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Maroondah Leader: Threat to orchid grows

By May 20, 20082 Comments

Maroondah’s environmental groups are rallying behind the opportunity to protect the Kilsyth South spider orchid. The Maroondah Leader has reported on the efforts to preserve one of the world’s rarest plants.

The Kilsyth South spider orchid, which was found in 1991 at 6 Tereddan Drive in Kilsyth South, is listed as critically endangered under State and Federal legislation. The property has recently been listed for sale providing council, State and Federal Governments with the opportunity to purchase the property and protect this very rare plant.

Councillor Alex Makin said buying the site – bordered by council-owned bushland, a Melbourne Water retarding basin and a Trust for Nature Reserve – would complete “one of the largest bush reserves in Maroondah”.

Given the endangered status of the Kilsyth South spider orchid and the fact that it would connect areas of biological significance, it makes sense for the property to be jointly purchased by government and council.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email: alex@alexmakin.com.au

2 Comments

  • Peter Leeton says:

    I commend Alex Makin on his comments regarding the preservation of the land that supports the Kilsyth South spider orchid. I and my family will be watching the developments of this task with interest.

  • Alex Makin says:

    Dear Peter,

    Thank you for your comments and for supporting efforts to preserve the Kilsyth South Spider orchid.

    Given that the orchid is listed as critically endangered it is imperative that all levels of government and council cooperate to try and secure the purchase of the land.

    I have been working with Maroondah’s environment groups to raise the profile of the orchid and to demonstrate its significance to council and government.

    Thanks,

    Alex

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