By the Community      For the Community  

December 2018 Newsletter. Issue 136


A Walking Meeting 

In November, the Landcare SJ team had a walking meeting along Paterson Street in Mundijong. It was a great time to discuss upcoming projects, events and what we've all been working on over the past few months. The meeting was also a perfect time to monitor bushland along the railway line that runs parallel to Paterson street. we were able to pull out several weed species, including two introduced Eastern State Acacia species (Acacia longifolia and Acacia iteaphylla).

Guess What I Am?

For your chance to win an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20
Do you know what species of black Cockatoo I am?
Be the first person to Email my scientific name to the employees at Landcare SJ and you'll receive an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20.



There are no upcoming events for December and January. 


A Firey End

As of 11:59 pm on the 30th of November the SJ burning season ended for another year. This means that burning is now prohibited throughout the Shire of Serpentine-Jarradale until further notice. If you see any fires or smoke please ring 000 immediately!

(Photo by: FESA)

What Should You Do In a Snake Bite Scenario?


Step 1: Apply a bandage over the bite site, to an area about 10cm above and below the bite.

Step 2: Then using another elastic roller bandage, apply a firm wrap from Fingers/toes all the way to the armpit/groin. The bandage needs to be firm, but not so tight that it causes fingers or toes to turn purple or white. About the tension of a sprain bandage.

Step 3: Splint the limb so the patient can’t walk or bend the limb.

The Don'ts:
Do not cut, incise or suck the venom. Do not EVER use a tourniquet. Don’t remove the shirt or pants - just bandage over the top of clothing. Remember movement (like wriggling out of a shirt or pants) causes venom movement.

DO NOT try to catch, kill or identify the snake!!! This is important. In hospitals we NO LONGER NEED to know the type of snake; it doesn’t change treatment.

5 years ago, we would do a test on the bite, blood or urine to identify the snake so the correct anti-venom can be used. BUT NOW...we don’t do this. Our new Antivenom neutralises the venoms of all the 5 listed snake genus, so it doesn’t matter what snake bit the patient.

Read that again- one injection for all snakes! Polyvalent is our one-shot wonder, stocked in all hospitals, so most hospitals no longer stock specific Antivenins.

Australian snakes tend to have 3 main effects in differing degrees.

Bleeding - internally and bruising. Muscles paralysed causing difficulty talking, moving & breathing. Pain In some snakes, severe muscle pain in the limb, and days later the bite site can break down forming a nasty wound.

Allergy to snakes is rarer than winning lotto twice.

Final Tips:
Not all bitten people are envenomated and only those starting to show symptoms above are given antivenom.

Make sure the person stays as still as still as possible!

~ Rob Timmings

(Photo by: Ross McGibbon Reptile Photography 'Western Tiger Snake') 


Black Cockatoo Forum

Final Statement 
“I remember when the skies used to be full of them”

A call for action from the inaugural Black-Cockatoo Forum

Black-Cockatoos are Australian icons. They are a treasured and spectacular part of our landscapes right across the continent. But every single species of Black-Cockatoo is either threatened, or has a population that is threatened, with extinction. On 8th and 9th November 2018, 45 participants met for the first National Black-Cockatoo Forum. They came together to share their collective experience, hard-earned insights, and passion for this spectacular and threatened group of birds. Our two days of discussion underscored starkly the urgency of the challenge: we must do more if we are to secure these birds in our national landscape for future generations of Australians. We affirm:
 The common plight of Black-Cockatoos across Australia and their significance for many Australians

 Past and ongoing loss of nesting and feeding habitat, inappropriate fire and nest predation threaten many Black-Cockatoos with extinction
 Drier conditions and more wildfire associated with a changing climate are already being observed and are exacerbating this risk
 Commitment to investment in habitat protection, management and restoration across the landscapes where Black-Cockatoos live is essential, but scarce funding for crucial recovery actions is drying up.
Forum participants call for:
1) Adequate funding of recovery actions for all listed Black-Cockatoos
2) Assessment of suspected declines of other Black-Cockatoo species and populations
3) Protection of the essential habitats for all listed and declining Black-Cockatoos.

Participants commit to continue to share insights and collaborate with one another and with the local communities who cherish these iconic Australian birds. We will make every effort count to ensure the Black-Cockatoos continue to grace our skies.

Kangaroo Counts

Landcare SJ, in conjunction with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have been coordinating Kangaroo surveys throughout the Lowlands Bushland. Our volunteers were up and ready before the Magpies even had a chance to sing.

On our first count (12.10.2018), we recorded 236 Kangaroos across the bushland! Our second count (23.11.2018) saw an increase of kangaroos with more than 250 individuals being recorded! Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for participating in a great citizen science project! Another thank you to the different environmental organisations and local businesses that were also involved.

However, this is not the end of this project! The DBCA and Landcare SJ will be conducting more surveys throughout 2019, as well as comparing already collected data to other means of quantifying the kangaroo population. Such as track/crossing counting and thermal imaging through the usage of drones, similar to programs that monitor feral pig populations.

Planting in Federation Park

Last month the Landcare SJ Team and the Serpentine environment group completed several plantings with leftover forestry tube stock donated by the Shire Of Murray.

However, It was definitely a bit of a shock when we came across this creepy crawly, whilst we were planting in Federation Park along the Serpentine River during the last planting. It's excellent to see that the corflute guards aren't just protecting the seedlings but are also providing habitat to some of our 'smaller' fauna species.


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! 
(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

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