ANPSA 2022 Conference

The Society’s “parent” group, ANPSA, holds biennial national conferences and the next will be held in Kiama, New South Wales from Saturday 10  to Friday 16 September 2022, with the theme ‘Australian Flora – Past Present Future’. The Conference will be hosted by members of the Australian Plants Society (NSW) with registrations now open (as per the attached).

 

 

2021 Active Citizenship (Group or Event) Award

 

Winners are Grinners!

Armadale Branch representatives – Roger Harington, Sue Radford, Debbie Walker and Kim Fletcher (Photo: Kim Sarti)

At a ceremony hosted by the City of Armadale on Australia Day 2022, the Armadale Branch was amongst the finalists (and Winners) for the Active Citizenship (Group or Event) Award of the Year for 2021.

The branch’s active citizenship involvement and outstanding contribution to community was recognised through it being awarded the Active Citizenship (Group or Event) Award for the Year. Branch president, Roger Harington, accepted the award on behalf of the branch, which was presented by the Armadale Mayor, Cr Ruth Butterfield.

Formed some 60 years ago, the Armadale Branch operates under the Wildflower Society of WA’s four ideals of Knowing, Growing, Conserving and Enjoying our Western Australian flora.

Armadale Branch is well known for promoting the value of our natural bushland and associated conservation issues, and for conducting events that are well organised. Community engagement in displays at shopping centres, local community markets, exhibitions and local schools enable branch members to share their knowledge and passion for WA’s wildflowers and raise environmental awareness.

Branch members have demonstrated active citizenship through their participation with like-minded community groups in the revegetation and protection of the natural environment within Armadale city. Many members serve on these community-based environmental groups or are Reserve Custodians of a small neighbourhood bush reserve to assist the City of Armadale’s bush crew.

On 28th March 2021, 60 years to the day of the branch’s formation, a celebratory tree planting took place at the Armadale Environmental Centre. Six trees of local species were planted, one for each decade. Armadale Mayor Cr Butterfield, planted the first tree. The second tree was jointly planted by family members of inaugural president Rev. Ewan Watts. The third tree was planted by inaugural members Irene and Michael Morcombe and the fourth tree was planted by Roger Harington, current branch president. The fifth and sixth trees were planted by student representatives from Armadale Primary School and Pioneer Village Primary School.  In September the 60th Anniversary exhibition of wildflower art, photography and other artworks was held in the Armadale District Hall. To complete the experience for those attending, other events and activities such as bushwalks, talks and entertainment were included over the weekend.

The effects of exposure to nature are well documented – from increasing happiness and physical health to lowering stress. The public bushwalks conducted by the branch provide participants with opportunities to get out and enjoy the wonderful beauty of Western Australia’s unique wildflowers. These outdoor activities benefit a range of areas affecting public health and social wellbeing and by making people feel better emotionally, it enhances the community life of Armadale.

Branch activities and events continue to raise the awareness of the importance of the conservation and good management of our remaining unique bushland heritage. 

2021 Community Citizen of the Year Awards

At a ceremony hosted by the City of Armadale on Australia Day 2022, Roger Harington was amongst the finalists for the Community Citizen of the Year for 2021 for Armadale.

Whilst Roger did not win the award, both he and fellow Armadale Branch members were really pleased that he had been nominated for his active citizenship and outstanding contribution to community throughout 2021.

Roger has demonstrated active commitment and involvement in local bushcare and environmental groups including:

:: Armadale Branch, Wildflower Society of WA – from being a branch member, Roger was elected President in 2017 – a position he currently holds.

:: Armadale Settlers’ Common Working Group – which involves the management and protection of this large reserve (approx. 383 hectares) in Bedfordale.

:: Armadale Environmental Centre Management Committee – the Environmental Centre is the home of all community-based environmental groups and reserve custodians in the City of Armadale that use the buildings at the centre for meetings, displays and conduct training sessions.

:: Armadale Bushcare and Environmental Working Group – which is an umbrella group of environmental and bushcare groups within the City of Armadale. Roger provides a link between the groups he represents relating to environmental awareness and the protection and rehabilitation of the natural environment within the city.

:: Landcare SJ – Roger is an active board member of this Serpentine-Jarrahdale group that conducts field days, workshops and training for sustainable agriculture as well as conservation and restoration of habitats for native flora and fauna.

Roger has shown initiative over the years in a wide range of volunteer pursuits with a positive approach and actions. He is always ready to be involved in any area that he believes needs support. Totally committed to whatever organisation he belongs, Roger has gained well-deserved respect in the community. Roger’s leadership and passion has had a profound impact in his endeavours, in particular to our unique and precious bushland environment and Armadale Branch members congratulate him on his achievement.

Wildflower Gifts

Looking for a wildflower-themed gift for yourself or a friend?

The Armadale Branch has produced a Tote bag which will make an ideal gift.

The Tote bag is environmentally-conscious and reusable; these bags are ideal for light grocery shopping or carrying basics around.

  • Motif of Robin Redbreast Bush Melaleuca lateritia.
  • 100% cotton canvas.
  • Double carry handles.
  • The bag measures 47 cm from top to bottom, is 38 cm wide, and has a 12 cm gusset.
  • Cost $25 + postage

CLICK HERE to purchase on-line

Presentation of the 2021 ‘Wildflower Society Award’ to Judith Harvey

At an event held 31 July 2021, was the presentation of the 2021 ‘Wildflower Society Award’ by Dr Kevin Thiele (Society’s president) to Judith Harvey.  Until recently, Judith was the Plant Survey Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Society, but has had to relinquish this role due to health problems.

Both Kevin and Bronwen Keighery gave a summary of Judith’s work within the society over the past 35 years before Judith gave a short speech in reply.  Four generations of Judith’s family were in attendance for the presentation. Congratulations!

The Award citation reads ….. for her long time contribution to the Society and advancing its aims through her work with the Plant Survey Program and other numerous botanical involvements.

Book launch – “A Field Guide to the Flora of the Tarin Rock Reserves”

At an event held 31 July 2021, was the Perth launch by Dr Kevin Thiele (Society’s president) of Jolanda Keeble’s book “A Field Guide to the Flora of the Tarin Rock Reserves”.  Tarin Rock is located between Dumbleyung and Lake Grace, approximately 300 km south-east of Perth. Jolanda has been visiting the area monthly between 2018 and 2020 documenting the flora that can be seen when traversing the roads and tracks in, and surrounding, the Tarin Rock Nature Reserve (2,011 ha) and adjacent Tarin Rock Water Reserve (356 ha). Some 624 plant species were recorded – 247 species not previously recorded for the reserves; 32 species of conservation concern (Threatened & Priority species); 30 species of weeds and 18 species providing an extension of the known distribution.

Apart from being useful for people travelling through the area to fully appreciate the biodiversity of the area, the book will be useful to local landholders and local authorities in landscape restoration.

Kevin Thiele and Jolanda Keeble

 

February Newsletter – now online

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

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.

Biosecurity measures this coming spring and summer

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is currently promoting the need to adopt biosecurity measures this coming spring and summer, to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases. This message has never been more important due to the expected surge of people travelling throughout WA, and experiencing outdoor activities such as bushwalking and cycling.

Specifically, there are two issues the department is keen on highlighting:

  • The disease myrtle rust, which is a very serious disease of Myrtaceae plants, including eucalypts, bottlebrushes, paperbarks and peppermint trees. This disease is not present in WA, but poses a high risk of moving from the eastern states into WA via wind-borne spores, and the movement of spores/contaminated material on equipment, vehicles, clothing, camping gear, bicycles etc that have been in contact with infected plants in the eastern states. While this risk is currently low with the border being closed, there will be a high risk of incursion once we start to see cross-border movement again.
  • Other biosecurity threat priorities for WA in 2020 that are known ‘hitchhikers’. These pests pose a high risk as they can be easily spread throughout the state on and in vehicles, clothing, pet dog fur, and fresh fruit and vegetables.

For more information please read the following articles: Travel bugs, Myrtle rust fact sheet, Myrtle rust talking points.

Petition to Save Perth Airport’s Banksia Woodlands, wetlands and Aboriginal Heritage sites

Perth Airport’s last remaining threatened Banksia Woodlands, wetlands and Aboriginal cultural and heritage sites are under imminent threat of clearing for commercial development. These sites were intended to be preserved in early Master Plans of the airport to the end of the Lease in 2096, but many have already been cleared for non-aviation developments since then.

However, you can help save these valuable and irreplaceable treasures by signing the Petition to the Parliament of Australia HERE, by 30 September 2020.

Please take a moment now to have your say to preserve this for our collective future, and feel free to pass this on.

VISIT WA Senators to stop EPBC Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020

Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020

The Bill amends the EPBC Act to ’facilitate the legally robust devolution of environmental approvals to the States and Territories.’

And even more information can be found here

This Bill was rushed through and agreed to by the House of Representatives on 3rd September 2020.  Next it has to be introduced to and passed by the Senate.  The Senate next meets on 6th October.

It should be stopped and rejected by the Senate – but this will need cross bench and independent Senators awareness and action.  WA Liberals could also intervene.

What can we do?

We can provide a voice for biodiversity conservation in WA and nationally if each of us visits in person our WA Senators electoral offices and states our objections.  It is best to walk in without notice.  Policy officers and staff are there for us during office hours and they brief their Senators.  It is important to talk with Liberal Senators and their staff too.
See the list of WA Senators below.

Some points to make:

  • Currently the 10 year independent review of the EPBC Act by Professor Graeme Samuel is taking place, and his final report has not yet been presented to the Government.  His Interim Report described the major failures and shortcomings of the EPBC Act.  Enforcement of the EPBC Act is already inadequate.  Its strengthening and improved enforcement are needed in the national interest.   It is therefore essential that no changes and weakening of the EPBC Act takes place before the final report and recommendations of the EPBC Act Review is presented and considered.
  • The title of the Bill with the words ‘Streamlining Environmental Approvals’  included is contrary to the purpose of the Act which is for environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.  Streamlining environmental approvals means fast tracking approvals and ignoring impacts which destroy biodiversity.  It will legalise destruction of the environment.
  • Here in south west WA is a biodiversity hotspot of global and national significance which deserves much increased national protection by our national government, not less. It is a biodiversity hotspot because actions like those proposed in the Bill have been ongoing since the end of World War 2 and this has resulted in the loss and extinction of much of the unique vegetation in the south-west and agricultural regions of Western Australia. The Federal Government must strengthen the management of our biodiversity the sound regulation and guidelines to meet its international commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity as the Staes to which it proposes to pass this responsibility under the Bill have not shown any capacity to do so.
  • The WA State environmental protection laws are weak and inadequate.  Our biodiverse flora and fauna and vegetation communities are suffering the classic death of a thousand cuts from patch by patch clearing and threatening processes.  This is despite most of our south west being TECs and habitat of endangered species.  The WA Government is not properly protecting and managing our biodiversity and has shown no inclination to do so in its pursuit of “jobs and growth” in all the guises in which that mantra takes..
  • We love our unique biodiversity here in WA and want clearing and its loss stopped.  Describe some of your favourites eg our Banksia Woodlands TEC, Tuart Woodlands CE TEC, endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo, orchids, Wheatbelt Eucalypt Woodlands, Threatened flora.
  • Developers and infrastructure agencies should be required by law to confine their developments to suitable lands already cleared and demonstrate the need for infrastructure upgrades with supporting evidence of need and the likely success rate of their proposals.   Give your local examples.

 

WA SENATORS

  • Senator Sue Lines   (Labor)   51 Ord St  West Perth 6005.   Tel. 9481 4844
  • Senator Dean Smith   (Liberal)    48 Ventnor Ave  West Perth.    Tel. 9481 0349
  • Senator Slade Brockman   (Liberal)  Units 4 & 5 1 Harper Terrace  South Perth.    Tel.  6245 3305
  • Senator Jordan Steele-John   (Greens)   140 William St  Perth.   Tel. 6245 3310
  • Senator Mathias Corman   (Liberal)   Exchange Plaza,  38/2 The Esplanade  Perth.  Tel.  9325 4227
  • Senator Rachel Siewert   (Greens)   Unit 11, Level 2,  440 William St  Perth.   Tel.  9228 3277
  • Senator Michaela Cash  (Liberal)   44 Outram St West Perth 6005.   Tel.  9226 2000.
  • Senator Louise Pratt  (Labor)    183 Great Eastern Highway  Belmont.   Tel. 9277 1502
  • Senator Glen Sterle   (Labor)  Units G2 & G3, 150-152 Riseley St  Booragoon.   Tel. 9455 1420