By the Community      For the Community

February 2019  Newsletter. Issue 137

the Landcare SJ Office 

Ready for a New Year!

It's a whole new year and the silly season is well and truly over. However, that doesn't mean we aren't still riding on a high. In early January we found out that Landcare SJ had been successful in two of our State NRM grant applications: "Serpentine Jarrahdale 'Cockatube' monitoring and maintenance program" and "Getting rid of water hyacinth at Keralup Farm, Serpentine River". The Serpentine-Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance were also incredibly successful. They received two of their grants, one for the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Festival and the other for Regenerative Farming Pasture Trails. 

Upcoming Events

Simon Cherriman
Adam Peck

The Great Cocky Count and Where Eagles Fly 

The Great Cocky Count 
April 7 , 2019

The Great Cocky Count originally started as a survey method for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos, and focussed just on the roost sites around the Perth Metropolitan area, but over recent years has expanded to include Forest Red-tailed Cockatoos as well as sites across the southwest. 2019 will be the tenth consecutive Great Cocky Count. Previous Great Cocky Count reports can be found on the Publications and Forms page. See the FAQ sheet below for more information.
The Great Cocky Count (GCC) is on Sunday April 7 at sunset (approximately 5.30-6.30pm in Perth). Please be aware registrations close 3 weeks prior to the GCC
(Sunday 17 March).

Contact Birdlife Australia:
Great Cocky Count Coordinator, BirdLife Australia
Peregrine House, 167 Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat, WA 6014
T 9287 2251

Click here to register now!

National Regenerative Agricultural Day

14th of  February is the day to flood social media with your 
Regenerative Agricultural stories!
So save the date!

Clean Up Australia Day 

March 1, 2019
8 – 9.30am


Come and join in on the local effort to clean up the Oscar Bruns bush reserve, adjacent to the parking bay on the west side of South Western Highway between Byford and Armadale. 

We will provide gloves and bags.


Organised by Byford Progress Association.


Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group


By Intrepid Landcare 

February 27, 2019 
 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Imagine hanging out with a dynamic group of volunteers and conservationists to help build an Osprey Nest with Friends of Attadale Foreshore Inc and Conservation Volunteers Australia  in the Alfred Cove Marine Park, Perth WA. The Alfred Cove Marine Park in the Swan Estuary is internationally significant for its migratory birds.

This midweek, full day project will involve assisting the Friends of Attadale Foreshore in constructing an Osprey Nest in a riverine bush site. This is a unique and fun project which is sure to be a great day!

Booking is essential, and there are limited spots. There are free travel options with pick-up / drop-off from Fremantle at 8am, or meet onsite at 9am. For more information and to book your spot, please visit Conservation Volunteers Australia website. 

If you need help with your booking, please contact the Fremantle office on
08 9335 2777 or email


(Photo by Robert Nylander)

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 name to Reece Jerrett at Landcare SJ and you'll receive an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20!


Your Local Environment 

Urgent Recall

Have you recently purchased a Callisia pink lady for your garden?

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development - DPIRD and Bunnings Wearhouse Australia are asking customers to return the plants for a full refund.

Callisia repens
('pink lady' trade name) is a prohibited plant in WA due to its potential to create serious environmental problems. 
Callisia pink lady purchases would have been from the Indoor Collective Range in a 180mm pot for $11.99.
An estimated 800 plants are still trying to be located.

Keep your eyes open!


The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development - DPIRD is calling for the public's help after a stowaway Brown marmorated stink bug was recently detected in a surveillance trap at Fremantle Port.

Not normally found in Australia, it is a voracious feeder, affecting many plants, and often shelters in buildings, machinery and vehicles in huge numbers.

DPIRD is calling for help to make sure there are no further bugs to be found in the North Fremantle area.

Many native stink bugs look like the Brown marmorated stink bug, so keep an eye out for one with distinctive black and white banding around the outer edge of the abdomen; and white bands on its antennae.

Anyone who thinks they've spotted something suspicious should take a photo and submit a report for DPIRD through the MyPestGuide reporter:

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 News 

10 Years of NRM success in Serpentine-Jarrahdale

In early December, Chris Kennedy and Kristy Gregory presented the 10year report 'Measuring of NRM success in Serpentine Jarrahdale" to the community of SJ. We will be doing three more presentions of this report so please keep an eye out for the date of our next presentation in our Newsletter. Hardcopies of the 10year report are available from the Landcare SJ Centre 

It's astounding that throughout this 10 year period we have planted 158,411 seedlings over an area of 844 hectares, with the help of 6235 volunteers!   

This project was funded through the State NRM Program's 2015 Community Capability Grant round.

SUCCESSFUL Serpentine Jarrahdale 'Cockatube'
monitoring and maintenance program $25,000

The COCKATUBE artificial nestbox project was established in 2005 in response to a reduction in breeding habitat being identified as the principal reason for the decline in WA Forest Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus baudinii, C.latirostris and C.banksii-naso). With government agencies, NGO's, LGA's, industry and community, the project focus over the past 13 years has been community engagement and artificial habitat creation. Over 800 Cockatubes have been distributed across south west WA. The program has captured the imagination of community and helped raise awareness and support for Black Cockatoo recovery. Monitoring programs on Cockatubes, have been undertaken by various stakeholders across localities, with some sites extremely successful, and others not so. Over the life of the project, and particularly in during early stages, 78 Cockatubes were installed across the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, on public and private land. This project proposes to conduct field inspections to collect data and address maintenance with the aims to:

* inform the program on local breeding habitat and nestbox uptake;

* create a unique identification number and ensure all relevant data for each Cockatube has been captured in the existing database;

* assess and address maintenance requirements and impact of nestbox placement on tree; and

* develop a community monitoring program.

Bushland News

Bushland News is a quarterly newsletter produced by Urban Nature to support community involvement in bushland conservation. It is an excellent newsletter to keep up to date with most things bushland in WA. Such as...

Regional reports—news on your group’s bushland management activities.

  • What’s on—your local group's activities such as planting, weeding, nature walks and talks, etc.
  • Articles on projects, funding opportunities, relevant publications, and resources.
If you'd like to subscribe to Bushland News 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)
                                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


Landcare SJ, proudly supported by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.
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