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Cold and wet time of the year
(fertility season) June - July

Makaru is considered the coldest and wettest time of the year. Traditionally, this was a good time of the year to move back inland from the coast as the winds turned to the west and south bringing the cold weather, rains and occasionally snow on the peaks of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges.

As the waterways and catchments started to fill, Noongar were able to move about their country with ease and thus their food sources changed from sea, estuarine and lake foods to those of the lands in particular the grazing animals such as the kangaroo. As well as a food source, animals provided people with many other things.  'Yongar' or kangaroos provided meat and 'bookas' (animal skin cloaks that were used as the nights became much cooler). Nothing was left; even the bones and sinews were used in the manufacturing of bookas and for hunting tools such as spears.

Makuru is also a time for a lot of animals to be pairing up in preparation for breeding in the coming season.You might now see pairs of 'Wardongs' (ravens) flying together and, upon the lakes and rivers of the South West,  an influx of the Black Swan or 'Mali' will arrive to prepare to nest and breed.

Flowers that will start to emerge include the blues and purples of the Blueberry Lilly (Dianella revoluta) and the Purple Flags (Patersonia occidentalis). As the season comes to a close, you may also start to notice the white flowers of the weeping peppermint (Agonis flexuosa) as the blues start to make way for the white and cream flowers of Djilba.


Photo above:  EcoJobs Team planting seedlings at City of Kalamunda. (Photo provided by Aline Brion)

Perth’s first winter seedlings are in!
The City of Kalamunda got in early, and were well prepared for this week’s impressive rainfall. (Making the most of Makuru!)

Over the last month, our Ecojobs team of 4 have spent  their days augering soil, planting seedlings, and protecting them with tree guards.

Now they are all ready to soak up the rain! (The seedlings that is !)

Green Skills EcoJobs (Murdoch) has teams planting seedlings throughout the Perth metro area from may through to July.. May, June and July  from May until July.

if you are interested in finding out about our planting services please give us a call.  Contact our Perth office 9360 6667  or email us

More details on the BLOG - HERE)
Waterbirds Photographic Exhibition
May to August 2018
 Walpole CRC
Wetland Birds  Photographic i Exhibition Opens In Walpole  To Promote Wetland Awareness and Conservation
 This Green Skills exhibition displays 5 large panels featuring the species of ducks, geese and grebes that occur in the South West of WA. While some are familiar to everyone, others are rarely seen and are in crucial need of habitat protection and other conservation measures.
Fourteen of the waterbird species shown were taken by Dick Walker, and one by Tony Peterson. Both are keen south coast bird watchers  and photographers.
The exhibition forms part of the Green Skills’ Gondwana Wetlands Conservation program. This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions as well as Lotterywest.
 For further information contact  Basil Schur at Green Skills Denmark on 98483310 
Photo Above:  Green Skills project officer, Tony Peterson, standing beside the recently completed fence with Lake Munrillup behind. (Photo provided by Basil Schur)
Foreshore project completed near Cranbrook
Progress is being made in fencing and conserving lake foreshores in the Cranbrook Shire, a move designed to help shore bird species such as the Hooded Plover, which is at risk of becoming endangered.
Wayne Pech,a broad scale farmer with properties in the Gnownangerup and Cranbrook shires, recently completed a major riparian zone fencing program near Cranbrook.

This fencing  now protects  foreshores areas from stock grazing, allowing beach nesting birds such as the Hooded Plover a better chance of successfully breeding on the salt lakes of the area. 

Greening Australia has scheduled to revegetate around 12 hectares of foreshore area within the fenced area. This is one of the first projects completed under the Green Skills Hooded Plover and Salt Lake conservation project.

See report at
This Green Skills’ project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions. The Gillamii Centre has also provided support.
Photo Image: Steel at the Tip Shop (by Bruce Carter) 

 Steel at the Tip Shop
 It's all about perspective. This is another beautiful image captured through an artist's lens.

Steel Roses.  Wow!

What is waste? What is art? What is resource?

The Denmark Tip Shop is a Treasure Trove, full of resources and possibilities.  

Drop in. Get inspired.  Do you bit for the planet.

The Denmark Tip Shop, McIntosh Rd, Denmark WA is open:

Mon - Sat 12noon - 4pm
Sun 9am - 1pm


 EVENTS coming up ...
Denmark CRC/Green Skills
Proposed Community Garden
Moves forward...

The proposed new community garden at the  Denmark Community Resource Centre has moved a step closer with the Denmark Shire Council supporting the proposal and agreeing to modify the Denmark CRC’s lease to accommodate the proposed garden.
The Denmark community garden is intended to be a community garden and will be used to promote and teach adults and young people about growing healthy food and herbs. It will be open to all community members who agree with its goals and guidelines.

The garden aims to enhance the wellbeing of the Denmark community and the environment of the area.

Green Skills, in cooperation with contractors and/or volunteers will set-up the garden in the area specified by the Denmark Community Resource Centre. Design of the garden will cater for  people with disabilities.

Once established, the community garden will be maintained by Green Skills and the volunteer member participants in the community garden.

Green Skills Denmark has prepared a plan for the proposed food and herb garden. ( See above.

People who would like more information or are interested in partiricpating in the future garden can contact Basil Schur at the Green Skills Denmark office 98483310.
Upcoming Events 

Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre
Green Skills. 36 Graham Street, Albany

Plastic Free Living
with Rebecca Prince-Ruiz

Rebecca is the co-founder of the global organisation Plastic Free July.

Join us on Saturday 23rd June 10am-noon,
  • Learn why we should refuse single use plastic, and how to do it.
  • We’ll make zero waste nut milk and fold some newspaper bin liners.

Tickets $10 at the door.  Contact Albany office to book 9842 1334 or

Plastic Bag Ban Ready! 

Are you ready for the Plastic Bag Ban in WA? 
Many shops are already ceasing to supply single use plastic bags. From 1st July 2018, anyone selling goods in WA will not be allowed to sell or supply plastic bags under 35 microns with handles. You will still be able to buy bin liners, thicker plastic bags and lightweight produce bags, however it’s better for the environment to avoid these items as well. Are you ready?

Green Skills has a free instruction sheet for how to fold bin liners from old newspapers. And lots more information over on the

Green Skills Blog READ MORE HERE

Celebrating, Fundraising
and Supporting the Next Generation

Green Skills Inc Founder, Louise Duxbury recently celebrated her 60th birthday.

In addition to a lunch party of family, friends, colleagues, organic and local food and music, Louise was able to use it as an opportunity to raise money to sponsor a young woman in Timor Leste to get to the university in Dilli for environmental or community development studies.

“I have a rich life and I don’t need more of anything.  My mum has already sponsored four young women in Timor to do nursing and midwifery.  We visited the students in 2016 and they have all been successful so far and are dedicated to making a different in their communities once they graduate next year.  Annabelle Newbury showed the way raising funds for a female student when she turned 70 earlier this year.  I thought to myself – great idea, I can do that too!”


(Photograph of Louise Duxbury and her mother in Timor 2016.)

At Green Skills we are passionate about leadership capability and mentoring.

We are committed to sharing our skills with current and emerging leaders, especially with women, in the environmental, Landcare, NRM and Sustainability and Community Development sectors.

We have more than three decades of experience in this sector. Our dedicated staff and project contractors, in partnership with external consultants, develop and deliver successful leadership programs for regional community leaders both within Western Australia and interstate. 

We continue to be leaders in our own projects.  We appreciate the ongoing development of leadership skills as necessary to our own constant growth and improvement.

Our experienced facilitators offer a range of specific skills and leadership development workshops. These can be developed to suit organisational and/or individual needs and delivered in the work place or for self-organised groups at independent locations.
In the second half of 2017 Green Skills delivered four “Supporting Women in Leadership” one-day workshops.  Participants gave very positive feedback on the value of the workshops and how their participation helped them to become more effective in their NRM, environment, Landcare and community building efforts.
* “Inspiring and uplifting program for women – not only in the environmental industry but in their/our daily life.” (Stacey M)

* “A great experience’! It reaffirmed some things & awakened others. It has refreshed, re-energised & revitalised me, as I hoped it would.” (Nerrilee B)
* “It was very useful to meet other local environmental leaders – similar take on leadership roles and issues, especially in local community and the region.” (Rosie S)

Would you like to partner with us to support women in leadership in your region?  You can contact us on 9848 3310 or email our Denmark office
 Read More Here 

Bushland Survey Completed
on Important
Gondwana Link Eco Link Property

A snapshot survey of the Glendavale property, adjoining Monjebup Bush Heritage conservation reserve was undertaken on 6th March 2018 by a survey team to  prioritise future site works and management actions to be conducted on the property.

This farm is situated about 25km east of Borden, north east of the Stirling Range National Park.

A report from the survey is available for download from the Green Skills website.

The #foodisfree cart has been busy. Staff and community members can drop off or pick up excess local garden produce here for free. Drop into Green Skills Albany during business hours 9-3 weekdays at 38 Graham Street Albany to see what’s on offer or keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Have a look at our
FACEBOOK page for a list of events.


Giving Back To Country; The special place of  Chingarrup and Corackerup in Gondwana Link
Lake Muir  - Unicup Wetlands

Gondwana Link's Hidden Treasure in WA's Southern Forests

Gondwana Link- Connecting Our Heritage
Gondwana Panorama Community Arts Project
Eco-Art in Denmark WA
Gondwana Connections Art Exhibition

Reconnecting Country- Lynne and Ken Tinley’s art piece

Sustainable Living Fair & Expo 2017

The Details

Green Skills Albany is a drop-off point for a nationwide recycling program?

Terracycle turns hard-to-recycle waste into durable products such as park benches. Cool huh!

Green Skills Albany accepts the following TerraCycle waste streams:
  • Australia Post mailing satchels,
  • Nescafe coffee pods,
  • Oral care products (toothpaste, toothbrush, floss),
  • Hair and skin care or cosmetic product containers.

All containers need to be empty, no need to clean them.

Drop off to Green Skills at 38 Graham Street, Albany during weekdays 9-3pm.

Want more info? Check out

Green Skills is a driver of change
toward more sustainable communities.
Sustainable communities are where all people experience and contribute to the principles of biodiversity and ecological integrity; equity,  human rights and the rights of the environment; long-term economic health and personal wellbeing.

Would you like to be a member of
Green Skills.
Please get in touch.




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