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.



‘Coastal Plants’ publication

Kingsley Dixon’s book, ‘Coastal Plants – A guide to the identification and restoration of plants in the Perth Region’ is available from at least two sources – one is the ‘Aspects’ shop at Kings Park– see the book list on its website – search for ‘Coastal Plants’ –available online for $39.95.  It is also available from the Wildflower Society of WA for the same price with members getting a 10% discount.

Kingsley donates royalties from the book to Cambridge Coastcare and we have extracts of the book on this website under the menu tag ‘Plants’ with the section ‘Coastal plants’ containing photos and searchable descriptions to assist in identification.  See also ‘Weeds’.

Annual General Meeting 6 November

Cambridge Coastcare held its annual general meeting on 6 November attended by a quorum of members.  We duly completed the business of the meeting involving the appointment of office bearers and committee members.  The committee for 2017-8 comprises:

Ivo Davies – Chairperson
Kingsley Dixon – Deputy Chairperson
Lionel Johnson – Treasurer
John Campbell – Secretary
Committee members- Meg Anklesaria, Keith Croker, Adam Cross, Peter Olden and Joanna Wagner

We also updated our Constitution and Rules, mainly to reflect changes required by legislation governing incorporated associations.    The next item on Coastcare’s agenda is the annual Christmas Party on 4 December – invitations have been emailed to all financial members.  If you have missed out, please let us know on

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

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 or alternatively email

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: