The annual Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence was last night awarded to a ground-breaking restoration guide produced by Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Hanson Construction Materials.

Golden Gecko Award'Banksia woodlands: A restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain' is the first-ever comprehensive guide for practitioners, researchers and policy makers who are working to meet the challenges of restoring the iconic ecosystems of Banksia woodlands.

The book is the result of a 22-year research partnership between Kings Park and Hanson (formerly Rocla Quarry Products), which has reaped the rewards of excellent collaboration, significant investment and a high level commitment from each organisation.

It translates leading research outcomes into practical information to help restore the degraded Banksia woodlands of Perth and surrounding regions, including Kings Park’s own bushland.

The Banksia woodlands on the Swan Coastal Plain were listed as an endangered ecological community by the federal government in 2016.

Two thirds of Banksia woodlands have been lost on the Swan Coastal Plain. Banksia woodlands are home to more than 1,100 plant species including 20 rare and endangered species.

The Golden Gecko Award has been recognising environmental excellence in the mining and petroleum sector since 1992. Five finalists were in the running for the prestigious award, which is presented by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

The gecko is used to represent the awards because of its recognised role as a bio-indicator. Geckos have specialist habitat requirements which take time to develop and their presence in mine site rehabilitation shows progress towards a healthy and functioning ecosystem.

'Banksia woodlands: A restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain' is available from Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop and other good bookstores.

Christmas and New Year services

Visitors are advised that a number of services within Kings Park and Botanic Garden will be unavailable over the Christmas and New Year period.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden from December 2018 until May 2019 due to concert events.

Read all notices ...

Call for Aboriginal tourism operators

Kings Park, or Kaarta Koomba, invites local businesses employing, owned or run by Aboriginal people to provide new tourism and cultural experiences for its visitors.

Snapshot of our busy year

The 2017-18 annual report has landed on the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority bookshelf, recording another outstanding year and an estimated 5.7 million visitors enjoying the expansive parklands, natural bushland and WA Botanic Garden in Kings Park and Bold Park.

Read all news ...

Read about weather and warnings ...

All events …