Happy New Year !

It’s a new year and a new decade, and the Wildflower Society office at Perry House is now open after the holiday break.  Our library is also open.  Our hours are:  Tues & Thurs – 10 -2.30pm (Office and Library);  first Saturday of the month 1-3pm.  More information on the WSWA Perry House Office and the Honor Venning Library

Photo:  Christmas 2018 at Perry House

Mary Bremner Bequest Grant Program – NOW OPEN

Do you have a project idea to Know, Grow, Enjoy or Conserve WA wildflowers?

Funding is available to volunteer community groups, Society sub-committees and Branches across WA.

The two types of grants available are:

Small grants: up to $2,000

Large grants: from $2,001 to max $20,000

For grant guidelines and application form, see www.wildflowersocietywa.org.au/about-us/mary-bremner-bequest-grant-program/

Any enquiries?

Call head office (08) 9383 7979 on Tuesdays or Thursdays

Email:  enquiry@wildflowersocietywa.org.au

Applications close 4.30pm 1st October 2019






Newsletter Now Available

The latest newsletter of the Wildflower Society of WA is now available for download to Members Only.  You may download it here.

Also available to download are:  Nomination forms for the Management Committee and all of the Sub Committees;  Proxy Form for the AGM; updated Book List.

As the Newsletter is for Members Only, you may need to log in to the Members Only section of the website.  If you have any problems doing this, please email memberships@wildflowersocietywa.org.au for assistance from one of our member volunteers.

Front cover: Rusty coloured granites on the Capes coast with the Wild Pelargonium (Pelargonium australe subsp. drummondii). This plant flowers over a long period. Plant leaves age a deep red. Photo Bronwen Keighery, November 2018.

Hello from Murdoch Branch Committee 2020

The new 2020 Murdoch Branch Committee with some new faces, but also happily some experienced hands staying on board. Left to right – Kim Dravnieks, Mat Woods, Jennifer Dudley (insert), Paul Chauvel, Christine Polmear, Diana Corbyn, Felicity Bairstow.

PresidentMathew Woods works as a senior Conservation officer at the company Landcare Weed control. Outside of Mat’s work, he has various hobbies like playing video games and gardening. Mat also really likes plants.

Vice President – Diana Corbyn has been with the Murdoch Branch since year dot. Her interests are botany, ecology and bushland restoration. She currently represents the WSWA on the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee. Most of the committee were taught by Diana at some stage.

Secretary – Kim Dravnieks has been a branch member since returning from Europe over 25years ago. With a background in IT, horticulture and community campaigning she has a passion for protecting our natural environment and is a community representative on the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee.

Treasurer – Felicity Bairstow is a key member of many environmental organisations and committees, including the Wetlands Conservation Society and SERCUL. Felicity played a pivotal role in the Save Beeliar Wetlands campaign over many years and continues to work towards their protection.

Committee Members:

Christine Polmear moved to WA 20 years ago and currently works in administration at Notre Dame University. Her interest in our beautiful native plants grew through exploring Western Australia and falling in love with our wildflowers.

Jennifer Dudley grew up in Adelaide where she was an artist & designer for many years, often incorporating South Australian Native Plants & Wildflowers in her textile design. Jennifer moved to Fremantle to complete her PhD in Asian Studies (Indonesia) at Murdoch University, and always intended to roam the West looking for Wildflowers to photograph & draw, which she now does through the Murdoch Branch of WSWA

Paul Chauvel developed a keen interest in native flora after studying conservation land management. Paul has 20 years experience in architecture and dived into nature conservation as a career change. Paul now is our Marri Leaf newsletter Editor.

We are a friendly bunch, always keen to see new people at our monthly talks and hear about new activities we could run at the Branch. Let us know if you have an idea for a speaker or activity: murdoch.secretary@wildflowersocietywa.org.au


Newsletters from ANPSA – Members Only

We regularly receive hard copies of newsletters from related ANPSA organisations in other parts of Australia, which are distributed to each branch for members to read.  We are now receiving digital copies of some of these newsletters which may be downloaded – MEMBERS ONLY.  Only the current copy will be available for download due to size restrictions.  On our website now – Members Only – are newsletters from Canberra – Dec 2018 as well as Tasmania – Dec 2018.  Go to the newsletters page here.


We’re on Gardening Australia

Josh Byrne visits the Helen and Aurora Range with WA Wildflower Society member Brian Moyle, who has spent many years working to protect this rare banded-ironstone landscape and its Gimlet gum (Eucalyptus salubris) woodland.  It is currently within a conservation park, but the Society is hoping to have it changed to a National Park due to its National Heritage values.  The view from the summit is breathtaking.

The hard, hot rock formations result in temperature extremes, ranging from 50 degrees to freezing.  The area has produced many species that occur nowhere else in the world, such as the Bungalbin tetratheca (Tetratheca aphylla), which produces masses of purple flowers in spring and grows in tiny cracks in the rock.  We also see the ironstone beard-heath (Leucopogon spectabilis), which has white flowers and seemingly grows straight out of the rock!

Link to video here:  http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/remote-ranges/10343146

Mary Bremner Bequest Grant Program – 2017 round

Large Grants

There were six applications which well exceeded the available funds of $36,000. Three applications were successful, and each received only part of the amount requested.

1. Wildflower Society of WA – Roadside Vegetation Sub-committee

Project title: Strategic Response to Clearing Applications



2. WSWA – Educational Sub-committee

Project title: Wildflowers Educational Outreach for Young People



3. WSWA – Plant Survey Programme

Project title: Plant Survey Data to NatureMap



Small Grants

There were four applications, again exceeding the available funds.

1. Wildflower Society of WA – Armadale Branch

Project title: Botanical Art Exhibition

To promote the WA native flora by exhibiting and selling artworks depicting WA wildflowers. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the WSWA State Conference and to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Society.


2. Wildflower Society of WA – Eastern Hills Branch

Project title: Blue Sky Festival.

Branch stall at the festival with displays, activities and plant sales.



3. Chittering Landcare Group

Project title: Enhancing the Wildflower experience in Chittering.

Project title: To prepare and print a Self-guided tour of Blackboy Ridge Reserve in the Chittering Valley and the making of, or purchase of, a perspex box to store them in at the site. (Project part funded).


Blue Sky Festival


On Saturday 17th March, the Eastern Hills Branch participated in the Blue Sky Festival at Mundaring. Held in and around Sculpture Park,. the festival focussed on sustainability and environmental issues. Our display had a theme of Wattles- get rid of the weeds and grow local. With the help of photographs and actual foliage samples, we were able to demonstrate the difference. We gave away propagation kits comprising pre-treated acacia seeds- we had A.alata, A.celastrifolia, A.pulchella and A.dentifera- and starter pots containing seed raising mix. These were popular and quite a lot of people already knew of the proliferation of some of the eastern states wattles such as Flinder’s Range Wattle.


Acacia dentifera

The festival had many community groups participating such as the Naturalists, Kenyana, St Barbe’s Nursery and a range of talks on nest boxes, bushfire preparation, battery storage and revegetation. The Tiny House was very interesting as was the entertainment from the Junkadelic band! The festival was supported by The Mary Bremner Small Funds bequest via our branch.


Giving away acacia propagation kits


Congratulations Michael Morcombe AM

Michael was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2018 Honours list … ”for significant service to conservation and the environment in the fields of natural history and ornithology as a photographer, illustrator, and author“.

Michael is a foundation member of the Wildflower Society of WA, Armadale Branch (since March 1961), past branch president and patron (2008–2016), and since 2015 an Honorary Life Member of the Society. Michael – along with wife Irene – has published approximately 40 books plus many other publications. His photography, flora and bird illustrations, written works and ‘Australian Birds’ smartphone app have won many awards both nationally and internationally. Being made a Member of the Order of Australia is a well-deserved recognition of his endeavours in the field of natural history.

Thank you, Minister Dawson

Our heartfelt thanks to WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, who has announced the final outright rejection of mining of the Helena Aurora Range and the intention to create a Helena Aurora Range national park.

We invite our members to personally thank Minister Dawson, and to look at the proposal for a national park prepared by the Wildflower Society, the Wilderness Society, and the Helena and Aurora Advocates.

Download the Helena and Aurora National Park Proposal here (3mb).