As part of our involvement with local community events, we have supported the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions in Cottesloe for some 10 years, contributing many volunteer hours selling catalogues in marquees.
Between 2009 – 2011 I led CCA’s campaign to have the weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) protected in Western Australia. During this time I often corresponded with Dr Nerida Wilson, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in California.
It has been long and hot summer but as you can see from the photos, Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers keep busy. There is seed to collect - some big seed heads such as the Spinifex longifolius are not difficult to gather but as you can see in the photo of the Conostylis candicans that their seeds are very tiny indeed.
Mudurup Rocks is believed to be one of the traditional haunts of the crow or warrdung according to Aboriginal oral history. Now the stories from Aboriginal elders have been recorded by Dr. Barb Dobson and Ken Macintyre, local anthropologists with a long connection with Cottesloe.
Friday 14 November was another good working bee on the dunes. Pricewaterhouse Coopers have given us lots of help over the years with planting and weeding. We are very grateful for this on-going support.
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