By the Community  -  For the Community

October 2021, Newsletter. Issue 162
We acknowledge the Noongar Nation as Traditional Custodians of this land and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the Gnaala Karla cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.

Landcare SJ News 

in the Northern Jarrah Forest 

We have some pretty incredible Quok-tastic news! After several years of community talk and fleeting sightings of Mainland Quokkas in this patch of the Northern Jarrah Forest, Landcare SJ decided to install sensor cameras in areas of the understory that were best suited for Quokkas.
The cameras were in situ for 5 days, and Quokka pictures were captured each day! This discovery will aid in further protecting this area of forest, through future conservation efforts and projects.

R U OK? Day
Planting and Morning Tea

A core motive of Landcare is to care for and nurture our natural world, which in turn benefits both animals and humans. With this in mind, it's obvious why the important messages of conservation and mental health have been combined to create the 'R U OK? Day Planting & Morning Tea' event. For the fourth year in a row, Landcare SJ brought the community together along the banks of Gooralong Brook, Jarrahdale, to continue the mental health conversation across a range of community demographics. Whilst the weather was bitterly cold and wet, spirits were not dampened. There were smiles all around, as eager planters happily sloshed around in the mud and were met with rewarding morning tea, made by the Jarrahdale Heritage Society. 

This year, Landcare SJ spread the message of conservation and the importance of mental health into the Shire of Murray. Inviting both businesses and members of the public to join the conversation in Gorge Brook Reserve, Pinjarra.

These events would not have been possible without the support of:
Remember, it's OK not to be OK. Keep the conversation going. Focus on your good qualities.
If you need help, please contact:

Pictures: Photos from the Jarrahdale R U OK? Day event
Pictures: Photos from the Pinjarra R U OK? Day event


SJ Food & Farm Fest

Saturday, 13th of November 
Did you know that after close to 60 years, the community of Serpentine Jarrahdale will be having an Agricultural show on the 13th of November! This postponed date allows the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food & Farm Alliance (SJFFA) to showcase the same great events, animal competitions, SJ Farmers Market and the fantastic Bendigo Community Bank Byford & Districts Kids & Youth Zone at a time of the year with beautiful Spring weather and conditions.

The SJFFA are thrilled to still be able to run their 2021 Agricultural Show and hope you will all join them on the 13th of November, at 1432 Karnup Rd, Serpentine.

All pre-purchased tickets have been automatically updated in Humanitix with the new date. If you wish for your ticket(s) to be refunded, please contact the SJFFA via with your details to organise a full refund.

Visit the Food and Farm Fest page and also on their Facebook page for all details.  

Landcare SJ Inc
Annual General Meeting

OCTOBER 6, 2021 from 6.30pm
2 Paterson Street, MUNDIJONG
6:30 p.m. –  dinner and refreshments
7:30 p.m. – Annual General Meeting
RSVP by October 1 for catering purposes to or 9526 0012.

Your Local Environment 

Hollows on the Range
Threatened Glossy Black Cockatoos 


By Margaret Hall - Wilson Creek Huonbrook Landcare

In June 2021, the Glossy Black-Cockatoo was voted by the public to become the inaugural winner of the Saving our Species Threatened NSW Species of the Year.  Currently listed as vulnerable in NSW, it is likely to soon be relisted as nationally threatened under the EPBC Act.
Glossy Black-Cockatoo numbers have dwindled severely due to land clearing and habitat degradation causing the loss of hollow-bearing trees and stands of their most important food source Allocasuarina species.  Breeding success is a key limiting factor in population recovery for the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.
When bushfire swept through the Nightcap National Park, NE NSW in November & December 2019, the quietly, charismatic Glossy Black-Cockatoos not only lost large expanses of their food trees but also the old-growth hollow-bearing trees they need for breeding.
Glossy Black-Cockatoos feed almost exclusively on only two species of She-oak trees.   They are also limited with their breeding choices … not any old tree hollow will do.  The region’s Cockatoos and Owls are restricted to the larger hollows only found in Blackbutt trees greater than 200 years old.  
Many of the Cockatoos decamped to Mt Jerusalem National Park, a little way north.  Whilst food trees are present, quantities of suitable nest hollows are not.  Logging in this part of the range only ceased in 1995.
Sadly, since 2019 no juveniles have been seen within the flock.
With funds provided by a Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grant, the Wilsons Creek Huonbrook Landcare Top of the Range Glossy Black Cockatoo Nest Hollow Project, will install a variety of specialist artificial hollows in carefully selected sites to see if the Glossy Blacks will use them:  timber nest boxes, PVC hollows as successfully used on Kangaroo Island for this species, and specially designed Black Cockatoo hollows known as CockatubesTM from Landcare SJ in WA.

Photo: Glossy Balck Cockatoos, Cockatubes in installed by Wilksoon Creek Huonbrook Landcare

Covid-19 lockdowns, border closures and unforeseen spiralling freight costs caused inevitable delays and threatened the project.  Our CockatubesTM had been made but were stranded in Mundijong, south of Perth.  Our sincere thanks for the generous support of Northline Freight Services, who brought their national freight network to the rescue for free.  After transporting the CockatubesTM 4,350 kms across four states to the Byron Bay hinterland, the project is now back on track for installation of the hollows in September.
This Glossy Black-Cockatoo Project brings together a uniquely qualified team of passionate local volunteers.  Professor Sarah Legge – a nationally recognised expert in threatened species conservation – is supported by ecologists Darren McHugh from NPWS, Justin Mallee from NPWS Saving our Species, and Dr Jo Green, well known in NE NSW for her environmental work with both Tweed and Byron Shire Councils. 
Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council and its team of Indigenous Rangers are delighted to be partners in a well-conceived project to support this iconic species.
Together, we will harness what we do know about the Glossy Black-Cockatoo and its breeding preferences, offer a choice of artificial custom-made hollows and monitor the results.  We hope for a successful breeding event either next year or the one after.  At the very least we will add to the pool of knowledge on how to save the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.
The Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants Program is supported by the Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Program for Wildlife and their Habitat.

Northline Transports Cockatubes
from Coast to Coast 

By Margaret Hall - Wilson Creek Huonbrook Landcare

When I first spoke with Francis Smit at SJ Landcare back in March 2021 to price their specially designed and highly successful artificial Black Cockatoo CockatubeTM hollows, life seemed ‘relatively’ normal.  I never considered the fact that we’d be bringing them about as far across Australia (from west to east) as is possible, in a pandemic!
When our grant application was lodged in early June, NSW was still free from Covid-19 infections.  By late July when we learnt our grant application was successful, in a typical Covid-19 twist the project now looked compromised as Regional NSW joined Greater Sydney in lockdown and every State border closed tight.  We were now struggling to freight our Cockatubes from SJ Landcare in Mundijong, an hour south of Perth to us here in Byron Shire.
While the original very high freight cost doubled, no one could give us any guarantee of delivery timing.  Freight companies aren’t finding it easy at present.  Our Cockatubes were made, but not going anywhere soon.  Making them here wasn’t an option for an affordable price either.

Photo: Landcare SJ to Wilson Creek Huonbrook Landcare

In desperation, I appealed to Northline Freight Services, one of Australia’s biggest logistics companies.  After all, I only wanted a quote.  They listened; said they’d get back to me with a price; then blew me away with their offer to freight our hollows over for free.  They’d take them the very next day, see you in a week!  I suspect that Francis Smit back in WA is still smiling.
A wonderful contribution to help our conservation work for this iconic threatened species. 
Thank you, Northline

Photos: Left - Cockatubes leaving Mundijong, Right -  Cockatubes arriving in Byron Shire, Northline logo

An End to Native Forest Logging

Western Australia has made history, becoming the first Australian state to announce a ban on native forest logging -  which will come into effect in 2024. According to the West Australian State Government, this will see the prevention of 400,000 hectares of native forest from being felled. From 2024, timber taken from native forests will be limited to forest management activities and clearing for approved mining operations, such as bauxite mining in the Northern Jarrah Forests. This announcement was accompanied by a commitment to invest $350million into new softwood plantations across the Southwest of WA.

Photo: Jane Hammond - Logged section of forest

 Native Vegetation Policy

Open for Public Consultation 
Western Australia’s first Native Vegetation Policy is now open for public consultation. 

WA is renowned for our biodiversity – with the Southwest botanical province home to more than 8,000 plant species, nearly half of which are found nowhere else in the world. Which has attributed to the Southwest of WA being listed as an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot. This draft policy aims at improving the current methods of protection for our native vegetation. 

To read the draft policy, please click here
To complete the survey, please click here
For further information and an overview of this draft policy, please click here.

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 warmth 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 a transformation with the warm change in the weather.

Longer dry periods accompany a definite warming trend.

- South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council

Caladenia latifolia

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?
Clue: I'm a native grass.

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)

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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