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Balijup Fauna Citizen Science Report released

In March 2019 , Green Skills completed a State 2 project for the Balijup project aimed to build community capacity in the eco-restoration of the 919ha Balijup property near Tenterden with its Fauna Sanctuary (a 111ha fenced feral predator free exclosure into which Quenda (Southern Brown Bandicoots) and Coomarl (Brush tailed possums) have been successfully established) Green Skills has partnered with Conservation Council of WA Citizen Science team, other groups, property owners and many volunteers in community capability building in terms of eco-restoration, feral animal control, and citizen science community research into native fauna recovery. installation and monitoring of more than 35 Phascogale nesting boxes, research into feral animal baiting and further fauna research and monitoring on Balijup.

The project facilitated improvements to the capacity of both Green Skills and Conservation Council, and their key project staff, to plan and execute fauna and environmental monitoring at Balijup. It also provided hands on practical experience to over 30 volunteers, several of whom were university graduates or current undergraduates very keen to get hands on experience with fauna trapping and environmental monitoring. Green Skills was able to gain a lot more knowledge  and technical capability in relation to implementing a Brush tailed Phascogale conservation project. Important progress has been made in developing the foundation for implementing a feral animal control program at Balijup.

The Feb 2019 report is down loadable in a small size file at uploads/2019/03/Balijup-Citizen-ScienceReport-Green-Skills-February-2019-SmallFile.pdf

or high resolution version at uploads/2019/03/Balijup-Citizen-Science-Report-Green-Skills-February-2019-Large-File.pdf

Future proposed priorities for the Balijup Citizen Science progranm t include 1) Ongoing camera monitoring 2) Further cage trapping program events 3) Ongoing monitoring of Southern Heath Monitors within the Sanctuary and relocation of some of these 4) Control of rabbits and Kangaroos within the Sanctuary 5) Ongoing monitoring of the Sanctuary fence and maintenance of the firebreaks 6) Ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the phascogale boxes and development of further research. 7) Ongoing monitoring of the other phascogale nesting boxes on three properties. 8) Other vegetation, bird and wetland monitoring both within the Sanctuary and Balijup property. 9) Further development of a feral baiting program for the whole of Balijup property.

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.  

Green Skills’ Balijup, Biodiversity and wetland conservation activities have also received support from the Parks and Wildlife Service of the  WA Department of Conservation, Biodiversity and Attractions, Bush Heritage Australia, The University of WA (Albany),  and  Conservation Council of WA. The Feb 2019 citizen science event formed part of the South Coast Festival of Birds & Biodiversity, which was supported by Lotterywest, BirdLife Australia and Green Skills.

Balijup Citizen Science Report-February 2019


Denmark Community Garden Holds Successful Second Workshop

The new Denmark Community Garden held its second organic garden workshop on the 13th April 2019 attended by 11 people.

Neal Collins shared his enthusiastic knowledge about organic food growing. 5 raised beds were planted out with herbs and winter vegetables.

Much fun and learning  was had by all at this Green Skills’s event.

The next garden workshop will be at 2pm on Friday 26th April at the Denmark Community Garden, at the back of the Denmark CRC. All welcome.

THis communty garden is run by Green Skills, Thanks very much to Foundation For Rural and Regional Renewal, Denmark Community Windfarm Sustainability Fund, Denmark CRC, Thornton’s Mitre 10, Metroof, Denmark Supa IGA, Southern Edge Earth-moving, Great Southern Tree Care, Carl Dusenberg, Neal Collins,Graham Greenhalgh, Don Hunt, Katja Lamb, other volunteers and wwoofers,and everyone who has helped to get the new Garden this far.

for further i nformation contact  Denmark Green Skills  or Basil on [email protected]


Whale Shark, star of SunSmart Albany Kite Fiesta 2019

Whale Shark, star of SunSmart Albany Kite Fiesta

A whale shark, blue whale, frilled lizard and many other creatures and box kites, filled Albany’s skies last Sunday 24 March 2019. This brought joy to the many hundreds of people including children, adults and the young of heart who came down to join in the fun.

Thanks to Healthway for sponsoring this SunSmart event, to Michael and Jan Alvares of Kite Kinetcs, the City of Albany, to the McCullan clan (Kristi, John, Evi, Shanit), Basil Schur,David McNamara, Rachel Pontin, Anne Sparrow and everyone else at Green Skills for helping making this event happen.


The 2019 South Coast Festival of Birds And Biodiversity Concludes

The South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity 2019 concluded on the 10 April  co-ordinated by Green Skills and BirdLife Australia.

Over 30 events comprised this Festival with a hundreds of participants, young and old. Here are pics from some of the events- Lots of fun and learning and a strong focus on conservation.

A Big Thank you to Lotterywest, BirdLife Australia, Albany Bird Group, UWA Albany, City of Albany, Denmark Bird Group, Parks and Wildlife Service (Dept of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions) , Gondwana Link Ltd, Bush Heritage Australia, South Coast NRM, and the many other groups and individuals who helped make this Festival happen

Here are some pics from some of the exciting events that happened


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