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Community Organising Training

Community Organising Training

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – October 22, 20173:30 pm
Location TBA

We are excited to offer our new Community Organising Training course – Movement for Life – to Wilderness Society volunteers and supporters.

Our community organising program is all about immersing yourself in an incredible learning and development experience so that collectively we can better protect, promote and restore Wilderness across Australia.

This two day course will give you experience and skills in:

-The theory and frameworks of community organising
-Relational organising skills
-Leadership and facilitation
-Communications for change (telling your personal narrative)
-Campaign planning
-Activating your local community
-Building grassroots teams & volunteer management


Is this training right for me?

Do you care about nature protection and do you have a yearning to be more effective in this space? Yes? Then this is for you!

We’re looking to transform the ways in which society connects and respects our natural environment. This program is a huge first step in discovering what we can do collectively. It’ll equip you with the skills, know-how, mentoring and connections you need to have an impact in your local community.


BYO Lunch, Tea, Coffees and snacks provided.

Please ensure you let us know via email if you have any dietary requirements, mobility needs or anything else you think we need to take into consideration.

This program is offered to those currently volunteering (or are seeking to volunteer) free of charge. Spaces are strictly limited so make sure you RSVP as soon as possible or get in touch if you need any further information.


For more information on what it means to volunteer with us please do not hesitate to contact us on 9420 7255 or email

Bird Watching Walk

Bird Watching Walk

October 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Curtin University Boat Club, Fairview Gardens, Salter Point, Western Australia, Australia

During BirdLife Australia’s National Bird Week, 23-29 October, join staff from the City of South Perth’s environment team for a free guided walk along the unique Waterford foreshore through parklands and remnant wetlands observing and recording birds as you go.

Information gathered during the survey will be recorded and sent to BirdLife Australia and will be used in their ongoing monitoring programs.

Participants can expect to observe up to 40 species in the area including Osprey, Black Swans, Grebes, Great Egret, Australian Darters and maybe even a Stirated Pardalote.

The walk is approximately 3km on sealed pathways and suitable for people with a general level of fitness. Families and children (supervised) are encouraged to attend.

If you have your own binoculars please bring them along.

A light morning tea will be provided.

Earthwise Open Day

Earthwise Open Day

October 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Earthwise community, 315 Bagot Road, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia

Earthwise Open Day
Food, Fun & Fridge Beds!
Over 30 stalls
The Joy of Wood – The Eco-Faeries – The Junkadelic Pure Junk Band
Upcycle Workshops – Innovative Ideas – Eco-Workshops – Plants – Worms and Composting.

Your Garden with Josh Byrne

Your Garden with Josh Byrne

October 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Royal Perth Yacht Club, 6 Australia II Dr, Crawley 

November 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Centenary Park Community Centre, 105 Daly Street, Belmont

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Centenary Pavilion, Centenary Ave, Wilson

Your Garden with Josh Byrne is a free workshop series providing Perth residents with the ideas and inspiration to create a successful garden while doing your bit to help the Swan and Canning Rivers.

This is a free event, bookings are essential.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

October 23, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Birds are singing and nesting – ready for BirdLife Australia’s fourth annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count held from 23-29 October. The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where it is and it only takes 20 minutes. As a little extra incentive, there are some incredible prizes to be won!

It’s easy to get involved:
• Register your interest as a Counter now through the website
• Download the free Aussie Bird Count app from Google Play or the iTunes app store
• If you already have the Aussie Bird Count app from last year, there’s no need to delete it – an update is available on 1 October
• You can also submit your counts through the website if you prefer not to use a smartphone or tablet to take part
• If you’re a teacher, check out our Bird Count curriculum-based lesson plans to get your students (or the whole school!) involved.

Any questions, head to our FAQ page, where you’ll find more information about registering, participating, and troubleshooting.

Weeds – friend or foe?

Weeds – friend or foe?

October 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
North Perth Community Garden, Farmer St, North Perth, Western Australia

Weeds – the canary in the garden. Learn to see weeds differently. Why does nature grow weeds? What do weeds tell you about your soil health? Which weeds are healthier to eat than the vegies you are growing now? …and much much more.

North Perth Community Garden is thrilled to be welcoming expert permaculture gardener CHARLES OTWAY to present this event. All welcome.

Members – free, non-members – gold coin donation. Afternoon tea included.

Edible gardening

Edible gardening

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Kenwick Public Library, 82 Kenwick Road, Kenwick, Western Australia, Australia

At this informative session learn more about garden preparation. Sowing seeds, making sand into soil, companion planting.

Understand the propagation of plants, pest control and much more.

This is a free event, refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential.
Telephone: 9397 3099
Email Address:

BirdLife Birdata Workshop

BirdLife Birdata Workshop

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia

re you interested in birds? Do you want to keep track of what you see around your local patch?

Join our free BirdLife workshop to learn all about the Birdata app that keeps track of our feathered friends.

Birdata is a citizen science, data collection platform that helps people record the wildlife they see, while at the same time contributing scientific data that lets BirdLife protect our native birds. Best of all, take it straight to the field with a bird walk to see firsthand how easy it is to use!

Phone: 9257 9809

Sustainable Gardens Seminar

Sustainable Gardens Seminar

October 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Joondalup Reception Centre, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia

Learn innovative ways to better use water while still enjoying and growing your garden. A which, what, how and when guide to using less water and growing more. Topics covered include available water sources and their best suited use, rainwater harvesting, greywater, man-made and natural water storage, soil improvements, mulching and turning food scraps into soil.

Registrations to this free seminar are essential and places are limited.

War on Plastic Sundowner

War on Plastic Sundowner

October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Pl, East Perth WA 6004, Australia

GreenBatch are proud and excited to present this free ‘War on Plastic’ Speaker Panel & Sundowner to all of Perth.

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Western Australia has zero plastic reprocessing facilities, this means that not one plastic bottle you have ever put in your yellow-lid bin has been recycled here in WA.

Can Western Australia do better?

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from thought leaders and experts in the fields of sustainability, education, marine conservation and plastics recycling.

This free event is being held in conjunction with Perth City Farm’s Twilight Markets which features a wide (and tastey) range of food stalls & trucks. Get your friends together, grab some dinner and join us for a truely inspiring night of conversation.

We will be providing complimentary drinks for our guests who confirm their attendance through Eventbrite.

We will learn from experts about what WA is doing about waste and recycling and ways that it can be improved. We will look into initiatives currently underway solving waste problems and how you can get on board and be a part of this sustainable change. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session after the panel discussion so bring your questions!
This event provides a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other like-minded individuals who are conscious of their environmental impact.

North Fremantle: Beach Clean: Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign

North Fremantle: Beach Clean: Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign

October 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Leighton Beach Boulevard, Leighton Beach Blvd, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia

Clean Up WA Weekend!

Let’s go into summer with clean, healthy beaches.

Sea Shepherd Marine Debris will be holding their October clean up at Leighton Beach. Our beach clean ups are family friendly so why not bring your family and friends and grab a bag and join us in the fight to save our oceans.

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats facing our oceans. Together we can not only #StemtheTide of rubbish entering our waterways but also save countless lives. If we work together we can fix this – this is your chance to help!

Meeting Point – North Fremantle SLSC – Look out for our gazebo!

Schedule for the day;
8.30am – Registration opens
9.00am -10.30am Beach Clean Up
10.30am – 12.00ish – Sorting and Counting of rubbish. We would love as much help as possible with this part of the event.

What to bring;
~Wear a hat
~Wear closed in shoes
~Bring water in a reusable container
~Be SunSmart

If you have tongs, reusable gloves and/or a bucket please bring them along as we have a limited supply.

Frog Pond Workshop

Frog Pond Workshop

October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Environment House, 125 King William Street, Bayswater, Western Australia, Australia

Environment House Convenor and Bayswater local Warren Haley loves frogs and manages our frog ponds at our EcoHouse. Every year he kindly shares his extensive knowledge in our annual Frog Pond Workshop. This free workshop contains a lot of interesting and practical information and is good for the whole family, because who doesn’t love frogs!

Koondoola Regional Bushland Guided Walk

Koondoola Regional Bushland Guided Walk

October 14, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Koondoola Regional Bushland, Koondoola WA 6064, Australia

Wildflower Society event.
Guided walk through Koondoola Regional Bushland with David Pike, looking at Spring wildflowers, birds and insects. Meet in Koondoola Ave opposite Burbridge Ave. All welcome.

Black-Cockatoos: Ron Johnstone (WA Museum) talks about his latest research

Black-Cockatoos: Ron Johnstone (WA Museum) talks about his latest research

October 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Western Australian Ecology Centre, 165 Perry Lakes Drive, City Beach, Western Australia, Australia

Ron Johnstone has been working on Black-Cockatoos for over 30 years and is an expert in the field. His work includes the Cockatoo Care Program, research on all three of southwest WA’s Black-Cockatoos, the impacts of feral honey bees and the design of artificial hollows. Ron will give a talk on his latest research and the ways in which you can help Black-Cockatoos (plants, habitat restoration, etc).

This talk is presented with funding from State NRM as part of the BirdLife managed project ‘Consolidation of Biodiversity Habitat’. The project’s aim is to increase food resources for Black-Cockatoos by revegetating degraded areas of Bold Park in Floreat.

The Value of Seagrasses in the Restoration and Recovery of Oceans

The Value of Seagrasses in the Restoration and Recovery of Oceans

October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oceans Institute Auditorium, UWA, Crawley, Western Australia

A free public lecture by Professor Gary Kendrick and Dr John Statton, UWA Oceans Institute

Seagrass meadows are among the most highly valued ecosystems on earth, worth $34 000 ha-1 yr-1 as they protect our coastlines, clean our polluted waters, capture atmospheric carbon are habitat for fish and feed many coastal communities of the world. We are losing seagrass meadows at rates comparable to those for coral reefs globally. An estimated one quarter of the world’s seagrass meadows is already lost. How do we turn about this loss? The main tools of an applied scientist are removing the drivers of loss and to enhance recovery through rehabilitation and restoration.

At the UWA Oceans Institute, and in collaboration with industry partners, we are developing large scale restoration techniques that can be used to both restore seagrasses and to enhance existing seagrass meadows for sustainability. To achieve large-scale restoration of degraded seagrass meadows, we take a lessons learnt approach from terrestrial restoration practices and apply this within a marine setting. Our research focuses on four key areas: seed harvesting and seed sowing, seed dormancy and germination, seedling growth and survival, and genetics to assess adaptability to environmental change. In this lecture we will present our gardening secrets for growing seagrasses for restoration.

Take Back the Future

Take Back the Future

October 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Perth Town Hall, Hay St & Barrack St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

From Pine Gap to Fukushima, the Beeliar wetlands to the United Nations, join Scott Ludlam for a unique evening traversing nine years of campaign wins and frustrations, reflections and future directions on the road to a more peaceful and just planet.

“It is strikingly easy to visualise plausible dystopias. It is altogether more difficult, and much more interesting, to ask ourselves what making a good home in the 21st century might look like. What if our collective instincts for survival, care and creativity were to prevail, here at home and around the world?” Scott Ludlam 2017

Mandurah’s Community Garden Festival

Mandurah’s Community Garden Festival

October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mandurah Community Gardens, Coodanup Dr, Coodanup WA 6210, Australia

A free event showcasing the community gardens with guest speaker Sabrina Hahn from ABC Perth, take a walk around the gardens, enjoy the stalls and listen to music in this outdoor event. Sabrina is a passionate master gardener. Relax in the garden as Sabrina imparts her practical knowledge of sustainable gardening that can be replicated in your own garden. Sabrina will also be there to answer your gardening questions. Come enjoy the stalls, hot food and music at 11.30am before Sabrina arrives.

Iluka Beach Community Coastal Biodiversity

Iluka Beach Community Coastal Biodiversity

October 8, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Iluka Foreshore Park, Burns Beach Road, Iluka Foreshore Park, Burns Beach Rd, Iluka WA 6028, Australia

The Iluka Community Biodiversity Survey scheduled for Sunday 8th October will be a fun family event and a great way to learn about all the living things of the dunes, coast and near shore marine environment at this lovely location.

Community members are invited to gather at the beach to observe and record all the native plants and animals of Iluka Beach. The event is both an informal biodiversity survey and a naturalist’s treasure hunt. Participants will be given a log sheet of the plants and animals to be found at that location and encouraged to find each species. Everyone is invited to record their observations by taking photos or making sketches of individual native species. Drawing material will be provided.

A field laboratory with iScopeStands will transform smartphones into microscopes to view the tiny details of nature. Come and discover the beauty in the detail of delicate algae and tiny invertebrates on marine plants, the makeup of beach sand, dune plants and much more.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia School of the Biological Sciences, members of Mullaloo Beach Community Group Inc, Friends of the North Ocean Reef Iluka Foreshore, Rod Smith from Birdlife WA, and the artist and environmental educator Angela Rossen will be on hand to assist participants on the day.

Bring your family and friends for a fun morning from 9am to 12 noon on Sunday October 8th. Come to Iluka Foreshore Park Burns Beach Rd Iluka and follow the signs.

This event is co-hosted by The Mullaloo Beach Community Group Inc. and the Artist and Educator Angela Rossen
Enquiries to Sharon McArthur

Compost and worm farming

Compost and worm farming

October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
4 Hobart St, North Perth WA 6006, Australia

Free ‘green’ workshops to City of Vincent residents with the awesome Transition Town Vincent team.

Learn how to make healthy soil from your kitchen, garden and paper waste
Want to get started, but don’t know what system to use? This workshop will go through the following systems:
-Bokashi bucket
-Worm farming and
-In ground worm farming

Learn how to set up the right habits that make it easy to produce healthy soil.

Ben Klenner shares his hands on experience, passion for good soil and experience as a presenter for Great Gardens.

Bokashi Composting Workshop

Bokashi Composting Workshop

October 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Aubin Grove Community Room, Aubin Grove, Camden Boulevard, Aubin Grove, Western Australia, Australia

Looking for an easy home composting system?
Come along to our Bokashi composting workshop

‘Bokashi’ is Japanese for fermented organic matter and Bokashi bin composting is an convenient and cost effective way to turn home organic waste into a nutrient rich liquid soil conditioner.

You will discover how to effectively compost at home complete with a hands-on demonstration.

You can purchase a subsidised Bokashi Bin complete with Bokashi fermentation dust for $50 on the day or simply join us to learn more about recycling organic waste at home.

Groat Street Festival

Groat Street Festival

October 28, 2017
Groat Street, Groat St, North Beach WA 6020, Australia

Groat Street Festival launched in 2014 with local community members building an event that promoted sustainable community living.

Community members will be running workshops, information talks, displays, craft stalls, demonstrations and performances. The event thrives on skill sharing, volunteer commitment and good old fashioned entertainment.

Pop a weed in your salad – Mary Carroll Park

Pop a weed in your salad – Mary Carroll Park

October 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mary Carroll Park, 165F Eudoria St, Gosnells WA 6110, Australia

If you have a problem with weeds in your garden, try turning the problem into a solution. Join Shane Hunter from Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group to learn how common weeds can be a useful and nutritious part of our diet. Enjoy a walk around Mary Carroll Park wetlands and identify the many edible and medicinal plants commonly seen as unwanted pests in our gardens and natural environment.

Free, but bookings are essential.
Phone 9397 3111

Earth Carers Course

Earth Carers Course

October 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Grove Community Centre, 1 Leake St, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia

Join the growing community of Earth Carers in the Western Suburbs and learn how to live with less waste! On the Earth Carers course you’ll enjoy touring waste and community facilities and finding out about what happens to different types of waste. You will learn practical skills like composting and decluttering plus other tips help you make good waste practices normal in your family and neighbourhood.

The next free course starts Wednesday 18 October and runs for five sessions on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Bookings essential.

From Wasted to Wonderful

From Wasted to Wonderful

October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, Western Australia, Australia

Every time you save something from being thrown into landfill, you’re doing your bit to contribute to a sustainable future. But what if you could learn to upcycle ‘stuff’ yourself? Join Green Skills to get handy with tools and learn to turn those pesky pallets into fabulous features for your home or garden. What’s better than new planters? New planters that are good for the planet!

Book early – places are limited! Participants to wear closed in shoes and long trousers; gloves and protective glasses will be available but bring your own if you prefer.

Henderson Waste Recovery Park Tour

Henderson Waste Recovery Park Tour

October 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
City of Cockburn Administration, 9 Coleville Crs, Spearwood, Western Australia

Come for a FREE behind-the-scenes tour of the waste recovery park and discover the amazing world of waste.

Learn how waste can be minimised and avoided, reused and recycled into new products and how we convert waste gas into electricity. Visit the popular Reuse Shop to pick up a few bargains!

Meet at City of Cockburn Administration Centre car park to jump on our community bus, which departs at 9.40am sharp.

Repair Lab

Repair Lab

October 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
MiniLab, 874 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia

Welcome to Repair Lab.
When in doubt, don’t throw out!
Bring it to the Repair Lab, a grassroots initiative to encourage and help Perth folks to come up with new and creative ways to salvage perfectly usable things.

Repair Lab will gather volunteers who can work with you to assess and fix your broken items, and hopefully give you some insight on how to repair other things around the house.

It’s a collaborative and learning experience, a little antidote to our modern day throw-away mentality.

To repair toys, printers, hair driers, bikes and the like we need people who have the know-how, as well as the tools!

Repair Lab wants to hook up with the fixers in our community, so if you are one of them or know someone who is, please get in touch. Let’s have some fun together!

First pilot Repair Lab to be held Oct 7 in East Victoria Park.

Charlie Veron on A Life Underwater

Charlie Veron on A Life Underwater

October 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (UWA), 64 Fairway, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present Charlie Veron on The Life Underwater.

This presentation will be chaired by Professor Gary Kendrick, UWA Oceans Institute.
Copies of “A Life Underwater” will be available for sale on the night.
Free entry.

About “A Life Underwater”:
Hailed by David Attenborough and proclaimed a second Charles Darwin, Charlie Veron has lived up to his namesake. Even as a toddler, he had a deep affinity with the natural world, and by school age he knew more about some sciences than his teachers did.

This didn’t prevent him failing in a system that smothered creativity, and it was only by chance that he went to university. And only by chance that he became a marine biologist, through his love of scuba diving. But once he found his specialty he revolutionised it. He generated a new concept of evolution that incorporates environmental change and a radical idea of what species are, matters which lie at the heart of conservation. He has identified more coral species than anyone in history, and in the process become known as the Godfather of Coral. Charlie has dived most of the world’s coral reefs, revelling in a beauty that few others have seen. In this engaging memoir he explains what reefs say about our planet’s past and future, and why it’s critical they be protected. And also why it’s critical that scholarly independence be safeguarded.

For it was the freedom he had as a young scientist, to be wayward, to take risks – a freedom barely imaginable in today’s world of managed academia – that allowed his breakthroughs. Exhilaratingly eye-opening, provocative, funny and warm, A Life Underwater is an inspiration to the young and the young at heart.

Gardening Gurus – Swan Valley

Gardening Gurus – Swan Valley

October 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Road, Henley Brook, Western Australia, Australia

Looking to keep the kids entertained and busy in the October school holidays.

Learn how to make your own potting mix, create your own ‘wicking bed’ herb garden and make a seed ‘bomb’! Wear your old clothes and come along and get dirty with Gaia Permaculture and learn the basics of permaculture!

Parents/Guardians are required to stay for each activity and are encouraged to get involved where possible!

Places are limited for all sessions so book your space online or by calling Jenna Whistler at 0427 163 317 or via email

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

October 4, 2017
City of Perth Library and History Centre, 573 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Meet some of our feathery friends in this presentation by WA Birds of Prey. Observe, learn about and handle some of Australia’s top predators.

10.30am to 11.30am | Suitable for ages 6+
1.00pm to 2.00pm | Suitable for ages 6+
Bookings essential.

Wildlife Vet Detectives

Wildlife Vet Detectives

September 27, 2017
City of Perth Library and History Centre, 573 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Discover what it’s like to be a wildlife vet in this presentation by Native ARC. Meet and learn about some of the amazing animals they have helped save. Build your own wildlife rescue kit and become a wildlife vet detective for your neighbourhood!

10.30am to 12.00pm | Suitable for ages 6+
1.00pm to 2.30pm | Suitable for ages 6+
Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Seed Saving Workshop

Seed Saving Workshop

September 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Altone Park Public Library, 332 Benara Rd, Beechboro

September 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Midland Public Library, 45 Helena St, Midland 

September 19, 2017 @ 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Ballajura Public Library, Kingfisher Ave & Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura

September 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bullsbrook Public Library, Chittering Rd, Bullsbrook

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ellenbrook Community Library, 90 Main Street, Ellenbrook 

You love to garden! You planted your favourite veggies, herbs and flowers in the spring, watched them sprout, watered them diligently, added compost, weeded and mulched, observed bees pollinating, reaped the harvest, and savoured delicious flavours as you cooked and preserved your bounty. Now the garden season is nearly over – or is it? What about all those seeds?

In this workshop participants will learn what seeds to buy, how plants make more seeds, and saving those seeds. We will discuss terms like, open pollinated, heirloom, hybrid and learn which seeds to save, harvesting, processing and storing/ labelling them for future use and sharing. Participants are encouraged to bring along some seeds to process at the workshop, but this is not compulsory.

Presented by Charles Otway, of Terra Perma Design.
Bookings are essential and can be made by phone, online or in person at a library branch.

Ornithology in the Gunduwa region

Ornithology in the Gunduwa region

Want to learn more about birds?

Immerse yourself in an intensive one-week course in the glorious WA outback. In a friendly atmosphere, join us to learn practical techniques to identify bush birds and find out how to contribute valuable scientific data. Best of all, the courses are free. You will be able to wake up to the dawn chorus of aridzone birds, staying on properties in and around the Gunduwa area, where the Midwest, Wheatbelt and Goldfields meet. This is a great opportunity to visit some add to your practical skillset and contribute to vital research at the same time.

Courses facilitated by Tegan Douglas, BirdLife WA

7th – 11th August: Charles Darwin Reserve
4th – 8th September: Ninghan Station
23rd – 27th October: Thundelarra Station

Places are limited, so to register or for more information email or call (08) 9383 7749.

Noongar Six Seasons Walk

Noongar Six Seasons Walk

During 2017 Perth NRM are running a series of outdoor walks that take place throughout Perth and in bush and beach locations that would have been used traditionally by Noongar people.

On these free community walks, learn about the six Noongar seasons in the Perth Region. The six seasons played an integral role in the yearly cycle of travel and resource collection for Noongar people, each of these walks takes you to where Noongar people would have been during that season and teaches you what resources were used and available at that time including foods, medicines, and materials.

Bunuru – The fruiting season                    
Date: 29 March
Location: South Beach, North Coogee

Djeran – The first rains
Date: 3 May
Location: Hestor Park, Langford

Makaru – The cold and wet
Date: 5 July
Location: Forrestdale Lake, Forrestdale

Djilba – The weather starts to warm
Date: 6 September
Location: Forrestdale Lake, Forrestdale

Kamabarang – The flowering
Date: 1 November
Location: Thompson Lake, Cockburn

Birak – The hot and dry
Date: 13 December
Location: Bibra lake, Bibra Lake

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Grafting and propagation

October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook, Western Australia

Ever wanted to graft your own plant? Grow your own rootstock? Create multi-grafted plants? Welcome to our grafting and propagation workshop, held on October 8, 2017 from 10am to 12pm at Tass 1 Trees. At this workshop, Joe Tassone will show you how simple grafting is with practice. Learn to do chip/bud, cleft and top grafts and discuss other grafting related issues.
Financial members: $25.00
Non-members: $30.00
Workshop + membership: $50.00


Boxed Green Workshops

Boxed Green Workshops

Secrets of Native Gardening

October 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia

November 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Oakford WA 6121, Australia

December 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia

In this great-value workshop we’ll show you how to create a beautiful, sustainable garden – without mulch, fertilizer, chemicals or irrigation.

Together, we explore the native gardening myths and build an understanding of how easy it can be, and the pitfalls to avoid. We’ll explain the importance of eco-gardening, and show you how to apply it. You’ll leave with your heart full of inspiration – and your hands full of native plants!

Once your booking is confirmed, we will be in touch to provide location details, specifics of your food requirements and everything you need to enjoy a great day with a wonderful group of fellow gardeners!

Topics covered include:
-Planting for long-term success
-Choosing the right plant for each location
-Increasing bird visits
-Reducing water needs (and turning off your irrigation!)
-Bringing life to difficult areas
-Having colour in your garden all year
-Bringing the joy back into gardening

Cost: $150


To reserve your place visit:


Bush Skills for the Hills workshops

Bush Skills for the Hills workshops

Bush Skills for the Hills is a series of free workshops for the community. The workshops include a combination of theoretical and practical information sessions, designed to give participants the skills to manage and appreciate everything that local bushland has to offer. The workshops are a refreshing mix of information and practical, hands-on sessions.

For more information, or to register, please contact EMRC’s Administration Officer Regional
Services on (08) 9424 2216, email: or fill in the online registration form.

Fire and Diversity

November 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Road, Henley Brook, Western Australia, Australia

Are you concerned with fire safety while still wanting to keep the natural vegetation on your property? This workshop provides information on appropriate species of native plants to use within your Bushfire Protection Zone, setback requirements of vegetation for safety and other environmental considerations and the ecological effects fire has on native plants in nature.
Morning tea will be provided.



BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

Bird Walk, Bibra Lake

October 15, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Bibra Lake Reserve, Bibra Lake WA 6163, Australia

BirdLife Western Australia bird walk.

Meet at 7:30 am in the first car park at the southern end of the lake off Progress Drive. This car park is between Hope Road and Gwilliam Drive. Bibra Lake is a part of the Beeliar Wetlands chain and a large number of bushbirds and waterbirds can be seen here. Over 130 bird species have been recorded in this reserve. Bring water, hats, suitable footwear, etc.

For members and the general public.

Leader: Alan Watson

Transition Town Vincent Movie Night

Transition Town Vincent Movie Night

“PlanEAT” – Transition Town Movie Night

ovember 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Foyer Oxford, 196 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia

PLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic dead zones.

With the help of some innovative farmers and chefs, PLANEAT shows how the problems we face today can be solved, without simply resorting to a diet of lentils and lettuce leaves.

The guest speaker will be Kara O’Halloran will be sharing her passion for raw food by demonstrating some delicious recipes that you can take home to use. Kara is from Taranaki in NZ where she was a Health and PE teacher for 9yrs. In 2010 she suffered from ill health which could not be explained. This is when she turned to the support of a naturopath and a high raw food diet to support her wellness journey. In 2011 she moved to Perth and pursued her passion of becoming a raw food coach. She loved making raw food so much she has made it her full time job for almost 3yrs by becoming the owner/operator of Kara Naki- a permanent stall in the Fremantle markets that specialises in plant-based meals, snacks and drinks.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Films start at 7pm.
Bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks!
Gold coin donations appreciated (to bring you more films).


Hills Food Share

Hills Food Share

Held every third Sunday of the month, 9-10am
M J Morgan Reserve, Railway Tce, Glen Forrest

Upcomiang dates:
Saturday October 7 @  2 – 3pm (*please note unusual date as a result of being held in conjunction with the Festival of Forgotten Skills)
Sunday November 19 @ 9 – 10am

The Sharing Economy is alive in the Hills!
Bring your surplus garden produce: Fruit, Veggies, Plants, Cuttings, Seeds, even garden paraphernalia & books

Share what others bring… or just hang out & chat..
Eat really local food (talk to the person who grew it!)
Share cultivation & preparation tips
Come and be part of our growing community.