Darling Range Regional Park

The reserve on Wilkins Road is a gazetted part of the Darling Range Regional Park, which links parks and reserves from Walyunga National Park to Serpentine National Park.

The reserve is also part of an important "green corridor" for wildlife, which extends from Gooseberry Hill to the State Forest in Pickering Brook.

In 1996, various reserves, including this one, were rezoned to Parks and Recreation to support their conservation. While not currently under active management by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, this reserve and other nearby reserves were identified as being of conservation value, hence their inclusion in the concept of the Darling Range Regional Park.

What others say about the Darling Range Regional Park

  • "Reserving the additional land and creating the park will protect the outstanding environmental and landscape values of the Darling Range and provide recreational areas for Western Australians and visitors." (Then Planning Minister Richard Lewis)
  • "A lengthy corridor of crown land between Gooseberry Hill National Park and the State forest at Carmel will be reserved for parks and recreation to form another green link." (Then Planning Minister Richard Lewis)

What the Shire of Kalamunda says about Reserve 30314, Lot 59 (40) Wilkins Rd

"At its meeting of 6 April 1992, Council recommended against the residential development [planned for the site], further recommending to the State inter alia, that the land be vested with the Shire and included in the Darling Range Regional Park." (C&CS Committee, 10 Dec 2012, p95)

"Land was included as part of the Darling Range Regional Park as part of a MRS amendment. Any use of the land for other than Regional Reserve should not be supported." (Planning Services Committee, 10 Feb. 1997, p63)

Shire planners “recommended the preservation of several reserves because of valuable bushland, including 40 Wilkins Road, Kalamunda, which was included in the Darling Range Regional Park”. (Echo Newspaper, 17 Feb. 1997)

What others say about Reserve 30314, Lot 59 (40) Wilkins Rd

"Generally the remnant bushland was in very good or good condition. The reserve is worthy of conservation." (Environmental survey, p3)

The status of Reserve 30314 in the Darling Range Regional Park

  • The Darling Range Regional Park was formed in 1996 (see media statements here and here).
  • The Darling Range Regional Park Amendment no. 978/33 to the Metropolitan Region Scheme was gazetted 22 Nov. 1996 (here, p15). 
  • You can see that Reserve 30314 was included in this amendment in the technical report here.
A couple of articles from the Echo newspaper also show that Reserve 30314 is a part of the Park (click on images to enlarge):



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