Thanks again to everyone who helped us plant thousands of plants yesterday. Special thanks to Trillion Trees, to City of Kalamunda, to Kalamunda Toyota as well as to our Friends Of Upper Lesmurdie Falls and community members. What a day it was, with the sun shining, the barbeque sizzling and the soil good and moist after our recent rains! No doubt many of our "vollies" will be back the coming years to enjoy the results of their labour.
Now is the time to come to the hills - the flowers are starting to bloom and it looks as if this year will be one featuring white blossoms as the acacias and hibbertias give way to the creamy pimeleas, the trymalium, hakeas and grevilleas. Experience Perth Hills during the beautiful spring.
Thanks for all the Friends for their hard work on Saturday at the Busy Bee - weeds growing in the pots in the shade houses were disposed of and old structures dismantled off Nelson Crescent. Progress!
Now, we are ready for the Trillion Trees planting day on 18th August.
Amazing to see the Brook after the short, sharp rain today (Monday) - the paths are holding up well and the water is taking the line of least resistance,. The reeds are protecting the creek banks and the flow dams are slowing the water flow.
Congratulations to Iris Jones who was named honorary Freeman of the City of Kalamunda. Without Iris' support, the Upper Lesmurdie Falls area would not have been "Up the Creek" - we are grateful for her coordination and contribution to our Friends Group.
Iris’ impact on the City of Kalamunda community is far reaching.
As a talented musician, Iris has worked collaboratively with other local musicians to create original CDs, the proceeds of which have been donated to improving the community and lives of others through causes such as Camp Quality.
One of these CDs was on the history of European settlement in the Kalamunda region, the proceeds going to the Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society.
In between the 1980s until early 2000, Iris was a member of the Council’s first arts committee and taught music at the Kalamunda Learning Centre for several years. Iris was also a founding member of the Hills Folk Club in 1982, which still operates today.
But Iris’ contributions extend well beyond the musical realm, having authored “The Grave at Carmel”, for the Francis Weston Grave.
Iris was also involved in project managing the restoration of the top of Lesmurdie Falls, the Zig Zag Community Arts Festival, the Lesmurdie Ratepayers Association (later called the Lesmurdie and Districts Community Association), Falls Farm Management Committee, and the Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society, where she coordinated the foothills connection community heritage project and the creation of Heritage Trail Narrative and Music Recording.
Since her retirement in 2002, Iris has played a significant role in the advocacy of aged care in Kalamunda and beyond, serving the City’s Aged Care Advisory Committee, Friends of Aged Care and as part of Federal Member Honourable Ken Wyatt’s inaugural Aged Care Committee.
Iris is also involved at a regional level with Swan Care and represented her group as a part of the Member for Kalamunda, Mr Matthew Hughes, inter agency committee which is addressing aged care needs at a State level.
Congratulations to our President for the well-deserved honour of being made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Kalamunda.
A resident for 42 years, Mike Robinson has made significant contributions to several Community Groups in the City, including a lifetime of significant involvement in the Kalamunda and Districts Hockey Club (KDHC).
As a player, Mike was in the top team for a decade before graduating to the Masters team (for which he still plays). Off the field, Mike has taken on the roles of Club Secretary, Juniors coordinator, club relocation committee and Hockey WA Masters Committee.
His involvement with the masters committee resulted in a grant being received for the development of junior hockey in the Kalamunda region. His contribution to KDHC culminated in a Life Membership award in the late 1990’s.
Mike is also actively engaged in other community groups in the region. An avid environmentalist, Mike is committed to engaging the club in the protection of the environment and ensuring the club is environmentally conscious in all they do.
Away from hockey his passion resulted in the formation of the Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls Inc. to work with the then Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to rehabilitate the degraded areas lying above the Lesmurdie Falls.
Along with another nominee for Freeman, Iris Jones, he was joint Project manager in the Up the Creek Project. The collaboration with the Lesmurdie Districts Community Association who approached the Friends Group resulted in a proposal for a joint project to accelerate the achievement of DPaW’s and the Friends’ goals for the area.
Mike continues his role as Chairperson of the Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls and remains involved at the KDHC.
Mike leads by example and is truly deserving of the accolades he earns.
WOW! What a day! With the huge support from Trillion Trees, Rotaract Club of Kalamunda, City of Kalamunda (especially Mick Davies), community members and FOULF, more than 50 volunteers planted around 7,000 plants native to our area. Grandparents, mums and dads and kids of all ages were at work and what they achieved is amazing. It was a lovely day with sunshine and a fast running brook - and a welcome sausage sizzle at the end. Thanks to everyone. We'll all look forward to watching the plants grow and I, for one, can't wait for the spring. Already some acacias are flowering, early grevilleas, some heaths and one or two Asteraceae. We'll see you on the paths.
All but the most hardy were deterred by the dark clouds and threatening weather for our Busy Bee this morning. The rain held off and we managed to collect around 50 bags of weeds - a great effort, in readiness for our big planting push, starting next month, July 7th - keep the date free and bring your friends. You will be rewarded with a sausage sizzle and the satisfaction of a job well done, as we were this morning.
A small but enthusiastic group of Friends spent the morning weeding the plants in the old shade house while others covered the new shade house with cloth. Now we are ready for the rain - plants are busting out of their pots and we've got new seedlings arriving shortly. Send it down, Huey!
Thanks to all, especially to Ruth who looked after us with food in spite of her wounds.
Our project to reintroduce native fish and mussels into the Lesmurdie Brook got underway yesterday and today. Scientists from the Freshwater Fish Group from Murdoch Uni placed fyke nets and box traps in selected spots in the brook and returned the next day to see what was living in the brook and how suitable the area would be to reintroduce native fish and mussels.
The good news is that there is a variety of wildlife existing happily in the watercourse. We found healthy long-necked turtles in a range of ages and many gilgies also of different sizes. Our fish population appears to be "invaders" - cobblers from the eastern states, many one-spotted livebearers and some eastern gambusias. It should be possible to reduce the numbers of these and to introduce stocks of trout minnows and pygmy perch as well as mussels.
It was rewarding to see how healthy the environment is. We would welcome any locals who wish to become involved in this exciting initiative.
We are delighted to announce that we have received a grant from the State Government of $37,000 to conduct a survey with the ultimate aim of restoring native fish into Lesmurdie Brook. The survey will be conducted by the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems at Murdoch University's Harry Butler Institute.
Most plants in our area are not flowering now in this intense heat. However, this Hakea ruscifolia or Candle hakea is at its best. You can see it beside the northern side of the northern track at the eastern end of our area.