Wireless Hill is an extremely valuable Banksia Woodland reserve with high biodiversity including large numbers of orchids. The Friends of Wireless Hill work in partnership with the City of Melville to preserve this precious asset. The Friends are extremely pleased to have received two grants to continue our work at Wireless Hill. We have received a SALP (Swan River Trust and Alcoa Landcare Program) grant, and we were also successful in obtaining a State NRM Community Action grant.
The Friends are very grateful for this funding which will enable us to continue to employ experienced bush care workers to manually control weeds in the park. Wireless Hill was cleared in 1912 for a telegraph station and South African perennial veldt grass was planted to stabilise the soil. The bush regenerated but weeds remain, contributing to the fuel load and competing with native grasses and other plants. Other major weeds in the park include Gladioli and Freesia, bulbous weeds well adapted to our dry environment. We have been fortunate to have Alcoa staff from the local office volunteer in Gladi pulls over several seasons. The photo shows their yield after the last Gladi pull.
We have found that removing weeds by hand, rather than chemically, facilitates a much quicker and more diverse recovery of native vegetation. We are currently applying for Landcare funding for training to allow safe work along roadsides in the park.
The Friends of Wireless Hill with the WA Wildflower Society will hold our annual guided Wildflower Walk on Sunday 13th September at 9 am. We will meet at the main car park on Almondbury Road. Bring your hat, water and your camera! Gold coin donation please. No bookings required.
The Friends of Wireless Hill are holding our annual Wildflower Walk for the public on 7th September. The Walk will be led by guides from the Friends and from the Murdoch branch of the Wildflower Society of Western Australia.
Meet just before 9am at the main car park at Wireless Hill (Almondbury Road) and we will start the walks at 9 in groups of about ten people so everyone can hear and see what the guides are presenting. The walk is on a path suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The walk usually lasts about 45 minutes to an hour but you are welcome to leave whenever it suits you.
There is no need to book. A gold coin donation is appreciated.
Bring your camera, a hat and a bottle of water. If rain is forecast wet weather gear will come in handy.
Maurice is a local resident who often walks in Wireless Hill. He has recently sent us some photographs we would like to share, showing some beautiful views of and from the Park. Another series shows the heritage listed radio station buildings after their recent renovations.
ANNUAL PLANTING DAY – We are holding our planting day on Sunday April 13th from 8.30am. We will meet at the main car park at Wireless Hill (off Almondbury Road). Please wear long pants and long sleeves and closed shoes. Bring a hat and wet weather gear (if we are really lucky it might rain!), some water to drink and a cup for morning tea. Please let us know (Margaret on 0402 105 649 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will be attending so we can organise morning tea.
Planting days are great fun and very rewarding. We will plant in bare areas of the Park and its great to watch your plants grow through the year.
One of the artists exhibiting in this exhibition was inspired by the flowers of Wireless Hill. The exhibition open this Friday night (30th August) and runs until 22nd September. Make a day of it and enjoy the wildflowers on the Zig Zag Walk!