Save the Date:
Symposium on 4th July 2019
” One million of the world’s species are now under threat of extinction, according to the biggest-ever review of the state of nature on Earth.“
The key messages from a United Nations report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) are:
“Current global response insufficient;
‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;
Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;”
“The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”
“The Report also tells us that it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “Through ‘transformative change’, nature can still be conserved, restored and used sustainably. The member States of IPBES Plenary have now acknowledged that, by its very nature, transformative change can expect opposition from those with interests vested in the status quo, but also that such opposition can be overcome for the broader public good,” Watson said.”
We really hope you heed this message. NatureLink Perth is trying to tackle this issue in our own “backyard”. Come to the Symposium on 4th July and let us collectively work out what we can do to make difference. You will be receiving an invitation in the next 2 weeks to register – please come, every voice counts.
Upcoming events are provided here. Do you have an event coming up? Let us know.
Hosted by EnviroHouse
DATE: Saturday 18 May | 2:00pm
VENUE: Environment House, 125 King William St, Bayswater, WA 6053
To book click here
Did you know you don’t need a huge space to establish an impressive native garden with suitable species for your area? This presentation is for anyone wanting to find out more about growing native plants with a focus on how best to grow in small gardens and in pots.
Hosted by the Urban Bushland Council
DATE: Saturday 18th May | 9:30am-11:30am
VENUE: Western Australian Ecology Centre, 165 Perry Lakes Drive, City Beach
Black cockatoos and Banksias are much-loved icons of our natural heritage. Enjoy a morning learning about these bushland jewels at Bold Park. Here you can share information on their nature and interdependence and the fragility of their numbers. You will also learn about community efforts to conserve them into the future.
Join Chris Ferreira & expert guests around the famous ‘Hami Hill Sustainable Home’ to learn everything from intelligent garden layout & natural air-conditioning, to solar-passive design & creating a productive & nature-play inspired backyard. PLUS hear about our exciting sustainable infill development; showcasing how we plan to have 4 homes & 40 trees all in the one space!
Hosted by Friends of Kings Park
DATE: Sunday 26 May | 9:00am-2:00pm (unless sold out earlier!)
VENUE: Exhibition Ground, Kings Park
COST: Free 🙂 (not after you buy all those lovely plants)
The next Friends of Kings Park plant sale is on Sunday 26 May 2019. A the forever project
the for sale will be available for download approximately 2 weeks before the sale.
We would like to remind you that our plants are lovingly propagated by a small group of volunteers. Many species are not available from commercial native plant nurseries, and our sales fill an important niche in providing you with unique plants. The number of plants available for some species may be quite limited.
A description of the status of rare and priority flora and a map of the State’s bio-geographical regions can be found on the Department of Parks and Wildlife website
Join Dr Terry Houston for an entertaining talk about native bees in our bushland. Dr Houston is Research Associate, Dept. of Terrestrial Zoology (Entomology) Western Australian Museum
In the News:
Australia is a global leader in species extinctions
PM ABC Radio 7 May, 2019: Linda Mottram
Well, Australia is unfortunately a global leader when it comes to extinction with 29 mammal species becoming extinct since the arrival of Europeans – that’s a third of the world’s total mammal extinctions in that time.
Bringing biodiversity back into the built environment is good for both people and the planet, writes urban ecologist Amy K Hahs.
Our apologies for the lack of a newsletter last week. This was due to circumstances beyond our control, we hope you missed us. However we have certainly not been sitting idle, have a look at our recent engagements……
On Thursday 2nd May we met with Kellie Fowler (Education Officer) and Jacklyn Kelly (Environmental Officer) of Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre within Melville City Council. We discussed some great ideas to help connect Environmental Teams across local city councils and share tactics for environmental management processes and project resources. If you are looking for a nature space to visit within Perth, the Wetlands Walk behind the centre is a beautiful spot to visit, and full of native birds twittering and zipping out!
On Sunday 5th May we met with members of the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor Committee – Sally Marsh, Kellie Ratcliffe, Leah Knapp, Christine Duckham, Lou Corteen, Cynthia Innes and Diana Corbyn. We discussed the power of collaboration between local governments, state government agencies and community to enable regional outcomes like the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor. The CCWC provides an excellent case study of what can be achieved through this collaboration, which we may discuss at the symposium.
On Tuesday, 7th May we met with Drs Peter Neville (Medical Entomologist) and Clemencia Rodriguez (Senior Project Officer) from the Department of Health, whose work includes assessing and minimising environmental health risks for WA communities, including in Perth. We discussed the interactions that occur between Perth’s natural assets and environments and nearby residential and urban areas, such as those between wetlands and rivers, mosquitoes, urban runoff, and risks to human health such as mosquito-borne Ross River virus. The meeting highlighted the need for nature integration in the city to be balanced, with ongoing management, so that the best possible outcomes are achieved for both biodiversity and public health.
On Wednesday 8th May we met with Wetlands Precinct Meeting including representatives from Wetlands Centre Cockburn, Native Arc, the Bibra Lake Scouts and City of Cockburn. We discussed the role of each these groups in nature conservation and engaging people with nature. Such a wealth of information on a broad range of topics and great ideas for NatureLink Perth.
On Thursday 9th May, we met with Dr Margaret Byrne, Dr Stephen van Leeuwen and Tania Ashworth from Biodiversity and Conservation Science in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. We discussed the aims of NatureLink Perth, the role of the department in biodiversity science and conservation management, and potential avenues NatureLink Perth could follow.
Also on Thursday 9th May, we met with Dr Michael Coote and Heidi Bucktin, of the Wetlands Conservation Division in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. We discussed the importance of climate change as the biggest current impact on wetlands and the need to include it in policy development, also the different legislation and policy documents relevant to conservation of wetlands, the role of the Wetlands Coordinating Committee and the importance of mapping our natural assets to enable us to audit and better manage them.
Our Management Team met with Dr. Joe Fontaine also on Thursday 9th May to discuss gaps in current fire management in Perth and how we can better integrate biodiversity concerns. He suggested investment into fire science and ecology studies and education should be a priority, with inclusion of this information into decision-making.
On Monday 13th May, we met with Prof. Philip Jennings, a long standing champion for the conservation of wetlands and chair of the Wetlands Conservation Society. We discussed the history and many opportunities for new regional parks across Perth and, importantly, how best this may be achieved.
On Tuesday May 14th, we met with Dr George Crisp, a General Practitioner in Shenton Park and a contributing member of the National Committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia. The organisation has between 1,000 – 2,000 members, with their focus on climate change, air pollution, biodiversity and the impact they have on human health. The organisation is filling a gap by advocating how important good environmental health is for improving human health. George also does many talks and works with CCWA discussing the impact of degraded environmental health on human health.
On Wednesday 15th May we met a host of people from across varied directorates within the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) – Science and Planning, Environmental Protection Authority Services, Regulatory Services, Regional Delivery, Strategic Policy, and Strategy and Engagement. We had a far-reaching discussion that included the many roles DWER undertake and their perspectives and advice on ways forward for NatureLink Perth. A very informative meeting.
Lots to think about! Please email us any information you have about how we can action in this space, 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.