Wrapping up 2019

22 December 2019  |  by Sue Freeth

Best wishes for a Happy Christmas to all our volunteers and supporters. We soon farewell 2019 and prepare for the Twenty Twenties!

2019 has been another full Coastcaring year with our volunteers contributing 2,196 hours to the natural environment of our town during 62 working bees! This included hand weeding and filling many hundreds of bags of weeds, planting around 4000 seedlings, watering seedlings approximately once a month since spring, seed collecting for next year, collecting too much rubbish and  mulching our plants. These hours include great help from several local schools, a few corporate groups and  Conservation Volunteers Australia. We are grateful for all this support plus the support from Town of Cottesloe – particularly from Adeline, Bruno, Clayton and Troy.
Our new website has been a long labour of love and we owe special thanks to Sue Freeth for her inspired work and commitment to this big project. CCA’s Facebook page has proven a plus and has brought some new, younger energies to working bees.

Photos and text by Robyn

Miranda's kids

Local kids Bremer (L), Leeuwie and Mitchell recently donated their pocket money earned by doing chores to Cottesloe Coastcare for our exciting new nature play project at Vlamingh. Their $56 donation will buy 28 seedlings next year. Beautiful Christmas spirit and the gift of giving from a lovely local family.

Christmas party

We celebrated Christmas and a good year’s work in the Cottesloe Civic Centre’s Rotunda. It was lovely to get together and celebrate and share an event that did not involve spades and perspiration!

Meeting with our local MP Celia Hammond and Trevor Evans, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management. We were pleased to receive $20,000 from the Australian Government’s Communities Environmental Program, through the office of Celia Hammond M.P. This will go towards our exciting nature play project and will be a first along the metropolitan coast. Town of Cottesloe have funded the first part of this new  project at Vlamingh. More funding is required but we will leave no stone unturned in our quest to find another $30,000!

Apace visit

A few weeks ago Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers were invited to a tour at APACE Nursery, Fremantle. APACE grows plants for us every year and we store our local seed in their seed store. Many of us have enjoyed training courses at APACE over the years. We enjoyed seeing our tiny seedlings growing well for next winter and learning about the challenges of propagating recalcitrant species, smoking seed trays, sterilization of pots and much more. Special thanks to Cassie. You can read more about APACE Nursery.