By the Community  -  For the Community

August 2020 Newsletter. Issue 150

the Landcare SJ Office 

More than 80,000 Seedlings Planted!

Since Monday the 20th of July to the 5th of August, we have been busy planting more than 80,000 seedlings in Keysbrook through the creation of vegetation belts in cropping paddocks, as well as revegetating areas surrounding remnant bushland. This year's planting has continued on from the work that Landcare SJ carried out in June 2019, where we planted 50,000 seedlings. This reveg work is complimented by 30 Cockatubes that have been installed at the site over the past 5 years. 

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2020 National Tree Day

Coffey Road Reserve

National Tree Day 2020 was celebrated in the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire with the community helping to plant 2000 seedlings at Coffey Road Reserve in Serpentine. The annual event was hosted by Landcare SJ with volunteers encouraged to come along and get their hands dirty planting trees. The tree planting was followed by a lovely morning tea prepared by the SJ Food and Farm Alliance. It was a fantastic morning enjoyed by many community members helping to support their local environment.

Coffey Road Reserve was originally an open paddock with little native vegetation making it susceptible to wind erosion and land degradation. Over eight years the site has been transformed with increasing levels of biodiversity including birds, bandicoots and bobtails according to one local resident. Another resident indicated a change in usage of the reserve with more people riding horses and walking dogs and less riding motorbikes within the reserve. The tree species planted were not only native to the area but varieties such as Corymbia calophylla (Marri), Eucalyptus wandoo (White Gum) Banksia menziesii and Hakea prostrata are of significant value to the habitat and food source of the endangered and vulnerable WA endemic Black Cockatoo species.

A big thank you to everyone who attended on the day, community volunteers, our supporters and sponsors Bendigo Byford and Districts Community Bank, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Maddington Toyota and Planet Ark.

2020 School's National Tree Day

Federation Park 

On the 31st of July, 60 teachers, students and family members, as well as Greening Australia braved the morning winter weather to support the 2020 School's National Tree Day at Federation Park in Serpentine. Together, in an effort to rehabilitate the compacted degraded site, we planted 650 seedlings along the serpentine river.

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)

Your Local Environment 

Nyoongar Calendar
- Djilba -

Season of Conception 

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

Species below: Acacia extensa 

Something's Different! 

The cockies have well and truly returned to Serpentine Jarrahdale! Feasting on the fruit from the eucalypts. 
With the cockatoo's return, we have been receiving more and more questions about them from the community. Here are some of the common questions that we receive from the community.

Q) I see cockatoos on my property foraging, are they nesting? 
Q) I have a large flock of cockatoos roosting in my trees seasonally, would they be breeding here too? 

Answer: The three species of black cockatoos of the southwest often forage, breed and roost I different locations throughout their range. It is unlikely that they are breeding on your property if they are displaying behaviour mentioned above. 

Q) I see a few cockatoos each year around my property, but they don't stay for long. How can I make my property more intriguing and attractive to the cockatoos? 
Answer: Making your property or garden appealing to black cockatoos (as well as to other native fauna) is relatively easy. One main thing to consider is your plant selection. Always try and select native flora species. Ideally, species local to your area. To see what species you should choose for black cockatoos click here. If you'd like to see species native to the Southwest of WA, more specifically Serpentine Jarrahdale, please click here.  

If you have any questions that we've missed, please contact us by clicking here
Photo by Colleen Rankin 

SJ Garden Competition

By the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

The Shire of Serpentine has announced they will be coordinating a 2020 Garden Competition for residents of SJ. 

Residents can enter their gardens in any of the categories below - 

  • Native Garden:  A native garden includes mostly native plants, with an emphasis on local native plants, has a more natural, bushland feel, and requires little water.  Additional features that may be included in a native garden are organic mulch, minimisation of lawn, and a water-wise irrigation system if required.
  • Waterwise Garden: A waterwise garden has plants that require little water, which are mostly not native, may have a natural or formal design, and requires little water. Additional features that may be included in a waterwise garden are mulch, minimisation of lawn, and a water-wise irrigation system if required.
  • Traditional Garden: A traditional garden includes mostly typical “garden” plants, which may be chosen for foliage, structure or flowers, and may have a natural or formal design.
  • Rural Garden: While gardens in any area may be entered in the above three categories, they are more suitable for urban gardens.  A rural garden may have a completely different design and feel to an urban garden, and this category recognises this distinction.  A rural garden has a longer frontage and is on a property greater than 2000 square metres (half an acre), with a more rural and often less formal design.

If you'd like to read more information and enter the competition, please click here.

Young Re-inventor of the Year 

Future of Food 

The 2020 Young Re-inventor of the Year theme is Future Food!  The food we eat has many environmental impacts, from the greenhouse gas emissions associated with farming and shipping, to plastic packaging and wasting uneaten food. How we grow, eat and dispose of food waste will need to be very different in the future if we are going to look after our environment and conserve this precious resource.

COVID-19 challenges us to rethink our relationship with food, when we self-isolate we can’t run down the supermarket and there is less food on the shelves. How can we stretch our precious food further? What new skills can we learn which allow us to grow, cook and recycle food in a sustainable (and delicious) way? How can we use our new skills to look after our planet once things go back to normal? Exploring these questions is what this year’s Young Re-inventor of the Year is all about.

To learn more about this program, please click here!

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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