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Containers for Change: C10292436

Sue Conlan

Friends of Mosman Park Bushland

Mob: 0419 942 483
Email: mail@mosmanparkbushland.org




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Containers for Change: C10292436

Sue Conlan

Friends of Mosman Park Bushland

Mob: 0419 942 483
Email: mail@mosmanparkbushland.org




Sue Conlan
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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1877766 2022-09-09T11:34:24Z 2022-09-09T11:34:24Z Dont miss out! See how well revegetating linkages helps little birds!


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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1818729 2022-04-14T10:29:55Z 2022-04-17T09:28:18Z Community Action Required to stop the sale of foreshore reserve at Mosman Beach and South Cottesloe
Go to DPLH consultation Page 
Before the 26th April 2022 and say "NO" the foreshore must remain public land !

Risks of the Proposed Rezoning Lot 556 Curtin Avenue, Cottesloe (The McCall Centre)


The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking comment on the rezoning of Lot 556 Curtin Avenue in Cottesloe and Mosman Park from Public Purposes- Special Uses reservation to the Urban zone in the Metropolitan Regional Scheme (MRS).  The rezoning is intended to allow for the sale and redevelopment of the site, as it is currently stated to be ‘surplus to government requirements’.

It is strongly recommended that the rezoning does not take place

Rezoning the land has significant risks in the short. medium and long term.

The four main risks of rezoning Lot 556 Curtin Avenue to urban include: 

1)      Short term and long term loss of social value.

2)      Economic risks: Loss of the opportunity to develop a tourism gem and risks to transit and communications corridors.

3)      Contrary to historic and strategic planning outcomes and successional government approach.

4)      Grave loss of habitat for endangered species

Short and Long-term loss of social value


The MRS rezoning report for Lot 556 makes an unqualified statement that their coastal hazard setback assessment shows that lot 556 is unlikely to be impacted within 100 years.

The coastal foreshore should be assessed on a regional scale and consider the coastal erosion impact for all of the beaches, Cable Station Beach to Port Beach2. Erosion from storms is already significantly impacting beach use and access.

Lot 556 is within the coastal foreshore reserve1. The accepted set back zone recommended is 125 meters[1] from the highwater mark. This is a setback that offers a buffer against future coastal erosion processes and should not be built on. Lot 556 starts at just 60m from the high tide mark of an already eroding Mosman Beach. Between the western side of Curtin Avenue and the highwater mark there is as little as 40 meters.


This coastal area has very high social value to the Western Australian community generally, as recognized in SPP2.6 (Coastal Planning) and as listed in the 2016 community coastal users survey[2].

The Leighton, Port and Mosman Beach Coastal Adaption plan says (pg 17) that the 7 highest social values for the Foreshore included:

1.       Ability to access and enjoy a beach setting (coastal amenity)

2.       Ability to enjoy coastal scenery and views (coastal amenity)

3.       The amenity of the open, coastal character of the area, compared to built up coastal settlements (such as Cottesloe and Scarborough

4.       Ability to exercise in the coastal environment (recreational)

5.       Coastal vegetation and habitat (coastal amenity)

6.       Ability to access bicycle and pedestrian facilities (recreational)

7.       Ability to access car parking and toilet facilities

The MRS report does not consider the negative consequences to local public amenity of an urban development at Lot 556 for coastal users.

This community survey states that 83% of coastal users want the coastal processes managed by way of landward retreat so that this coastal area is always accessible for recreation. An urban development in the foreshore reserve of Lot 556 is contrary to the recommended management of Mosman Beach coastal processes.

There has been considerable public and community protest in response to proposed development of land in this area (see Attachment 2) with preservation and management of natural bushland and green spaces a high priority.  These prolonged community actions further demonstrate that this area is highly valued by the community.

The green link is also an important part of the Swan Coastal Plain landscape that is significant to the culture and identity of the Whadjuk people, the traditional owners and custodians of this area.

The increase in population density from this development, along with the planned multistorey developments nearby at One Steel and Matilda Bay Brewery on the border of Mosman Park and North Fremantle, will  increase the pressure on the natural amenity of the area as well as parking which is already at capacity.

With greater densification comes the added responsibility for state and local governments to retain and create compensatory natural areas for the physical and psychological well-being of the community, the benefits of which have been well documented.[3] This has been highlighted during the Covid pandemic.

In the longer term, predicted coastal erosion will likely have extreme[4] (pg41) consequences causing unacceptable loss of social, recreational and heritage values of regional significance. Vehicular access for the Cable station is at extreme risk4(pg 44).

As the Cable Station is in the foreshore reserve, It is recognized that the best long term use of it would be  to provide recreation related facilities such as a café/restaurant and or a visitors centre.

State Planning Policy 2.6 stresses the importance of considering coastal processes in consideration of development[5].

The Coastal Hazard and Erosion Map shows that in as little as 25 years, the ocean could be at Curtin Avenue because of the steep man-made dune elevation.  Our Coastal Future: Leighton, Port and Mosman Beaches Coastal Adaptation Plan[6] forecasts the need for interim protection and likely retreat from the coast by 2050.  In the long term this means there is unlikely to be car parking or a beach access road for Lot 556.


Notably, State Planning Policy (SPP) 2.6[7] sets out a case against this loss of amenity, stating that in order to act in the public interest, the Government must support public ownership of the coast, including where appropriate the provision of a coastal foreshore reserve and accommodation of regional and local recreational needs.
Therefore, in conclusion, the loss of short, medium and long term amenity and coastal recreation value presents an unacceptable risk to the State Government of rezoning Lot 556 Curtin Avenue to enable development.  The rezoning should not take place as it is inconsistent with SPP 2.6.

Economic Risk: Loss of opportunity to create a highly attractive tourism precinct for Western Australia

The Tourism Opportunity

Perth and Peel @3.5 million highlights the value of tourism as a key part of the State’s economy in the future[8]. Lot 556 Curtin Avenue is a critical link between four historic sites that would constitute a valuable tourism attraction if appropriately managed, being: 

1.       the foreshore is the site of Vlamingh’s landing in Western Australia,

2.       the foreshore is also the site of the Noongar shark dreaming, 

3.       the Cable Station, and

4.       the historic World War II Tunnels (behind the site).

Development and promotion of these assets under a well-managed program would create a revenue-generating tourism asset, stimulate the local economy, create jobs and attract more people to enjoy and appreciate the amenity of the area including understanding the Noongar connection.  Allowing the rezoning and development of the land destroys this opportunity.

The Vlamingh Memorial, located between the ocean and Lot 556 Curtin Avenue, marks the approximate area that 83 of the Dutch crew of Vlamingh’s fleet first landed on the Perth coast.  From here they discovered the River and encountered Black Swans, earning the river its name.

The area is rich in Aboriginal History. The rock formations below Lot 556 are known as Moondarup, described by the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council  as  the Spiritual Gateway of the area.[9] The seven sister hills  created by the Noongar Waarkal look out over Lot 556 to the ocean as does  Dwerda (dingo) . Whadjuk tools have been discovered beside the Cable Station, Victoria Street Station and near Warton Street indicating widespread habitation in this locality.

The EPA raised the alarm of the impact of an urban development on the Aboriginal heritage values here without a suggested way forward.

The heritage listed Cable Station, built in 1926 to house the families who monitored the ‘red line’ submarine telegraph cable linking the British Empire 24/7. The house is a fine architectural example of the era.

Behind the site, on the top of Buckland Hill are the tunnels.  400m of tunnels were carved out of limestone, in places 10 m deep, to enable a safeguard look-out and artillery to protect the Port of Fremantle and Perth during World War II.  The tunnels are currently operated by volunteers and are a well frequented tourist attraction.

If we preserve the amenity of the green space, link up these four major historical and heritage sites, there is an incredible opportunity to create a tourism precinct, supporting the economy through a hospitality venue and interpretative centre, enduring economic and social value to the community. This will also ensure the amenity of the area prevails, even if the coastline erodes as forecast.

Contrary to historic and strategic planning outcomes and government approach


The proposed Amendment is contrary to the most fundamental planning principles informing the development of this area.  The principle aims of the Town of Mosman Park Local Planning Scheme 3[10]  include (section 9 (l):

to encourage the establishment of an ecological corridor on Wellington Street linking the Indian Ocean to the Swan River via plantings and related treatments within the public realm;

The proposed rezoning amendment is in contravention to this objective.

Perth and Peel @3.5 million[11] aims include:

Sustainable: Perth will responsibly manage its ecological footprint and live within its environmental constraints, while improving our connection with and enjoyment of the natural environment.

The proposed amendment undermines this aim.

Perth and Peel at 3.5 Million also stresses the increasing importance of foreshore beach reserves in the Central Sub-region as the population grows and density increases, to ensure amenity and liveability[12].

State Planning Policy 2.6[13] sets out the Government’s aim to:

protect, conserve and enhance coastal zone values, particularly in areas of landscape, biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, Indigenous and cultural significance.

More specifically, SPP 2.6[14] states that in terms of Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning, an area likely to be subject to coastal erosion in the next 100 years, development should be avoided.

The McGowan Government has recognized the importance of densification, particularly in areas with public transit access.  In particular, this approach emphasizes the importance of protecting existing vegetation and green space to ensure more dense suburbs remain cool and livable. 

Environmental Risk


The Environmental Protection Authority advice attached to the proposed amendment warns of the ecological risk of developing the land in question, as the site could provide potential ‘crucial’ habitat to the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos.  The bushland cover of Lot 556 and surrounds is critical as it is the last link in the chain of natural green areas linking the ocean to the river and to the Perth escarpment, for which there is no alternative.

There are known and potential endangered species and endangered ecological communities that rely on the vegetation provided by the green corridor and may be found in the 8000sqm.  These include:

Callitris preisii  (Rottnest Pine)

Melaleuca lanceolata  (Moonah Paperbark)

Angianthus micropodioides P3

Beyeria cygnorum P3

Neelaps calonotos (Black Striped Snake) P3

Isoodon obesulus (Quenda). Evidence of diggings have been observed on the site and in the vicinity. P4


The existence of these and other local native species form a healthy biodiverse community which will be gravely threatened if Lot 556 is rezoned for an urban development as this land contains most of the mature habitat native trees of the Leighton Beaches.




The reason given for rezoning to Urban is to facilitate sale of the land as it is ‘surplus to government need’.  The land was not zoned special purpose due to ‘government need’.  Rather State Planning Policy 2.6[15] sets out that land use, particularly of the coastal foreshore, should be determined on the optimal outcomes for the whole community. 

The rezoning of Lot 556 Curtin Avenue would represent a significant loss for the State.  Far greater benefit can be gained by preserving the open, natural amenity of the immediate surroundings and capitalizing on the long-term heritage and tourism value of the Lot. The creation of this additional Perth Tourism precinct, with associated jobs and economic benefit and the protection of a critical environmental corridor, heavily outweigh the short-term benefit of the cash sale of the land.

We strongly advocate that Lot 556 should retain its current MRS zoning of Public Purpose (Special Use), be transferred to the Crown as an ‘A’ class reserve and positioned to be vested in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). 




Basset, J, 2018, ‘Town of Mosman Park driven by safety concerns in burying of beach caves at Moondarup shark dreaming site’ in Western Suburbs Weekly, May 9.


Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (WA) and Western Australian Planning Commission, 2018, Perth and Peel at 3.5 million. Available at https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/404a6895-f6ec-4829-87df-8de5b80075b8/FUT-PP-Perth_and_Peel_Sub_Region_March2018_v2

Effects of natural environment on mental health: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyse

Abida Sultan, Qiping Fan, Rachit Sharma, Neetu Purohit, Dilruba Fatima Sharmin Md Mahbub Hossain


GHD, 2016,  Our Coastal Future: Leighton, Port and Mosman Beach Coastal Adaptation Plan, Prepared for Town of Mosman Park and City of Fremantle, available at https://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/Port%20Leighton%20and%20Mosman%20Beaches%20Coastal%20Adaption%20Plan.pdf.

Town of Mosman Park, 2018, Town of Mosman Park Local Planning Scheme Number 3, available at https://www.wa.gov.au/system/files/2021-10/LPSC-Mosman-Park-Scheme-Text.pdf

Walley, T, (date unknown) Origins of Derbal Nara 1, Nyungar Wardan Katitjin Bidi – Derbal Nara, Curtin University, Available at https://www.derbalnara.org.au/origin-of-derbal-nara-1


Western Australian Planning Commission, 2013, State Planning Policy Number 2.6: State Coastal Planning Strategy, Available at https://www.wa.gov.au/system/files/2021-07/SPP-CST-SPP2-6_Policy.pdf

[1] The Leighton Regional Planning Guidline 2000

[2] GHD, 2016, Our Coastal Future: Leighton, Port and Mosman Beach Coastal Adaptation Plan.

[3] Effects of natural environment on mental health: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyse

[4] Our Coastal Future: Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches Coastal Adaption Plan

[5] State Planning Policy 2.6, p6

[6] Our Coastal Future: Leighton, Port and Mosman Beach Coastal Adaptation Plan, p iv

[7] State Planning Policy 2.6, Section 5.8 vi, p 7

[8] Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million, p46

[9] Basset, 2018.

[10] Town of Mosman Park Local Planning Scheme Number 3, section 9 (l) p 8.

[11] Perth and Peel @3.5 Million, p3

[12] Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million, p 70

[13] State Planning Policy 2.6, p 6

[14] State Planning Poliyc 2.6, Section 5.5, p

[15] SPP 2.6, p Section 5.8 vi, p 7


Erosion below Lot 556
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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1796363 2022-02-17T11:39:23Z 2022-02-17T11:39:28Z Town of Mosman Park's Know your Neighbourhood week event


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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1786463 2022-01-23T04:42:44Z 2022-01-23T04:42:44Z What a 3 Year State NRM Hand Weeding Grant will mean for Buckland Hill

Do you know of Buckland Hill? It is located on the eastern side of Stirling Highway between Wellington & McCabe Streets, Mosman Park, Indian Ocean.

Governor Stirling was so taken by the imposing Hill and location in the late 1820’s he wanted to set up the new colony here.

The Dutch explorer, Vlamingh’s 83 strong possie headed for this high landscape point in 1697. His officers accounts’ gave us the first indication of what was growing here. The vegetation was so tall and thick at the top of the hill they could not see a thing.

 Snippets in future writings, surveys, paintings and surrounding bushland give more clues as to what this significant Aboriginal site might have been like; Native cherries! Paper daisies of every colour! Photo Grevillea preissii


Since then, Buckland Hill has been quarried, scraped bare for the WW2 tunnels, grazed and burnt, Yet nature persists.

This degraded patch of limestone had a makeover in the 1990’s, the result of a win of sorts for passionate locals who grew up exploring the abandoned tunnels, junk left over from WW2 and the rough edges of quarries. One of our senior bushcare volunteers picked wildflowers there as a child.

The trade-off for the regeneration was to lose two thirds of the area to a housing development. Locals made sure nearby seeds were collected and propagated to revegetate the area.

Since then remarkable things have happened if you look beyond the fox burrows, grass and woody weeds and bridal creeper. The small area left for undisturbed regeneration has been burnt many times but it appears that fires started in the afternoon when the sea breeze was in, sparing plants on the west. Enough regeneration occurred to not only allow pink fairy orchids to grow in the cool dense shade of the Callitris but enough Callitris grew for DBCA to give it the status of a Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) The frequently burnt centre of the bushland regrew with weedy Victorian Tea Tree giving sufficient habitat for variegated purple backed fairy wrens to persist in what was one of their last refuges in Mosman Park.  Thanks to the work of the Friends of Mosman Park Bushland alongside the Town of Mosman Park, these wrens are now in most natural reserves in Mosman Park.

Photo Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo in Banksia sessilis.

This important Sea to Swan River link is fragile and under threat. The Leighton Battery has been restored by volunteers who 

believed it necessary to remove a section of the natural bushland and replace it with low lying species in order to return the view from the tunnels to that of the period when the battery was in use, from 1942 to 1945.

For those of us who know the importance of the natural bushland, in this precious sea to river corridor, this process was difficult to watch.

Photo of WWII gun at Buckland Hill Leighton Battery.

We are dreaming of the return of the Aboriginal Dreamtime Seven Sister hill, covered in blood-red flowering Templetonia, golden white stemmed wattle with Carnaby’s cockatoos calling out from trees ripe with local native pine nuts and banksia seed.

Photo of Templetonia retusa.


We want to give the most biodiverse area here under the management of Town of Mosman Park another chance to thrive.  We were given a three year grant starting in July 2021, allowing us a full season of weeding before planting. Ground covers and super prickly species won't be planted until the third year as they are too hard to weed around.

Watercorp share the State’s Sea to River link, the ”Vlamingh Parklands” at Buckland Hill.

We are working with them to raise their awareness of the importance of this bushland

but there is no guarantee how long it will be a home for wildlife. 

 The State Government want to sell more of the Vlamingh Parklands to the west for urban development despite coastal erosion predictions. We continue to work at a furious pace for wildlife at Buckland Hill despite this insecurity.

The Buckland Hill of today may not be a great place to stop and look at vibrant bushland but the vista over the green sea of vegetation out to Rottnest is worth stopping to take in.  Unbuilt vistas like this are particularly important for urban living Aboriginal people to connect to country.  Indeed, this view is important to all of us, allowing us to take in the mood of the ocean and bushland and reminding us of the season, beauty and power of nature.

This grant just might make your visit more enjoyable!

We can’t return the native cherries to Buckland Hill, but we can return local biodiversity to build resilience. We can endear it to residents who might like to continue to care and watch out for it. Just as some people see others less fortunate than themselves and want to help them, we cannot walk past the poor state of the bushland and not hear it’s cry for help.


Sue Conlan, Convenor, Friends of Mosman Park Bushland. 0419942483


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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1786439 2022-01-23T03:07:28Z 2022-01-25T02:11:00Z Minim Cove Park Wildlife Hanging On!

Burtons Legless Lizard Size here approx. 20cm.

Volunteers remove dry seed heads of brom, rye and hare’s tail weeds.
Burnt to a cinder in 2008, 3 years later a fauna survey found a 50cm Burton’s legless lizard. Was it the last remaining one along the Swan River in Mosman Park? 

The Friends of Mosman Park Bushland with Town of Mosman Park are now the custodians.

Little remains of bushland in Mosman Park so it is a miracle we have such special wildlife. What we believe to be a baby Burton’s legless lizard was discovered with much joy when turning over a hand sized rock in 2021. See it’s blunt nose! When they are bigger and darker, they are more difficult to distinguish from a snake.  You will not see this shy reptile walking through the bushland however visiting cats will.

Luckily this bushland does have limestone rocks to protect small creatures. The regeneration of thick prickly ground cover vegetation helps.

Some councils are banning cats from bushland. Cat runs in backyards are a booming business as many cat owners take cat ownership responsibly.

Sue Conlan Convenor of Friends of Mosman Park Bushland.
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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1741338 2021-09-28T07:52:08Z 2021-09-28T07:52:09Z Sea to River Walk Sunday October 10th, 8.45am
Join Friends of Mosman Park Bushland for a free walk  to learn about the Aboriginal, Natural and European Heritage? Whole circuit 3hrs or shorter walk 2hrs. Please leave your dog at home as we will be spotting wildlife" Enquiries to Joy 0403016945



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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1705722 2021-06-21T10:57:54Z 2021-06-21T10:57:54Z Community Planting Day Winter 2021 June 27th Mount Lyell


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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1674684 2021-04-04T23:22:28Z 2021-06-18T01:04:38Z National Day of Action Sunday 11th April Minim Cove Beach clean up

Meet at Rotunda 9.30.
Gloves, bags provided
Wear sturdy shoes
Bring a water bottle
Finish 10.30


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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1674369 2021-04-04T03:13:01Z 2021-04-04T03:13:02Z DieBack Conference July 1-2 2021



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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1669639 2021-03-23T06:15:47Z 2021-03-23T06:15:47Z Event: Sunday 11th April 8.45am Sea to River Walk ]]> Sue Conlan tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1655003 2021-02-17T00:22:06Z 2021-02-17T02:28:31Z Fwd: Rally for your local bushland under threat this Saturday

Event: Rally for our bushland nearby!

The recent bushfires brought the message close to home:  Climate change is real and happening.  Our bush remnant areas and green spaces are needed more than ever to keep our cities cool and clean.

The last decade has seen rampant clearing of high conservation value natural areas to facilitate ‘urban development’. Remnant natural and green areas need to be fully valued and formally protected or governments and developers will continue to sell them off and profit to the detriment of the wider community and the environment.

Concerned community groups from Perth to Pemberton will come together this Saturday in their own regions to say, "Stop the Damage, Premier”.

  In the 1980s, the Mosman Park Community fought to save some of its bushland when a large housing development occurred on Buckland Hill.  The development went ahead with the firm understanding that the Vlamingh Parkland coastal and river to sea linkages were set aside to conserve the environment, heritage, cultural and amenity value.

·         Today this area is more valuable than ever, as road widening, and development encroaches ever more into remnant bushland.

·         The Government is proposing to rezone 8000sqm around the old cable station with the intention of further urban development.

·         The value of this land for the community is far higher than the price the government will sell it for or the profits available to the developers.  We need this area as a green corridor that links the natural coastal strip to the corridor linking the ocean and the river.

·        We will continue to see loss of native plant and animal habitat in local remnant bushland unless policies are directed at their retention and restoration and recognise the immediacy of negative climate change influences.

Join in this Saturday 20th February between 9.30 and 10.30am to bring awareness of areas under imminent threat. Groups will gather at the following ‘hot spots’.

1)    Vlamingh Parkland, car park opposite Old Cable station/Montessori school

2)    Underwood Bushland, corner Selby and Underwood avenue

3)    Erindale Road Bushland, corner Lennox and Erindale Road, Hammerley

4)    Ocean Reef and Bushland,corner Hodges drive and Ocean Reef Drive

·       Make a statement on a homemade placard! "Bush not Bricks" "Save our Bushland" "Livable Cities" "Action on Climate Change" "

"No Housing Here" "Bush Forever" "Keep the link"







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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1587752 2020-08-28T00:50:22Z 2020-08-28T00:50:23Z Join Friends of Mosman Park Bushland today for a beautiful environment tomorrow



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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1557603 2020-06-11T00:22:58Z 2020-06-11T00:22:59Z Community Planting Day 2020



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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1546154 2020-05-18T07:19:27Z 2020-05-18T07:19:27Z Fwd: Celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity - Latest from UBC blog
The Quinns Rock Environmental Group are offering a curatored walk of Neerabup National Park to us as members of Urban Bushland Council. This would not only be a great walk but educational. How many of you have been to Neerabup NP? Not me! 
As our population expands so do our suburbs. The northern suburbs have had enormous growth in the last 40 years but should we still be putting main roads through our main green infrastructure? If so how do we preserve the wildlife linkages? As you know our Mosman Park major wildlife linkage connecting the ocean and the river through Buckland Hill has major transport routes (Stirling Highway, Fremantle train line and Curtin Avenue) dissecting it. 
Unlike Mosman Park, Neerabup still has many four legged native mammals and many insects. 

Let me know if you have registered so some physical distancing transport pooling can occur.

Celebrate with a Guided Walk. Visit Neerabup National Park, a connector for biodiversity in the Northern corridor but under pressure from development 
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Celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity

Celebrate with a Guided Walk…

Visit Neerabup National Park which is a connector for biodiversity but is under pressure from development in the Northern corridor.

Join the UBC sponsored guided walk of the Neerabup National Park lead by members of the Quinns Rocks Environmental Group (QREG) on Sunday 31 May. You will explore the Tuart and Jarrah Woodlands to Open Forests. You will also observe the fauna underpasses installed two years ago as a mitigation measure for Neerabup Road dissecting the widest section of the National Park.

We are limiting places to 10 participants per session to meet the COVID-19 safety requirements for physical distancing. If you cannot attend after making a registration, please cancel your registration.

There are 3 identical sessions. You can register for your preferred time via Eventbrite at the links below or from the UBC Events page

Session 1: 9.30-11.30am Register here

or Session 2: 10.30am-12.30pm Register here.   

or Session 3: 2.00-4.00pm Register here.  

Please meet at 10th Light Horse Heritage Trail car park in Wanneroo Road, Neerabup, just north of Neerabup Road.

We recommend that you wear closed shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring insect repellent as ticks are common.  Also bring along water and light refreshment or lunch. If you plan to have your lunch at the site, bring your camping chair too.  No dogs, thank you.

Neerabup National Park

Neerabup National Park (Bush Forever Area 383) is a wonderful example of biodiversity of this part of the Swan Coastal Plain. It stretches over 12 km from NW to SE between Yellagonga Regional Park and Yanchep National Park. And it is also the only East-West ecological linkage traversing the full suite of Swan Coastal Plain vegetation complexes in the North Metropolitan region. .

In addition, the Park is a place of cultural heritage. The Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail is based on local Whadjuk Noongar elder Yellagonga’s tribe’s movement. Europeans  later used the trail as a stock route. Then during WWI, the Park was home to the 10th Light Horse regiment.

Neerabup National Park was originally gazetted in 1965 for the purpose of ‘National Park’. The conservation significance of this area has been recognised many times. This includes its designation as Bush Forever Area 383 and EPA recommendations to add lands to the National Park boundary following its assessment of MRS Amendments 992/33 in 2000. However, the EPA recommendations are yet to be finalised. While we wait, major road projects that adversely impact the National Park continue to be approved. Considering the narrow, elongated shape of the national park, sensitive and adaptive management of this significant biodiversity asset is critical.

International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May

You can find further information about the International Day for Biological Diversity here. Its 2020 Theme is: Our solutions are in nature.  This theme emphasizes hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature.

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tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1533790 2020-04-21T03:37:04Z 2020-04-21T03:37:04Z Get your orders in for native plants now and be subsidised by your Western Suburbs Councils
Dont miss out on this May opportunity! APACE are putting together lots of 20 plants suited for your garden at the low price of $1.75@. They are making the choices of local ground covers to shrubs.
Perhaps you could donate any spares to Friends of Mosman Park Bushland and even help us plant them.
Remember your garden is important as a refuge for local wildlife where you can nurture plants and the birds and insects they attract!




Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1518356 2020-03-09T22:41:54Z 2020-03-09T22:41:54Z Fwd: 22 March 2020 5km Walk Facebook Ad
We have our Autumn Ocean to River walk coming up soon! Sunday 22nd March. Meet at 8.45am at Mosman Beach northern most end of the car park. Our group will provide morning tea at Milo Beach on the Swan River.
Join Friends of Mosman Park Bushland for an enjoyable morning to learn about the natural, Aboriginal and European history via the Vlamingh Parklands green corridor.

Dress in  walking clothes and shoes suited to the weather. There will be some part on a sandy track. Bring a water bottle! There is a toilet at Buckland Hill or the Caltex service station opposite Victoria Street Train Station.

RSVP as numbers are limited.


Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1509035 2020-02-13T02:17:54Z 2020-02-13T02:17:55Z Clean Up Australia Day Sunday March 1st 2020 at Chidley Point Reserve, Mosman Park
Register directly with CUAD
Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1477501 2019-11-14T07:27:43Z 2023-06-17T07:23:26Z Cancelled bush busy bee Friday 15th November

Our Bushland Busy Bee will be cancelled at Minim Cove Park Friday 15th November due to the forecast of 38 degrees.

Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1463465 2019-10-06T21:10:39Z 2019-10-17T09:08:44Z Sea to River walk, Sunday 27th October 2019 ]]> Sue Conlan tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1463463 2019-10-06T21:06:51Z 2019-10-06T21:06:51Z Sea to River Walk Sunday 27th October 2019

Join Friends of Mosman Park Bushland at 8.45am at Mosman Beach, opposite Montessori School, northern most carpark, 2 Curtin Avenue, Mosman Park. 2-3 hour walk, bring a water bottle and wear clothes suited to the weather. Find out why it is an a green corridor, what it provided for the first Australians and the European settlers. To view my file, click this link: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AmeJniUrOAjKgaAAhs6i3S0LwnYy_Q


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Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1443765 2019-08-12T04:34:36Z 2019-08-13T00:55:23Z Sunday 18th August Busy Bee Mosman Beach 9am to 11.30am
Fancy a morning outdoors with like minded people giving nature a helping hand?

Meet at the south end of the plant island at Mosman Beach past the ghost bike, look for the banner and flag.

While we have been busy working in other patches the weeds are growing through our natives at Mosman Beach. No seed heads yet so perfect timing to be yanking out the weeds. Every little bit helps!
Gloves, tools and morning tea provided! Bring a water bottle! Wear old clothes suited to bush work and the weather, 18 degrees.

A 10 minute walk south along Curtin Avenue from Victoria street station or Stirling Highway.


Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1424116 2019-06-25T02:42:41Z 2019-06-25T02:42:42Z Community planting day Sunday 30th June 9.30 to 11.30am Mt Lyell, McCabe street Mosman Park

Join us for a fun morning of planting new seedlings and making new friends at the stunning location of Mt Lyell Park.

All volunteers who help on the day are welcome to join us at the end for a free lunch.

Remember to wear clothing suitable for gardening (including wet weather gear if necessary), including a hat and gloves, apply sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

When: Sunday 30 June 2019, 9.30am - 11.30am Where: Mt Lyell Park - meet at the lookout. Access via Pethyridge Heights or McAllister Rise RSVP: by email to environment@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au or by calling 9384 1633.

Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1415709 2019-06-02T06:15:56Z 2019-06-02T06:15:57Z Friends of Mosman Park Bushland Volunteers and Scotch College, Brisbane House, students and families to plant in the Vlamingh Parklands Ecological corridor Sunday 9th June, 9am to 11.30am
Would you like to be part of this? 


Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1413601 2019-05-27T09:08:20Z 2019-05-27T09:08:24Z Help us planting local species in Mosman Park June 2019. ]]> Sue Conlan tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1394710 2019-04-07T06:49:18Z 2019-04-07T06:49:18Z Community Guided Walk from the Indian Ocean to the Swan River Sunday 14th April 2019
Friends of Mosman Park have a free guided walk along the Vlamingh Parklands green link between the Indian Ocean at Mosman Beach to Milo beach on the Swan River. Complete the 5.4km round circuit back to the Vlamingh Memorial (start) or accept a lift back by car. You will learn and discover the rich Aboriginal, European and natural history of this greenway. Please RSVP as places are limited. Meet at the northern most carpark, Mosman Beach, 2 Curtin Avenue.
Victoria Street train station is 500m from the start. Dress for weather, bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes.



Sue Conlan
tag:mosmanparkbushland.org,2013:Post/1373176 2019-02-12T03:37:33Z 2019-02-12T03:37:33Z Bushland Busy Bee at Roe Point Sunday 17th February 9am to 11.30am

Point Roe is a salt marsh. These types of salt marshes work day and night in so many way to keep our river healthy and us healthy!


Unfortunately Point Roe is  a degraded salt marsh and needs our continued help. We now know the importance of healthy vegetation along our waterways. You may have noticed a salt marsh areas along the Swan River has already been fenced for great benefit to the River & us.


Let’s give the Roe Point salt marsh a helping hand so it will bring back the birds and bring back the tough salt tolerant sedges. A healthier Roe Point salt marsh will contribute to restoring the health of the Swan River and keep the river fish and dolphins happy.


Did you know that most of the birds that use our beaches make their nest on the ground and they are very well disguised? For this and other reason access to salt marshes should be managed and restricted.


If you would like to read more " The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands" had their International conference in Australia in 2018 with a message for an urgent need to protect and restore our saltmarshes.

Tools, gloves and morning tea provided! Bring a water bottle! Wear protective old clothes suited to bush work and the weather! Forecast 30 degrees!





Sue Conlan