THIS SUNDAY’S EXCURSION TO BHP’S FORMER BEENUP MINE AT SCOTT RIVER WILL REQUIRE 4WD VEHICLES
When BHP closed their Beenup mine in 1999, the operation had accumulated a loss of $350 million dollars and extensive minesite rehabilitation was still required.
Twenty years later, the site has been fully rehabilitated and what had previously been farmland is now a mixture of biodiverse wetlands and native vegetation.
On Sunday November 22, the Busselton Naturalists Club will be visiting the former minesite for a tour of its rehabilitation success.
As there are a couple of rocky creek crossings to navigate which are unsuitable for our normal bus, this will be a self-drive excursion restricted to 4WDs.
However, people who don’t own a 4WD will be able to join in as the 5 or 6 club members bringing their 4WD vehicles have offered to take passengers.
Meet at 9.00am at the carpark of the former visitor centre on Peel Terrace just down from Causeway Drive. Passengers will be allocated to 4WDs on a first come, first served basis.
There is no cost for this excursion but passengers may wish to consider offering a contribution to drivers to cover fuel costs.
Bring morning and afternoon teas and a picnic lunch, together with a folding chair or similar. Binoculars may also be useful to see the wildlife in the many wetlands on site.
The tour of the Beenup site will take 2 to 3 hours and, after lunch, a short loop walk will be organised to explore the biodiversity of the Scott Coastal Plain.