Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Trinity triumphs!

It had been noticed by members of CCA that some of the plants around Dutch Inn groyne were looking a little sad and in need of some TLC…fortunately, we had been contacted by a group of students from Trinity College (University of Western Australia) who were keen to get involved in a worthwhile community activity – and what better opportunity than some much-needed coast caring!

It’s always great to have groups like this come along to lend a hand (many hands, actually!) – the amount of work that can get done in a relatively short time is fantastic. The students were really interested and keen to help, and hopefully they all learnt a little about the importance of native coastal vegetation. We can hope some of them were so inspired they may head off to study courses that will result in better science and management of our natural areas…or at least come back to coast care another day!

Thanks so much to the students of Trinity (and we hope you enjoyed the swim afterwards) also to Sue, Frauke and Petra (Town of Cottesloe’s Sustainability Officer) for coming along to help out, as well as Ken from the depot for turning up with the water truck – all the plants received a good drink and hopefully as a result will live on through the long hot summer!  

Kate - NMCO 

Thanks to Kate , (North Metro Coastcare officer) for the posting/photos.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Spreading The Word

On January 24 the Wilderness Society had the first of their Summer Sanctuary Series at Mudurup Rocks, Cottesloe. The event was held to draw attention to the vital role Marine Sanctuaries and Fish Habitat Protection Areas have in ensuring the future of marine life and habitat. 10 CCA volunteers had great fun snorkelling, with a guide, round the edge of the limestone shelf beneath the headland.

To see some great photos from the day click on the link:

I'll let the Wilderness society tell the story: "Cottesloe beach turned on the weather for a beautiful day of snorkeling, exploring and learning. The volunteers were the champions of the day- with over 10 (Wilderness society) volunteers being snorkel guides/registrars and stall holders. The Save Our Marine Life crew joined in the festivities along with the Cottesloe Coastcare group in this great day. We had an overwhelming response to the snorkel for sanctuaries event with over 100 people attending the double session snorkel session", Dr. Jill StJohn explained."The huge turn out today just shows how much public support there is for marine sanctuaries, which sends a strong message to our Premier Barnett that full protection is wanted for the proposed Kimberley Whale Marine Park around Camden Sound".

Friday February 5th was another day of 'spreading the word'. Frauke, CCA's dedicated secretary and all-round hard worker; Kate, (North Metropolitan Coastcare Officer) another dedicated worker and myself set up a small stall ( pictured) at the Scotch College Sustainability Fair.

Various local environmental groups and organisations were represented. There were interesting speakers, music, a not-very-bouncy castle, hot dogs and all the fun of the fair.

You can see Alex and Ben, both Scotch students who enthusiastically and successfully completed our  'Match the seed to the local plant quiz' - and won themselves a lolly! Quite a few boys knew many of the local plants, one boy cleverly recognised some tiny seeds as being from a wind blown grass. Another boy, a boarder, said he knew Quandongs from his home farming property. Many boys recognised wattles and their seed pods also banksias and their cones and winged seeds. The interest in the environment shown by some of the boys gives us reasons to have more hope for the future of our natural areas.

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