By the Community  -  For the Community

November 2020 Newsletter. Issue 153

this Month's Newsletter

  • A Giant in Horticulture  
  • Serpentine Jarrahdale Significant Tree Register
  • Upcoming Events
  • Flora Assessments 
  • 100+ Cockatubes for Bushfire Recovery
  • Mundijong Pharmacy Supporting Community Heroes
  • Landcare Drop-in Sessions 
  • SJ Garden Competition 
  • Friend or Foe? - Answer  
  • Nyoongar Calendar 
  •  Guess What I Am?

Trees of Serpentine Jarrahdale 

A GIANT in Horticulture 

Local Jarrahdale resident, Clive Glands is a giant of Horticulture in the district, having spent many years as head gardener at Whitby hospital.  Pictured below standing in front of one of many 35m plus Karri trees on his property – possibly the furthest north a Karri tree has been noted growing to such a height – and still young in terms of the trees expected lifespan and height to tower above the canopy. 

Clive has been planting a very special arboretum on his property over the last 45 years, which include:
Melaleuca quinquinerva and rhaphiophylla                                 Bay tree
Macadamia                                                                                         Eucalyptus rudis                Willow                                                                                                  Eucalyptus grandis
Red tingle                                                                                            Araucarias (multiple spp)
Kurrajongs (multiple spp)                                                             Moreton bay fig
Tuart                                                                         Pittosporum undulatum and mock orange
Stringybark                                                                                     Edible fig
Karri                                                                                                llawarra flame tree
American and European plane trees                                       Swedish plane tree
Horse chestnut                                                                                 Cork oak
Claret ash                                                                                        Asian bell tree
Manchurian pear                                                                             Red cedar
Indian coral tree                                                                               Carob
Grevillea robusta                                                                             European elm
Red flowering gum                                              Wattles inc Cootamundra and podalyriifolia
Sydney bluegum                                                                              Blackbutt
South American pepper tree, male and female                      Pines – several spp
Canadian sugar maple                                                                    Mulberry
Red maple                                                                                          British ash
Queensland firewheel tree                                                         Fiddle-leaved fig
Clive loves nature, and planting unusual trees on his property.  According to Clive many of the species planted are to provide a “food chain for anything that wants to live down there”.  Some of the wildlife spotted on his property include long-necked tortoise, marron, herons, spotted pardalote, dugite and tiger snakes, racehorse goanna, geckos, King’s skink, fresh water mussels, microbats, and a red Phascogale.
Landcare SJ and Shire Environmental and Biodiversity Officer, botanist Dr. Penny Hollick, recently visited Clive, to register the 83-year-olds arboretum for the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s Significant Tree Register. 
What was truly amazing though, were the oldest olive trees planted in Western Australia - around the time the property was developed in 1844.  Mr Glands said, “In those days there was no lighting, and the olive oil produced from the trees fruit was used in lamps to light the homestead”.  The trees with a girth of 5 metres stand over 20 metres tall.  It was truly a horticulturist’s paradise and an absolute pleasure to share Clive’s passion – he is still planting trees!

Serpentine Jarrahdale Significant Tree Register 

Have you spotted any trees of significance in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale?  In a few easy steps, you can nominate a tree for inclusion on the Significant Tree Register.
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has taken a significant step towards a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future neighbourhoods following the adoption of its first Urban and Rural Forest Strategy, and significant tree registration.
The Significant Tree Register provides a record of trees declared to be “Tree Preservation Areas”. Trees listed in the Register are protected by an extra requirement in applications for removal to be assessed by Council, rather than under delegated authority through a development application.
The Register, along with its standardized assessment criteria, provides a consistent and analytical approach to the protection of significant trees. It will be updated following registration of all new significant trees, and will be publicly available.
Trees can be nominated for protection and inclusion on the Significant Tree Register by any member of the community or organisation, and can be native or exotic species, and growing on private or public land.
A significant tree can be a single tree, a group, or even a larger area such as a road or reserve. If a nominated tree is formally adopted on the Shire’s Significant Tree Register, the tree will be protected and its special features recognised.

Nominate a tree by downloading the nomination form from clicking here

Upcoming Events

Notice of Annual General Meeting 

Wednesday the 11th of November 
Light supper provided at 6:30pm
AGM at 7:30pm 

Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre,
2 Paterson Street, Mundijong. 

Please RSVP by Wednesday the 4th of November for catering purposes.

Phone: (08) 9526 0012

All members and friends welcome. 

Black-Cockatoo breeding survey workshop 

Saturday, 7th of November

The Centenary Celebration of the Naming of Byford 

19th to 22nd of November

Fox Control Workshop 

Friday, 20th of November

The Court House, Pinjarra
Landcare Drop-in Sessions

Monday, 30th of November
Landcare SJ will be coordinating Landcare Drop-in Sessions from 10:00am to 2:30pm Monday the 30th of November at The Court House, Pinjarra.

2020 Spring Quenda Count

1st of September to 30th of November
Calling all quenda observers!

Have you seen a quenda in your garden? The Spring Quenda Count is back and we need your help to understand how Quendas are doing in the Southwest of WA. To find out more  about this program, please click here and register by emailing 
For more information about Quendas, please click here

End of Year Celebration  

Wednesday, 2nd of December 

Landcare SJ News 

Flora Assessments 

Flora assessments are underway for spring. Kristy and Sue from Landcare SJ were joined by Dr Penny Hollick from the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale to set up flora quadrats in privately owned bushlands that form part of the Healthy Habitats Program. This program started through the partnership between the two organisations.
Banksia woodland sites are on the agenda again this year, and the assessments will provide a snapshot of current bushland health and allow for monitoring of changes over time. Pressures on remnant vegetation include weeds, dieback, drought and grazing by kangaroos, rabbits and livestock.

100+ Cockatubes
for Bushfire Recovery

Project Update 

Landcare SJ has checked in with the recipients of the 100+ Cockatubes to support habitat recovery for the Glossy Black Cockatoo after last summer’s devastating bushfires. COVID-19 has slowed progress of installation during 2020, with Queensland and Victorian recipients holding off on installation, but working towards placement and monitoring plans.  Some Cockatubes have been installed on Kangaroo Island, but much of 2020 has been dedicated to an audit of wildlife and vegetation impacts.
In other news, distribution of Certificates of Appreciation for sponsors of the project have been completed. Below is the presentation by Landcare SJ Executive Officer, Francis Smit to Vinidex Regional Sales Manager, Adam Drake-Brockman (middle) and Stephen Rowan, WA Territory Manager (right). Both were excited to hear about the latest developments and successes of the Cockatube project. Vinidex Australia donated 20 six metre lengths of pipe for the Glossy Black Cockatoo recovery project.
Also pictured is Alan Elliott, Landcare SJ Board member and designer of the Cockatube, presenting to Midstream Hardware owner Tim Ellery (centre) and Trev Johnson. Midstream Hardware coordinated the donations of hardware requirements.  In his own time and vehicle, Trev drove all over Perth to collect screws, chain and bolts from the different suppliers who supported for the project.  Landcare SJ appreciates the efforts and contributions from all suppliers, construction volunteers, and the ADF for arranging delivery to the east coast.

Mundijong Pharmacy Supporting Community Heroes

Call in to see Raj at the Mundijong Pharmacy and support their Community Heroes initiative. You will receive a token when you make a non-prescription purchase, which you can contribute to one of the nominated Community Hero funds. Every six months, Mundijong Pharmacy will make a donation to the nominated Community Heroes based on all token votes.

Please consider the Landcare SJ fund when you nominate your Community Heroes.

Landcare Drop-in Sessions 

Shire of Murray 

On Monday, October 5th and 26th the Shire of Murray and Landcare SJ once again held the Landcare Drop-in Sessions at the Court House, Pinjarra. These sessions are designed to assist landowners and land managers with information on all things land care.

On display were a variety of live weeds to aid with local weed identification and enquiries. Information on weed control was available, as well as a take-home brochure ‘Weed it Out’ which lists common weeds, photo identification and control methods.

Free information booklets were also available to take home including the ‘Peel Harvey Landcare Landscapes’ booklet which is full of information on different soil types and property planning, the booklet ‘Keeping it Local’ a guide of local native species, and ‘The Land Is In Your Hands’ booklet, a practical guide for owners of small rural landholdings.

The next Landcare Drop-In session will be held on Monday, November 30th from 10 am until 2.30 pm at The Court House in Pinjarra, so please feel free to drop-in with any landcare enquires.

Your Local Environment 

SJ Garden Competition

Over the past few months, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has been coordinating the inaugural SJ Garden Competition to recognise the amazing gardens that our shire has to offer and to give inspiration to other residents to improve on the spaces that they have available. 

Residents could enter into 4 different categories - native garden, waterwise garden, traditional garden and rural garden. It was a tough competition with plenty of great gardens being entered. They all varied! Showcasing different varieties of plants, ranging from tough WA natives to tropical fruits. 

Congratulations to the 4 residents who won the 2020 competition! (Left to right)

  • Gary Dore - Native Garden 
  • Yvette Dowell - Waterwise Garden 
  • Fiona McCallum - Traditional Garden 
  • Ian Wheeler - Rural Garden 

Friend or Foe 

- Answer -
Last month, we tested your knowledge of local Serpentine Jarrahdale flora. We asked if you knew which of the species below were 'friends or foe'. Well, the answer is that out of the six, only one is a foe. Number 1) is a One-leaf Cape Tulip (Moraea flaccida). Cape Tulip is a perennial, native to South Africa, which was brought to Australia as an ornamental garden species. That subsequently escaped into surrounding roadsides and bushlands, becoming a noxious weed species across most of Australia. One-Leaf and Two-Leaf Cape Tulip are classified as declared pest species in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

The other five species, in order, are: 
  • Lechenaultia biloba
  • Pericalymma ellipticum
  • Anigozanthos viridis
  • Philydrella drummondii
  • Caladenia longicauda

Nyoongar Calendar
Kambarang -

Season of Birth

During the Kambarang season, we see an abundance of colours and flowers exploding all around us. The yellows of many of the Acacias continue to abound, along with some of the Banksias and many other smaller delicate flowering plants including the Kangaroo Paw and Orchids. Also during this time, the Balgas will also start to flower, especially if they've been burnt in the past year or closely shaved.

One of the most striking displays of flowers to be seen during this season will be the "Mooja", or Australian Christmas Tree (Nuytsia). The bright orange/yellow flowers serve to signal the heat is on its way.

For the animals, October is also the most likely time of the year that you'll encounter a snake as the reptiles start to awaken from their hibernation and look to make the most of the warm to assist them in getting enough energy to look for food. It's also a time that many young families of birds will be singing out for their parents to feed them. Koolbardies (Magpies) will also be out protecting their nests and their babies.

Many things are undergoing transformation with the warm change in the weather.

Longer dry periods accompany a definite warming trend.

- South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council

Photo by Adam Armstrong

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)
Congratulations to Amie from Mardella on winning last month's competition. The correct guess was Conospermum stoechadis (Smokebush).

Enjoy your new plants!

(Last month's picture to the left)

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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