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 – 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.