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Katannning Art Exhibition Opening and Eco Restoration Forum

On Monday 21 January, Green Skills, in  conjunction with the Shire of Katanning’s Art Gallery held a Gondwana Connections art exhibition  opening and eco restoration event at which 34 people attended.This event forms part of the South Coast Festival of Birds & Biodiversity.

This exhibition opening included a Welcome to  Country by a Katanning Noongar Elder, Gabrielle Hansen as well as  presentations by Aunty Carol Pettersen,  and Basil Schur of Green Skills. Gallery manager James Wood was MC for the event. A short film featuring Balijup and its eco-restoration and art programs was shown.

The exhibition looks stunning and well worth a visit !  It is up until mid March 2019

The principal artists represented in the exhibition include Joey Williams, Audrey and Errol Eades,The Women’s Group facilitated by Carol Pettersen, Lynne and Ken Tinley, Nikki Green, Janine McCrum, Robyn Lees, Helmie van Melle, Christine Harrison, Rosemary Turle, Jacqui Gale and Karlee Bertola. Nikki Green and Janine McCrum set up the exhibition. Key support has come from Poornarti Aboriginal Tours, Eugene Eades and the Eades family, Friends of Nowanup, the City of Albany’s Vancouver Art Centre, and Community Arts Network WA, the Denmark CRC.

This project has been supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions. In addition this event has been supported by the Shire of Katanning, Lotterywest, The Koorabup Trust, and Gondwana Link. This event also forms part of the 2019 South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity. Thjis Festival is supported by Lotterywest, BirdLife Australia, Green Skills, UWA Albany and many other groups and individuals.

 

Katanning Gallery Manager James Wood setting up the Gondwana Connections Exhibition

 

Gondwana Connections Exhibition

Minang Elder Carol Pettersen speaking at the event

 

Green Skills’s Basil Schur presenting at the event

Peace with Waste comes to Denmark and Walpole

Wed 5th December 2018

Peace With Waste has come to Denmark and Walpole in the form of green and other waste workshops.

These Green Skills workshops are being delivered to three community groups and three schools in these towns by local organic garden expert Neal Collins. They form part of a Green Skills south coast program of activities relating to waste minimisation being funded by a Community grant from the Waste Authority.

So far workshops have been held at the Mia Mia community garden on  composting and green waste management, with the Denmark and Walpole Primary Schools and at the Golden Hill Steiner School. For the latter workshop, Christi McMullan, who has helped the Golden Hill School  drastically reduce its waste stream to landfill.

This project is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account and administered by the Waste Authority.  

 

Waste workshop at Denmark’s Golden Hill Steiner School 1 Dec 2018

Waste workshop at Denmark’s Golden Hill Steiner School 1 Dec 2018

 

Waste workshop at Denmark’s Golden Hill Steiner School 1 Dec 2018

Waste workshop at Denmark’s Golden Hill Steiner School 1 Dec 2018

Waste workshop at Denmark’s Golden Hill Steiner School 1 Dec 2018

Waste workshop at Denmark’s Golden Hill Steiner School 1 Dec 2018

 

Waste workshop at Denmark’s Golden Hill Steiner School 1 Dec 2018

This project is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account and administered by the Waste Authority.  

 

Citizen Science In Action

Volunteers needed to help Green Skills with surveying Bandicoots, Phascogales and Birds as part of Balijup eco-restoration project:

In 2015  Green Skills has established a 111ha fenced fauna conservation sanctuary in Wandoo & Jarrah forest at Balijup ( see  https://chuffed.org/project/balijup)

Over coming weeks, we are teaming up with wildlife ecologists and the Conservation Council of WA, and volunteers, to carry out monitoring of Quenda (Southern Brown Bandicoots) and Phascogales and other fauna, centred  on Balijup, and other properties adjacent to the Stirling Range National Park.

Volunteers are also needed to help install and monitor Phascogale nesting boxes on bush properties near the Stirling Range National Park, as help with fauna monitoring at Balijup.   Participants will work with wildlife ecologists from the Conservation Council of WA, wildlife biologist Joe Porter, Basil Schur and of Green Skills and others on a range of citizen science monitoring activities at and near Balijup farm including bandicoot re-trapping, phascogale monitoring, bird and bushland surveying.

The event is part of Green Skills’ conservation activities supported through the State Natural Resource Management program. This project is made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program. It also forms part of the 2019 South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity. This project has also been supported by Lotterywest,, Conservation Council of WA, Gondwana Link, UWA Albany, Pentland Alpaca Stud, Alan Hordacre and the Denmark Men’s Shed.

For further information contact Basil Schur at Green Skills Denmark office on  98483310 or [email protected]

 

Bruce Smith, Denmark Men’s Shed, making a Phascogale Nesting Box

 

Green Skills volunteer, Don Hunt, painting a Phascogale Box, Nov 2018

 

Brian Bilney and Laura Page of Stirling Range Retreat, beneath one of the newly installed Phascogale Nesting Box. Nov 2018

 

View of inside of Phascogale Nesting box showing Alpaca wool kindly donated by Pentland Alpaca Stud in Denmark.

YouTube Short film released on Cranbrook’s Salt Lakes

Birds on the Edge

Birds on the Edge:

 WA’s Cranbrook Community Helping Threatened Shorebirds

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwO5s3XWM8c

The Salt Lakes around Cranbrook, north of the iconic Stirling Range National Park, are one of WA’s hidden treasures. This 7minute You Tube film shows how the Cranbrook community and landholders are taking action to conserve these lakes, for the benefit of their prolific birdlife.

Farmers, working with community groups The Gillamii Centre and Green Skills, are fencing and rehabilitating the foreshores of their Salt Lakes, helping threatened shorebirds such as the Hooded Plover. The Cranbrook Primary School is also playing its part in helping building greater knowledge and support for these precious wetlands.

Special thanks in helping produce this film goes to Sandy Hope, Tony Peterson, John Chandler,  the Lehmann Family, Geraldine and Steve Janicke, Graham Jones, Cameron Williamson, Anne Bondin, Brad Kneebone, Marcus Singor, Graeme Bradshaw, Rhonda Carnegie, Karina Bateman, Wendy Bradshaw, and staff, parents and students of the Cranbrook Primary School.

The Gondwana Wetlands North Stirling Lakes project has been supported by the following organisations: Green Skills, The Gillamii Centre, The Koorabup Trust, Birdlife Australia, Gondwana Link Ltd, Greening Australia, The WA Government’s Natural Resource Management Program,  South Coast NRM and the Australia’s Government’s National Landcare Program,  Steve and Geraldine Janicke, and the International Living Lakes Network.

This film was created by Earthrise Productions and produced by Green Skills Inc. For further information contact Basil Schur at the Green Skills Denmark office on 08-98483310 or [email protected]

Hooded Plover – Shorebird species at risk

A visit to Perup Nature’s Guesthouse, near Boyup Brook

Wolyie Diggings on the trail at Perup – Digging mammals are nature’s engineers..

A visit to Perup – A special place to see threatened native fauna

Between 9 and 11 November I joined in an event organised by GreenTeach, an environmental education group based in Bunbury – for a delightful weekend at Perup- Nature’s Guest House. https\://www.perupnaturesguesthouse.com.au/ Surrounded by the 56,000 hectare Tone-Perup Nature Reserve south of Boyup Brook., Perup: is a great place to see our native fauna.

On behalf of Green Skills I led a dusk walk for a group of about 25 people ranging from 10 to 80 in age. During the two days we were able to spot a range of species including Quenda, possums and the threatened Tammar wallaby.

A highlight of the weekend for me was seeing how Perup Nature’s Guesthouse works as a community enterprise run by the Blackwood Basin Group.

 

Tammar Wallaby at Perup

Dusk walk with group from Green Teach, Bunbury