Reminder – Blue the documentary

There were only a few tickets left for this documentary about plastics and the oceans – the film is on Thursday 22 Feb at Innaloo cinemas – follow link to booking website to get your tickets.

Want more info on the WA Plastic Bag Ban?
There are still a few information sessions available both metro and regional areas.
To register see the details on the flyers below. Join the discussion.

Comm Games Baton Relay and Floreat SLSC party 25 Feb

Town of Cambridge has been chosen to be a host community for the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay, with the Baton making its way to City Beach and Floreat Beach on Sunday, 25 February 2018The Baton will run along Challenger Parade heading towards City Beach and the Town encourages us to come out to cheer for our local Batonbearers or come down to the Celebration that will be held at City Beach Amphitheatre.

Baton Relay details:
Date:                           Sunday, 25 February 2018
Baton Route:             Along Challenger Parade heading north at 1.00pm arriving City Beach Amphitheatre at 1.30pm.  Continues to Floreat Beach along Challenger, and then leaves via West Coast Highway heading north at 2pm.
Celebration:               City Beach Amphitheatre 12 noon till 2pm.

In addition, Floreat Surf Life Saving Club is celebrating its 70th birthday on the same day as the relay-  Sunday 25 February from 12noon to 3pm. The Club was formed in February 1948, with the current Club rooms opened in 1981 after the original building (a little further south of our current location) was damaged by Cyclone Alby.  Its current membership base of 500 was a little smaller back then with just 64 members by the end of the first season!

The Baton Relay will be making a special stop at the Floreat Club rooms to help Floreat SLSC celebrate and mark this special day!  The Floreat SLSC Board of Directors would like to invite all Cambridge Coastal Care members to join us to celebrate with a FREE sausage sizzle, sandwiches, cakes and drinks in the members bar area.Please join us for this special day on 25 Feb as it should be a lot of fun!

TIME:   12noon to 3pm – QUEEN’S BATON ARRIVAL: 2pm
RSVP to Ros Blair, Club Manager, via email or phone by latest Tuesday 20 February
P (08)9385 9370 | M 0431 444 443 | E



Kingsley appointed Lotterywest Commissioner

Congratulations to Kingsley Dixon, whose appointment to the board of Lotterywest Commissioners was announced recently by the Premier.  The statement reads in part as follows:

Premier Mark McGowan has announced the appointments of Professor Kingsley Dixon and Elisabeth McLellan to the Lotterywest Board of Commissioners.  Professor Dixon – a renowned botanist and Western Australia’s 2016 Scientist of the Year – officially took up his appointment from 1 December 2017 and has played a leading role in conserving threatened species and transforming ecological restoration practice in Australia.  Professor Dixon has also provided high-level scientific advice at both a State and Federal level and is Chair of The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia.

Ms McLellan – a leading Geraldton based conservationist – brings with her 25 years at the forefront of conservation, including almost 10 years with WWF International and eight as Co-Lead of the organisation’s global Wildlife Crime Campaign.  Ms McLellan holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Masters Applied Science and Graduate Diploma of Education while Professor Dixon holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD from The University of Western Australia.

Just what our plantings needed

A rain gauge near Chipping Reserve recorded 146 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9 am this morning, but it actually overflowed sometime before its owner’s bedtime on 15 January when he went out in the downpour to find it overflowing – so the true rainfall in City Beach was in excess of the 146mm recorded.  It will be good news for all our plantings which should now get a boost from warm weather to follow.  Hopefully the odd thunderstorm in the next month or two will keep the sand damp enough to get some good growth, help stem erosion and establish strong plants ahead of the winter weather we can expect later in the year.

Blue – the movie (about the ocean!)

The feature film BLUE will be screened at Innaloo on Thursday February 22nd and looks at the impacts we as humans are having on the ocean. There will be a Q&A after the screening to support how the public can make a difference and how we can make small changes to reduce our impact. I think this is relevant to us all so please spread the word.

This is the facebook event:
This is where you can reserve your tickets: Blue tickets
A feature film by Northern Pictures
BLUE is the story our generation need to hear. The industrialization that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.
Our ocean has been the guardian of life on earth. Now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean.



Cambridge Coastcare’s Christmas party

Christmas Toast at Little Creatures Thurs pm

Very short notice but on December 14th, Little Creature’s Elsie and Rusty are getting together to throw the party of the summer to raise funds for Coastcare, Australia’s leading volunteer marine and coastal sustainability group.

 The goal is to raise $10,000 which will be given away in the form of Rusty and Elsie grants to Coastcare’s community coastal groups working to preserve WA’s pristine coastline.

 A brewery perched on the water’s edge in Fremantle and a surf brand based right here in WA, both Rusty and Little Creatures have a strong connection to the ocean, WA’s coastal lifestyle and the need for preserving these precious ecosystems for future generations. This year, both organisations launched initiatives with Coastcare; Little Creatures released an exclusive WA Ale – Elsie and Rusty is launching a limited edition collection of T-shirts with a portion of the sales being donated back to Coastcare.

 Tickets to Toast to the Coast are $50 and include Elsie on tap and food from 6pm until 9pm, entertainment, raffles, spot prizes and a whole lot of fun with all proceeds going to support the continued efforts of Coastcare. There’s also a unique tri-branded Rusty-Elsie-Coastcare surfboard up for grabs (concept attached).

 This event is limited capacity and will sell out. Many apologies for the short notice but we were only advised today (Weds).  Please see one of the following links to grab yourself a ticket:

Seed collection seminar

Seed Collection Seminar

Join Perth NRM and the City of Kalamunda for this FREE seminar on seed collection.

Date: Thursday, 8th February 2018
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Location: Lesmurdie Hall – 96 Gladys Road, Lesmurdie
Cost: FREE

Has your group or organisation been thinking about propagating your own local, endemic seedlings to help boost your restoration projects? Not sure where to start and what’s involved when it comes to seed collection. Or you’ve seen seed collection being carried out by others and you’re interested in what’s involved in the process?

This seminar will introduce you to the process of seed collection, including:

  • On-ground seed and cuttings collection technique
  • Collection planning
  • Standards and regulations around seed collection
  • Licensing
  • Seed testing and dormancy
  • Pre-treatments
  • Processing seeds and cuttings
  • Storage requirements and seed banking

Expert Speakers Damian Grose and Richard McDowell, will discuss the intricacies of seed collection, including licensing, on-ground collection techniques, processing, storage, preparation, and much more!

Register here or visit our website for more information and to download the flyer.

Garden advice from Perth NRM

Living Perth blogger Neville Passmore

1. Cover the ground 
Why?  A West Australian summer is particularly harsh on topsoil and particularly the subterranean life that supports all plant growth.  It’s rare to find uncovered soil in nature. Even in our Australian deserts there is usually some form of ground cover, be it leaf litter, rocks or low spreading shrubs. Mother Nature has a highly specialised group of fast germinating; “tough as all getup” plants to recolonized bare soil, quickly. We know these as weeds. Soil needs plants, just as much as plants need soil, in order to keep the web of life connection. Bare soil can be too hot to walk on in summer and having lots of bare areas around your home will lift temperatures in the same way that excessive areas of paving, to make life uncomfortable even in your house.  Uncovered soil also loses moisture faster.

How? There are many ways of covering the soil from mulch, cover crops, lawn, heat hardy groundcovers as well as low growing shrubs.  All will help.  When applying mulch aim for a 50 to 100mm thickness.  Going beyond this can have the effect of inhibiting rainwater as well as irrigation water moving into the soil. What are the best mulches? Texture and maturity are the key attributes. Fine mulch such as Karri and Peat are very popular, mainly because of their black colour, but these tend to hold moisture above the soil, which attracts root colonization.  When the next hot day comes along the roots are highly vulnerable to scorching. Rough textured mulch has lots of avenues to allow water to penetrate through to the soil.  It also has the effect of shading the soil, which helps to keep it cooler, so a coarse texture is desirable. If you have difficulty walking on the mulch because it hurts your feet then it has the ideal texture. Freshly harvested or crushed mulches can present problems for the gardener as they break down quickly and need nitrogen for this process. These mulches draw this nitrogen from any immediate resource, which usually means the underlying soil.  This explains why plants in such an area become yellow and unthrifty, these are being starved by the action of the mulch breaking down.  I like to recommend well-composted mulches, which are stable and add nutrients to the soil rather than robbing them.

2. Grow food
Why? I believe it is fundamentally important to grow some food at home across all the seasons. Fruit, vegetables and leafy herbs lose vitamins and nutrients so quickly after harvest that it is important to have some food crops on hand that you can harvest and eat immediately.  Reflecting this aspiration you can now find restaurants growing their own greens and promoting the fact that their salads were harvested within 15 minutes of serving.  While there are many other reasons for home grown food this for me is the ultimate one.

How? Even apartment dwellers with no access to soil can grow fresh food in the form of sprouts.  When we go caravanning or camping we’ve a tray or two of alfalfa and mung beans sprouting in a draw in the back of the Ute.  One group of vegetables that loves the heat of summer is the curcurbits – the melon and pumpkin tribe.  These can be grown as a groundcover supporting hint number one.  If growing heat-loving tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant and cucumber it is a good practice to cover the area with a light shade cloth through the height of summer. The best preparation for planting into sandy soils is to mix in compost, either your own or a bought one. Aim to cover the soil with about 20mm and scratch into the topsoil with a cultivator before planting seedlings or sowing seed.

3. Upgrade your reticulation system
Why?  Today irrigation controllers and sprinklers are a real technological improvement on models of even 5 years ago.   At the top end its possible to have a system that responds to moisture sensors placed in the ground as well as the local weather conditions of your suburb through wireless connections, which also enable you to operate through a smart phone. At the smaller end tap mounted battery operated controllers give you an amazing degree of control and options at the level of a single hose. Waterwise accredited irrigation retailers are adept at helping you set up a professional system no matter what size of garden.

4. Make your garden more water and climate wise
Why? The South West of WA is, along with all the world’s Mediterranean climate areas, set to become dryer and hotter. The boffins tell us it’s already happening.  Gardens, however, are vital green components of our suburbs and cities and a true barometer of the liveability of where we live and work so they must be maintained and properly watered.  We have been living for some time in a water restrained environment so we need to find ways of getting more greenery with less water by being clever with our plant choices.  I have just contributed to upgrading the Water Corporation’s waterwise plant list, which is searchable on-line. I hope that this will be a useful resource in this endeavor.

5. Add some summer flowering plants to your garden
While we tend to think that spring is the main flowering season it is surprising to consider the number of plants that hit their flowering straps in early summer.  Here a selection that will show their colours during December and January.

6. Adding a water feature
A pond or fountain will bring a cool feeling to your home and garden. Some of the first water engineers were the Moors from the Arabian peninsula. Water was channeled from
snow-covered mountains across desert plains to be reticulated through gardens in the major trading cities.  The sights and sounds of fountains and water jets are amongst the most treasured, sensual experiences in an arid environment.  To my mind, a water feature is one of the most valuable assets of a summer garden.