By the Community    For the Community 

November 2018 Newsletter. Issue 135


National Black Cockatoo Forum

Francis Smit, Landcare SJ's Executive officer has had the privilege of being invited to National Black Cockatoo Forum. Which will be held on the 8th of November in Melbourne. Francis will be discussing nest supplementation. 

Francis won't be the only West Australian attending this Forum. He will be joined by Ron Johnson (WA Museum), Adam Peck (Birdlife Australia), Rebecca Boyland (Birdlife Australia), Peter Mawson (Perth Zoo and WA Government), Erika Roper (University of Western Australia) and Christine Groom (University of Western Australia).

(Photograph - Rick Dawson)


Annual General Meeting 

Calling to all landholders in the Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire. You are all invited to the 2018 L.C.D.C Annual General Meeting. 

Thursday, 6 December 2018 

6:00 pm

12 Paterson Street, Mundijong, Western Australia (Landcare SJ Centre) 

Presenting of the
Measuring NRM success in 
Serpentine Jarrahdale Region

Completion of the Measuring NRM success in Serpentine Jarrahdale project

Coordinated by Chris Kennedy and Sarah Way, this project is nearing the end and we will soon have a report card to show what Landcare SJ has achieved over the last ten years right down to the number of trees planted and the number of Cockatubes produced.

Each project has been mapped on Landcare SJ's GIS Database to show where work has been completed, as well as, how far and wide Landcare SJ reaches.

Given that Landcare SJ has essentially had two staff over this period, these outputs could not have been achieved without the ongoing support from community groups, project partners and funders, volunteers and landholders.

Upon completion, we will be having a presentation to showcase the report card on Thursday, 6 December at 6:30 pm at the Landcare SJ Centre after the SJ L.C.D.C AGM.

Nature Discovery Day In SJ

Presented in partnership with Landcare SJ, this event is suitable for all ages.

Discover your wetlands and woodlands with naturalists and environmental scientists.

Explore the impact of litter and learn what you can do to take action
Turn your phone into a microscope to see tiny secrets of nature and draw your discoveries with artist and biodiversity educator Angela Rossen.
Learn to use binoculars and observe and identify birds

Healthy morning tea provided. Bring your hat and a water bottle.

This project is funded by the Waste Authority of Western Australia through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.

  Gooralong Brook
631 Jarrahdale Road, Jarrahdale, Western Australia 6124

Date and Time:
Sunday, December 2, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM AWST

If you're interested in attending the event, please follow the link below to the Facebook event.

Nature Discovery Days
'Switch Your Thinking' 


Mainland Quokkas Found in Jarrahdale 

Just absolutely AMAZING!!!

Mainland quokkas have been spotted in our very own Jarrahdale hills!

Please follow the link below to read more about these beautiful animals.…/

(Photographs – Richard Polden)

Invasive Wasp Silently Destroys
Perth Citrus Trees 

The Citrus Gall Wasp is an invasive species to Western Australia. It was first documented in WA, throughout the Northern Suburbs of Perth five years ago. Since then the wasp has been traveling further and further North. Putting our States 23 million dollar citrus industry at risk.  

Although the wasps are unable to fly well, they are prolific breeders and spread quite easily by wind, through the relocation of potted plants and even through gifted bags of fruit.   

Regular inspecting, pruning and the netting of your citrus trees are the best lines of defense against this pest. If you do have an 
uncared for citrus tree it is recommended that you have it removed. 

If you'd like to read more about the issue please click on the link below to go to the 'ABC News' website:

(Photographs - Chris Lewis)

Byford on the Scarp
Neighbourhood Grants  

Applications for Neighbourhood Grants by Cedar Woods are now open.

We know there are many worthy initiatives in the community that could really use a helping hand. That’s why we’re making up to $30,000 in grants available to not-for-profit organisations that are based in or provide services to the area close to Byford on the Scarp, Byford. 

What can grants be used for?
Grants can be used for a wide range of projects including new equipment, uniforms, revegetation, events, wildlife protection and 
environmental improvement, and many other initiatives.

If you'd like to learn more or complete an application, please follow the link below.


An Interview With ABC Great Southern  


The South Coast Progress Hall became a workshop space over the weekend, as volunteers set to work to make 'Cockatubes.'

"The Cockatube is an artificial nest box for black cockatoos." Francis Smit from Landcare SJ said.

"There are
three species of West Australian Black cockatoo and their nesting habitat is one of the factors that is causing their decline."

"We're trying to mimic those natural hollows through the use of tubes."

The Cockatubes come at a time of dwindling numbers for the black cockatoos, according to Pip Tolbrook from the Torbay Catchment Group.

"The recent statistics are that with the Great cocky count, they're seeing a 15% decline every year in the number of cockatoos sighted, so that's a major decline we're seeing annually."

Francis Smit says the decline could be quite serious.

"One of the predictions form that 15% annual decline is that the Carnaby's cockatoo could be extinct by 2030 if we don't address some of the issues now. That's only 12 years away."

16 of the Cockatubes were made at the workshop and will be installed around the Great Southern in the coming weeks."

Please follow the link below to the original ABC Great Southern post:

If you're interested in learning more about Cockatubes please follow the link below:

(Photograph - Rick Dawson)

We're in the SJ Crier!

"Last month, Landcare SJ promoted an RU OK Day planting event held at the Jarrahdale Heritage Park. This RU OK? planting day was strongly supported by the Landcare SJ Board, and will now be supported as an annual event. The day also encouraged lots of talking and connecting with community members and friends, new and old. Nothing like getting together, getting your hands dirty with productive purpose and sharing a cuppa and tucker as the conversations flowed. A great day. “Landcare is not just about caring for the land and the natural environment, it’s also about promoting the general health and wellbeing of the broader community”, said Francis Smit, Landcare SJ Executive Officer. The Landcare SJ motto is “By the Community, For the Community”. The event is also supported by Jarrahdale Heritage Society, the SJ CRC, SJ Wellness and Byford Rotary. With 25 attendees from across community and businesses in SJ and Peel. RU OK? Planting Day – Jarrahdale Heritage Park 1500 sedges were planted to further consolidate the creek banks and surrounds that will offer habitat opportunity and water protections as the climate changes and the Park is developed. R U OK? Day is about asking the question, listening without judgement, encouraging action and following up. Please consider. Every day is R U OK? Day."

- SJ Crier

The Quirky Cockatoo

A new sculpture has been installed in Byford. This piece of artwork has been commissioned by the Byford Progress Association to recognise Landcare SJ’s contribution to saving this iconic charismatic threatened species by the development of our artificial nest boxes, the Cockatube ®. The sculpture is still yet to be painted.  We can't wait for it to look even more striking. 

What the plaque will say


This sculpture was funded by the Byford Progress Association in 2018. It depicts a WA forest black cockatoo. There are three species under threat because of the loss of their habitat –giant tree hollows for nesting. Over several years Landcare SJ staff and volunteers have developed an artificial nest box, a Cockatube, which experts have acknowledged as possibly their only hope for survival. Hundreds of Cockatubes have been built and installed with a huge take up by the birds and many successful offspring raised in the nests. Landcare SJ can be proud of the enormous contribution made to the survival of these magnificent birds.

The sculpture was created by renowned international artist Len Zuks.


Colleen Rankin

Frank Rankin

Stephen White"

Below: Sculptor, Lens Zuks with his latest addition to Byford's amazing sculptures

Landcare SJ is on Instagram!

We have arrived on another social media platform! Instagram is a fantastic place to share good quality photos of our beautiful environment. 

If you'd like to feature on the Landcare SJ Instagram page, please send your photos through Reece at

If you would like to have a look at our Instagram page, please click on the link below and don't forget to click the 'Follow' button.


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! 
(Photograph - 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     

Francis Smit -
Executive Officer

Kristy Gregory -
Natural Resource
Management Officer
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