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Thanks to Tobias Busch, who generously donated his talent and time, we now have a website. The beginnings of a wonderful journey. And now we can continue to develop and grow the website thanks to the generous support of Environment House. Thank you.

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Our stakeholder meetings began this week:We met with Tristan Duke and Lauren Pullella from Conservation Volunteers Australia. CVA can really help community groups, local councils or state government  by adding capacity, through on-ground results, grant writing/submission, corporate volunteering opportunities and of course new volunteers! Perhaps by working together you can increase your impact to improve the biodiversity estate in Perth.

We met with the wonderful people in the Parks section of the City of Canning. They have a lot of energy and some great initiatives that promote ecological linkages and native vegetation in their area. As well as many other things, we discussed how we might create links between different councils to integrate parks, corridors and initiatives at a larger scale to better connect across Perth. If you work in a local council and are interested in this idea – email us. 

Then we discussed the Bushlinks Walk Trail in the City of Stirling, with Rae Kolb and the Friends of Star Swamp Bushland and how this tied in with the NatureLink Perth concepts of engaging people with nature and creating corridors.The Bushlinks Walk Trail has been fully developed since the 1990’s – uncovering treasures like this is great. We discussed the scope for more walk trails including through Scarborough, Doubleview, Wembley Downs, Woodlands, Innaloo, perhaps along a north-south walk through the linear lakes and wetlands from Herdsman Lake through to Joondalup’s lakes. All linking up with each other.  The walks need to be strategically thought through so they run close to as many education sites as possible i.e. primary and secondary schools, universities and of course including all reserves both active and passive, while avoiding major roads as much as possible to avoid intimidation to people and wildlife. We know there are a lot walk trails in Perth and will be thinking about how they can contribute to biodiversity corridors. Heidi Hardisty sent us a link to the Whadjuk Trails  http://www.whadjukwalkingtrails.org.au/ Do you know more?

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.

Being able to measure change and provide positive (or negative) feedback on actions is a powerful tool. There was also discussion about the need for legislative support for the concepts the presenters spoke about. There was discussion on how perhaps a groundswell from people was the best way to effect change, as shown by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz who started with 40 people in in WA giving ‘Plastic Free July’ a go and now about 3.5 million people in 177 countries are involved and WA recently banned the plastic bag. It is often not about values – most people do want to do the right thing – but getting them to engage and commit to behaviour change that will make a difference is a harder step – how can we do that for biodiversity in Perth? Email us! 

And, of course, always email us any information you have, people you think we should contact or events/activities that are happening – so we can share with everyone through NatureLink Perth and make all of us more effective agents of change.

Cheers,

Jane and the NatureLink Perth team