Community Conservation Network

Several 'friends of' groups already exist in Bunbury and for many years have been helping the City to manage its reserves. As well as strengthening these groups, the City is currently seeking volunteers to establish several new groups.

Activities that 'friends of' groups may be involved with include: photography, propagating plants, collecting native seed, surveying local flora or fauna, protecting threatened flora and ecological communities, planting, or most importantly of all weeding.

If you are interested in joining your local 'friends of' group, please contact the City's Environmental Officer, Colin Spencer, on 9792 7091 or email

Current ‘Friends Of’ groups include:

Big Swamp (Prince Phillip Drive, South Bunbury). Area: 31.1 ha
Friends Group: Friends of Big Swamp

Big Swamp has had a chequered history. It has been cleared, subjected to grazing, market gardens and was used as a landfill site. However, it is still an important wetland as reflected by its classification as a System 6 area and a Conservation Category wetland. Big Swamp is home to priority flora and approximately 64 species of birds.

Hay Park (corner Parade and Bussel Highway, Withers). Area: 49.1 ha

Hay Park is considered to be one of Bunbury's most important reserves. Vegetation is very good to excellent and is typical of a seasonally damp environment. It is also home to several threatened communities and fauna such as the Quenda and Western Ring Tailed Possum.

Irwin Street Reserve (Irwin Street, Bunbury). Area: 3.9 ha
Friends Group: Friends of Irwin Street

Irwin Street Reserve, also known as Nature Park or Higgins Reserve, is an important Reserve in close proximity to the Bunbury CBD. It is a long and fairly narrow stretch of bush that provides a magnificent view of Big Swamp. Irwin Street Reserve also supports the Quenda, or the Southern Brown Bandicoot, and the Black White Tailed Cockatoo.

Katherine Chauhan Reserve (Corner Parade and Guile Fairway, Withers). Area: 3.2 ha
Friends Group: Friends of Katherine Chauhan Reserve

Katherine Chauhan Reserve is located opposite St Josephs Primary School in Withers. This Reserve comprises a mix of Tuart, Jarrah, Marri, Peppermint and Banksia woodland that is in very good condition. The Reserve is home to several species of orchids and provides great habitat for local fauna such as the Boobook Owl.

Loughton Park (Armanta Road, Carey Park, Bunbury). Area: 6 ha

Though small in size, Loughton Park supports an excellent Conservation Category wetland characterised by a variety of Melaleuca species.

Manea Park (South West Highway, Davenport, Bunbury). Area: 113.6 ha

This relatively large Reserve is home to diverse range of community types including wetlands with Melaleucas and drylands with Tuart, Peppermint, Jarrah, Marri and Banksia woodland areas. It is home to several threatened communities and threatened flora and fauna.

Fact sheets

The City of Bunbury, in conjunction with the South West Catchments Council, is currently preparing a series of fact sheets to inform community members about various Natural Resource Management issues within Bunbury. To date, five fact sheets have been created:

If you are having trouble downloading the files, or would prefer lower resolution versions, please contact the City of Bunbury’s NRM Community Support Officer, Mr Colin Spencer, on 9792 7091.