Rehabilitation seminar 13 October

Are you looking for more in-depth knowledge about rehabilitation processes to improve the conservation work being done by your environmental group?
The Perth NRM Rehabilitation Seminar will include the latest information on rehabilitation methods and standards presented by experienced professionals from across the Perth region.

Date: October 13th 2017
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/RQET

Speakers from the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, Revegetation Industry Association of WA, Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor, City of Cockburn, and Perth NRM will present on:

o   National standards for ecological restoration in Australia
o   Translocation guidelines for offsetting threatened flora
o   Seed collection techniques, standards, and storage
o   The Swan Region Strategy for Natural Resource Management
o   Reversing the damage of Roe 8
o   Restoration methods and case studies for bushland, wetland, and coastal ecological systems

For further information and to register please go to https://www.trybooking.com/RQET or alternatively email sharon.munro@perthnrm.com

Changes to CCC’s constitution/rules of association

We are planning on holding this year’s AGM on Monday 6 November . One of the agenda items will be to approve changes to the constitution/rules, most of which are required through 2015 amendments to WA’s Associations Incorporation Act including changes to the clause dealing with distribution of assets and new clauses relating to mediation of disputes and payments to committee members (all at the end of the document), We have also deleted the role of membership/communications liaison officer as these duties are being performed by other committee members. The revised draft of the Constitution/Rules is linked, showing proposed changes, and the committee invites members to contact CCC with any queries or suggestions prior to finalising the document for submission to the AGM. Unless there are major changes to this document, it is proposed to outline the changes in the AGM notice rather than tediously itemising them all.

State NRM and Coastal Conference 29-31 August 2017

Subsidised registrations are available for the State NRM and Coastal Conference taking place at Curtin University on 29-31 August 2017.

Eligible individuals have the opportunity to apply for subsidised registration of up to $500.  Eligible individuals are those who volunteer or work in community land care, coast care, NRM or other not-for-profit environment/ sustainable agriculture type organisation.

Full registration for the event also provides attendance to the Conference welcome event featuring the Coastal Awards for Excellence on Monday 28 August, and the Conference Dinner featuring the WA Landcare Awards on Wednesday 30 August.

If you are interested, please go to the conference website for the application form:  http://www.promaco.com.au/events/nrmcoastalconferencewa/community.php

Dune planting completed

A big thank-you to the nineteen members and volunteers who gave up their Sunday morning to crawl over the wet sand, cutting holes in the matting for the plants we put in with trowels – hard work in very cool conditions so many thanks to you all.  The run of wet weather the plants have been enjoying fortunately gave us a good break on Sunday to do the last of the plantings in the Floreat dog-beach dunes.  We planted nearly 600 plants of which 400 went into the blown–out dunes around path 14-16 and the balance into a recently rehabilitated area off the slip road south of path 12.  Yesterday, the area got 20mm of rain which will have helped bed in the new plantings – we have been very fortunate in getting an average of 30mm per week after our plantings over the last 6 weeks. However we had very strong winds late last week and on Monday which have broken off some of the plants and seared others such that we must expect some casualties.  In fact on Friday night, the surf crossed the fence-line at one of the planting areas between paths 13 and 14.  It remains to be seen if spinifex and other tough plants we have put in (if planted deep enough) will have survived and will shoot when the warmer weather comes.

Overall, we estimate that the four planting days will have involved about 180 hours of volunteer effort, whilst fencing off the areas and laying of matting involved a further 200 hours put in by Conservation Volunteers Aust teams and a group of teachers and special needs children from Leeming Senior High.  Further time has been spent by Cambridge Coastcare and Town of Cambridge personnel and the outgoings for plants and matting etc amount to more than $20,000.  So after all that cost and energy, we hope the plants do well and cover up the dunes during the spring and summer.

Post bush fire management

Perth NRM is holding a seminar to focus on critical stages of post bush fire planning and management to build knowledge and skills of those involved in post fire recovery, restoration and conservation. More details

DATE       Wednesday 23 August
TIME        9.00 am – 12.00 pm
VENUE    Mundaring Shire Council Offices
COST       $25 per person (light lunch provided)

 

Planting day Sunday 30 July

We are hoping the weather forecast is right for a fine day this coming Sunday so we can finish off planting for 2017.  We have about 400 plants to put in and we have spaces for about 200 or more at path 16, so we will park the trailer there.  We will ask some of you to take buckets of plants down to path 13 and put them in down there where we have space for another 100 or so. There’s also another area on the Floreat dog-beach slip-road where we can put some of the lepidosperma gladiata (Sedge) plants.

Please come down to path 16 at 9am on Sunday July 30. Path 16 is off the bitumised car-park at the northern end of the slip road running north from Floreat Surf Club (Google pic ).  The same planting procedure will be adopted as last time:

  • Some volunteers will be using shears to cut spaces in the coir matting aiming for a spacing of 2 plants per metre.
  • Other volunteers, preferably working in teams of two, will carry a bucket of plants with a supply of fertiliser pills and wetting agent into the matted area.
  • As last time, we need to dig a hole with a trowel deep enough to bury half the plant’s foliage.  A fertiliser pill goes in first, then the plant, then backfill the sand around it pushing it down to ensure the root ball is surrounded and covered with sand.  Then use your heel to make sure the sand is firm around the plant, and spread a handfull of wetting agent around it.
  • We will then mark the plants with a cane to try to prevent people walking on them.

Please give Cambridge Coastcare an hour or two of your time. As usual, we will adjourn to the Floreat kiosk cafe for a coffee etc afterwards.  Please put the date and time into your diary/calendar now.