By the Community  -  For the Community

January 2020 Newsletter. Issue 147

the Landcare SJ Office 

Welcome to 2020!

2019 was a busy year for us here at Landcare SJ. We kick-started both the Water Hyacinth Control project and the Serpentine Jarrahdale 'Cockatube' Monitoring and Maintenance Program. We hand planted more than 20,000 native seedlings and assisted the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale to allocate more than 7000 seedlings to the SJ residents through the 2019 Free Verge Plants program which stretched along 12.8km of verge space! We constructed and sold more than 150 Cockatubes. With 10 of those going to Weipa in far north Queensland to help with conservation efforts in regards to protecting the Palm Cockatoo breeding habitat. We conducted three kangaroo population surveys in conjunction with DBCA in the Lowlands Bushland, Mardella. We also coordinated our second annual 'R U OK Day' planting event, with 50 people attending from the Peel region and afar. As well as having a huge success with National Tree Day at the Peel Metropolitan Horse & Pony Club grounds in Oldbury. 

Of course, this is just a snapshot of 2019. As we couldn't possibly fit it all into one paragraph. We look forward to doing it all over again throughout 2020 with the support of our amazing community and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. 

Upcoming Events

Roost & Rookery

Shire of Murray 

Roost & Rookery

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

This event is currently oversubscribed. However, there are limited reserved tickets available for Landcare SJ members and Cockatube owners. If you'd like to attend, please contact the Landcare SJ Office via 9526 0012 or

Landcare SJ News 

What a shot!

This amazing snap was captured by one of our incredibly dedicated volunteers, Alan Elliott in a beautiful patch of 

Truly magnificent birds.

Cockatube Monitoring

For the last few months, we at Landcare SJ have been busy monitoring and maintaining artificial cockatoo nesting hollows (Cockatubes) across Serpentine Jarrahdale, as part of the Serpentine Jarrahdale 'Cockatube' Monitoring and Maintenance Program which is funded through State Natural Resource Management small grants round. Once this project has concluded in the coming months, the data will be shared with Birdlife Australia, WA Museum and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions 

One of the highlights from the last few weeks of being in the field was seeing a stunning Marri (Corymbia calophylla) which is an estimated 700 years old! And of course, also seeing all of the views from the top of the Darling Ranges. 

Motion Sensor Cameras 

Trail cameras have been installed in the southern portion of Serpentine Jarrahdale to monitor the movement of feral animals throughout the landscape. The data that we have collected is invaluable as visual evidence for landholders to see where ferals such as the Red Fox, are on their properties. The intention now is to carry out control activities to reduce feral animal populations that impact on biodiversity and agricultural assets. 

This project is coordinated by Landcare SJ and supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, through funding from the Alcoa Foundation. Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group has also been involved and will provide ongoing support to the property owners through the group’s permit subsidies program.

Guess What I Am?


For your chance to win an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20 

Do you know what native species I am?

Be the first person to Email my scientific and common name to Reece Jerrett at Landcare SJ and you'll receive an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20!


(Individuals can only win the monthly competition every 3 months)

Congratulations to Gary from Serpentine on winning last month's competition. The correct guess was
flooded Gum (Eucalyptus rudis

Enjoy your new plants!

(Last month's picture to the left)

Your Local Environment 

They Need Your Help

Western Ground Parrots (WGP) were once widespread from Cape Arid to the north of Perth, but the south coast national park is the last known refuge for no more than 150 birds remaining in the wild. However, unfortunately severe fires have been ravaging the last known WGP refuge since 2015. In 2015, fire tore through up to 90% of Cape Arid. Only to have 6000 more hectares burnt in early 2019, with another two fires at the end of 2019, grave fears are currently being held about the small WPG population throughout the National Park. 

Friends of the Western Ground Parrot are currently trying to raise fund to purchase 10 automated recording units which help indicate how this species is surviving after these recent fires. If you would like to help by donating, please click here

Expressions of Interest 

The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group are currently seeking expressions of interest on what events and programs the Peel - Harvey community would like to see throughout 2020. If you'd like to fill in the PHBG EOI please click here

Upcoming  Community

Please click on the posters for more information.

Help The Cause


  and help save these charismatic birds.

It takes over 100 years for a natural hollow to form that our endangered Black Cockatoos will breed in, but only a few minutes to donate towards the construction of Landcare SJ's 'Cockatubes'. 

Any contribution is greatly appreciated! 

Please Donate Today

(Photo by Rick Dawson)
                               Contact us:

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

Cnr Cockram St and Paterson St
(PO Box 41), Mundijong WA 6123


(08) 9526 0012     


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