I am very grateful to Lotterywest for sponsoring me to attend two days of the recent conference. It was held over 5 days at various venues around the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. The first Australian Coast to Coast conference was held back in 1994.
CCA had a very productive three day ‘weedathon’ in late October. We are very grateful to Woodside who sponsored two small work teams from Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) for the first two days.
We are all really pleased that Kate Sputore won the Innovative Young Landcare Leader Award at the 2014 National Landcare Awards.
We keep very busy hand weeding at our project sites in the springtime. Again this year I organised a bush walk for Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers as a fun change from getting together only to toil among the weeds!
In May 2014 Alex Johnston began work as our ‘Coastcare Officer’. Alex’s proper title is Coastal and Marine Program Manager with Perth Region NRM (Natural Resources Management).
We have had varied weather conditions on our planting days again this year. You might have read an earlier posting about Coastcare for Singles on a very ‘wild and woolly’ day in May!
Hans Lambers, Professor of Plant Biology at the University of WA has recently published a new book called Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia: A global biodiversity hotspot cover
Coastcare for Singles’ was great fun and an extraordinary effort by more than 30 people in the rain and wind on the central Cottesloe foreshore.
During May 2014 Malcolm Hay received a volunteer award at the annual volunteers cocktail party at Town of Cottesloe’s Town Hall.
Frauke recently went on a tour with the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and saw how others are using photo monitoring to record the processes that are potentially damaging to our coast. She visited some of the sites where photo monitoring is happening including Grigson’s Lookout near Jurien Bay, Thirsty Point and Seabird.
Sally’s recent novel ‘Stella’s Sea’ has an environmental bent and it includes lovely observations of our beautiful local landscape. Cottesloe Coastcare features in the book.
We are delighted that Frauke Chambers has been recognised as the Cottesloe Citizen of the Year for 2014. The award was announced at the Australia Day Ceremony held at the Cottesloe Civic Centre on a balmy Sunday morning.