Thursday, April 05, 2007

Year 4, Cottesloe Botanists

Recently, Year 4 students from Cottesloe Primary with their teachers, Mrs Marion Ewing and Mr Lawrie Prestage, walked to Cottesloe beach to meet Kate Sputore, the North Metro Coastcare Officer and Robyn Benken from CCA. The Norfolk Island pines above Cottesloe's main beach provided the shady classroom. We learnt about local native plants and how they have adapted for survival on sand dunes, in harsh salt-laden winds.

Kate and Year 4's

The students completed work sheets on four important dune plant species. The plants we studied are Lepidosperma gladiatum or coast sword sedge, Spinifex longifolius or long-leaved spinifex, Leucophyta brownii or cushion bush and Acacia cyclops or red-eyed wattle. The work sheets prepared by the four teams of students are now up (at the link, highlighted here) on our website. For more information on these plants and other species local to Cottesloe, go to our website and click on 'Plants to Plant'
The children said that they were looking forward to returning to the outdoor classroom in the winter to plant these species and other seedlings at the new CCA project site on the Bryan Way foredune.
Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers are delighted to have on-going partnerships like this one, with dedicated teachers interested in the local natural environment and prepared to share this interest with their students. A big thank you to everyone concerned.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Coastcarers in Cyberspace

CCA's new website launch by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Federal member for Curtin, Minister for Education, Science and Training & the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues. (pictured with CCA Chairman, Associate Professor Michael Ewing).

On Monday evening, April 2nd the Hon Julie Bishop MP removed a red ribbon from a computer at the Cottesloe, Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove Library and unveiled the new website of the Cottesloe Coastcare Association.
About forty Coastcare volunteers were able to view the exciting new site at ‘’, for the first time. Cottesloe Coastcare’s Chair, Associate Professor Michael Ewing welcomed the Minister, Cottesloe’s Mayor Kevin Morgan and CEO Stephen Tindale and guests. Prof. Ewing especially thanked Sue, Rob and Mike Freeth for their technological wizadry which created such an exciting new communication tool for CCA.

Top - Elizabeth Spoor, Robert Powell, Pat Elder, Sue Medalia & Sue Conlan with CCA online
L - Mike Ewing, Greg Boland, Julie Bishop MP, Sue Freeth and Megan Ewing viewing the website presentation on the big screen.
R- The Minister & Town of Cottesloe Mayor, Kevin Morgan

Cottesloe’s Mayor, Kevin Morgan spoke about the eleven years of working partnership between the Town of Cottesloe and CCA, and thanked the volunteers for all their important work. The Mayor noted that for every dollar Coastcare raises through Federal and State Government sponsorship, volunteers contribute considerably more through their unpaid labour.

The Hon Julie Bishop also officially launched CCA’s latest project on the Cottesloe foreshore. The Minister said “this is CCA's fifth project which has been funded by the Commonwealth Government, in partnership with Town of Cottesloe”. The total funding received from the Commonwealth Government is in the order of $42,000.
The 18 month Envirofund /NHT project, Round 8, was announced late last year and CCA received $6,850 towards the restoration of a high profile foredune opposite Bryan Way on the central Cottesloe foreshore, in partnership with Town of Cottesloe.
At present the site is weed infested and prone to erosion. Volunteers have collected local seed from 18 local plant species and approximately 2000 seedlings are being grown at APACE nursery, for planting in winter. Students from Murdoch and Curtin Universities, Cottesloe Primary, Scotch College and St Hildas have shown interest to be involved in this project - with on the ground work or preparing articles for CCA’s blog and website.