Biodiversity

The City is committed to enhancing biodiversity within our community. Biological diversity (or biodiversity), refers to the variety of all species on earth such as different plants, animals and micro-organisms.

Biodiversity is constantly changing. Genetic change and evolutionary processes can increase biodiversity while habitat degradation, population decline and extinction reduce biodiversity. Therefore, we strive to ensure that biodiverse areas are not negatively impacted by our developing City.

Locations of interest for biodiversity

  • The Star Swamp Reserve is a 96-hectare reserve, featuring tuart, jarrah, marri and banksia woodlands. The 4-hectare swamp is a semi-permanent wetland located on the western edge of the reserve.

    Numerous tracks provide the opportunity to get close to the abundant flora and fauna with relative ease. The Star Swamp heritage trail, which runs north-south through the reserve, provides visitors with an understanding of the history of the North Beach and the Watermans Bay areas.

    • Henderson Environmental Centre is located at Star Swamp Reserve. It is a popular venue for community and environmental events, meetings and the Nearer to Nature school holiday program delivered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

      Officially opened in 2001, its development was funded by:

      • Long-time resident Mrs Emily Joyce Brushfield
      • The City of Stirling
      • The Lotteries Commission
      • The Western Australian Tourism Commission
      • The Department of Sport and Recreation
      • Karrinyup Rotary Club. 

      Henderson Environmental Centre was designed as an environmentally sustainable building. Facilities at the centre include:

      • Ecomax toilets
      • Large windows (for natural light)  
      • Open vents
      • Natural temperature control
      • Rainwater tank
      • Gazebo for outdoor activities
      • Kitchen with fridge, water urn and microwave
      • Large auditorium with trestle tables and chairs, whiteboard and projector screen
      • Environmental displays in the foyer
      • An office, library and a lab.

    Hiring the Henderson Environmental Centre

    The hire rates for the Henderson Environmental Centre are as follows:

    CategoryFee per hour (or part there of)

    Community groups (including not-for-profit organisations)

    $11.50

    Government departments

    $16.50

    Commercial groups and private functions

    $31.50

    If you would like more information regarding the Henderson Environmental Centre or would like to arrange a booking please contact City's Environmental Officer Natural Areas via the Customer Contact Centre.

    Useful documents

    Document nameDownloadable files
    Local Biodiversity Strategy19.4MB (PDF)