Saturday, November 24, 2007

community centenary celebrations

On Sunday 18th November many groups from the Cottesloe community came together on the lawns of the Civic Centre to celebrate Cottesloe's 100th Birthday and to share ideas for the days ahead. Town of Cottesloe hosted a community afternoon and evening concert.


We had a fun day. CCA had a marquee with information about our projects and a fascinating photographic display showing historic photos and recent photos from the same sites - (where CCA volunteers have been active) and showing some good results in biodiversity conservation. Thanks Sue!


We ran a competition during the afternoon which was popular with many school children. There were 10 potted plants - the aim was to identify which plants were local native plants and which were troublesome weeds locally.
The weeds on show were all from South Africa and are taking the place of local plants along the foreshore. (click on photos to enlarge)
We encourage people to always think very carefully about their choice of garden plants, but particularly if you live near natural bush or foreshore areas. Some garden weed escapees can change the nature of our bushland for ever. Examples of such weeds are gazanias, veldt daisies, watsonias, freesias and yellow soldiers. To learn more about weeds in WA go to : http://members.iinet.net~weeds/

The Cottesloe Mayor, Kevin Morgan, announced the winners of the CCA Flotsam photo competition and presented Cottesloe beach towels to the winners. Click here for the winning pictures. The prizes were donated by Peter Dunn of Fun's Back Surf Shop at 120 Marine Pde, Cottesloe. Thank you Peter.
Asher with his photo prize towel from 'Fun's Back', Cottesloe.

Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers are celebrating 12 yrs of hard work along the foreshore but the challenges ahead are huge! If our local natural environment and biodiversity conservation were considered to be core business by the whole community much more could be achieved. Threats include weeds dumped by local residents, weed seeds blown in to the natural areas from near by gardens, diminishing ground water and rabbits destroying local vegetation - these are our biggest challenges. (And then there are the enormous future challenges from climate change).

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