By the Community  -  For the Community

September 2021, Newsletter. Issue 161
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 

Landcare SJ Inc
Annual General Meeting 

OCTOBER 6, 2021 from 6.30pm
2 Paterson Street, MUNDIJONG
6:30 p.m. –  dinner and refreshments
7:30 p.m. – Annual General Meeting
RSVP by October 1 for catering purposes to or 9526 0012.

End of an Era

After 17 years with Landcare SJ, Kristy Gregory is moving on to implement the Hotham Williams River Action Plan with the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council.  Over the years, Kristy has worked closely with S-J and North Murray communities to coordinate the activities of local environmental community groups, including the SJ Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC).  Kristy has been instrumental in the development and implementation of local Landcare initiatives for nearly two decades. While her expertise and knowledge will be missed, the Board and staff of Landcare SJ wish her all the very best.

Pictures below: Kristy Gregory from her time at Landcare SJ 

R U OK? Day
Planting and Morning Tea

Its time to stop and ask our friends, family, colleagues… “R U OK?”  Just starting the conversation goes a long way in offering mental health support.  And its Ok not to be Ok.  R U OK? Day, September 9, is a reminder to start the conversation, or to check in with someone that you have already started the conversation with.
Landcare SJ are hosting two community and corporate tree planting days and morning teas in Jarrahdale and Pinjarra for an opportunity to get the conversation going.  Francis Smit, Executive Officer of Landcare SJ said, “The R U OK? planting day and morning tea is a great opportunity for community to get together and support one another. The event has been popular with businesses looking to address mental health in the workplace.”
Jarrahdale R U OK? planting day and morning tea:
September 9, 2021 – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Heritage Park Jarrahdale (parking at Bruno Gianatti Hall)
Bring: Sturdy shoes/boots/gloves/water
The site is part of a longer-term project in partnership with the Jarrahdale Heritage Society, through funding from the WA State Government NRM Office, to clear an area between the Mill Manager’s house and Jarrahdale Mill of invasive tree and woody weed species, and to revegetate with endemic native species.
Jarrahdale event partners: Shire of Serpentine JarrahdaleState Natural Resource Management ProgramByford and Districts Rotary Club, Thomas ContractingPeel-Harvey Catchment CouncilThe National Trust of Western Australia, Jarrahdale Community Collective,  Jarrahdale Community Collective and Plantrite - Wholesale Native Nursery

Pinjarra R U OK? planting day and morning tea:
September 16, 2021 – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
George Brook Reserve (access from Eaglehawk Drive)
Bring: Sturdy shoes/boots/gloves/water
George Brook is a picturesque site, along the Murray River where the Shire of Murray and community have spent a number of years on river bank restoration and riparian zone planting.  Georges Brook runs into the Murray River at this site.
Pinjarra event partners: Shire of Murray, Peel-Harvey Catchment CouncilPlantrite - Wholesale Native Nursery and Doral.
For more information, contact Landcare SJ on

2021 National Tree Day

Through the rain, hail and shine (yes, actual hail) the incredible volunteers from across the community persevered and managed to plant more than 2,000 endemic seedlings in the Mandejal Brook Reserve, Whitby, as part of our 2021 National Tree Day. All the species planted were selected on qualities to bolster Black Cockatoo foraging within the area. This year, Landcare SJ moved away from plastic-based tree guards, in a conscious effort to reduce non-biodegradable waste from entering the environment in the form of microplastics. The more than 2,000 tree guards used at the 2021 National Tree Day were made out of cardboard, meaning they were completely biodegradable. 

The Serpentine Jarrahdale Food & Farm Alliance helped wrap up the day by ensuring all volunteers were met with a free piping hot sausage sizzle for lunch. A fanatic way to end a chilly day. 

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather for this very worthy cause. 

This event was supported by Landcare SJ, Bendigo Community Bank Byford & Districts and BirdLife Western Australia.

Pictures below: National Tree Day set up, Francis Smit and Vicki Stokes, planting, SJFFA sausage sizzle. 

Soldiers Road, Byford

Protecting a Flora Road
Soldiers Road, Byford has been getting a recent boost to its species richness through the helping hand of dedicated community volunteers from the Byford EnviroLink. For the past 15 months, Byford Envirolink members have been working hard on protecting and enhancing one of three Flora Roads in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Soldiers Road, which stretches from Mundijong to Byford. tasks carried out by the group include manual hand removal of weed infections such as Watsonia and African Love Grass, and revegetating areas with endemic flora species. 

Recently, the Byford Progress Association received a $5,000 grant from the State Government for the Byford EnviroLink to continue to revegetate and restore areas of roadside along soldiers road. 

“The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale would like to be listed as a Wildflower Destination by Tourism WA, because many of our road reserves, right throughout the Shire are truly some of the best in the State.  One requirement is for a community group to be enhancing a wildflower road reserve and we took up the challenge,” Byford Progress Association President, Colleen Rankin said.  “The State Government grant was crucial to achieve our goal and it was great to have our local Member of Parliament, Hugh Jones, not only backing our grant application, but coming along to help with the planting.”
This grant will be used over the 2021/22 period, with 400 seedlings already being purchased and planted by these funds. The Byford EnviroLink have also received 500 seedlings from the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, which they aim to plant over the coming weeks.

If you'd like to find out more about upcoming Byford EnviroLink planting days, please click here

Pictures below: Byford EnvioLink volunteers

Schools National Tree Day

Landcare SJ is proud to host an annual Schools National Tree Day event in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. Byford Childcare Centre students got their hands grubby along the Serpentine River in Federation Park. Helping Landcare SJ and the Serpentine Environment Group plant 600 Lepidosperma persecans (Sword Sedge).

Heavy grazing from kangaroos has been a continued issue at this site. Following the success of seedlings protected from grazing by previously installed kangaroo exclusion pens, it was agreed that existing exclusion pens would be extended to cover larger areas within the reserve. These pens have proven to be a suitable alternative at protecting seedlings for several seasons, whilst requiring minimum maintenance, compared to conventional methods of protecting seedlings i.e tree guards. Which only offer protection from kangaroo grazing when the seedlings are below the height of the guard's rim. Exclusion pens offer continued protection to seedlings, allowing the plant community to mature to a size and density at which they can withstand grazing pressure. 

Pictures below: Young planter, new seedlings planted, Landcare SJ staff inside exclusion pen.  


Wildflower Society - Armadale Branch 

60th Year Anniversary Celebrations

At a public meeting held in the Armadale Hall on 28th of March 1961, Mr E Watts moved and Mr C Rodgers seconded a motion that a Wildflower Society be formed and be named “The Armadale-Kelmscott Wildflower Society”.
Sixty years later, in the same hall, the Armadale-Kelmscott Wildflower Society (now known as the Wildflower Society of WA – Armadale Branch) is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
From Friday 10th to Sunday 12th of September, the Society will be celebrating with an exhibition of wildflowers, botanical art and photography, entertainment, talks and guided wildflower walks to local reserves. Kids activities, face painters and fairies will entertain the kids on Sunday.
In the new Kim Fletcher Gallery, local artists and photographers will be displaying their skills with a brush and lens, alongside a display of named Western Australian wildflowers.  In the Lesser Hall, the Bedfordale CWA will be providing refreshments while in the main hall Ian Simpson, a local who has been a multiple winner in the Australian National Banjo Championships, will entertain visitors.
On Saturday evening, The Giovanni Consort, Western Australia’s professional chamber choir, will take the audience through a musical journey through flowers and nature. Their sublime voices will bring to life enchanting and stirring music from throughout history, as well as premiere an exciting new composition on the theme of Western Australian wildflowers.
Over the weekend there will be talks by Vivienne Hanson on bush medicine, Steve McCabe on bush tucker. Guided bus trips from the hall to local reserves will be led by Kim Fletcher, our branch member and long-time resident of Armadale.


  • Armadale District Hall  (90 Jull Street, Armadale)
  • September Friday 10th        1pm - 4pm
  • September Saturday 11th    10am - 5pm
  • September Sunday 12th      10am .- 5pm
For information about this event, please click here.

Jarrahdale Walks 


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 

 Native Vegetation Policy

Open for Public Consultation 
Western Australia’s first Native Vegetation Policy is now open for public consultation. 

WA is renowned for our biodiversity – with the Southwest botanical province home to more than 8,000 plant species, nearly half of which are found nowhere else in the world. Which has attributed to the Southwest of WA being listed as an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot. This draft policy aims at improving the current methods of protection for our native vegetation. 

To read the draft policy, please click here
To complete the survey, please click here
For further information and an overview of this draft policy, please click here.

Pretty and Weedy

Djilba is well and truly here, and with it so is the wildflower season across the Southwest of WA. A range of species have begun to bloom in full force already. Most notably, the wattles (Acacias). A canopy with an abundance of yellow flowers has often been noted as an indicative sign of the arrival of Djilba, the Noongar season of conception. However, many of the full blooms of yellow we now see on throughout the Southwest are from Eastern State Acacia species. Many of which were brought to WA as ornamental plant specimens, early revegetation species and windbreak species. Due to their ability to reproduce with ease and adaptability, these introduced species have spread into bushlands, wetlands, road reserves and parklands. ultimately out-competing the endemic species. 

Common introduced species of Acacias that are often seen around the Southwest include:
Acacia longifolia (Sydney Golden Wattle)
Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)
Acacia itephylla (Flinders Range Wattle)
Acacia podalyrifolia (Queensland Silver Wattle)
Acacia decurrens (Black Wattle)

These introduced Acacias capitalise on disturbance within the environment. Disturbance events such as intense fire, logging or land clearing can provide prime areas of bare soil, with little competition from endemic species. Due to their fast-growing nature, they are able to quickly outcompete local species. This can result in thriving monocultures of introduced Acacias. 

If introduced Acacias are an issue on your property, they can be easily controlled by hand pulling juvenile plants and/or by cutting the plant down at ground level. Some Acacia species do require further treatments to control an infestation. For further information on how to control these Acacias and other woody weed species, please click here.

Pictures below: Acacia podalyrifolia, Acacia itephylla, Acacia longifolia, Acacia baileyana

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

Species: Acacia extensa

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?
Clue: I'm a native grass.

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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