Friday, September 25, 2009

CCA/SLSWA/DHL team effort

Cottesloe Coastcare / SLSWA / DHL Working bee

As part of a national Surf Lifesaving ‘Volunteer Day’ initiative, representatives from Surf Lifesaving WA and staff from DHL (major sponsors of SLSWA) partnered with Cottesloe Coastcare Association on Wednesday the 2nd of September to carry out some weeding at Grant Marine Park.

The group proved themselves to be dedicated coast carers, with a fantastic level of enthusiasm despite impending rain. We managed to clear a huge pile of weed species from the park, with some particular care going into the newly planted site where weeds had been threatening to take over some of the seedlings.

After a morning tea visit from the coffee van (what a treat!) everyone got back to work and by lunchtime could be really proud of the achievement and difference we had made to the site.

Many thanks to all the Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers who turned up on the day to help; to the DHL crew who were a really keen and friendly group to work with; and to Scott and Maclain from SLSWA for facilitating the day.

(thanks also to Kate Sputore, the North Metro Coastcare Officer, for organising the day & sending this item for our blog)

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Check out this cheque!

Phil Buzzard, the owner of IGA Mosman Park is pictured with me as he presented Cottesloe Coastcare with a cheque for $1612.60! This is the contribution IGA's customers have made to CCA. IGA Mosman Park and IGA Cottesloe have both had a NO PLASTIC BAG policy for the last 9 months. Customers are encouraged to use multiple-use bags or the boxes provided. If shoppers need paper bags it is suggested they may like to give a donation to a community group.
CCA has benefitted from this initiative at both stores as the Friends of Mosman Park Bushland ( FoMPB) had not yet formalised when IGA commenced their SAY NO to plastic bags undertaking. The money raised by IGA Mosman Park will now be collected for FoMPB.

Some of the money CCA has received will be used for the construction and erection of two micro-bat boxes in a tall gum tree. Micro-bats are losing their habitat and as they have an important role in our ecosystem, we are hoping to create a small colony in an appropriate piece of bushland. Did you know that one tiny micro-bat can eat 1000 mosquitoes in one day! The remainder of the money will be used to pay a contractor for expert weed control and to pay for local native seedlings which we will plant next winter.

CCA is extremely grateful for both generous donations - from IGA Cottesloe (Eric Street shopping centre) and IGA Mosman Park (off Wellington Street). Special thanks to Phil Buzzard and Drew Randall ( IGA Cottesloe).

click here to read the earlier blog entry about IGA Cottesloe's donation to CCA

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