Registration Open:

Symposium on 4th July 2019


Tickets available here

You are warmly invited to the NatureLink Perth Symposium on Thursday, 4thJuly, 9:00am-4:30pm in the Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre at Murdoch University. 
This symposium provides collaborative space to discuss and coordinate efforts to enable nature sensitive urban design and nurture a biodiverse and liveable city in Perth. Its success depends on attendance and engagement of a diverse array of stakeholders, including people in community, development, education, health, recreation, industry, research, NRM groups, local and state governments and many more – we encourage everyone to attend.
You can see the program of the symposium is a highly interactive day providing multiple opportunities for networking, as we invite your input on key challenges and opportunities to coordinate effort in this space. 
We will be seeking your individual input throughout the day through an online platform so please bring your iPad/tablet/smart phone. We are aiming for a paper-free event, so information for the day will be electronic.  
Tickets are $60, with a concessional rate of $30 for students, unemployed or representatives of ‘friends of’ groups. The ticket price includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
We encourage you to use public transport or car-pooling to get to the symposium. Please indicate if you need a one-day free parking permit when you register or by emailing

The NatureLink Perth Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for you to make a difference, to enable nature sensitive urban design and make Perth a biodiverse and liveable city into the future. Get in early to ensure a place.


Upcoming events are provided here. Do you have an event coming up? Let us know.

Two Free Workshops:

Secrets of the Streamzone


Sketching in the Streamzone

Hosted by Trillion Trees
DATE: Sunday 2June | 10:00am and 2:00pm 
VENUE: Corner Amherst Road & Stirling Crescent, Hazelmere 6055
COST: Free

1. Mandy Bamford presents: Learn about the secretive creatures of the riparian ecosystem and what you can do to help them survive. Fantastic Frogs, intriguing insects and the reclusive Rakali all call the streamzone home. and

2. Have you ever tried drawing a frog or the intricate foliage of a streamzone plant? Be inspired by nature while you learn the basics of scientific drawing.

Nature City Seminar

DATE: WedsFriday 26-28 June | 8:00am and 5:00pm
VENUE: City of South Perth Community Hall, South Terrace & Sandgate Street
South Perth
COST: $90/day (2 days ($180) + field trip cost

Nature City, is a 2-day seminar and 1-day field trips to showcase the latest research and best practice case studies to improve our capacity to manage, enhance, design and connect with nature in urban areas in WA.

2019 WA Threatened Species Forum

DATE: ThursFriday 5-6 September
VENUE: Queens Park Theatre – Geraldton
COST: 2 days $110

The 2019 WA Threatened Species Forum will provide an opportunity to inform attendees on the priorities of current national, state and regional threatened species strategies; share information on activities and interventions, science and solutions for protecting and recovering Western Australia’s threatened plants and animals.

2019 WA State NRM and Coastal Conference

DATE: TuesFriday 1-4 October
VENUE: Edith Cowan University, Joondalup
COST: early bird $550

The 2019 State Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Coastal Conference will focus on maximising networking opportunities with an interactive program including workshops, tours, engaging conference sessions and open space sessions. The theme for the conference is:

Our Coast | Our Land – Striving Together
Ngaalang booyembara|ngaalang boodjar – Dandjoo warniny

In the News:

The healing of Nature…
Costa digs into horticultural therapy
RN Drive  28 May, 2019

Costa Georgiardis has been working in and around gardens for as long as he can remember and says he’d like to see horticultural therapy used more commonly as a preventative health measure.

EPA  inviting submissions until July 8…. 
Yanchep rail clearing plans up for environmental review
North Coast Times  29 May, 2019: Lucy Jarvis

PLANS to clear almost 73ha for the Metronet rail extension from Eglinton to Yanchep are out for public review ahead of an Environmental Protection Authority assessment. 

Birds, bees and bugs: your garden is an ecosystem, and it needs looking after

The Conversation 27 September  2016: Manu Saunders

As the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that forgotten patch of your backyard. This week we’ve asked our experts to share the science behind gardening

Hi Everyone,

NatureLink Perth enjoyed meeting with a great diversity stakeholders this week…

On May 17th, we met with Tamara Wilkes-Jones, the Acting Environmental Officer at the City of Gosnells, and Narelle Mewburn, Coordinator Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group (AGLG) to discuss future opportunities to better achieve positive environmental outcomes in Perth. One really great suggestion was to provide a checklist to planners outlining the necessary contacts and considerations that must be factored into the project schedule. A collaboration of this sort would ensure critical aspects are not overlooked due to avoidable communication errors. Building on the importance of contact between groups, the special partnership between AGLG and the Councils in which they operate demonstrates an example of how independent organisations can work with local government to achieve the best outcomes for the community and the environment. 

On Thursday 23rd May, we met Suzanne Brown, Manager of Drainage and Liveable Communities at the Water Corporation. We discussed the process, issues and solutions for reinventing our drains, sumps and easements into people friendly areas that also promoted biodiversity linkages. Suzanne provided several examples of the creation of parks, living streams and daylighting (taking out pipes and instating open living streams) across Perth and will share these at our market stall at the symposium.

On Sunday 26th May, Jane had a wonderful day attending events and volunteer week celebrations. First we went to the Djeran six season walk at Baigup Wetland in Bayswater where Elder Marie Taylor shared some wonderful stories around Djeran, we had a lovely morning tea and did some planting in the wetland.  Then we went to SERCUL’s event at the Canning River Eco Education Centre where we had the most amazing bush tucker afternoon tea, all made by the SERCUL staff (if they invite you to dinner, say yes) and a lively discussion with no less than 12 Friends of Groups, with plenty of great ideas. Then off to the Hub in Hamilton Hill for a pizza and a brilliant tour of the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor by talks from each Friends of groups from the coast to Bibra Lake. Went home bursting with ideas, tired but happy and a very full tummy.

On Tuesday 28th May, we met with Griffin Longley the Chief Executive Officer for Nature Play WA, that was founded on the understanding that outdoor play is fundamental for a healthy and rounded childhood. The non-for profit organisation mission is to increase children’s unstructured play outdoors. One of the overlapping benefits of outdoor play is to help children build a connection to the outdoors that can lead to environmental stewardship. Nature Play believe  that children will only protect what they love, and can only love what they have the opportunity to know. Nature Play WA uses technologies to help children escape technology and get back into nature, including through their Nature Play WA app. They hold fantastic events that let children explore the outside world for themselves and allow the parents to experience and understand how happy nature can make their kids. The organisation is a great resource for families to get involved in nature play around Perth and escape the stresses of city living.  

Also on Tuesday 28th May we met with Dr. Catherine Baudains, a researcher and lecturer at Murdoch University on Environmental Education for Sustainability, who is also the secretary of the WA Chapter for Australian Association for Environmental Education. We discussed the widespread growing recognition of the importance of environmental education and some of the different avenues that this it is carried out within schools and community. We discussed the important roles of environmental stewardship to provide community connection, individual connection to nature and assistance in conservation efforts, and some of the great programs that are encouraging this such as Roots and Shoots, and Kids teaching Kids. 

On Thursday 30th May, Perth NRM organised a great meeting including the Councils of Mundaring, Kalamunda, Fremantle, Bayswater, Melville and Armadale as well as ERMC and Greenspace Alliance with NatureLink Perth. It was amazing to have so many groups in the room with too many diverse ideas to capture here – you‘ll have to come to the symposium! Thanks Perth NRM and everyone who came for such a vibrant meeting.

Also on Thursday 30th May, we met with LandCorp Sustainability Manager, Greg Ryan, Sustainability and Environmental Services Manager, Sharon Clark and Sustainability and Innovation Manager, Nivia Giuffre. We had a thoughtful discussion about the challenges and opportunities to integrate nature into development. The issue of fire regulations was raised again, which is something we really need to address, as is the ongoing maintenance of green space post development and the difficulties involved with retaining trees on private land. The importance of demonstration sites – showing how nature sensitive urban design can be practically accomplished – was a valuable discussion, with sites such as WGV at White Gum Valley and Rockingham Industrial Zone discussed.

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. 


Jane and the NatureLink Perth team