2018 State Conference and AGM
Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Inc)
2018 State Conference and Annual General Meeting
23rd & 24th June 2018
Hosted by the Armadale Branch
Celebrating Our Biodiversity
The Armadale Branch is proud to be hosting the Society’s 2018 State Conference and Annual General Meeting with a full weekend of planned events. Starting on Friday evening 22nd June will be the official opening of an Art Exhibition of botanical artists at Avocados Reception Centre, Kelmscott. On Saturday 23rd after the State Conference and AGM, just a short walk to History House, attendees can view an Historic Wildflowers Exhibit of the Armadale region and enjoy some refreshments. Saturday evening’s dinner at The Dale Bar and Bistro will also commemorate the Society’s 60th anniversary.
Sunday 24th will be the post-conference seminar with informative talks from professors Hans Lambers, John Bailey and Stephen Hopper. After lunch, a choice of guided walks in four selected reserves in the Armadale region.
Details of the weekend below, additional information will be added as more information becomes available.
For the Out-of-Towner’s
If you are planning to attend the opening of the Botanical Art Exhibition (Friday), Avocados Reception Centre has chalets.
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th
Event: Beauty from the Bush: a Botanical Art Exhibition
Exhibition will be held over the three days.
Event: Official opening of Beauty from the Bush: a Botanical Art Exhibition
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Avocados Reception Centre – 2 Mount Street (cnr Brookton Highway), Kelmscott
Saturday 23rd – State Conference and AGM
Function Room, 1st Floor, City of Armadale Administration Building
7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale, Western Australia 6112
8:30 am: Registration.
9:00 am: Welcome and opening of State conference by the City of Armadale Mayor.
9:15 am: State Council.
12:30 pm: Lunch.
1:30 pm: AGM – Chaired by President, G. Corrick.
4:00 pm: Special opening of nearby History House for Historic Wildflowers Exhibit (refreshments).
6:00 pm: Dinner and 60th anniversary celebrations.
Location: The Dale Bar and Bistro, 229 Jull Street mall, Armadale.
Sunday 24th – Post-conference Seminar talks and walks
Location: Environmental Centre, Triton Crescent, Bedfordale (note: different venue from Saturday)
8:30 am: Registration.
9:00 am: Welcome.
9:15 am: Emeritus Professor Hans Lambers – Dirt-poor soils, pesky parasites and friendly fungi shape plant diversity in south-western Australia.
10:00 am: Morning tea.
10:30 am: Emeritus Professor John Bailey – Biodiversity Conservation in a Hotspot: We’re getting warm.
11:15 am: Professor Stephen Hopper AC – The Great Silence and Recent celebration of biodiversity and cultural diversity on old, climatically-buffered infertile landscapes.
12:00 pm: Demonstration of Keighery-Morcombe Wildflower app.
12:20 pm: Lunch.
1:00 pm: Guided Walks (self-drive to locations).
- Bob Blackburn Reserve, Seville Grove
- Lloyd Hughes Park, Kelmscott
- Connell Avenue Reserve, Kelmscott
- Bungendore Park, Bedfordale
See below for details on each reserve.
4:00 pm – Afternoon tea and conference close.
Sunday Afternoon Walks
Bob Blackburn Reserve, Seville Grove
Bob Blackburn Reserve (Bush Forever Site 062) is a relatively small reserve of approximately 4.2 hectares recognised as a ‘Forrestfield Complex Threatened Ecological Community’ – a community of vegetation species which was once common to the Swan Coastal Plain. However, now as little as nine per cent remains. Lookout for the special Lambertia multiflora var. darlingensis (pictured below).
Lloyd Hughes Park, Kelmscott
Lloyd Hughes Park is a 17.7 ha ‘A’ class reserve in the foothills of the Darling Scarp at Kelmscott and managed by the City of Armadale.
The park is bounded by Martin St., Marmion St., Canning Mills Rd, and abuts Banyowla Regional Park to the north.
The park straddles the boundary between the Ridge Hill Shelf and the Darling Scarp soil types.
The main vegetation types within the park comprise Marri and Jarrah woodland, and Flooded Gum woodland along the creek-line.
In earlier times, areas within the park were mined for gold and slate.
The entire park was burnt in the 2011 Roleystone-Kelmscott wildfire.
Connell Avenue Reserve, Kelmscott
Connell Avenue Reserve (Bush Forever Site 061) is located at the western section of the Banyowla Regional Park. The flora is typical of Ridge Hill Shelf vegetation, the area where the Swan Coastal Plain and Darling Scarp flora meet. A significant species in this reserve is Jarrah Eucalyptus marginata ssp. elegantella.
Bungendore Park, Bedfordale
Bungendore Park, which covers 498 ha, is located on the edge of the Darling Scarp approximately 30 km southeast of Perth and approximately 5 km south of central Armadale. It is part of the Wungong Regional Park.
The native vegetation consists of open Jarrah-Marri forest with smaller areas of Wandoo woodland and heath surrounding granite outcrops. The dominant vegetation complex is Upland Jarrah Forest.
A watershed runs through the park from the north-west to the east, dividing the park into two water catchments . All the freshwater creeks are seasonal, generally flowing from May to November. The Cooliabberra Spring area has the highest conservation value of all the vegetation communities within the Park.
The main entrance is on Admiral Road, Bedfordale