By the Community  -  For the Community

September 2019  Newsletter. Issue 144

the Landcare SJ Office 

Busy Planters!

This year's planting season is coming to an end. Landcare SJ and our hard-working volunteers have planted all over the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, from Beenyup Brook in Byford to Elliot rd in Keysbrook. All up more than 20,000 seedlings have been hand planted. Throughout this planting season, we have also been working closely with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale by facilitating the Free Verge Plant Program. Through this program, we have allocated close to 6,000 free native tube-stock to the residents of SJ. 

Upcoming Events

'R U OK? Day'
19th of September

FREE Verge Plants

Round 2 is now OPEN!

Round 2 is now open. This application time period will close as of the 30th of September. 

Please remember that your voucher must be redeemed by the 21st of October, from the
Australian Native Nursery. 

Individuals who have already redeemed a voucher from a previous round this year are ineligible to apply again for this round. 

Please click the image below to fill out the online application form. 

Landcare SJ News 

Beau Sovereign Drive
North Dandalup

On the 5th of August, Landcare SJ was joined by Men of the Trees and North Dandalup Primary School for another year of planting at Beau Sovereign Drive. Revegetation began along this 1.2km stretch of road in 2008. In more recent years the Shire of Murray has carried out weed control before planting to give the new seedling a better chance of survival with less competition.

Serpentine Environment Group  Federation park 

On Tuesday the 20th of August, the Serpentine Environment Group planted over 300 seedlings along the Serpentine River in Federation Park!

S.E.G are out and about in Serpentine, every Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30. If you'd like to get involved please contact us.

More Seedlings for the Serpentine River  

On the 23rd of august, Kristy and Reece were busy planting along the Serpentine at a previous 'Weeds of National Significance' site which used to be infested with Lantana (Lantana camara)

More than 800 Hakeas, Casuarinas, Lepidospermas, Melaleucas and Kennedias were planted. This is hoped to help stabilise the banks of the river as well as to aid in the recreation of a native understory. 

Landcare SJ Event Reviews  

Old Brickworks Reserve
Thursday, 5th September, 2019

There's no better way to start the morning than doing your part for the environment and then finishing off with morning tea surrounded by like-minded community members!

This morning Landcare SJ ran a planting day along Beenyup Brook off Old Brickworks road in Byford as part of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale's 'Garden Week SJ'.

If you'd like to get involved with a planting day, we are running our final community planting event on Thursday the 12th of September for 'R U OK DAY?'. Everyone is welcome to this event. Not just individual community members... local businesses and associations are also more than welcome!

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?

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 Simone from Jarrahdale on winning last month's competition. The correct guess was Common Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis).

Enjoy your new plants Simone!

(Last month's picture to the left)

Your Local Environment 

Revegen' the Verge

Before and after photos of verges that have benefited from the free verge plant program are beginning to roll in! It's fantastic to see so that so many residents are helping to create wildlife corridors throughout Serpentine Jarrahdale. 

Please remember, that if you have received seedlings through the verge plant program you must email through before and after photos of your verge if you wish to apply for more plants in 2020. 

Monitoring activity in Cockatubes

Landcare SJ recently caught up with Darren Hamley, science coordinator of the gifted and talented education programme at Willetton Senior High School. Darren has been working with students to monitor and analyse activity in three Cockatubes situated in Applecross. The purpose of our visit was to learn more about Darren’s experience with using a number of different solar powered cameras attached to artificial nestboxes. The cameras send images and videos through a Wi-Fi network.

Darren indicated that they had observed seven bird species entering the Cockatubes, including Carnaby’s and Forest Red Tail Black Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorikeets, Australian Wood Ducks and Shell Ducks, as well as Galahs - which successfully fledged a clutch of chicks. One Red Tailed Black Cockatoo was observed entering and exiting a Cockatube 69 times in one day. Students have mapped facial markings to identify different Red Tailed Black Cockatoo individuals and produced data relating to laying, hatching and fledging of the Galah clutch.

Darren has been a great supporter of the Cockatube project, and gave a presentation at Landcare SJ a couple of years ago on his Australia wide tour to photograph every Australian species of Cockatoo. His images were featured by Australian Geographic. (

More recently, Darren has modified Landcare SJ’s Cockatube design to suit the breeding ecology of Major Mitchells Cockatoos, and has placed artificial hollows at Eyre Bird Observatory in South Australia.

The visit was particularly beneficial to learn about the different types of cameras, image quality, storage battery life, and camera placement. This information will add to Landcare SJ’s current monitoring and maintenance program of 78 Cockatubes in the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire, funded through the State NRM Office.

That's One Sharp Weed!

Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana) is a tufted perennial that can reach 2-4 metres in height. it was originally brought to Australia from South America as an ornamental garden plant as well as for fodder for livestock. However, the species quickly escaped.  

It is capable of altering vegetation structure and decreasing diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate fauna. Often found in open sunny sites which receive additional moisture. Capable of becoming established on a wide variety of soil types. Sensitive to frost at the seedling stage but becomes more frost tolerant with age. Also tolerant of drought, fire, salinity and waterlogging. Intolerant of prolonged or intensive grazing especially when plants are small.

Reproduces both sexually and asexually. There are two sexual forms: monoecious (bisexual) and female. Seed from female plants have long fine hairs on the lemma making them suitable for wind dispersal; hermaphrodite seeds lack these hairs. Female plants cannot produce viable seeds unless fertilized from a hermaphrodite plant resulting in vast numbers of viable seeds from each flower head. Hermaphrodites produce fewer viable seeds but are still able to reproduce in the absence of females.

Seeds are primarily wind-dispersed and are able to disperse large distances. Seed can germinate under a wide range of conditions, however germination is highest in sandy soils, with available water and under shaded conditions compared with complete light. Recruitment and survival of seedlings is enhanced by soil disturbance and can be impacted by the presence of generalist herbivores.

Cut out small plants, remove uprooted plants to avoid them resprouting. Treat young plants with13ml/L Fusilade Forte® + spray oil or for generic fluazifop-p (212g/L active ingredient) 8mL/L + spray oil. May require more than one application. Alternatively foliar spray glyphosate at 4%. Remove flower heads. Slash/burn clumps. Spray regrowth with 1% glyphosate in spring. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Credit to Florabase

Upcoming  Community

Please click on the posters for more information.

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


(08) 9526 0012     


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