By the Community  -  For the Community

May 2019  Newsletter. Issue 140

the Landcare SJ Office 

SJ Food & Farm Festival 

On Sunday, the 5th of May, we woke up early for another exciting Serpentine Jarrahdale Food & Farm Festival! The day was great, with lots of people coming through the gates. Thank you to the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance committee for putting on a very well run event. 

Upcoming Events

Serpentine Environmental Group 

May Events

 Date                                                 Where                                                           Activity
7/5/19                                              Punrak rd                                                Rubish collection
14/5/19                                            Federation Park                                      Maintain planting site
21/5/19                                            Arnold rd                                                 Maintain planting site
28/5/19                                            Unknown                                                 Unknown 

Weed Identification Walk 

24th of May, 2019

SHARE in the Shed

16th of May, 2019

Jarrahdale Walks  

2019 Program

Joel Salatin and Christine Jones   

18th of May, 2019 

Fox Control Workshop

24th of May, 2019 

This workshop is aimed at all landholder sizes with information on trapping. the workshop will also showcase 1080 products and include information on accreditation and training requirements.

Eddie Juras is an experienced feral animal trapper and will be demonstrating the use of soft jaw traps. Eddie uses a system of three soft jaw traps in a triangular fashion with free feeding in the centre to great effect. This method represents a trapping option for those on smaller landholdings that may have tried cage traps previously.

An officer from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional development will be showcasing the different 1080 products landholders can use in their efforts to control feral foxes.

With funding through the pest rate, the PHBG can offer permit subsidies for landholders in our operational area.

Landholders traditionally exempt from 1080 permits can combine properties to reach the minimum land size for a permit as long as the combined properties met all requirements of the code of practice plus demonstrate how the increased risks are being managed and or planned for.

Please contact the Group on if you are planning to apply or renew your 1080 accreditation.

National Wildflower Conference in Albany, Western Australia

29th September - 4th October 2019 

Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers. Gardeners in Australia and many overseas strive to grow the beautiful kangaroo paws, boronias, hakeas and banksias endemic to Western Australia, especially to the South West of the State.

The South West boasts incredibly rich and diverse flora, most of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The region is home to more than 5,000 plant species and is an internationally recognised ‘biodiversity hotspot’. It is home to some of the rarest orchids & carnivorous plants, trees & mountain bells.

The South West has a ‘Mediterranean’ climate, with cool, wet winters and warm to hot and dry summers, and its flora has adapted to both drought and fire.

Species endemic to the region include the ancient Kingia (Kingia australis) and the glorious Royal Hakea (Hakea victoria). Huge Karri trees (Eucalyptus diversicolor) grow up 90 metres in the wettest areas, and the Albany Pitcher Plant (Cephalotus follicularis) hides away in dense vegetation on the banks of streams and swamps.

In 2019 the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) will hold its national conference in Albany, on the south west coast of Western Australia. Albany is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse locations, renowned for its pristine coastline, myriad beaches and national parks, as well as its rich history.

Albany is the traditional home of the Minang Noongar people. It is located 420 kilometres south east of Perth and has a population of around 38,000 people.

The Conference will be hosted by the Wildflower Society of Western Australia. Spring is the main flowering period for our wildflowers, and the Conference will make the most of the peak flowering time.

The Albany Wildflower Show, with over 500 wildflower specimens on display, will be held in the week leading up to the Conference so that delegates can visit on the Friday or Saturday before the Conference begins.

In addition to an exciting program of speakers, the Conference includes half day tours around Albany on Sunday 29th followed by a Welcome Cocktail Party. The first full day of the conference is a choice of three full day excursions to enjoy the beautiful mountains or coast around Albany. There is an opportunity to take another of these options on day 3 of the conference.

There are also pre and post conference tours to explore Western Australia’s’ wildflower regions:

1. Kwongan and Woodland Tour - Wildflowers of northern heaths and inland woodlands

2. Granites and Lowlands Tour - Forests of the Darling Scarp and central Wheatbelt woodlands

3. Heathlands and Barrens Tour - Hidden gems between Fitzgerald and Cape LeGrand National Park

4. Coasts and Forests Tour- South West coastal forests and views

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Western Australia’s wildflowers. Find out more at

Guess What I Am?


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

Do you know what species I am?
Have you been paying attention to the Landcare SJ Newsletter?

Be the first person to Email my scientific name 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 

The Great Cocky Count 

Review - 7th of April 

That’s another Great Cocky Count done and dusted! 

Kristy Gregory and Reece Jerrett from Landcare SJ and Johanne Garvey from the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council counted over 200 white-tailed black cockatoos at a roosting site in Keysbrook/Myara. 

We’re already excited to do it all over again next year!

Butterflies and Kangaroo Grass  

Over a quarter of Australia's butterflies use native grasses as their host-plants – and at least 13 species use 'Kangaroo Grass'.

Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) used to be one of the continent's most widespread native grasses. Today, few native grasslands remain and even these native grasses are hanging-on in remnant patches. Can you help bring them back? They make great additions to gardens, verges, habitat corridors, parklands, regeneration projects...

More about Kangaroo Grass here:

Fight the Bite!

With the most common breeding grounds for mozzies in residential backyards, the stalls will increase your awareness, knowledge and understanding of the health risks mosquitoes pose, and offer tips in protecting yourself and your family from mosquito-borne illness. Tips that residents can utilise
to help reduce mozzie numbers are: 

Empty stagnant water.
Keep swimming pools well chlorinated, filtered and free of dead leaves
Ensure gutters do not hold water.

For more information on how to beat the mosquitoes this year please have a look at Fight the Bite WA Health Campaign


(Photo by City of Upper Arlington)

Landcare SJ News 

The Black Cockatoo website

We're updating our Black Cockatoo website, it is now called The Black Cockatoo Project. This where we'll keep everyone updated on what's happening with our efforts to conserve Black Cockatoos. Not just in WA but across Australia. 

Please feel free to send us through any feedback and/or recommendations on where we can improve the website.


Mundijong Library turns to TerraCycle​

Partnering with TerraCycle, the Mundijong Library is collecting tricky to recycle items in a free nationwide program to help reduce waste.
These items are sent to TerraCycle to be turned into useful products, such as benches, picnic tables and playgrounds.
During Library open hours, community members are encouraged to drop off used:

  • Contact lenses and blister packs
  • Empty personal care and beauty packaging
  • Empty toothpaste tubes, used toothbrushes, plastic toothbrush packaging, interdental brushes, wisps, pumps and stand up toothpaste bottles (not for electric toothbrushes)
  • Whole Kids empty food pouch and snack wrappers
  • Mailing satchels
  • Tea and coffee capsules
  • Pens, pencils and markers
  • Mailroom supplies
  • Fluro tubes
  • Batteries
  • Used envelopes with stamps
  • Ring pulls from soft drink cans
  • reading glasses

Mundijong Library is sourcing a new option for recycling mobile devices. 

Learn more about TerraCycle by clicking here

40 more Cockatubes set to be installed!

Last month Rick Dawson collected another 40 Cockatubes! They are set to be installed throughout Kojonup and Tunney, Western Australia. 

Rick has been a long time supporter of Landcare SJ's Cockatube project.

Second Image - left to right: Francis Smit, Reece Jerrett, Rick Dawson

Green Card Training Day

Green card training is a DBCA recognised qualification for Biosecurity-Hygiene awareness around Phytophthora Dieback, to combat the wide-spread threat to biodiversity, ecosystem health, numerous industries, cultural and environmental values. The 13 attendees of the training day came from across the shire of Serpentine-Jarradale. 

Kickoff Time!

Our "Serpentine Jarrahdale 'Cockatube' monitoring and maintenance program" has started. We'll be monitoring over 100 Cockatubes throughout the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale. The aim of this project is to better understand the black cockatoo's relationship with the Cockabtube. In regards to where they're preferencing to nest, which of the three species are breeding the most in SJ and the breeding success of the birds using our hollows. As well as recording the longevity of the Cockatubes and seeing what type of maintenance is required after a certain period of time. 

This project is funded through the State NRM Program's 2018 Community Stewardship Grant Round.

10 Years of NRM success in Serpentine-Jarrahdale

This project was funded through the State NRM Program's 2015 Community Capability Grant round.
A conservation highlight for us throughout this 10 year period we have produced 771 'Cockatubes' and distributed them around Australia.

Hardcopies of the 10 year report are available from the Landcare SJ Centre.

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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(PO Box 41), Mundijong WA 6123


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