It is always a good feeling to have finished planting for the year! We dug the last hole and watered in the last seedling on July 12th. Since then the plants have received some good falls of rain so it all augurs well, to date, for a good survival rate this year.
Many thanks to Chez Scalise for this blog post and to all the great team from PwC. For some volunteers from the PwC team, we were returning to back to the same site where we helped the incredible team at the Cottesloe Coastcare Association, and for others it was a new opportunity to help the Association in their mission to preserve the local ecosystem.
Planting has started for 2013 and we got off to a great start with an excellent team of volunteers from Pricewaterhouse Coopers who gave us a day of work!
45 people and 4 ospreys joined us for our Heritage Walk at Mudurup Rocks on Saturday April 20th.
Mudurup Rocks is a special place on the Cottesloe coast. Its rocks tell of changing sea levels over thousands of years - as recently as 7000 years ago you could walk to Rottnest. For the Indigenous people it was a special fishing place - "the place of the yellow-finned whiting".
Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers were delighted that our Chairman Mike Ewing was awarded the honour of Cottesloe Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day citizenship and annual awards ceremony on January 26th 2013.
When CCA volunteers did some weeding near Vlamingh Memorial just before Christmas, Frauke and I watched some blue banded bees on Melaleuca huegellii (chenille honeymyrtle) and on Frankenia pauciflora (sea heath).
It’s one year on – from the tragic losses resulting from fires in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. More than 3,673 hectares of bushland was burnt and 38 homes destroyed (106 buildings damaged).
Cottesloe Coastcare Association (CCA) volunteers and the North Metropolitan Coastcare Officer Kate Sputore were delighted to welcome volunteer Master Gardeners and M.G’s mentor, Bob Dixon (Manager of Biodiversity and Extensions, Kings Park and Botanic Garden) to Cottesloe, on Tuesday 13th November.
Saturday 10th November was the Cottesloe ‘Hullabaloo Festival’ in Napoleon Street. The busy street is closed to traffic all day and soon fills up with stalls from nearby businesses. Clowns and stilt walkers entertain, music is broadcast, lots of balloons, there is food and drink and lots to buy.
Mike’s glasses have just returned from a winter adventure. They were previously last seen hanging around the neck of Mike Ewing during a working session back in March at the Dutch Inn site in south Cottesloe.
Spring time is weeding time for Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers and we have been hard at work. Despite the very poor rain this past winter, the rain received was distributed over a long period and perhaps this is the reason that every weed species seems to be doing extra well this year!