Spring around the corner
Cockies tongues (Templetonia retusa) and Panjang (Acacia lascioscarpa) photographed in full flower on 19 July at the ecozone along Challenger Parade between Jubilee Crescent and Boscombe Avenue.
Planting dates for 2016
Our next planting day is Sunday 24 July, at 9.00 am, at the southern end of the Floreat Boardwalk. Our last planting day was on 12 June – see photos. This year we plan to alert members to planting days and similar activities by text message as well as email and through newsletters. In many cases, we already have members’ mobile numbers on file, but if you want to be sure to get notice of planting days, please send your mobile number to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sophie Cross has article published in the Journal of Insect Conservation
After completing her Honours thesis at UWA, assisted by the inaugural Stuart Knott Scholarship from Cambridge Coastcare, Sophie Cross has had an article published in the Journal of Insect Conservation – more information under Projects – see attached.
Weekly task force
We would still like to find a small group of volunteers who would be prepared to dedicate a few hours on a given day each week to dune conservation – mainly weeding but also other tasks such as supervising contractors etc. The same request in the last newsletter generated a couple of offers, but we need a larger number than that to make a sustainable working group. How about it?. If you are interested, please contact our secretary John Campbell.
Green Army’s timely visit
We were most fortunate to be able to arrange a visit by a Green Army team last week (30 May to 2 June). The team laid matting over the pile of sand excavated from the site of a new shed built at Floreat Surf Life Saving Club (the additional space from the new shed will allow us to store our trailer there after clubhouse renovations are complete). After laying matting, the team planted and watered about 1000 plants, before moving onto the south Fred Burton area where another 1000 plants were put in. [Photos] The area close to the helicopter landing site to the east of the Floreat car-park was also planted. The team also placed shields around many of the plants they put in. The timing was particularly fortunate given subsequent rainfall exceeding 30mm in the City Beach area. We still have about 600 plants to put in at this coming week-end’s planting at the City Beach dunes opposite Jubillee Park – 9 am on Sunday 12 June for anyone who wants to lend a hand!
No go at present for the BioLINC project
Sadly the Town of Cambridge council decided at its meeting on 23 May 2016 not to match the $150,000 grant offered by Lotterywest for the BioLINC project stage 1. There had been considerable community opposition to our plans to create a corridor of biodiversity along the western edge of Jubilee Park and Fred Burton reserve so as to link the dunes to the south of City of Perth Surf Club to those to the north of Floreat Surf Club. Some south City Beach residents were opposed to Cambridge Coastcare’s plan to convert the edge of Jubilee Park into native bush-land, preferring it to remain grassed as at present. The BioLINC project was approved by ToC council in 2013 on a conditional basis, and that approval remains in place, so we shall consider what alternative means of achieving and funding a biodiversity corridor remain available to us. Meanwhile, our focus remains on current projects including:
- Improving the native flora in the dunes to the immediate south of the new restaurants and Surf Club building at City Beach
- Improving the native flora in the southern end of Fred Burton Reserve, where we have conducted a busy-bee on 15 May and a planting day on 29 May – see photos
- Restoring the sand piled up behind the new shed at Floreat SLSC by matting the steep slopes and planting with dunes arresting vegetation.
- Arresting the dune blow-outs along the Floreat Dog Beach around paths 14 and 16 in particular, for which we have a current application for a grant in conjunction with Town of Cambridge.
We will continue to work in close co-operation with Town of Cambridge to pursue our objectives.
Youth Planting Days
Perth NRM is inviting young people in Perth to help plant seedlings along Cottesloe Beach, Lake Claremont and South Beach Fremantle. Click on the links below for more information about time and where to meet.
14th May: Cottesloe Beach
25th June: Lake Claremont
30th July: South Beach, Fremantle
Proposed car park expansion at Fred Burton Reserve
This was approved at the Town of Cambridge council meeting on 26 April 2016, despite our concerns and protests.
National standards for restoration
The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, the leading body in Australia for the sort of restoration we do as a Coastcare group has just completed the production of the first standards to guide the process of ecological restoration – that’s what we do when we remove weeds and replant with local indigenous coastal species. The Standards are a blueprint for the principles and also how to rate your progress in restoration with a 5-star rating system. Have a look at www.seraustralasia.com
Task Force needed as Costcare’s new base at Floreat takes shape
We would like to find a small group of volunteers who would be prepared to dedicate a few hours on a given day each week to dune conservation – mainly weeding but also other tasks such as supervising contractors etc. Ideally, the work group would include someone prepared to organize morning tea and coffee. It will be based at our new storage facility shared with Floreat SLSC under construction above. If you are interested, please email our secretary at email@example.com.
2016 autumn newsletter
The committee meeting dates for the rest of 2016 are listed below. All meetings start at 7pm and are held in City Beach.
1 August, 3 October (AGM – location will be advised).
MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We have an ambitious planting programme and need more volunteers to help conserve the dunes in City and Floreat Beaches.
Membership is just $20 individual, $30 family. Click for CCC Membership Application Form