Call to help preserve Australind site

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Environmental health officer Scott Dandridge, shire president Paul Gillett and DBCA coordinator Aminya Ennis are calling for pictures and information on the old Point Douro Speedway in Australind.
Camera IconEnvironmental health officer Scott Dandridge, shire president Paul Gillett and DBCA coordinator Aminya Ennis are calling for pictures and information on the old Point Douro Speedway in Australind. Credit: Picture: Briana Fiore

The Harvey Shire Council has put a call out for information and images of the old Point Douro speedway in Australind which operated circa 1970.

The council is working with the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation and Attractions to restore the area, which is part of a proposed regional park.

The department’s regional parks coordinator Aminya Ennis said the old speedway was near a caravan park and many old artefacts had been found in the area. “We are hoping to restore the native samphire plant and eventually have a designated walkway along the river for people to enjoy,” Mrs Ennis said.

“We would also love to put signage across the area to celebrate its rich history.”

Shire president Paul Gillett said the estuary was iconic for Australind and the southern part of the shire.

“This project will be great for Australind residents and for tourists,” Cr Gillett said.

“There is a lot of Noongar heritage and wildlife in the area.”

The site had been damaged by littering, illegal camping and four-wheel drives in recent years.

Environmental health officer Scott Dandridge said the area was being treated with larvicide to control mosquito populations.

Anyone with photos or memories of the old speedway should email the council on shire@harvey.wa.gov.au.

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