CVA Green Army minibus break-in

On Weds 31 Aug, the CVA team’s bus was broken into at the Floreat dog beach car park, and the team’s personal belongings ransacked.  The thief took three handbags, money car keys, house keys and personal ID from the team members whilst they were working on fencing the blow-outs on the beach.  This project is Cambridge Coastcare’s 2017 Coastwest funded project to arrest the blow-outs.  The team comprises young people in their late teens/early-20’s most of whom are students or sourced from Centrelink under ‘work for the dole’ rules.  They will have had the inconvenience of having to get home to collect spare car keys to be able to remove their vehicles from paid parking before incurring extra costs, to have locksmiths change the locks where their house keys have been stolen, and to replace drivers’ licenses and other personal ID, and of course they will incur costs in doing so.

The team, under Adeline Morrissey’s leadership, did excellent work for us in late May/early June in placing matting and planting the sand pile behind the new shed at Floreat Surf Club, and other planting at Floreat Beach and the south Fred Burton dune area.  The same team came back on Monday and have been weeding and planting the dunes adjacent to the new restaurants at City Beach, and working through Wednesday’s rain to add to the fenced off area at the Floreat dog beach in preparation for next year’s matting and planting there.  Their work is effectively a substitution for what we as Coastcare volunteers would otherwise need to do and we have now lost about 10 person-days’ work from them due to the actions of this miserable thief.  I feel a moral responsibility to try to reimburse them for their losses and would like to encourage other members to make a $50 or $100 donation to Cambridge Coastcare’s bank account to create a fund to reimburse their costs and losses.  In the unlikely event that donations exceed the team members’ losses, I want you to understand that the surplus moneys will remain with CCC to be aggregated with other funds and used for our association’s objectives. Please EFT your donation urgently to Cambridge Coastcare’s Westpac account – BSB 036-004 Account 143310, with narration ‘Green Army’.  I am arranging to meet with the team next week to arrange for them to summarise and support their outgoings to facilitate a distribution of donations. – John Campbell, Secretary Cambridge Coastcare.

Volunteers guide to bushland weeds workshop

Perth NRM are conducting a Volunteers Guide to Bushland Weeds workshop which will focus on identifying weeds commonly found in bushland of the Perth region, how to effectively remove them, and building partnerships with land managers for a unified weed management approach. Join Perth NRM and the City of Wanneroo this September at the Carramar Community Centre. There are a limited number of places – register today!
Sunday, 18 September, 2016
Carramar Community Centre, Function Room, Rawlinna Parkway, Carramar
Registration: 9.15 Workshop: 9.30am-1.30pm (Morning tea and light lunch provided)
Cost: $30 per person
For more information and a link to register online, click here.


KD 18 Aug 16

Congratulations to Kingsley Dixon on his award as WA Scientist of the Year.  He received the award on 19 August from the Premier who is also minister for science.  Curtin University’s acknowledgement of his award says that his discovery of the chemical in smoke which causes seed germination is worth $100 million annually globally in its application to agriculture, conservation and restoration.  For more information, see attached extract from The Science Network Western Australia’s press release.

New grant for Cambridge Coastcare

We have been awarded a grant for $11,200 for the cost of matting materials to address the blowouts in Floreat dog beach dunes around path 16 (approx opposite Bent St) and between paths 13 and 14 (opposite Oban Rd) in City Beach.  The total project cost is budgeted for $26,500 with Town of Cambridge contributing plants, fencing and logistical support, whilst we provide volunteer labour.

The path 16 blowouts are at about the closest point between the ocean and West Coast Highway.  We plan to lay about 1600 m2 of coir matting behind fences up the dunes and then plant the strips of matting with tough plants like spinifex to arrest the blowouts and revegetate the dunes. It will take many years for the vegetation to grow back to do the job, but we need to start the process.  The blowouts are exacerbated by fitness enthusiasts running up the dunes and other beach users so signage and other steps are planned to try to limit such damage.  The following photos were taken at a visit by a reporter from the Western Suburbs Weekly to demonstrate what we plan to do with the planted area photo being from the work recently done on the sand pile behind the new shed at Floreat surf club.

Planting is over for 2016 (well almost)

Many thanks to all members and volunteers who have contributed to planting over 5500 plants this winter.  The last 900 will be planted by the Green Army, who are booked to start on 29 August and will complete the task for the year.  They will also start work on the 2016-7 Floreat dog beach project by installing additional fencing.

We had a good turnout on 7 August, for our planting session at Fred Burton south, especially considering the blustery conditions and threat of rain, which fortunately managed to miss City Beach!  12 of us planted about 1000 plants during the morning in two hours.  See photos

We may need a busy-bee or two during the warmer months – weeds in Fred Burton south were sprayed not long ago and we will need to remove the dead vegetation to make room for more plantings there.  We will give everyone good notice of the date in due course.  In the meantime, we have our AGM scheduled for 3 October and notices will be issued soon.

Spring around the corner

Spring flowers

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.

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.

Current newsletter

2016 autumn newsletter

The next meeting will be our AGM on 3 October 2016, at 8pm (time to be confirmed soon) at City Beach Oval pavilion, Fred Burton Drive, City Beach.


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