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October 2019 
Focus on Fauna and Landcare Celebrations,
Food is Free and Ecojobs Action

 

Group photo of participants with a nesting box at the recent citizen science monitoring workshop held at the Balijup Fauna Sanctuary in October 2019.

Balijup Fauna Sanctuary Citizen Science Event Focuses on Elusive Native Fauna

For two days in mid-October, Green Skills held a Citizen Science environmental monitoring event at the Balijup Sanctuary near Tenterden. 19 people participated in the activities, including Conservation lecturer from TAFE South, Sylvia Leighton and ten of her Cert III students.  Projects completed including monitoring of 24 Phascogale nesting boxes (some showing use), wildlife camera monitoring, tree hollow surveying of the wandoo/Jarrah woodland, fence maintenance, weedy wattle road verge removal, night spotlighting and a survey of rabbit warrens.
Balijup co-owners Anne Vanderbyl and Alan Hordacre were on hand and provided valuable assistance to the activities.   Despite lots of indirect evidence of our elusive native marsupials, none were directly spotted during the two days.
The event was supported by the WA State Government’s State NRM program, the Koorabup Trust, Gillamii Centre,  Janicke Environmental Consultants,  enthusiastic volunteers  and the owners of Balijup Farm.
A four day Bandicoot and fauna survey project is planned  from Thursday 15th January 2020 to Monday 20 January 2020. Volunteer participants welcome to join in that event.
 
For further info on the Balijup Fauna project, contact Basil Schur, Green Skills  Project Manager on 0429481019 or bschur@greenskills.org.,au

Photos Below:  Left: Repairing the predator exclusion fence at Balijup Fauna Sanctuary
Right: The citizen science group visiting one of the 18 wetlands on the Balijup property
Photo Above : Annie Vanderbyl, one of the co-owners of Balijup farm, with a photo acknowledging her parents on the predator exclusion fence near entrance of the Balijup Fauna Sanctuary.

Basil Schur wins 2019 WA State Landcare Award:
Individual Landcarer category

Photo above: Basil Schur of Green Skills recieving his Individual Landcarer category award from Keith Bradby at the 2019 WA State Landcare Awards Gala Dinner, held during the 2019 WA State NRM and Coastal Conference in Perth, October 2019
Basil Schur, who has worked with Green Skills since 1990, has been awarded the 2019 WA State Landcare Awards in the Individual Landcarer category.  Our sincere congratulations to Basil, knowing that Basil has worked tirelessly on numerous Landcare and community-based projects in the South West and South Coast region, including:
o Gondwana Link Conservation Action Planning and native corridor fencing and re-vegetation works;
o mapping and restoring our
South Coast WA wetlands, linking them to global efforts such as Living Lakes Networks ;
o co-ordinating monitoring and education activities and 
films to highlight wetlands as places of critical bird habitats and powerful cultural connection. including establishment of the Denmark Wetland Centre;
o establishing the
Balijup Fauna Sanctuary project; for native fauna conservation with related citizen science bio-blitz workshop activities; 
o co-ordinating landscape scale eco-restoration with local farmers;
o running community arts projects with wetland sculptures & eco-art camps. using waste for eco-art at the
Denmark Tip Shop;
o turning the spotlight on migratory wader birds and their conservation with the annual
South Coast Bird and Biodiversity festival;
o and deepening community connection to country, working closely with the Noongar community, and the Great Walk Network.

Basil continues to inspire the Great Southern Landcare community, working collaboratively with our greatly appreciated partner landcarer organisations, South Coast farmers and landholders, including Gondwana Link, Noongar Groups, WA Conservation Council, Bush Heritage, Wetland Networks, Greening Australia, farmers, the Denmark CRC, the Denmark Community Garden, Denmark artists, and the Denmark Men's Shed.

Green Skills Ecojobs Perth teams are building underpasses for fauna to safely navigate their way under busy roads in the City of Cockburn.
Ecojobs team leader Steven Spragg snapped this photo whilst working on building a fauna underpass for the City of Cockburn, on Osprey Drive. It's great for our staff to be part of wildlife protection. Look out for more fauna overpasses and underpasses coming soon to Perth.
Bushland Survey on Currawong farm: Draft Report Available for Feedback
On Monday 9th September 2019  Green Skills conducted its fourth Rapid Snapshot Bushland Assessment and Eco Planning Survey on Currawong farm, near Boxwood Hill.
Done in conjunction with the Stefani family, the aim was to do a snap-shot biodiversity assessment to assist with planning for bushland conservation and revegetation planning for this 990 hectare farm that is strategically located next to Bush Heritage's North Monjebup reserve as well as the Corackerup Nature Reserve. This farm, which has about 269 ha of remnant bushland, is situated in the heart of the FItzgerald to Stirling section of Gondwana Link: (http://www.gondwanalink.org/)
The survey team comprised Melissa Howe (Ecologist), Basil Schur (Green Skills), Angela Sanders (Bush Heritage), and Jane Thompson (co-owner of Yarraweyah Farm). Also in attendance was Freya Spencer (Gillamii and North Sirling Pallingup NRM officer), Leoni McMahon (FGB Executive Officer and Reaghan Shalders (FGB NRM Officer)
Green Skills has now collated the results of the day's survey and prepare a draft a report for feedback from the landholding family and other stakeholders. This document will prove valuable in accessing further bushland fencing and revegetation assistance for priority sites.
For further info contact Basil Schur, Green Skills Denmark office  08 98483310
Report available at https://greenskills.org.au/download/currawong-farm-bushland-vegetation-snapshot-habitat-survey/

 
Green Skills Ecojobs Albany team installs coastal information signage in Albany coastal reserves

Mat Kirkman (photo above) has been busy working on installing signs for the City of Albany, like these Code Off-Road signs to protect native coastal habitat and 80 of the new Beach Emergency Number (BEN) signs to improve response time at WA beaches for emergency services. https://www.albany.wa.gov.au/news/ben-signs-set-to-save-lives/27

Green Skills #Food is Free Project
The Green Skills Albany office has been running a ‘Food is Free’ cart since 2017 at 38 Graham Street, inspired by the Food is Free laneway in Ballarat, VIC. Over the last two years, hundreds of kilograms of fruit and vegetables have been given away from this humble little upcycled cart. The Food is Free concept started in Austin, Texas and has now spread around the world with over 350 cities participating. It’s a great way to build community and connect excess food to people who can use it.

The Albany office has several raised garden beds and grows seasonal vegetables when volunteer labour & staff energy allows. We currently have one volunteer working in our garden and have planted summer seedlings such as zucchini and tomatoes. Upcycled wicking beds in the front yard are a great way of keeping the vegies going through summer holidays with gaps in garden watering. The garden produce on the Food is Free cart mostly comes from the office gardens and staff home vegetable gardens.
You can participate by dropping off your own homegrown produce or taking whatever you find on the cart. Please don’t leave items that can blow away, such as egg cartons, as this location is windy. The cart has been on the verge in the past but it now lives under the veranda where it is shadier.

The Green Skills Food is Free cart is available to the community whenever the gates are open, which is roughly 9-3pm weekdays (may be earlier or later depending on staffing). Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for current offerings. While you’re there, you may want to bring your coffee pods, toothbrushes or old pens for recycling in the TerraCycle program. You might even like to set up a Food is Free space or edible verge garden at your place. Find out how here.

Meet the Perth Ecojobs Team: Welcome Mystine Brown 

With the start of the 2019/2020 financial year, Green Skills welcomed two new permanent members of staff: Steven Spragg and Mystine Brown.
Mystine has been a longtime Ecojobs casual, since July 2016. She is a versatile member of Ecojobs, from hand-weeding and chemical weed control to  local government Natural Resource Management positions.  Mystine is also a qualified swimming teacher. A great skill set to have on the team. 
Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre Workshops
Photo below: Kate Ryan-Taylor from Down to Earth Designs in the ACEDC running Design & Develop Your Website in Two Days.
ALBANY REFASHION SESSIONS - Having Fun with Fabrics
Julie has generously offered to continue this event monthly in Albany. We have lots of clothing and fabric and basic sewing supplies, so no need to bring anything unless you have favourite tools that you want to use. All levels of experience are welcome; there will be people you can ask for help.
Come along for a gold coin donation to the next one happening at 
6-8pm at 38 Graham Street (new meeting room at the back of the building) on Monday 28th October

You can book in for this event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2352572291628748/
Call for Green Skills Membership Renewal

Upcoming Events
Next Refashion Sewing Session is from 6-8pm at 38 Graham Street (new meeting room at the back of the Albany Green Skills building) on Monday 28th October

The Green Skills Denmark Tip Shop is committed to diverting the maximum quantity of materials form landfill as possible.

The Tip Shop achieves this by a variety of means.

  • Collection and resale of usable items.
  • Degassing of fridges and air conditioners.
  • Non ferrous metal salvage.
  • Found object  art
  • Innovative clothing restoration.
  • Worm farms
  • Junk music
  • Repair and re imagining of broken items
  • Waste education
  • Not Waste Festival
  • and every day there's something new-old to discover at the Denmark Tip Shop
Green Skills Denmark is a proud supporter of
PLASTIC REDUCTION DENMARK and is assisting with their New WASH STATION TRAILER - The Denmark Wash Station Trailer is available for hire, please contact Green Skills Denmark office 98483310
Online Link for the National Landcare Network Policy Statement:
http://nln.org.au/ 
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