Perth Advocates for the Earth Inc

Striving to make a difference in our world

Tree Planting for Black Cockatoos 2017 - Stage 5

We are planting species that are the food source and shelter for the Black Cockatoos (and other wildlife) this year.

When: 9.30am Sat 14th July

Where: Railway Heritage Trail, Stoneville - Corner of Riley Rd and Stoneville Rd.

If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to: paftewa@hotmail.com to register your interest.  We will reply with information you need on the day.

Here is the event page with more information and updates: 

Tree Planting for Black Cockatoos 2016 - Stage 4

We again planted plant species for the endangered Black Cockatoos  with cooperation from the Jane Brook Catchment Group (http://janebrookcg.com.au/). We have approx. 35 volunteers helping us on the day....and the rain held off just in time for us to finish in record time (around 12.30pm.)

Trees will again be sourced from Mundaring Garden Centre.
Date: Sat 6th - Sun 7th August
Plants sourced from:
Mundaring Garden Centre
1145 Coppin Rd
Mundaring, WA 6073

Tree Planting for Black Cockatoos 2015 - Stage 3

Perth Advocates for the Earth Inc are excited to announce that we planted plant species for the Black Cockatoos again in 2015 with cooperation from the Jane Brook Catchment Group (http://janebrookcg.com.au/) and volunteers provided by Conservation Volunteers Australia (Fremantle).

It was our 3rd time receiving assistance and cooperating with CVA and 2nd time planting at Parkerville with the Jane Brook Catchment Group. Trees will again be sourced from Mundaring Garden Centre.

This will be our Project - "Planting for Black Cockatoo" - Stage 3
Planting area: http://janebrookcg.com.au/wedgetail-reserve/
Date: Sat 25th - Sun 26th July 
Time: 10.30am - 4pm (possibly both days) 
Volunteers: Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and some PAFTE volunteers.
Anyone who would like to volunteer please send us an email at: paftewa@hotmail.com
Plants sourced from:
Mundaring Garden Centre
1145 Coppin Rd
Mundaring, WA 6073
Images from this planting here:-
 

Tree Planting for Black Cockatoos 2014 - Stage 2

Perth Advocates for the Earth Inc are proud to have completed our Tree Planting Project for 2014.

We could not have done this without the cooperation and support from the Jane Brook Catchment Group; Mundaring Garden Centre; Conservation Volunteers Australia; Australian Ethical Investment and Marjie (one of our dedicated PAFTE members).

Australian Ethical Investment generously provided partial funds for this project (approx. $1100). These funds were left over from our 2012 Grant to plant species that are the food source and habitat for Black Cockatoos.

PAFTE Inc also contributed approx. $1100 to this project.

Planting area: http://janebrookcg.com.au/wedgetail-reserve/

Date: 26th and 27th July 2014

Total number planted: 1744 native species.

Plants sourced from:
Mundaring Garden Centre
1145 Coppin Rd
Mundaring, WA 6073
Below: Wedgetail Reserve - Parkerville. Where the planting of habitat and food source of the Black Cockatoos took place this year!

Tree Planting for Black Cockatoos 2013 - Stage 1

Below are some of the photo's taken before, during and on completion!

We are so grateful to have been given this opportunity by Australian Ethical Investment who gave us the grant and Landowner Silvijana whose property was where the saplings were planted.

We have so many others to thank for their assistance, advice and patience: Katie Haynes and Aaron Jagger (Conservation Volunteers Australia) and their volunteers, Marcus, Tom, Ricarda, Susanne, Charles, Raz and Darius; Natalee Kuser (Blackwood Waterwatch);  Bridgetown Community Landcare Nursery; Raelene (Boyanup Boatnicals); Nerilee Boshammer (Southwest Catchment Council); Dr. Ron Johnston - Curator, Ornithology WA Museum; Felicity Willett from Blackwood Basin Group; Matt Fossey - Birdlife Australia; Sheila Howatt from DEC; Greenway Enterprises; Forestry Tools; Kennards Hire and Marjie Bremner for helping with the tree planting.

Perth Advocates for the Earth Inc are very proud to be the recipient of a $4000 Community Grant from Australian Ethical Investment.

www.australianethical.com.au

Why is it so important for us to plant the food source and shelter for native birds and other species:

http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/management-and-protection/plants/native-vegetation.html

OUR OBJECTIVES:

1. To rehabilitate a section of a 100 acre property with approx. 1,000 suitable plants for the Black Cockatoos in the South West of WA (Boyup Brook situated on the Blackwood River).

2. To rehabilitate land and potentially reduce salinity.

3. Provide food and shelter for the Black Cockatoos.

4. Encourage dialogue and positive involvement by the local community and the view that others in the area may follow suit with Tree Plantings too.


JUNE 2012

 

  • Spoke to a property owner about our proposal to plant the food source and shelter for Black Cockatoos
  • Property owner was very keen as Black Cockatoos are regularly seen on her property and she has fenced off 40 acres and has left it to rehabilitate naturally for the last 12 years but noticed some areas have not recovered fully

JULY 2012

 

  • Submitted our grant application with Australian Ethical Investment for $500 to plant 200 plants on the Boyup Brook property

SEPTEMBER 2012

 

  •  We received confirmation  from Sally Rowland (Aus Ethical) that we were successful in our submission and were receiving $4,000. This will allow us to plant approx 1,000 plants.

OCTOBER 2012

 

  • Spoke to Dr. Ron Johnston - Curator, Ornithology WA Museum regarding placing nesting boxes for Black Cockatoos on the property as well
  •  Dr Johnston advised that evidence of breeding within 1km would be needed otherwise the nesting boxes wouldn't be used by the Black Cockatoos
  • Contacted Felicity Willett from Blackwood Basin Group about our project and she advised us to call Natalee Kuser Coordinator with Blackwood Waterwatch
  • Oct 25th - Spoke with Natalee Kuser regarding which species would be best to plant in the proposed area

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2012


  • Contacted Raelene from Boyanup Botanicals regarding ordering plants. It was too late for us to order local provenance plants but they will be plants from surrounding areas.
  • Spoke to Tony Freeman from APACE regarding obtaining viable species that we could not get from Boyanup Botanicals.
  • Contacted Sheila Howatt from DEC about our project. She advised that the landowner could become a member of Land for Wildlife but it would need committment.
  • Contacted Matt Fossey - (Birdlife Australia) regarding nesting boxes. He said the closest evidence of Black Cockatoo breeding he could find was Kojonup so we decided nesting boxes wouldn't be a viable project.
  •  Contacted Nerilee Boshammer - Southwest Catchment Council regarding using carpet for weed control if land owner wasn't keen on pesticides. Nerilee also advised us to contact Conservations Volunteers Australia (CVA) who may help us with the planting: http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
  • Participated in a "Plants for Carnaby's Black Cockatoo revegetation" Workshop organised by Birdlife Australia - at the WA Ecology Centre:  http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/bold-park/venues-and-facilities/wa-ecology-centre
  • Plants were ordered through Boyanup Botanicals and Bridgetown Community Landcare Nursery (via Natalee Kuser).
  • Site visit with property owner and Natalee Kuser.
  • Selected several possible sites for planting
  • Natalee discussed weed spraying options and post planting maintenance with property owner
  • Natalee advised us to source Corflute guards for plant protection as the property is utilised by Kangaroos
  • Contacted and arranged to meet with Conservation Volunteers Australia's (CVA) Aaron Jagger (State Manager) and Katie Haynes (Operations Manager) regarding our request for help with volunteers for our Project Black Cockatoos. Site visit report was given to Katie and Aaron at our meeting.

JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2013


  • Sourced costing for Corflute guards and stakes for post planting protection
  • Sourced costing for organic weed sprays
  •  Received confirmation from CVA that they will help us between 24th to 29th July. Katie sent through a Logistics Application Form to be filled out and returned.
  • Planned a site visit with  Katie (CVA) for some time in May.
  • Sent an enquiry to Sally (Aus Ethical) regarding the possibility of splitting the grant funds between the Boyup Brook propety and another property at Nannup that is visited by Black Cockatoos and which had been affected by fire . Sally advised that splitting the plants was fine.
  •  Spoke to property owner at Nannup (Dave Patterson) regarding proposal and he said his property would not have room for 500 plants. Mr. Patterson mentioned they were rehabilitating injured Black Cockatoos and seed feeding them until they were fit to be released. PAFTE board members have made donations to assist with these costs and shared these details on our website and social networks.
MARCH / APRIL 2013

  • Liaised with property owner at Boyup Brook regarding the Logistics Application Form to be filled out and returned to CVA
  • Completed form sent to CVA
  • Received written confirmation from CVA that our Application was successful
  • Liaised with property owner and a pre-planting site visit is planned for May 18th with Katie (CVA)
  • Property owner sent an update 
  • Ordered Corflute/guards and Stakes
  • Received confirmation dates for volunteers from CVA for planting: Wed 24th - 26th July 
  • Property owner informed of the above dates for planting
Above: Katie Haynes and John helping with the staking out of planting areas.

MAY / JUNE 2013


  •  Visit to property for another site inspection and staking out of areas for planting of different species with Katie from CVA is confirmed for May 18th.
  •  Liaised with Boyanup Botanicals and Bridgetown Community Landcare Nursery about picking up plants a few weeks before scheduled planting.
  • Accommodation in Boyup Brook sourced.
  • Dates were confirmed with the nurseries and property owner and PAFTE to pick up the plants in mid-July and store them with the property owner.
  • May 18th - visited property and staked and photographed the different areas for planting and drafted a spreadsheet for the CVA team leader to use on planting day.
  • Mid June - guards arrived!
  • Late June - bamboo stakes arrived!
Corflute/Guards and Stakes arrived and stored!

JULY 2013

 

  • Trailer to be used for picking up the plants is booked. Thanks to Kennards:
Kennards Hire
  • Accommodation for volunteers and board members at property and Boyup Brook confirmed.
July 11th
Picked up the plants from Boyanup Botanicals and Bridgetown via Natalee Kuser from Blackwood Waterwatch (Left with Poppy the dog).
Left and below:  We got to feed a lamb who was abandoned and being cared for by the property owner.
July 24th - 26th 2013

After 2 very hectic days....the planting is completed! Album of pics are at the top of this page.

Left: Conservation Volunteers Australia volunteers and PAFTE Inc members: Charles (CVA), Lizzy, Billy, Marjie, Raewyn, Darius (CVA), Virginia, Marcus (CVA - Team Leader), Ricarda (CVA), Susanne (CVA) and Raz (CVA). (Tom, also from CVA and in the pic below, took this photo).