Good soil health has direct links to a healthy environment and positive community health.
This project will provide opportunities for community and school children to explore good soil health and the benefits associated through a series of workshops. These will include a Heavenly Hectares event, Introduction to Permaculture workshop, Digging Deeper soil,
composting and native plant practical workshops, new backyard insect ID, and Busy Bees and insect citizen science event
Guilderton has magnificent dune biodiversity but this is being threatened by invasive weedy Pyp Grass. This project will remove 5.96ha of Pyp Grass (Ehrharta villosa) through herbicide spraying to allow native biodiversity to return and thrive. This project is the 3rd stage of works detailed in the Guilderton Pyp Grass Management Plan. 2ha of severely degraded sections will be revegetated by community volunteers using native seedlings grown from native seed collected by community volunteers on the Guilderton dunes.
Much of the Moore River catchment’s natural assets are fragmented and native biodiversity threatened. This project will conserve and restore 164ha of critically endangered Wheatbelt Eucalypt and Banksia woodlands on 8 properties, and remove weedy Juncus acutus from the Moore River. MCC will engage with an extensive variety of stakeholders and community to organise an assortment of activities to share biodiversity conservation knowledge and skills to a wide audience of all ages. Activities will include school children making bat boxes, and planting native seedlings, Aboriginal ecological knowledge sharing, The Last Stand 2 and Bioblitz events, and Weed knowledge sharing events.
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) are endemic to WA but are rapidly in decline with total population estimates to be less than 60,000. The western Moore River Catchment and West Midlands area has 5 of the 23 designated Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that support Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos. Past and continuing clearing of Carnaby’s breeding and forage habitat is threatening their future survival. Moore Catchment Council has been carrying out extensive and effective Carnaby conservation projects since 2012.
This project aims to raise the Carnaby’s population through increasing and protecting breeding and priority forage habitat, and installing and monitoring artificial breeding nests. Community will be engaged through Carnaby monitoring, new interpretative signage, new Carnabys information booklet and information event. The project will actively engage the local Yued Aboriginal community through information signage design and appointing a Working on Country Yued native seedling planting crew. This project fits well with the Iluka Carnaby program objectives
The Last Stand was a 5 day community environmental information event to raise awareness of the wonders and woes of the Midwest Wheatbelt wildflower country between Calingiri & Carnamah. Flyer Featuring…
Wed 5th Sept – ‘The Last Stand Symposium’. An array of speakers and discussion on the wonders, issues and solutions of the Wheatbelt natural environment. Symposium
Wed 5th – Sun 9th – exhibition including: Displays – art (local artists), photography (local photographers), information on value of natural environment, case studies, hands-on displays (weeds, insects etc), local aboriginal displays and information, school interaction, films, free native seedlings and more Timetable
Interactive/hands-on – ‘Tree of Life’ (potted dead tree, invite participants to write environmental thoughts on paper leaves and attach to tree), bush tucker (participants to try bush tucker plants), insect display (Spineless Wonders bring display), Supervised Children’s creative nature art activities
The Midwest natural environment is uniquely wondrous and a drawcard for eco-tourists, but its future is threatened. The Wheatbelt Eucalypt Woodlands are now classed as ‘critically endangered’ because of continued clearing and fragmentation of this ecological community. The perception that the wheatbelt remnant environment will be ok is far from true.
Shire remaining remnant vegetation figures are Moora 14%, Dalwallinu 12%, Victoria Plains 14%, Wongan 5% and all in decline.
This free to attend community information event will showcase the many natural wonders of the Midwest wheatbelt and also highlight the issues in hope that conservation for the future can be achieved.
Wed 5th ‘The Last Stand Symposium’ 10am. – 5pm . A array of speakers and discussion on the wonders, issues and solutions of the Wheatbelt natural environment. RSVP required see form below for Registration
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Dr. Carmen Lawrence (President Conservation Council & former Premier)
Eddy Wajon (Wildflower Society & Roadside Conservation Committee)
Malcolm French (Wheatbelt Eucalypts),
Tony Hughes-D’Aeth (Literary History of Wheatbelt),
Paul Barber (Rail reserve vegetation condition),
Declan Doherty (Environmental Defender Office)
Adam Peck (Birdlife Australia)
Aaron Gove ( Astron Environmental Services)
Fred Mogridge (Yued Elder)
plus other local speakers.
Thurs 6th – 11amJohn Horsfall – co-author of Noongar Bush Medicine talking about Bush Medicine of the South-west
Sat 8th – Wheatbelt words 11am – 1pm
John Kinsella and friends (Wheatbelt poets),
Displays all week – art (local artists), photography (local photographers), information on value of natural environment, case studies, hands-on displays (weeds, insects etc), local aboriginal displays and information, school interaction, films, free native seedlings and more
Moore Catchment Council and a number of concerned community members from the region.