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WEEK 3

  1. Next week our student team starts up and our first stakeholder’s meetings begin. If your organisation or group would like to meet with the NatureLink Perth team to discuss how together we can sustain biodiversity and enable nature sensitive urban design in Perth, just reply to this email and let us know.  The more people we meet, the more ideas and information we get – the greater benefit we can be.

2. We are very excited to have two more students Emma and Skye, from Murdoch University’s Indigenous Studies Unit to help us with indigenous engagement in NatureLink Perth. Our experience at Boorna Waanginy highlighted the essential work Skye and Emma will be doing.

3. On Wednesday night, we attended the Australian Conservation Foundation and Conservation Council of WA’s event “All Creatures Great and Small” Public Forum to hear about the landmark Yeelirrie court case, CCWA & Traditional Owners v WA Environmental Minister, Environmental Law and Extinction. It was an informative evening providing valuable information and contacts which we will be collating in the policy and planning layer of our information package.

Declan Doherty, Principal Solicitor WA Environmental Defenders Office made two observations that really resonated with me and the reason NatureLink Perth exists. Perhaps they will with you.  

a. Words from William Odum (1982):

“Much of the current confusion and distress surrounding environmental issues can be traced to decisions that were never consciously made, but simply resulted from a series of small decisions. No one purposely planned to destroy almost 50% of the existing marshland along the coasts of Connecticut and Massachusetts,,,, In fact, preservation would have been supported. However, through hundreds of little decisions… a major decision in favour of extensive wetlands conversion was made without ever addressing the issue directly…”

 b. Declan Doherty commented if we can destroy by a myriad of small decisions perhaps we can also heal by many small decisions – a good thought – we all have a part to play. If we all decide we are working towards the preservation and integration of nature into our city in our everyday conversations and meetings with people, we can turn around the way people think about nature in our city.

4. Last night I attended a wonderful event about the Baigup Wetlands in the City of Bayswater and its future. It was well attended and exhibited the fantastic progress that has been mode in improving the wetland in relatively short timeframe. Baigup Wetland Interest Group coordinator, Penny Lee spoke of the diversity of different ecosystems at the one site, providing habitat for an array of wildlife. It is heartening to see what can be achieved. The concept of working together with State government agencies, local councils and other ‘Friends of’ groups to create a regional park along the Swan and Helena Rivers was raised. I know this has been something considered in other discussions. If you this is something you would like to be a part of email: naturelinkperth@murdoch.edu.au  and let us know.

4. Last night I attended a wonderful event about the Baigup Wetlands in the City of Bayswater and its future. It was well attended and exhibited the fantastic progress that has been mode in improving the wetland in relatively short timeframe. Baigup Wetland Interest Group coordinator, Penny Lee spoke of the diversity of different ecosystems at the one site, providing habitat for an array of wildlife. It is heartening to see what can be achieved. The concept of working together with State government agencies, local councils and other ‘Friends of’ groups to create a regional park along the Swan and Helena Rivers was raised. I know this has been something considered in other discussions. If you this is something you would like to be a part of email: naturelinkperth@murdoch.edu.au  and let us know.

Cheers,

Jane and the NatureLink Perth team