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Lindesay Link

The Lindesay Link landscape stretches roughly 70 km from the Walpole Wilderness Area (Mt. Lindesay National Park) in the west to the Porongurup Range National Park in the east.  The boundary is shown in yellow on the map below.

Lindesay Link

Map showing the Lindesay Link area (yellow boundary).

 Features of the Walpole Wilderness Area 

  •  363,000 hectares
  •  contains 10 major National Parks
  •  approximately 2000 higher plant species and over 600 species of fungi
  •  235 orchids (65% of West Australia’s total)
  •  giant old-growth tingle forests
  •  threatened fauna such as the Quokka
  •  high value waterways, wetlands and associated biodiversity
  •  strong Noongar Aboriginal cultural values

Features of the Porongurup National Park

  • Largest inland remnant of native vegetation between the Stirling Range and the coast
  • Contains disjunct flora association of the Karri forest community– considered a relic of several thousand years ago
  • more than 700 plant species, including a number found nowhere else
  • Recognised as a separate vegetation system
  • strong Noongar Aboriginal cultural values

The Lindesay Link area:

  • has a rich biological diversity with very high plant species richness;
  • has many wetlands with important plants and animals;
  • is situated at the junction of a number of catchments flowing in different directions; and
  • represents the end of the range for a number of species (e.g. marron, red-tailed black cockatoo).

The western and southern part of the area has many plantation forestry properties, most containing important remnant vegetation and associated fauna.  This wetter region of the Lindesay Link landscape has more natural vegetation - primarily forest.  As we move east towards the Porongurup Range National Park,  the plantation/forestry landscape changes to mixed and broadacre farming (livestock and grain cropping) with more farmland relative to bush.

Threats to the biodiversity values of this area are in part linked to changes that have come about from past agricultural clearing such as fragmentation of bush, changes in water flows and rising salinity.  These issues are well known within the community who are continuing to take active steps to address these threatening processes.

The Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee and community members, facilitated by Barry Heydenrych, are developing a conservation action plan for the Lindesay Link portion of Gondwana Link. Implementation of this plan aims to maintain and improve the distinctive nature of the Lindesay Link landscape and have native bush, wildlife and healthy waterways co-existing with a productive and vibrant rural and farming community.