Until very recently, the Snowy River Westringia was thought to be close to extinction. However, it still literally clung to survival on the steep banks of the Snowy River in Victoria’s east.
Cuttings have been taken to Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens for propagation and cultivation there.
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Until such time as fugitive Malcolm Naden is captured, the Barrington Tops and surrounding regions should be considered potentially dangerous, given how desperate his situation has become. Having said that, realistically, he does not appear close to being captured at this stage. Certainly the police are closer than they have been for some time, but he is still successively avoiding capture. If he chooses to go to ground in the mountains following two close encounters with police in a fortnight, it is difficult to see how police will be able to capture him anytime soon.