Great Western Woodlands, Woodlines, the Goldfields Timber Industries and Specialty Timbers – Thursday August 8
The eastern goldfields of Western Australia centred on Kalgoorlie are famous for more than just gold mining.
The area also contains the world’s largest extent of eucalypt woodlands hosting many natural values such as wildlife and specialty timbers found nowhere else in the world.
At the Busselton Naturalists Club’s next meeting on Thursday August 8, the recently retired Kalgoorlie district manager for the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Ian Kealley, is our guest speaker.
With an involvement in the area dating back several decades, Ian will highlight the natural and cultural values of the Greater Western Woodlands, visited by the Club last year when camping at the Helena and Aurora Ranges north of Koolyanobbing.
He will describe the impact of mining on the woodlands, with an estimated 30 million tonnes of timber cut down in the years after the discovery of gold at Kalgoorlie to supply mine timbers, plus wood to operate the desalination plants that supplied fresh water prior to the pipeline from Mundaring Weir being completed.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Lesser Hall of the Busselton Senior Citizens Centre, 22 Peel Terrace.
Attendance is free and the meeting is open to the public, with a gold coin donation requested to help cover the Club’s cost of venue hire.