By the Community  -  For the Community

August 2021, Newsletter. Issue 160
We acknowledge the Noongar Nation as Traditional Custodians of this land and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the Gnaala Karla cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.

Landcare SJ News 

National Tree Day

Please join Landcare SJ, Byford and Districts Bendigo Bank and Birdlife WA at Mandejal Brook Reserve (Cnr Keirnan St and Tinspar Ave, Whitby) for National Tree Day 2021. We will be planting 2000 seedlings to provide foraging habitat for the three endemic WA Black Cockatoo species.
Planters can enjoy a free sausage sizzle by the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food & Farm Alliance and Black Cockatoo kite flying by the Carnaby's Cockatoo Action Group. 

Special thanks to our supporters - Byford and Districts Bendigo Bank, Birdlife WA, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and Maddington Toyota

When: Sunday, 1st of August 
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Where: Mandejal Brook Reserve (Cnr Keirnan St and Tinspar Ave, Whitby)

2021 Wooroloo Bushfire Footprint Habitat Augmentation

With acknowledgement to our generous supporters, Landcare SJ and Birdlife Australia have partnered to establish 18 COCKATUBE(R) nesting hollows in the 2021 Wooroloo W.A. bushfire footprint. Cockatube hollows were located across Gidgeganup on private landholdings adjacent to Walyunga National Park. The area suffered from bushfires in 2021 which burnt out 11,000 ha in total. Landholders were invited to participate, and properties were selected where breeding hollows had been lost in the fires.
Landholder Janet explained that Jarrah burned during the bushfire, but Wandoo, which hold a great deal of water, survived. However, the fire continued to burn underground, and the Wandoo steamed to exploding in the subsequent weeks. It left a landscape of chimney stack tree trunks. 
Landholder Ian had a massive ancient Wandoo hollowed habitat tree burn and fall after the fires.  He said his fortune may have turned with lucky Cockatube #888 installed on his property.

Landholder Ian had a massive ancient Wandoo hollowed habitat tree burn and fall after the fires.  He said his fortune may have turned with lucky Cockatube #888 installed on his property.

Landcare SJ and Birdlife Australia (WA) have been collaborating for over a decade in Cockatube nest hollow installations and community workshops, particularly in the Peel-Harvey Catchment. Adam Peck from Birdlife Australia coordinated landholders on this latest collaboration.  The project was funded through community and corporate interest in providing breeding habitat for the endangered, distinctive white tailed Carnaby's and Baudin's Black Cockatoos.

Kangaroo Survey

Landcare SJ and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have conducted the fifth Kangaroo survey across the Lowlands Bushland in Mardella. These surveys aim to quantify the Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus) population over a period of time and the relationship they have with the bushland and surrounding agricultural land. The total number of Kangaroos counted in the survey was 235. Which is a similar total of individuals counted in previous years, while the number of Kangaroos per hectare was a little lower in this winter count, equating to 0.96 Kangaroos/ha). 

Picture below: Surveying team

Planting with Byford Envirolink

Landcare SJ joined volunteers from the Byford Envirolink on Coulterhand Circle in the Byford on the Scarp Estate, to plant and guard 150 endemic seedlings on the rises along the Cardup Brook. this planting will create vital understory habitat for small vertebrate and invertebrate species such as Splendid Fairy-wrens (Malurus splendens) and Quendas (Isoodon obesulus). 


R U OK Day Planting and Morning Tea

Save the Date 

Landcare SJ is delighted to announce that two separate R U OK Day Planting and Morning Tea events will be coordinated this year.

  • Gooralong Brook, Jarrahdale - 9th of September 
  • George Brook, Pinjarra - 16th of September 
Further event details will be announced in the coming weeks across our social networks. 

Myara Brook Planting Day 

Change of date 
Please note that due the Myara Brook planting has had a change of date. 

The new date for the Myara Brook planting day is Friday the 13th of August at 9:00am. 

For further information, please contact us via

SJ Garden Competition

Calling all green thumbs – the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is searching for SJ’s best gardens!

Show off your blooming garden in the 2021 SJ Garden Competition.
This year there are six categories:

  • Native Garden
  • Waterwise Garden
  • Traditional Garden
  • Edible Garden
  • Rural Garden
  • Commercial Garden

Winners of each category will receive a $200 gardening voucher.  

For more information about the categories, competition terms and conditions and to enter, visit:

Entries close 5:00pm, Friday 3 September 2021.

Your Local Environment 

My Pest Guide

MyPestGuideTM brings communities together in order to create a collaborative network of people to report, map and learn about pests and other organisms. 

The MyPestGuideTM family of apps includes a Reporter app, three pest identification field guides, a decision tool and a community website, where you can view reports. 

If you wish to help a local grower, get involved in biosecurity, protect the environment and our economy, then please join up and be a part of the surveillance community. For further information about this program and to see how you can download the app, please click here

Nyoongar Calendar

Djilba - Season of conception

Djilba season is a time to look for the yellow and cream flowers starting en mass.

Djilba is a transitional time of the year, with some very cold and clear days combining with warmer, rainy and windy days mixing with the occasional sunny day or two.

This is the start of the massive flowering explosion that happens in the South West. This starts with the yellow flowering plants such as the Acacias. Also, colours that are around at this time of year are creams, combined with some vivid and striking blues.

Traditionally, the main food sources included many of the land-based grazing animals as in the season before. These included the Yongar (kangaroo), the Waitj (emu) and the Koomal (possum).

As the days start to warm up, we start to see and hear the first of the newborns with their proud parent out and about providing them food, guiding them through foraging tasks and protecting their family units from much bigger animals, including people.

The woodland birds will still be nest bound, hence the swooping protective behaviour of the Koolbardi (Magpie) starts to ramp up and if watched closely, so to do the Djidi Djidi (Willy Wag Tails) and the Chuck-a-luck (Wattle Birds) to name a couple of others.

As the season progresses and the temperatures continue to rise, we'll start to see the flower stalks of the Balgas (Grass Trees) emerging in preparation for the coming Kambarang season.

- South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council

Spcecies: Acacia lasiocarpa

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)

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)
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(08) 9526 0012     


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