nocturnal animals.
- Regional ecological/biological links between neighbouring conservation reserves viz, Trigg Bushland, Carine Lakes, Lake Gwelup etc.
- Interpretation of Social History through promotion of the Star Swamp Heritage Trail which highlights a number of cultural and heritage sites viz, Old Stock Route, Camel Quarantine Station, Drovers Camp, Old Orchards and Pastoral Leases, Old Quarry for Marl, Past Station Site for the Light Horse Division and Old Sanitation Disposal Site.
- Interpretation of Social History through working display models of the following: old windmill, rainwater tank, drovers camp, old stockyard, others as available.
Interpretation of Ethnographic History: depicting significant Aboriginal sites in relation to the wetland and bushland; depicting ancient land management in harmony with six (6) season cycles.
Interpretation of Recent History: through archival documentation of the history of public action (ie,1975 onwards); to ensure the preservation and protection of Star Swamp Bushland Reserve as; presently constituted from land originally earmarked for residential development.