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
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!
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.