The North Guilderton dunes were alive with the sound of shovels on Sunday 7th June for a community planting day. The event was part of Moore Catchment Council’s project to rehabilitate the north dunes, funded through the WA Natural Resource Management Program. This 22ha area of fragile dunes has been targeted for rejuvenation after many years of degradation by off-road vehicles. After fencing the area last year, this revegetation project will give nature a helping hand in covering over the old vehicle tracks.
Do you ever wonder what to do with that gutless worst paddock on the farm that you wished would make some money?? Ian McGillivray at Koojan has been experimenting with various soil conditioners to generate more income from his poorest paddock and shared his trials and findings at a field walk on 25th March. Rachel Walmsley from Moore Catchment Council (MCC) said “Ian’s been testing variable rates of chicken manure, organic soil conditioner, clay and Agflow on non wetting sand using
a grant obtained by Moore Catchment Council through the Federal Government. He wanted to strategically use the conditioners in strips to maximise effect and reduce costs, and then plant Tagasaste and saltbush as sheep feed.”
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo are a worthy winner in the recent release of funding applied for by Moore Catchment Council (MCC) through the Federal Government National Landcare Program and Western Australian State Government’s Natural Resource Management (State NRM) Program.
Candy’s Bush Reserve is a small but important patch of remnant Salmon Gum/Wandoo woodland on the edge of Moora. As part of a Moore Catchment Council’s State NRM Program project to protect and promote the reserve, a small but dedicated group of volunteers from Friends of the Moora Woodlands and MCC got together on December 10th to remove rubbish. Rachel Walmsley MCC’s NRM Officer said “The group spent three hours ridding the reserve of old car batteries, a pram, a fan, a microwave, car exhausts, and hundreds/thousands of bits of glass from broken beer bottles. All this rubbish was discarded before the reserve was fenced in 2013. Before then it was a dumping ground and place to hoon about and smash bottles but now it is a clean and safer place to visit.”
The Regional Achievement and Community Awards selected Moore Catchment Council (MCC) as a finalist in the CSBP Environment Award category this year. The aims and objectives of The Regional Achievement & Community Awards are to encourage, acknowledge and pay tribute to individuals, communities, businesses and groups who are making a significant contribution to regional and rural areas.
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo face an uncertain future in WA. This once widespread bird is now reduced to a population of only around 40,000 and continued destruction of its habitat can only mean numbers will reduce further. Fortunately there are people who care enough to help save the bird species from extinction, and some of these carers attended the Moore Catchment Council’s Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo Information Day in Guilderton on 27th October
Guilderton has always been a special place to many but its wonderful natural assets are becoming more and more threatened from increasing visitor numbers. The Guilderton Celebration Day on Friday 24th October saw around 80 people from all sectors come together to celebrate three projects that are helping to conserve the fragile dunes and Moore River estuary for the future. The day was organised by the Guilderton Community Association (GCA), Shire of Gingin (SG) and Moore Catchment Council (MCC), and started with the official opening of the Djena Koorl-iny (meaning ‘go on foot’ in Noongar) walk trail north of town.
This year has been blooming marvellous in Candy’s Bush Reserve ! The 8ha Salmon Gum and Wandoo woodland reserve located on the south east edge of Moora has put on a fabulous display of flora including carpets of daisies, thousands of orchids and even rarely seen plants that have made an appearance due to the good rains in autumn. Rachel Walmsley NRM Officer for Moore Catchment Council (MCC) said “It’s been magnificent this year, the orchid numbers are triple what they were in 2013 including the giant white spider orchid which have been huge. I’ve also located a potential Declared Rare Flora which only has known locations east of Geraldton.”
Ian McGillivray is a Koojan farmer who likes to get the best from all his land – even his poor gutless sands. Establishing perennial plants in deep white non-wetting sands is problematic. This is due to poor water and nutrient holding capacity of the soil at the root zone, and ensuring the plants survive their first summer in the NAR before accessing subsurface moisture.
Malleefowl have had a welcome boost to their habitat near Maya this year with local landowner Phil Nicolaou rehabilitating thirty hectares of his farm with native species. Moore Catchment Council obtained funds through the State NRM Program to carry out this project to help conserve Malleefowl
populations in the area by rehabilitating cleared land with native plants and improving connectivity between remnant vegetation.