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Wild(er) storm on Sunday night 24 May

We took the following photos this afternoon at Floreat Beach, which has been badly eroded and in our restoration areas on the dog-beach north of the Floreat Drain. Fence poles from those areas about 1km north of the Floreat Beach playground are being washed up at the Floreat Groyne. The ramp down to the beach from Floreat SLSC has been undercut and the fencing washed away. Our 2016 restoration area north of the Floreat Drain (CMP 16) has been badly eroded with probably about 2m of dune lost to the ocean together with most of our fencing, but the damage seems limited to the washed away frontage – the planted area seems OK without significant wind damage to plants.
We put a lot of effort in 2019 into mounding and brushing after installing windbreak fencing around the area at the top end of the slip road, dog-beach track 16 (now CMP 12). The planted areas are inaccessible at present but would seem undamaged from what we can see. However, the mounds and brushes and the ends of the windbreak fencing have been removed, together with other lateral fencing north and south of the area with washed away windbreaks.
Sad to see our hard work washed away by an unusual type of storm event but we are making evident progress in revegetating the dunes in the areas shown.

Planting at Clancy’s on Sunday 14 June

Join us at 10 am on Sunday 14 June for our 1st planting in 2020 beach-side of Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach – with safety and social distance guidelines in place (training given on site).  Important to wear closed shoes, long sleeves, long pants. Disposable gloves will be provided. All welcome

Interactive online workshop on coastal birdwatching

Hear from WA Citizen Science Project Coordinator, Tegan Douglas of BirdLife Australia as she talks to us about bird surveys and why they are so important in advocating for the protection of sites and bird species across Australia. Tegan will explain how coastal communities can harness their passion for wildlife and help collect valuable data on birds utilising the Birdata app.  

This interactive workshop is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn how to best utilise the Birdata app in your coastal community.

Date: Thursday 4 June

Time: 1pm

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Online Zoom Meeting (please let us know if you need any help)

Cost: FREE, limited places available

Register: by Wednesday 3 June

Wild storm on Tuesday night 5-6 May causes beach erosion at Floreat

The wild storm overnight on 5-6 May 2020 brought very strong winds and a westerly swell with significant seas. Swanbourne weather station recorded gusts over 90 kmh. The 60m stretch of beach last week-end is now under water and our mounds along the front of the dunes are gone. However, our fences were intact and the photos show what’s left and how the ocean waves have washed past the fences and removed some of the sand built up over summer. It is tempting fate to hope this was the worst of the winter’s weather with another 5 or 6 months of wintry weather to come. We can only hope!  However, we have achieved very good plant survival since the 2019 plantings and all that is needed for 2020 is to improve species diversification if we can obtain appropriate plants and provided the ocean co-operates!

Coastal Plants – second edition now out

Our founding member, Prof Kingsley Dixon, has published a second edition of his book Coastal Plants – see attached PDF promotional flyer/order form for Coastal Plants, Second Edition. The greater Perth coast is a biodiverse and ecologically vulnerable region, with its unique native plant species threatened by clearing, invasive species, fire and climate change. This second edition of Coastal Plants has been updated and expanded to provide a definitive
guide to 128 of the most common plants of the Perth coastal region. It includes the key species used in coastal restoration, along with important weeds. The description of each species is accompanied by a distribution map and diagnostic photographs of the whole plant, flowers, seeds and fruits. The book also contains introductory chapters on the biology and ecology of the coastal plants, their biogeography, and practical approaches to the restoration of coastal dune vegetation.Image may contain: ocean, flower, sky, outdoor and nature, possible text that says 'SECOND EDITION Coastal Plants A Guide to the Identification and Restoration of Plants of the Greater Perth Coast KINGSLEY DIXON'
Coastal Plants is distinctive in its focus on restoration, which makes it valuable for community groups and individuals interested or involved in coastal natural history or
restoration activities.

Members meeting 24 March – to change constitution

Attached is formal  Notice for the Extraordinary General Meeting proposed for 7pm on Monday February 24th at Floreat Surf Club. The Committee recommends a proposed change to the Constitution, which is now to be put to the CCC membership.

The proposed changes are seen as necessary to accommodate CCC members who wish to join the committee in excess of the current maximum of 8 and to simplify the existing requirement for re-election which is confusing and usually results in an arbitrary division of those elected at the previous AGM as to who is to stand down and who remains for a further term of one year. A special resolution requires the approval of 75% of those members present and voting so please come along to have the change explained and to consider you vote. 

So, come along, meet your committee, and also hear a brief run-down of this years’ planned activities from our new President, Meg Anklesaria.  Coffee, tea or a glass of wine will be available.


Congratulations to Ivo Davies, OAM

Ivo was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours list, 26 Jan 2020.  Many congratulations Ivo – the citation for his award for community service reads as follows:


  • Family Violence Case Worker, Western Australian Central Law Courts, Department of Justice, Government of Western Australia, since 2009.
  • Volunteer, Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia, 2001-2002.
  • Former Member, Wyalkatchem Landcare District Committee.

Cambridge Coastcare

  • President, 2000-2004, 2008-2010, 2014-2019.
  • Deputy President, circa 2010-2012.
  • Foundation Member, since 1998.

Shire of Wyalkatchem

  • President, 1993-1996.
  • Deputy President, 1985-1993.
  • Shire Councillor, 1984-1996.
  • Chairman, General Purpose Committee, 1986-1991.

Wheatbelt Development Commission

  • Board Member, 1993-1996.

Wheatbelt Area Consultative Committee

  • Board Member, 1993-1996.
  • Deputy Chairman, 1994-1996.

Liberal Party

  • Former President, Wyalkatchem Branch, 11 years.
  • Former Senior Vice-President, O’Connor Division, 3 years.
  • Former Member, State Council, 6 years.

Wyalkatchem Trotting Club

  • Member, 1970-1996.
  • Deputy President, 1977-1994.

Wyalkatchem Golf Club

  • Member, 1974-1996.
  • Former Vice-President.

Country Shire Councils Association- Great Eastern Ward

  • President, 1995-1996.
  • Deputy President, 1993-1995.

State Agricultural Schools Advisory Committee

  • Wyalkatchem Member, 1983-1993.
  • Merredin Member, 1989-1992.
  • Northam Member, 1990-1992.
  • Foundation Member, 1982-1992.

Wyalkatchem Tennis Club

  • Member, 1975-1988.
  • Captain, 2 years.

Wyalkatchem Basketball Club

  • Committee Member, 1970-1979.
  • President, 1970-1972.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Volunteer of the Year, Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia, 2001.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Mission Australia, 2000.
  • National Medal, 1995.
  • Volunteer of the Year, Town Cambridge, 2014.

Thanks for the brushing

Many thanks to all of you who helped on Sunday with brushing at Floreat dog-beach.  As you can see from the photo, it has survived the storm overnight 30/31 Oct and hopefully has started doing its job of trapping blown sand. 

A reminder that it is our AGM on Monday night – 7pm at the training room at Floreat Surf Life Saving Club – all welcome.

Working bee Sunday 15 September 2019

We are holding another working bee at 9am on Sunday 15 September at track 16 off the back-beach road along Floreat dog-beach.  It is the car-park at the north end of the road, which starts at Floreat Surf Club, and it is approximately opposite Bent Street in City Beach. Tasks for the morning comprise weeding at the site we planted last year – please bring a garden fork if you have one at home – and putting shields around plants in the restoration areas where these have been blown off by winter storms.

Perth NRM and Coastal Conference – ‘Our Coast, Our Land’

The WA Perth NRM and Coastal Conference ‘Our Coast, Our Land’, is being held at Edith Cowan University from 1 to 4 October 2019.  The conference programme is attached and booking are made at the following website –

Day 1 comprises field trips, and a conference opening in the evening. Days 2 to 4 include plenary sessions and workshops on a wide range of topics, many relevant to Coastcare’s work.  Cost range from $550 for early bird 4-day registration to $375 for one day’s attendance with special rates for students.  The WA NRM and Coastal Conference organisers have announced that Lotteries West funding is available for community volunteer organisations to attend this event/ session and the Conference.  You will need to register to attend the conference to find the link to the application form for a subsidy. We understand that the subsidy is capped in total so that full refund of costs is only available if the number of applicants falls within the cap, but that the cap has not been exceeded in the past.