By the Community, for the Community.

October 2018 Newsletter. Issue 134


                                                Time to get back to work!

On Wednesday the 26th of September we held our Annual General Meeting. We had a wonderful turn out of attendees and divine food! Which made for an excellent night. Unfortunately though, we then had to clean up and get back to work the very next day. 

Our AGM saw the ushering in of our new chairperson, Jane Brown. Jane is taking over the position from our long-standing chairperson, David Lindsay. David decided to stand down as chairperson after being in the position since the formation of 'Landcare Serpentine-Jarrahale (Inc)' in 2002 (16 years ago).

Our new updated constitution of the Association was also accepted. Copies of the newly updated constitution are available from the Landcare SJ office. 


Lowlands Bushland Kangaroo Count

Calling all volunteers that love an early morning start, a walk, and Western Grey Kangaroos!

SJ Food and Farm Alliance

After a very exciting series of workshops held during August for National Science Week and 'Switch Your Thinking', the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food & Farm Alliance Inc are now happy to announce they are launching a new series of workshops. These workshops are specifically targeted at women producing and marketing food in the Peel Region via grant funding through the Department of Communities.

The subjects that'll be addressed are contained in the poster attached and the topics are the direct requests from participants of previous workshops held in 2016.

The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council

funding for Landcare projects

Excellent news for any landholders residing in the Peel-Harvey Catchment that are wanting to undertake a Landcare project on their property! The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council have now opened up an expression of interest period for anyone that is interested in one of the following ideas;
  • Fencing of native vegetation, creeklines, and wetlands 
  • Native vegetation seeding
  • Native forage shrub or perennial pasture seeding
  • Feral animal/pest control (baiting etc)
  • Weed control
  • Threatened species protection/habitat restoration 
  • Dieback treatment 
The expressions of interest period ends on the 19th October 2018. 

To discuss your idea/s please contact the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council by calling
6369 8800 or by emailing

Explore the Benefits of Soil Testing
with the
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council

This event is to demonstrate the importance of soil testing to ensure you are only giving your pastures and crops what they need. This will, in turn, save costs and reduce the amount of high nutrient filled runoff flowing into the Peel-Harvey waterways.

The field day will be held in North Dandalup, across two properties. 

It will run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on the 16th of October 2018.

Please register your interest with Megan Leroy by the 11th of October.
PH: 9733 2628 / 0418 940 837


Breeding Season is upon us!

Spring has sprung and that means breeding season is in full swing for many of our native fauna species. Please be extra cautious whilst trail walking, driving, riding and gardening. To ensure that you don't disturb the breeding animals.  

(Photo of a breeding pair of Australian Wood Ducks)
Image source

Weeds, Weeds and More Weeds

As the weather gets warmer more and more weed species will begin to sprout, as well as flourish. It is important to stay vigilant, to ensure these species do not spread nor become established.

Some common invasive species to keep an eye out for:
  • Cotton Bush (Gomphocarpus fruticosus)
  • Common Blackberry Bush (Rubus allegheniensis)
  • Arum Lilly (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
  • Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii)
  • Watsonia (Watsonia meriana)
  • Cape Tulip (Moraea flaccida)
  • Paterson's Curse (Echium plantagineum L.)
Please click here for more information 

(Photo below from Kitty's Gorge Trail, of Cotton Bush, Arum Lily, and Common Blackberry Bush)


'R U OK Day' Planting Event

Our inaugural R U OK Day Planting Event was an absolute success! With people coming from both the Peel and Murray regions, as well as being all different ages.

Well done to everyone involved today, it was an excellent effort planting 1,500 sedges!

With: Shire of Serpentine JarrahdalePeel-Harvey Catchment Council,Rotary Club of Byford & DistrictsJarrahdale HeritageAustralian Native NurserySerpentine Jarrahdale CRCLandcare SJ

A Review of the 2018 Planting Season

Well, 2018 has had an eventful planting season. Landcare SJ, along with our volunteers from the broader community, has planted a whopping 12,889 seedlings across the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and surrounding shires. 

Areas that have been planted throughout the season include:
  • Byford Scout's Bushland
  • Thomas Road
  • Brickwood Reserve
  • Dirkbrook-Punrak Road
  • Federation Park-Serpentine River 
  • Gooralong Brook
  • Mundijong Road
  • Myara Brook
  • Paul Robbinson Reserve
  • Turtle Creek 
  • Byford Entry 
  • Arnold Road
  • North Dandalup River
  • Beau Sovereign Drive 

We'd like to thank all of the hardworking volunteers and organisations that made this season possible!
  • State NRM Program 
  • Alcoa/Greening Australia 
  • Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale 
  • Shire of Murray 
  • Men of The Trees 
  • Jarrahdale Heritage Society 
  • Jarrahdale Primary School 
  • North Dandalup Primary School
  • Byford Scouts 
  • Australian Native Nursery
  • Peel Harvey Catchment Council
  • Byford Envirolink
  • Friends of Brickwood
  • Eton Farm 
  • Serpentine Environment Group   
  • R U OK? Day

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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