Virtual Perth NRM Coastal Forum Friday 19 June

Just a reminder about Perth NRM’s on-line Coastal Forum this Friday, June 19th – all welcome. Please register at the link below.

NRM will be bringing you presentations from experts Andrew Outhwaite and Tayanah O’Donnell.  Our on-line format has enabled Perth NRM to engage to national coastal and marine experts, we hope that you can participate.

Join us as we dive into the social and environmental impact of community connections. We will explore the future of the WA coastline, the role of community awareness and action, and approaches to engaging youth in improving the intergenerational impacts around Climate Change.

This interactive workshop is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from national experts who are world leaders in their field.

Date: Friday 19 June

Time: 11am

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Date: Friday 19 June

Time: 11am

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Cost: FREE, limited places available – Register Here

Planting at Clancy’s dune on 14 June 2020

Congratulations to the team – 1021 plants in 2.5hrs

A huge turnout of members and volunteers this morning at City Beach resulted in planting 1021 plants in 2.5 hours.  It wasn’t easy work – cutting a hole in the matting to enable a hole to be dug with a trowel for the plants, placing a fertiliser tablet in the hole, knocking the plant out of the pot, planting it and firming down around the sides of the root ball, then placing a plant guard around it and securing it with bamboo canes.  Town of Cambridge finished off the job by sending Leo’s water-truck to water the plantings – many thanks to all of you for the hard work.  Hopefully the patrons of Clancy’s Fish Pub will be able to gaze upon a garden of native plants whilst quenching their thirst and enjoying the fish and chips in a year’s time.

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.