By the Community  -  For the Community

March  2020 Newsletter. Issue 148

the Landcare SJ Office 

Free Verge Plant Program 

Applications for the 2020 Free Verge Plant Program are now open!

Verges planted with a diverse range of native flora species improves the connectivity of native vegetation through urbanised and developed areas. Aiding in the recovery of lost breeding and feeding grounds which are vital for the survival of many native fauna, such as small marsupial and bird species, ranging from Quendas to Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos.

This program is open to all residents within the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. Whether your verge is 5 metres long or 500m metres long, there’s a plant suited for it at the Australian Native Nursery.

If you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity funded by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, please click here to fill out the online application form via the Landcare SJ website. 

Landcare SJ News 

Landcare SJ
Covid-19 Response

 The Landcare SJ Centre will remain closed to all community members. This decision is hoped to further protect our staff and the wider community from COVID-19.

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

We look forward to seeing you all again once this pandemic is controlled. However, until then - please stay safe. 

- The Landcare SJ Team

112 Cockatubes Are Heading East!

It was all hands on deck (or all hands on tube), sending off 112 Cockatubes to the Eastern States. With thanks to Senator Linda Reynolds and Alyssa Hayden MLA for arranging the Australian Defence Department Joint Logistics (West) team to pick up and distribute 112 Cockatubes to Kangaroo Island, Queensland and Victoria in an effort to support Glossy Black Cockatoo recovery after the summer of Bushfires. Where it is thought that up to 75% of black cockatoos habitat has been impacted by these fires. 

Australian Defence Force Operations Officer Lieutenant Amy Beal isn't unfamiliar to black cockatoo conservation efforts. Whilst I attending high school in South Australia, she made the journey to Kangaroo Island several times to take part in rehabilitating Glossy Black Cockatoo feeding habitat. Only to unexpectedly return some 19 years later, delivering another vital part of this species’ conservation, 42 Cockatubes. 

Landcare SJ would like to acknowledge our suppliers and supporters who made this project possible:

Vinidex Australia  |  Midstream Trade Hardware  |  Slinglift & Rigging  |  Macsim Fastenings  |  Hobson Fasteners  |  Midalia Steel Welshpool  |  Alcoa Kwinana Refinery   Newmont Boddington Gold Mine  Keysbrook Fire Brigade  |  Julia & Stephen White   
Varga Realty Byford  |  Landcare SJ Board members and community.

Water Hyacinth in the
Serpentine River 

Water Hyacinth (Eichhorna crassipes) is a declared pest species in Western Australia, originating from the Amazon Basin in South America. It has the potential to become established across much of Australia. Mainly in nutrient-rich still or slow-moving watercourses. The species can cause major environmental damage to aquatic ecosystems by lowering the water quality, as well as potentially damaging infrastructure such as jetties.  

Throughout 2019 Landcare SJ has been coordinating a project with the aim to remove water Hyacinth from the Serpentine River through parts of Keralup. The project involved several control methods such as spraying, manual removal and the installation of aquatic booms. Three Nearmap reports have been scheduled as part of the project and are to be carried out by Enviropest. The first of the three reports, which was received at the end of 2019, concluded that are no are no signs of water hyacinth in the Serpentine River. Future monitoring will be carried out to ensure that this is no resurgence of water hyacinth, with the next report to be conducted in tapering 2020.

Communication with the Water Corporation in November 2019 confirmed that are no Water Hyacinth infestations North of Keralup in the Birega/Peel Main Drain up to Mundijong. Which is excellent information in regards to controlling this highly invasive flora species.

This activity is part of a larger project addressing Water Hyacinth on the river and is supported through funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program. The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council is a project partner and the boom installation is subsidised by them, through funding from the Alcoa Foundation.

Monitoring Cockatubes throughout Serpentine Jarrahdale 

Throughout 2019, Landcare SJ has been monitoring more than 100 cockatubes that have been installed across the localities of Serpentine Jarrahdale. The aim of this project was to determine what species are using the hollows and the longevity of hollows. The results did just that, by highlighting where Cockatubes are most successful, what attributes deteriorate the quickest, specification flaws in earlier designs and what species are using the hollows. 

Due to the lack of information surrounding nesting hollow specifications in the early 2000s, cockatubes manufactured prior to the introduction of the corrugated design were often installed with two sacrificial chewing posts. This narrowed the nesting chamber. This is thought to have impacted on the accessibility into the hollow for black cockatoos. Through this project, one of the two posts were removed from the effected hollows.

Unfortunately, no active black cockatoo nests were found. This is thought to be due to a number of factors. The two main reasons that have most likely had an effect is the time at which the research was conducted (being the tail end of the possible breeding season) and many of the cockatubes being installed in areas that have since been identified as non-breeding grounds. 

Whilst black Cockatoos weren't found in the SJ cockatubes, many other hollow utilising species were. Species such as Australian Wood ducks, Pink & Grey Galahs, Brushtail Possums and Nankeen Kestrels. It's hoped that more cockatubes will be installed in the now known breeding grounds in Serpentine Jarrahdale. So that we can replicate the success that we've had throughout WA, on our home soil.  

The Serpentine Jarrahdale 'Cockatube' Monitoring and Maintenance Program is funded through State Natural Resource Management Program WA. Once this project has concluded, the data will be shared with BirdLife Western AustraliaWestern Australian Museum and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions

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 

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. 

Flora Roads  

Since the European settlement in Western Australia, there has been continuous clearing of vegetation and natural habitat to make way for urban, agricultural, industrial and transportation network development. Remnant vegetation in road reserves have become biogeographical islands. Creating refuges for many at-risk and endangered species of flora and fauna. 

Road reserves with a high flora biodiversity rating can be classified as 'Flora Roads'. Which can aid in the protection of the vegetation, as well as draw more tourism to an area, by appealing to people involved in groups such as wildflower, photography and bird-watching/twitching groups. 

In Serpentine Jarrahdale, we have three recognised Flora Roads -  Mundijong Road, Soldiers Road and Norman Road. Hopefully, through conservation projects and new submissions to the Roadside Conservation Committee, we will have more in the future. 

Restricted Burning Season 

Please be advised that the restricted burning began, Wednesday, 29 April, 2020. 

You can now burn one, 1m x 1m pile of garden waste without a permit after 6pm under the conditions on page 28 of the Fire Break Notice Booklet. Read more here:

 You need a permit to burn grass, paddocks and bush. You can apply for a permit via your local Fire Control Officer.

During the restricted period:
- You can’t burn on Sundays and Public Holidays.
- You can only burn 2 times per calendar month.
- You can only burn one pile of garden waste at a time.
- Each pile must not be bigger than 1 cubic metre. Clear 3 metres around the edge of your pile for safety.
- The burn must be lit after 6pm. You can add waste to your burn until 11pm (can’t exceed 1 cubic metre at a time). The burn needs to be completely out before midnight.
- Be a good neighbour and let the people living near you know before you burn.
- Only burn dry garden waste from your land, no building materials, household goods, plastic, pallets or cardboard.
- Don’t use accelerants.
- Stay and attend to your burn until it is extinguished. Ensure you have an adequate water supply.

For more information please click here

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!

Upcoming Events

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May or June.


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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