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 – https://www.nrmandcoastalconference.org.au/registration/

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.

Planting on 30 June and Neville Passmore’s blog

Many thanks for the work put in by so many of you on Sundays 16 and 30 June.  We have achieved a lot – about 1000 plants have gone into the three restoration areas at track 16 on the Floreat dog-beach and each has been given the best of send-offs in terms of careful planting and excellent follow-up rainfall to get them going.  Keith Croker and the author spent a few hours in glorious summer weather on the beach yesterday putting a new supply of plant shields to good use in filling in the gaps left when we ran out of them on Sunday. 

I am hopeful that next winter we will have a robust revegetated dune system to combat the winter storms and can concentrate on getting some flora diversity back into the fore-dunes.  Hopefully, we get spared the north-westerly swells which did such damage to the front of the dunes last winter – we shall see how much of our fencing remains intact come spring but it has served its purpose to a large extent in building back the dunes in the track 16 area where they got washed away last year. 

Track 14 is the next focus of attention when we have a further planting day planned for 16 July provided the weather forecast stays good.  In the meantime, the photos below show the week-end’s activities and I commend to you the attached Neville Passmore blog – you can obtain these blogs regularly by subscribing at the Perth NRM website .

Planting Day Sunday 16 June 2019

We are looking for volunteers to attend our first planting day of the year on Sunday week, 16 June, at 9am at track 16 on the Floreat dog-beach – using the back-beach road running north from Floreat Surf Club, it is the last car-park on the left – see map below.  The weather forecast is for a sunny day. Sturdy shoes or boots are needed with hats, long sleeves and trousers recommended.  After the good rain this week-end, we should be able to give the plants we are putting in a good start to life.  Our fences at the dog-beach, built to try to trap blown sand and build back the face of the dunes from the erosion last year, have withstood the first winter storm this year.

Photo taken Monday 10 June am, looking south from track 16 Floreat dog-beach towards the Herdsman drain – waves have reached past the fences in some places but they remain intact for the time being.

A look at what other Coastcares are doing

On 3 May 2019, some committee members participated in a bus tour of work being undertaken in Joondalup, Stirling and Cottesloe as well as our own dog-beach project. Hannah Gulliver, our new Coastcare Co-ordinator job-sharing with Kate Sputore, has prepared a summary with photos of the day which gives a good idea of what other Coastcares in the north metro area are doing.

Busy-bee on Sunday 26 May

We are holding our first Busy-Bee of the winter next Sunday, May 26, at 9 am at Track 16 to tend our restoration areas on the Floreat Dog-Beach.  We will remove weeds particularly Sea Spurge, euphorbia paralias, which is an invasive weed.  We will locate holes in the matting where previous plantings have failed to prepare the way for replanting.  In a couple of places, we plan to do some fencing and matting and to make holes in the new matting ready for planting.  Planting will take place on subsequent Sundays when we have had a bit more rain than we have had to date, so please expect to get notification that we think it is time to plant the 2000 hardy species we have ready to go when the weather breaks. 

Track 16 is at the end of the slip-road heading north from Floreat Surf Lifesaving Club, approximately opposite the end of Bent Street in City Beach.  The weather for Sunday looks to be fine.  This Sunday’s work will be an important preliminary to the planting effort so I hope we get a good turn-out of volunteers – this is National Volunteers Week and your opportunity to contribute to the national effort!

Perth NRM annual conference 11 April

Join Perth NRM at our annual conference on April 11 for a great, positive day exploring how community-led actions support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It’s a full-day event at The Rise in Maylands, featuring speakers from industry, community groups and government organisations. Be inspired by current leaders in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, sustainable agriculture and water and waste management, and be encouraged to share your success stories. Conference programme. More info/bookings