By the Community  -  For the Community

July 2020 Newsletter. Issue 149

the Landcare SJ Office 

Landcare SJ
Covid-19 Response

With Sate COVID-19 restrictions easing the Landcare SJ staff have returned back to the Landcare SJ Office in Mundijong. Allowing the staff to further plan and coordinate the 2020 planting season, Cockatube installs, grant writing among many other things.
This also means that the centre has reopened to community members. However, community members that come into the office will be required to leave their name and details in the registry book in the case that contact tracing is to occur. 

We will still continue to operate remotely. Meaning that we can answer any queries through our social media platforms, website and

Upcoming Events

2020 National Tree Day

Landcare SJ is pleased to announce that the 2020 National Tree Day will be going ahead, on Sunday the 2nd of August!

This year, we will be returning to the Coffey Road Reserve, Serpentine. Which Landcare SJ has previously planted at. It's hoped that year's planting will further strengthen the biodiversity of the site, as well as increasing the foraging habitat of the endemic Black Cockatoos. 

Landcare SJ News 

Another Year - Another Planting

 North Dandalup Primary School and Men of the Trees - Peel Branch, joined Landcare SJ for yet another year of planting along Beau Sovereign Drive and the North Dandalup River. Landcare SJ and North Dandalup Primary school have been planting at this site in North Dandalup since 2010. It has allowed us to watch previous years of revegetation mature and hard work pay off.

Slow Transformation 

Soldiers Road

You may have noticed a group of dedicated people over the past few months, working hard along Soldiers Road in Byford. Byford Envirolink, with Landcare SJ, has embarked on the task of improving the biodiversity along one of the three flora roads in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. The project aims to improve the Flora Road from Byford right through to Mundjong (more than 6km of roadside) by removing Watsonia and African Love Grass infestations and replacing them with a diverse range of endemic understory species. 

Peel Horse and Pony Club

A Year Later
Peel Metropolitan Horse & Pony Club at the Western edge of Serpentine Jarrhdale was the site of our 2019 National Tree Day. We were joined on the day by a range of volunteers from several local associations and the wider SJ community to plant 2000 seedlings. 

Landcare SJ continued to check on the seedlings throughout 2019/20 summer and watering when required. Which is why we returned again this season to infill plant another 800 seedlings. Using soil conditioners such as bentonite clay and Terracottom®️, its hoped that we'll increase the water retention of the soil, aiding in the survival of the new seedlings.

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 Herb from Byford on winning last month's competition. The correct guess was Hakka undulata.

Enjoy your new plants!

(Last month's picture to the left)

Your Local Environment 

Nyoongar Calendar
- Makaru -

Season of Fertility

Makaru sees the coldest and wettest time of the year come into full swing (June/July). Traditionally, this was a good time of the year to move back inland from the coast as the winds turned to the west and south bringing the cold weather, rains and occasionally snow on the peaks of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges.

As the waterways and catchments started to fill, people were able to move about their country with ease and thus their food sources changed from sea, estuarine and lake foods to those of the lands, in particular, the grazing animals such as the kangaroo. As well as a food source, animals provided people with many other things. For example, 'Yongar' or kangaroos not only provided meat but also 'bookas' (animal skin cloaks that were used as the nights became much cooler). Nothing was left; even the bones and sinews were used in the manufacturing of bookas and for hunting tools such as spears.

Makuru is also a time for a lot of animals to begin pairing up in preparation for breeding in the coming season. If you look carefully, you might now see pairs of 'Wardongs' (ravens) flying together. You also notice these pairs not making the usual 'ark ark arrrrrk' that these birds are well known for when flying solo. Upon the lakes and rivers of the Southwest, you'll also start to see a large influx of the Black Swan or 'Mali' as they too prepare to nest and breed.

Flowers that will start to emerge include the blues and purples of the Blueberry Lilly (Dianella revoluta) and the Purple Flags (Patersonia occidentalis). As the season comes to a close, you should also start to notice the white flowers of the weeping peppermint (Agonis flexuosa) as the blues start to make way for the white and cream flowers of Djilba.

Species below: Patersonia occidentalis

Rainfall in Keysbrook 

1990 to 2019
For close to 30 years, Landcare SJ board member - Alan Elliot, has been collecting rainfall data from his Keysbrook property. The data collected through this time clearly shows a decrease in annual rainfall by a significant amount. This annual reduction in rainfall can have a negative impact on the flora. In particular the mature trees within the landscape. It’s thought that this reduction in rainfall is most likely linked to anthropogenic climate change. If this trend continues, it’s expected that there’ll be a greater reduction in groundwater levels and the health of surrounding ecosystems, in particular wetlands. 

Mr Elliot has said that that he has begun to notice that many mature banksias and Jarrahs are becoming stressed. Ruling out the possibility of Dieback. Mr Elliot holds grave concerns for the longevity of the Bushland on his property if there isn’t an increased in annual rainfall. 

Something's Different! 

Can you spot the peculiar part of this photo? 

If you think it's the outer tail feather on the male Red Tail Black Cockatoo, then you're correct! No, it's not a 'rare mutation', but rather a juvenile male bird in the company of a female bird. Who is most likely the mother bird. 

All juvenile Red Tail Black Cockatoo often appear to have a similar plumage to adult female birds. However, as the birds reach maturity they moult into their adult plumage according to their sex characteristics. 

Photo by Colleen Rankin 

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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Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

Cnr Cockram St and Paterson St
(PO Box 41), Mundijong WA 6123


(08) 9526 0012     


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