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Feral Cat workshop
Last Friday's Feral Cat workshop, organised by Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, was a great success. The day consisted of a series of self-managed, open discussions on topics put forward by the participants! The flavour of the topics varied from ‘Is it worth undertaking a feral cat control if it is not part of an integrated feral control program?’ and ‘How can we collaborate more effectively?’ to ‘How do we win the hearts and minds of people to better manage cats?’?
05/03/2019
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Predator Free 2050, NZ
Sharing experiences across the Tasman (and boasting a bit). Last week we had a very enjoyable and informative visit from Ed Chignell, CEO of the ambitious Predator Free 2050, a program working to transform wildlife across New Zealand by getting rid of feral predators. It was wonderful to talk with someone so visionary, to hear of other transformative NZ efforts such as their Billion Tree program, and to swap notes on how to provide effective support across numerous groups and individuals.
15/02/2019
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Filming to make short documentaries
Yes we are out there gathering some of many stories about the wonderful people, groups and places we work with. Gondwana Link now has an ongoing program of short documentaries, and maybe a a long one or two, with 'Sound in the Ground' the first to be filmed. Its incredibly exciting what local groups like Friends of the Porongurups have achieved, and its time to share that excitement with a much wider audience.
12/11/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Introducing Associate Professor Eugene Eades
Ladies and gentlemen. We'd like to introduce Associate Professor Eugene Eades from Curtin University, pictured here with his colleague Professor Jill Downie, also from Curtin. Eugene's appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor was announced today, at Nowanup, by Professor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin, in a delightful ceremony which included the signing of a Statement of Intent between Curtin and Gondwana Link to establish the Nowanup Learning Centre (aka the Bush University).
27/09/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Nowanup Rangers blitz on Victorian Tea Tree
Wonderful to see the first people of the country out managing the country. Well done Nowanup Rangers, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group and all involved.
05/09/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
New bushland looking great
They are proud of their new bushland out in Ranges Link - and so they should be. Looking great! Woogenellup local species mix direct seeded, matched to soil type.
13/08/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Rain triggers tree planting
Enough rain to start getting those seedlings into the ground, and hopefully more rain coming this week to water them in. Today Errol Eades and Jason Bolton are working north of Cranbrook on the first planting in Greening Australia's current 1000 ha program across Gondwana Link (funded through the Australian Government's 20 Million Trees program).
26/06/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Porongurup 'Art in the Park'
We have to share these great pics by Frank Rijavec and Barbara Madden of the recent ‘Art in the Park’ exhibition hosted by the Friends of the Porongurup Range. Frank’s pictures show ‘Steel Feather’ by Kevin Draper; ‘Pelican Pete’ by Brad Lucas; ‘Re-pressed’ by Paul Elliot; ‘Mountain Mural’ by South Stirling Primary School. Barb’s photos show her cyclist friends enjoying ‘Peddling Back in Time’ by Luke Barker, and ‘280’ parrots by Dave Taylor. Enjoy!
02/05/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Jungkajunkga Day
It's on again! The Ngadju Conservation Aboriginal Corporation presents a fun filled cultural day in Norseman on 21 April 2018.
08/04/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Fences and connectivity
A global collective of renowned scientists has produced a good, if slightly gruesome in its photos, article about the damage big fences do to connectivity across the world.
03/04/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Birds of a feather?
Kevin Draper’s stunning ‘Steel Feather’ (for scale, find my hat) is one of my favourites in the current Porongurup Range ‘Art in the Park’ event. The scale of the feather seems to fit the grandeur of the birds – the Forest Red-tailed Cockatoo – especially in that magnificent setting.
02/04/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A must see!
Blessed with another large Noongar painting in the Gondwana Link office foyer. Basil Schur (Green Skills) commissioned this canvas by Errol Eades and his partner Audrey Bolton.
29/03/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
South Coast Festival of Birds
The South Coast Festival of Birds' events took place in February and March 2018. Activities included outings,library talks workshops, a photo and art exhibition, symposium, film nights, and more. This festival was organised by Green Skills and BirdLife Western Australia, with support by Lotterywest and many local groups and organisations.
28/03/2018
Posted by: Basil Schur
Big Day in Canberra's Botanic Gardens
The global face of Connectivity Conservation. As members of the World Commission on Protected Areas, Gondwana Link Chair Virginia Young and CEO Keith Bradby have attended a day long workshop at the Botanic Gardens in Canberra, to review a proposed set of international standards for Areas of Connectivity Conservation.
25/03/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Celebrating the Fitzgerald Biosphere renomination
Yesterday was awesome. Along with 160 others, I attended the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Fitzgerald Biosphere and the successful renomination of this remarkable place into the global UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme.
24/03/2018
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Focus on the Pallinup
Late notice but the ‘Focus On The Pallinup; Sheoaks, Pools and Floods’ morning hosted by Steve and Geraldine Janicke and North Stirlings Pallinup Natural Resources.
19/03/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Kids on Country
Great work happening in and around Coolgardie. Kids leading the way back to country and developing 'kid to kid' visits with their Indonesian friends.
14/03/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Love living in an ancient ecosystem! 40 Million years plus.
It is often claimed that Australians plants need fire and are adapted to fire, but what is the evidence for such statements? Shown here is a fossilised cone of a Banksia that lived 40 million years ago next to a cone of a Banksia that is with us today. The climate was a lot wetter when the ancient Banksia was around, so protection against fire is a very unlikely explanation for the structure we see. Defence against predators like cockatoos would appear to be a far more likely explanation, argue
07/03/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Paddle with Wadandi traditional landowners
Well done Surfrider and Margaret River folk. As Zac Webb said “This land is for all of us,” he said. “The children, the women and the men. You are all custodians of this land and it’s up to us to pass on the significance and culture of our land for our next generation of leaders.”
03/03/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Gondwana Link Bird and Eco Tour
This is worth checking out the annual WA's South Coast Festival of Birds this March. Included is the all day Gondwana Link Bird & Eco tour on Wed 14th March and a Symposium at the Museum of the Great Southern in Albany
03/03/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Dingo fence dismantlement could help farmers and the environment
Now here's some thoughts that will stir up discussion and differing viewpoints. But to us its a discussion we need to have.
04/02/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Connecting to Country at camps at Nowanup and Chingarrup
Over the January long weekend two camps were held at Nowanup and Chingarrup, inland from Bremer Bay east of Albany. Both are wonderful properties with extensive bush and re-vegetation areas forming part of Gondwana LInk ( GL) (gondwanalink.org)
01/02/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Doesn't get much cuter than this!
This cute snap of a honey possum was captured by Bush Heritage Australia during their fauna monitoring on our Yarraweyah Falls property.
31/01/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
High water: How design might help fix the Wheatbelt’s water woes
Agricultural land in one of Australia’s most important rural economies is trapped in a cycle of continuous degeneration. Could the implementation of a more carefully designed and planned landscape ecology prevent catastrophe?
26/01/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Testing Restoration Tourism
A great day out piloting a new approach to attracting visitors and showcasing some of the magnificent biological richness and impressive work across Gondwana Link. A farm being restored to greater productivity and biodiversity, Noongar culture finding its own space and support to help its own people, and some very impressive results from managing, restoring and scientifically documenting a key part of the Link. We have been working with Friendship Force to test 'restoration tourism' and it is
23/01/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Money does grow on trees!
Money does grow on trees! Greening Australia is restoring nature, fighting climate change and covering some of their costs, all on the one property in Gondwana Link.
23/01/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Discussion Time
Time to think harder about the long term ecological future of the southern forests - and Gondwana Link is exploring how it can help the groups already doing great work there. Looking forward to a discussion about this in Northcliffe on January 24th.
10/01/2018
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Another 1300 hectares
Another 1300 hectares of restoration starting soon! Congratulations to our friends in Greening Australia who have just secured significant funding from the 20Million Trees program for an impressive 1300 hectares of plantings in Gondwana Link's Central Zone, to be completed in the next two years.
16/12/2017
Posted by: Keith Bradby
'Seeing like an eagle' Invitation
An invitation to Poornarti 'Seeing Like an Eagle' cultural art weekend, January 2018, Denmark A creative and participatory art and culture workshop. You will work with Poornarti's Joey Williams and draw on the beautiful Denmark wetlands and Wilson Inlet landscape. Green Skills is assisting in presenting this workshop and the registration can be found on their website.
13/12/2017
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The Walitj Meil Walk Trail Opening
"The Porongurup, which reads like a history book dating back many thousands of years, is a researcher’s dream." So, here's a good place to go for a walk through that history book - a critically important bit of wet forest right in the heart of Gondwana Link - the Porongurup Range National Park. That energetic and incredibly well organised bunch the Friends of the Porongurups have just opened their latest project, the Walitj Meil Walk Trail.
25/11/2017
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Saving Western Australia's rare Parrot
Western Australian filmmaker Jennene Riggs has spent the past three years following the team from remote Cape Arid National Park where the only known population of the critically endangered parrot was almost wiped out by devastating bushfires, to Perth Zoo where attempts are under way to breed the birds in captivity.
16/11/2017
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Native Title win for Mirning People
We congratulate our friends to the east of Gondwana Link. This week the Federal Court of Australia handed down a landmark determination for the Nullarbor's Mirning people. This follows an 18 year legal battle for recognition of rights over their traditional land.
27/10/2017
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The tree of Life brought to life through art
Great presentation by Ben Beeton at the Vancouver Art Centre last night - history of the earth and the life on it plus Ben's journey to bring to drill into the science artistically.
25/10/2017
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Proud moment for all of us
After many years of support, and our direct administration of the Ranger Team for nearly five years while capacity was built, we have now handed over management of the Ngadju Ranger Team to the Ngadju Conservation Aboriginal Corporation.
16/10/2017
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Small blessings
From a 'large scale program' to all our friends, a photo reminder from Amanda of the immense beauty and magic that is at the small scale. This cluster of Banksia flowers has had a visitor, part of the immense swarm of life that pulsates along the Gondwana Link. Let's all count our blessings this holiday season, there is so much that is wonderful about the world we live in.
24/12/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
It's amazing what a few years can do!
They are starting to get lost in all the rapid restoration underway between the Stirling Range and Porongurup National Parks. Hope they find their way home for Xmas.
22/12/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Recognition of Norseman as the heart of the Great Western Woodlands
Congratulations to the Shire of Dundas, and a big thank you to Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman.  Minister Redman has just announced a $1.6 million investment, through the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund, for a new cultural, visitor and community precinct in Norseman.According to Minister Redman: "re-inventing the visitor centre will showcase the Great Western Woodlands and indigenous culture of the Norseman area through a number of interpretive elements."The Minister
16/12/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Two way learning at Nowanup with Curtin University
Two way learning at Nowanup got a lovely boost yesterday. Curtin University staff and Noongar Elders met at Nowanup to plan out a program of learning from and supporting each other. Curtin University is expanding its program of bringing groups of students to Nowanup to camp on country and learn about Noongar culture and land management. In return these students will use their skills and knowledge to assist the Noongar
02/12/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Ngadju Conservation at the Indigenous Desert Alliance
Proud to be involved with the Indigenous Desert Alliance - where the people looking after the living heart of Australia come together. Ngadju Conservation Coordinator Les Schultz attended their annual workshop in Perth, along with key Gondwana Link staff Mike Griffiths and Peter Price. Ngadju Conservation are a founding member of the Alliance, which now involves some 20 ranger groups from the central desert and surrounding areas. Les updated his
17/11/2016
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Elder speaks about Bungalbin (Helena and Aurora Range)
On 13 November 2016 Brian Champion (Elder, Traditional Owner of Kalamaia Kapurn People) speaks for his people from Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin. The Range, known as Bungalbin to his people, Brian says that the beauty of Bungalbin needs to be "left alone" - to leave it as it is for all generations, of all peoples, to enjoy long in to the future. Don’t destroy Bungalbin by mining ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hljNjej5F0
17/11/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Glen Steven wins Greening Australia's New Leader Award
Congratulations to our colleague Glen Steven who has won Greening Australia’s New Leader Award. Glen helps to manage three of Greening’s properties in the Fitzgerald to Stirling section of Gondwana Link and is a leader in direct seeding technology and the use of Geographic Information Systems. Glen is also the on-ground person implementing their Gondwana Link 20 Million Trees project, which is restoring some 800ha on numerous properties across the
16/11/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
So what is killing these trees?
There are extensive areas of dead Salmon Gums adjoining the State Barrier Fence between Lake Deborah and Koolyanobbing, also a report of similar down by the Lake Varley Gate. Has anyone noticed this elsewhere, or have ideas on what is causing it? It does seem to be mainly Salmon Gums that are dying. We've sent a query on this to our colleagues at the Department of Agriculture, who manage the
13/11/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Cape to Cape Catchment Group seeks broader role
Congratulations to our friends and colleagues at Cape to Cape Catchments Group for a successful AGM and the addition of some wonderful new Board Members. One to keep an eye on, as they are assembling a fair bit of grunt and have some big plans. The Cape-to-Cape Catchments Group is intent on rebadging itself to make good on its position as the region's premier environmental defender. Full story at http://www.amrtimes.com.au/?33182796
13/11/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Flashback to 2003 at Chingarrup Sanctuary
Flashback. For those enjoying our previous post on all the good people with good will doing good work on and around Chingarrup Sanctuary at present, we dug these out of the (now extensive) archive. A slightly younger Eddy and Donna Wajon relaxing in their newly renovated quarters, plus some of what the front paddock looked like in 2003 (this is where their interview in the 'Giving back to country' video
04/11/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Margaret River Bioblitz 2016
Another Cape to Cape Catchments Group BioBlitz - this time around Mammoth Cave and the surrounding karri forest. The Cape to Cape group hold these events regularly and it gives locals and visitors the opportunity to learn more about the plants and animals they live with. There are activities for school groups, wildflower walks, spotlighting, talks and more.
19/10/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A freshwater gem in a naturally saline landscape
A lovely photo essay by our friends the Janickes featuring one of the, surprisingly, lesser known parts of the Great Western Woodlands. In its south-west corner (north east of Ravensthorpe) is some amazingly diverse bushland, and an important reminder that, even in the naturally saline landscapes of south-western Australia, freshwater and breeding frogs once featured in the waterways. This section of the Woodlands has the 'largely pristine' headwaters of three
17/10/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The world's vanishing wild places are vital for saving species
No, this article published in The Conversation isn't about Gondwana Link. Yes, the article below is about the most fundamental ecological objective of Gondwana Link - maintaining evolutionary processes for the long haul. It is not enough to save, for now, the last few of any of the multitude of rare species here. This article is about the critical need for abundance in nature. "We are not just losing wild
12/10/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Dancers at the Sydney Opera House
James Schultz and the Ngadju dancers are performing at the Sydney Opera House Sunday 9th October in the Homeground National Indigenous Dance Competition. Enjoy yourselves and meeting other dancers, artists and musicians from First Nation peoples from round the world. Go Ngadju Nation, protectors of the Great Western Woodlands!
08/10/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
BioBlitz at Chingarrup Sanctuary
A week-long Bio-blitz has just finished at Chingarrup Sanctuary, in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. Owners Eddy and Donna Wajon have hosted a procession of studious visitors, with great knowledge gained across a range of disciplines - cultural sites recorded and mapped, even more orchids recorded, river pool bathymetry mapped, aquatic ecology benchmarked, wildflower surveys and even more orchids recorded, again. Some highlights of the week have been captured
01/10/2016
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Exploring the interaction between SW Australia's earliest human inhabitants and its flora.
Here's one of the many inspiring people who are doing great work across the biologically richest corner of the Australian continent. Alison Lullfitz is a PhD student in the field of ethnobotany, based at the UWA - Albany Centre."By working collaboratively with Noongar Traditional Owners and archaeologists on a range of investigations, my ethnobotanical research explores interactions between South West Australia’s earliest human inhabitants and its flora.It's focused in the Esperance
30/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Gondwana Link helping renew age-old relationship between Indigenous people and the land
Great story on the ABC from last Thursday's Bush Heritage Australia's event celebrating their involvement in Gondwana Link. Well done all.
30/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Celebrating restoration success in the Fitz-Stirling region
So great to be out there celebrating the transformations from paddock to growing woodlands at Monjebup (Bush Heritage) and Yarraweyah (privately owned) properties. The whole mob were there hosted by Bush Heritage, welcomed by Eugene Eades and Elders, sponsors, supporters, Greening Australia, Green Skills, scientists, volunteers.... You name them they were there - more than 130 of them!! The Fitz-Stirling Link is a great showcase for the whole Link -
29/09/2016
Posted by: Louise Duxbury
Albany Wildflower Society at Chingarrup Sanctuary
Seems that there is something good happening every day in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The Albany Wildflower Society have been out there recently as part of a whirlwind of activity happening on Eddy and Donna Wajon's Chingarrup Sanctuary. Kath Gray from the Wildflower Society wrote:"Wonderful 2 days spent at Chingarrup and Nowanup properties, learning about how to sample for Macro-invertebrates from local river systems, creeks and rock pools.
28/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Campout at Bungalbin (Helena and Aurora Range)
Big gathering of good people at Bungalbin (Helena and Aurora Range), all determined to save this jewel from imminent mining. For more information on Bungalbin here.
24/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Coolgardie kids write book on the Great Western Woodlands
Coolgardie kids get their book out on the Great Western Woodlands! Fantastic effort supported by key locals and driven along by Catrina and the Millenium Kids crew. Great to see.
20/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Barrier fence under Public Environmental Review
A small win for better environmental process in WA. We welcome last week’s brave decision by WA’s Environmental Protection Authority to undertake a Public Environmental Review (PER) of the State Government’s proposal to extend the current State Barrier Fence (adding some 660kms to thethe old Rabbit Proof Fence from just east of Ravensthorpe to Cape Arid). Royalties for Regions funding for fence construction was jointly announced by the Ministers for
12/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Wildflower season is underway
It's one hell of a wildflower season now underway right across Gondwana Link. Thanks to Peter Luscombe from Ranges Link for this little reminder to those of us stuck in an office this week. Peter says "Hakea oldfieldii, one of the rare Hakeas native to our farm & the southern sector of the Ranges Link zone. Flowering now."
30/08/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
2016 WA Scientist of the Year
Congratulations to Kingsley Dixon for being named WA's Scientist of the Year. Incredibly well deserved. We have had the pleasure of working with Kingsley over many years. Amongst his many significant roles and achievements, Kingsley is Curtin Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, the foundation Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australia, and one of the modern botanical pioneers who have elevated our knowledge of south-western Australia so
30/08/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Conservation team review actions and plan next steps
The last 3 days have been very rewarding. The Ngadju Conservation team and others met in Norseman to review their priorities for Ngadju land management. During the discussions the older Ngadju women expressed a desire to get out on country with the younger women to clean out rock holes, find bush foods and medicines and hand down their knowledge to the younger generations. There is now a plan to make
16/08/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
'This Visceral Landscape' exhibition
‘This Visceral Landscape’ exhibition opened last night at the Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany. A big crowd was there to see Keith Bradby open the exhibition of photographic images and video-sound works by Louise Allerton and Julian Knowles. Visceral means instinctual, primitive or gut. But my reaction to the works was from the heart and emotional. Perhaps these reactions are visceral – I’m still thinking about it. Louise’s gentle images
12/08/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Welcome to Ngadju Country entry signs
Wonderful to see these new signs in place recognising Ngadju country. Congratulations to Ngadju Conservation and the Shire of Dundas for working together on this initiative. A great start to NAIDOC week for Ngadju. Yalunya Ngartawarri ngalba yungah Ngadju wamu indeed! (Welcome tree bushland big)
05/07/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A flourishing program thanks to your help
From the weird and whacky world of south western plants, we bring you the 'eucalypt' version of where we have got to with Gondwana Link. This Eucalyptus lehmanni bud has one delightful flower out, another on the way, and lots more just needing some sunlight. When they are all out together it is an amazingly beautiful sight. Well, we reckon all the wonderful people and groups working across Gondwana Link
29/06/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Call for comment of Barrier Fence extension
Oh dear! We do try and work to the positive, but . . . The WA Environmental Protection Authority have just called for comment (by 30 June) on whether to formally assess the WA Department of Agriculture's proposal to extend the current Barrier Fence (the 1902 Rabbit Proof Fence) for a further 660kms, so as to totally enclose South-western Australia. Needless to say, it goes at right angles to the
23/06/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Balijup: A Jewel in Gondwana Link
Balijup: A Jewel in Gondwana Link' is a great ~6 minute film on Balijup Farm available on YouTube. Balijup is a special property in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. Today it is a shining example of landcare. Settled by the Hordacre family in the 1920s, this unique farm comprises over 700 hectares of lakes, wetlands, bush and plantations, as well as 120 hectares of cropland. This film shows how community
17/06/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Bill and Jane Thompson's restoration work
The wonderful Bill and Jane Thompson have also just featured in a great story in the Albany Advertiser which notes that Carbon Neutral Fund executive director Ray Wilson said "the Thompsons and Albany planting contractor Justin Jonson [Threshold Environmental] had created the Fund’s most successful carbon farming project in Australia, in terms of the number of plant species."Here is the full story from https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/regional/great-southern/a/31843408/future-fa
16/06/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
'Living Gondwana: A Sense of Place' exhibition currently in Albany
Pleased you have a second chance to take in the 'Living Gondwana: A Sense of Place' exhibition that is now hanging at the Vancouver Art Centre in Albany. This exhibition showcases the artworks inspired by two Eco-Art retreats at the Balijup Homestead (Tenterden, WA). Exhibition finishes 23 June 2016
13/06/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Happy third birthday for this (new) bush
We were fortunate to be on Bill and Jane Thompson's Yarraweyah property (in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link) three years to the day from when the work of restoring their latest 100ha planting started. Yep, that bush behind us is only three years old, and so far has over 270 species in it, all local provenance. Congratulations to Bill and Jane (centre of photo) seen here with Alison
10/06/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Release of the 'Birds of the Great Western Woodlands' report by BirdLife Australia and The Nature Conservancy
Late May 2016 saw bird enthusiasts and others come together at the University Club, University of Western Australia, to celebrate the release of the 'Birds of the Great Western Woodlands' report by BirdLife Australia and The Nature Conservancy.Although the Great Western Woodlands (GWW) covers 16 million hectares little was known about the region’s birds. In 2011 BirdLife and TNC established a project to address this knowledge gap. Over the next
31/05/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Geoff Bastyan wins the 2016 GSDC medal
Congratulations to Geoff Bastyn, who through his efforts (independent of ours) has demonstrated what a wonderful centre of restoration effort we work from. A world leader in seagrass restoration indeed! Its great to be surrounded by such committed (sea) grass roots luminaries. Well done Geoff. Article on Geoff Bastyan's work from Science Network available here.
27/05/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Opening of the 'Living Gondwana: A Sense of Place' exhibition
Great opening of the 'Living Gondwana: A Sense of Place' exhibition last night at the Old Buttery Factory Studios in Denmark. Joey Williams gave a welcome to country and explained the story behind the large canvas that many were involved in painting. Jessie Gloede read some beautiful poetry inspired by Balijup farm and Marie Limondin accompanied the reading on violin. Then we watched the short film created by Craig Carter
20/05/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Cultural art camp at Balijup
“We have met here on the same page that we call art and the thread of creativity has drawn us together” said Nikki Green last weekend at the ‘Living Gondwana’ Eco-Art Camp. Basil Schur from Green Skills facilitated the camp at Balijup Farm in Tenterden, in the middle of the Forest to Stirlings section of Gondwana Link. Eager participants, from budding to experienced artists, were joined by Carolyn and Cheryl
30/04/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Crunchy leaf litter underfoot is the quintessential Australian bushwalking experience.
Right? Well, No actually, that's only in recent years. The first time I walked through an area with lots of Woylies I found myself walking on moist compost like material, the result of frenetic soil scratching and food searching by the Woylies. So its been great to see this very important and impressive data and analysis on litter accumulation when a more complete suite of Australia's pre 1788 native mammals
31/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Consuming Eden in the Esperance Bioregion
Great to see the Esperance folk running this event on the importance and beauty of the land that makes up such an important part of their Shire. It's on for two weeks from Friday and being opened by Peter Price, Project Manager, Great Western Woodlands, Gondwana Link.With many thanks to the exhibition sponsors: Esperance Community Arts, The Wilderness Society WA, Shire of Esperance, Esperance Honey, South Coast Natural Resource Management
29/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Cooking up a storm at the Bush University.
The Elder in Residence at Curtin University’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Associate Professor Simon Forest, has brought a group of mixed-course students to Nowanup. With little idea of what they were in for, the cohort left Nowanup on Thursday deeply moved and inspired by the Gondwana Link and Nowanup story. Several are keeping in touch and plan to return to Nowanup’s Bush University to further explore Noongar culture, issues, our
29/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
What difference do tracks make?
Many thanks Keren Raiter for making time during your Easter break to give Albany folks a rerun of your final PhD presentation on the enigmatic effects of linear infrastructure on the Great Western Woodlands. Through your work you estimated that there are 150,000 km of roads/tracks in the Great Western Woodlands with 74% of these unmapped. Impressive work to quantify linear disturbance and the effects it is having. 
26/03/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Plan-do-review-expand - - then fly?
A good few days in Norseman with Ngadju Conservation, where the Ranger team joined with Elders and planners to review progress and talk about some ambitious plans to secure ongoing funding. We had a refresher look at the Ngadju Conservation Action Plan, developed by Ngadju with Paula Deegan last year, had planner Nic Gambold share his experiences with Ranger groups in northern Australia, and then had ‘Drone Master’ John Chandler
25/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Rangers build capacity to boost nationally significant conservation
A good round up of recent progress by Ngadju Conservation is in this Month's issue of Rangelands NRM news - including the new premises and the quarantine fence established around the Noogoora Burr infestation. Great to see everyone working together so well.
21/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
'South-west WA loses its Mediterranean climate'
In effect, that means less rain in the growing season over May-October, less winter waterlogging of land and more summer rains'. My goodness - the farming community are now measuring this massive change, and they are not the only ones affected. Looks like we'd better hurry up and finish this here Gondwana Link - the bush needs it.science.net.au article 
09/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Celebrating in style!
Cape to Cape Catchments Group have just had their annual celebration and supporters night, and what a great night it was. Spectacular surroundings, hospitality and wine for all the guests - courtesy of Voyager Estate - plus inspiring stories and distinguished company. WA Minister for Regional Development, pictured here between Capes Deputy Chair Stuart Hicks and Chair Boyd Wykes, gave a great talk (and a short one, well done Terry!)
09/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Nowanup: Healing country, healing people.
The ongoing restoration work at Nowanup, in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link, has been highlighted in a short article published on-line today by the journal Ecological Management and Restoration. The map shows the ‘Karta-Wongkin-Jini’ (place where people come together) area, planted last year. It was designed and implemented by Noongar leader Eugene Eades and restoration ecologist Justin Jonson. The design represents Noongar communities across the region. ‘The plantin
07/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Fabulous sculpture awarded
Belated congratulations to Gondwana Link’s friend Kim Perrier, who recently won the ‘Allens Peoples Choice Award' at Bondi’s ‘Sculptures by the Sea’. Kim’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ is a dead Marri stump, from a tree believed to be over 400 years old, with 65 faces - every face in a state of contentment or meditation. As one onlooker said "Everyone in the tree wants to be there". Seven cultural groups of
01/03/2016
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‘Creative Environmental Immersion’ - the Living Gondwana Eco Art camp
This camp held at Balijup farm, in the Stirlings to Forest section of the Link, has been a great success. Held over three days, the 23 participants found their inspiration in the bush and wetlands conserved on the property, and explored all manner of mediums to express what their eyes and minds saw. The event was coordinated by Nikki Green and Green Skills, with Janine McCrum and Robyn Lees being the
20/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
CSIRO canteen with Peter Brenton and friends
We are tackling the big (and slightly scary) question of what makes for good data management to demonstrate trends, priorities and outcomes (across a thousand kilometres or two). Cooperation with our Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GERI) colleagues continued after our recent Board meeting. We travelled to Canberra with GERI’s Gary Howling to meet with Veronica Doerr, from CSIRO’s Ecosystems and Biodiversity section, and Peter Brenton from the Atlas of Living
18/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Black Mountain Laboratories
Public good research no longer valued? Overshadowing Gondwana Link and Great Eastern Ranges wonderfully productive visit to CSIRO’s Black Mountain facility was the widespread concern about ongoing redundancy’s and their impact on the ‘public good’ work that CSIRO has a global reputation for. While announcement of major redundancies amongst climate change scientists has hit the media, there has also been steady attrition underway across many of the other Divisions, most
18/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Healthy country – Healthy people.
Ngadju Conservation’s Les Schultz talks on national radio about the importance of Ranger programs, and the incredible value they provide for outback communities. Link to interview.
16/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Photo monitoring burnt-out malleefowl nest mounds
Work to monitor recovery from last November’s devastating fires in the Great Western Woodlands is well underway. Ngadju Rangers have already located and established photo monitoring points at a number of burnt-out malleefowl nest mounds. A simple GPS mapped star picket is set up as the camera base for photos to be taken at regular intervals for the next 10-15-20 years, or however long it takes for leaf litter to
15/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Working together across Australia.
Gondwana Link’s Board met this week with key members of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GERI), our main ‘equivalent’ organisation in Australia. GERI is supporting on-ground efforts in three states, Victoria, NSW and Queensland, and was established by the NSW Government, who continue to fund parts of the program. Despite our totally different origins (GERI grew as a government program, and Gondwana from the private sector) we have long recognised
15/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Visit by WA Environment Minister Albert Jacobs
A big thank you to WA Environment Minister Albert Jacobs, Minister Jacobs dropped into the Gondwana Link Albany office on Thursday with key staff. CEO Keith Bradby, Information Manager Amanda Keesing, Board member Louise Duxbury and Lucia Quearry from Ranges Link met with the Minister. We really appreciated his time and the opportunity to outline the overall program, and shared his enthusiasm for what can be achieved given the compression
11/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Waterfall flows after recent south coast rains
It has been a while since the waterfall on Bill and Jane Thompson's property 'Yarraweyah Falls' has thundered down the rocks like this. The land received 3 soaking days of rain (totaling 44mm) then another 43mm during a storm the following day. The restoration plantings as well as the bushland will be enjoying a drink.
21/01/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
'Invisible Country' book launch in Margaret River.
For those who can't make the Albany launch of Bill's book, down in Great Southern wine country, here's an opportunity in Margaret River wine country.Margaret River BookShop will celebrate the release of author and Radio National broadcaster, Bill Bunbury's Invisible Country, South-West Australia: Understanding a Landscape at 6.15pm Thursday 21st January in great style with Dr. Carmen Lawrence, Chair Australian Heritage Council, doing the honours.Award winning, local organic Peacetree Estate
04/01/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
‘Invisible Country’ - Bill Bunbury’s new book on south-western Australia
‘Invisible Country’ - Bill Bunbury’s new book on south-western Australia, was released last week by UWA Press, and it’s a ripper. To quote the blurb ‘Invisible Country is a reminder that the land owns people, not the other way around, and marks the beginning of a conversation about understanding and care for a land we are all lucky to live in’. Buy the book now, and spend your Xmas with
04/01/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia
In time for your Xmas reading! SERA (Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia) has just released their Draft ‘NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE PRACTICE OF ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION IN AUSTRALIA’, which are open for comment until February 15 2015. For the last 3 years, the Society and 12 partner organizations (including Gondwana Link) have been collaborating on the development of these Standards. We’re excited to now see them ‘out there’, - a national
04/01/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Good news for Christmas.
Good news for Xmas – we are making a difference, there is cause for hope and joy. Here’s the ever smiling personification of good news, good will, good work and Gondwana Link, Amanda Keesing, showing off some of her photography. This year we have had, once again, the pleasure and honour of proudly showcasing the outstanding work done by so many groups, businesses and individuals to achieve Gondwana Link at
23/12/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
CSIRO and Ngadju tackle bushfires in the Great Western Woodlands
Some good recognition for Ngadju traditional knowledge, and for the work the wonderful Suzanne Prober from CSIRO and others have done helping Ngadju document their knowledge. BLOGS.CSIRO.AU 
16/12/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Well done to the Norseman Rural Bush Fire Brigade
With November’s terrible fires now over, and as communities continue to deal with the lasting damage and heartache they caused, we’d like to give our heartfelt congratulations and show our respect to the Norseman Rural Bush Fire Brigade. Only really established this year, as part of the Ngadju Conservation program and under the leadership of David Graham, this was truly a testing time for them. Very well done, all of
13/12/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Bush Heritage monitoring results
More important inventory and monitoring by Bush Heritage of their properties in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link, and a revealing commentary on the weather conditions being experienced during November. Great work (and perseverance) by all involved! See the results of the monitoring work in Bush Heritage's blog article Fitz-Stirling fauna.
08/12/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Kiwi in Gondwana Link?
No, but over the last couple of years we have helped our colleagues across the Tasman establish their ‘Reconnecting Northland’ program, with four visits as a guest of the Tindall Foundation, and more than a few phone and skype conversations. Trevor Gray, Special Projects Manager with Tindall has reported in: “. . . the photos bear witness to the inspiring day we all had last week visiting Reconnecting Northland with
30/11/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A Restoration Dialogue
This week Gondwana Link was represented in a major forum of restoration researchers, practitioners, lawyers and students. Held in Hobart, and hosted by University of Tasmania, the forum was two days of presentation, review, structured discussion and reflection on what we’ve all learned about restoration and the emerging challenges.The programs reviewed were as diverse as remediating polluted sites in Antarctica, restoring kelp forests, the legal interplay across farming landscapes and
18/11/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Bushfires near Esperance
Our thoughts and best wishes are with the people of Esperance, Scaddan, Salmon Gums and Norseman areas.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-18/wa-bushfires-farmer-among-four-killed-in-esperance-fires/6950142 
18/11/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Jane Hutchinson is named Tasmania's Australian of the Year
Gondwana Link congratulates our valued friend and colleague Jane Hutchinson on being named Tasmania's Australian of the Year. Jane is CEO of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and we have had the great pleasure of working with her for a number of years on national approaches to supporting ecological change over large landscapes.
18/11/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The Time Lord of biological systems
Prof Dale Roberts from UWA has presented brilliantly on how even supposedly ‘fragile’ frog species have persisted in the south west for over 25 million years, so far, and how a number of frog species are adapting and evolving within a small number of years to cope with human induced changes to the ecosystem. This was happening in the biodiversity section of a South Coast Climate Change conference yesterday,
16/11/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Indigenous rangers launch Working for Our Country report in Parliament
The full Pew Report launched in Canberra today (with a little bit of help from us) countryneedspeople.org.au 
12/11/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Margaret River BioBlitz
 Any G Linkers in the Capes area this weekend should head to this. Fun and learning!https://www.facebook.com/584990874876000/photos/a.587806467927774.1073741830.584990874876000/975841059124311/?type=3&theater
12/11/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju go National!
Ngadju Conservation Convenor Les Schultz and Gondwana Link’s Peter Price are in Canberra as guests of the Pew Charitable Trusts. This morning at Parliament House, they joined with other key indigenous leaders, members of parliament and senior departmental figures to launch a major report by Pew outlining the economic and social benefits of Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programs. Rick Wilson MHR, the member for Ngadju Country (sometimes known
12/11/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand’s (EIANZ) annual conference
Challenging the Status Quo - what, us? Gondwana Link’s Keith Bradby spoke in Perth on Friday at the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand’s (EIANZ) annual conference, which was indeed themed ‘Challenging the Status Quo’. Keith told the Gondwana Link story while speaking to the topic “Defiantly Ambitious: is that the best way forward” and, unsurprisingly, came to the conclusion that it was, given the global importance of WA’s
30/10/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Post-Mine restoration, the Gondwana Link, and SER Australasia – helping Australia transition towards a restoration culture.
An article by restoration ecologists James and Thibaud Aronson. Good reading, and with a wonderful quote from Paul Hawken 'If you look at the science that describes what is happening on earth today and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t have the correct data. If you meet people in this unnamed movement and aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a heart'.
01/10/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Cactus control at Rawlinna
A team from Ngadju Conservation have been out on the Nullarbor at Rawlinna, working to control invasive cactus. The work, which was organised and funded through the Goldfields-Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Group, involved spraying the bigger cactus clumps, then extensive grid walking to ?detect and destroy? small seedlings hidden amongst the grass and shrubs. Apart from dealing with a hazardous plant, the week marked the beginning of a new
08/09/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A home near the Range!
Cockatoos on the Ranges Link section will shortly have a better choice of accommodation, once these six new nesting hollows are installed. The artificial hollows are needed as the area supports lots of good feeding habitat, but many of the old trees with hollows have been cleared (and it could be a few centuries before recent plantings get big enough). These hollows were made by the Carnaby’s group at Moora,
01/09/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Launch of ‘The Southwest – Australia’s biodiversity hotspot’
Keith Bradby and Vicki Laurie at Monday?s launch of Vicki?s wonderful new book ?The Southwest ? Australia?s biodiversity hotspot?. It was a great night, MC?d by the Kwongan Foundation?s Hans Lambers, and with the book formally launched by WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob (fresh back from a family holiday in the Stirling Ranges). A great crowd celebrated the book with Vicki, including Chingarrup Sanctuary?s Eddie Wajon, iNSiGHT Ornithology?s Simon Cherriman
10/08/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Infill plantings at Yarrabee
Yarrabee has probably been the most difficult site yet for restoration plantings in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. Water repellent sandy soil, some perennial grass weeds and wind tunnelling from the Stirling Ranges being part of the problem. Greening Australia has now completed this year?s planting of infill seedlings, with a great team pulled together by Eugene Eades, second from right here with fellow planters Chayse Eades, Marlon Hart
06/08/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Miss you both
It?s a bit lonely in the Gondwana Link office this week. We miss the company of Ben McGowan and Francesca Ciantar, who have been with us for the past three weeks - a delightful couple doing significant work. Ben?s PhD is on ?The Political Ecology of Australia?s National Reserve System ? the political and economic context under which private protected areas have developed and the relationship between private protected
27/07/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Bring on the rain!
Lot's of plantings happening across the Link at the moment. At Twin Creeks in Ranges Link they have scored the help of an energetic bunch of nine visiting Senior Scout Rovers, who spent the day planting Melaleuca seedlings into rip lines. The Friends of Porongurup have been fortunate to receive two grants, one from the ?Biodiversity Fund? through South Coast NRM plus a ?25 Years of Landcare Grant?.
19/07/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Does our restoration work really nudge evolution along and strengthen ecological resilience?
In another new initiative for the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link, an Australian Research Council Linkage grant of $400,000 has been awarded to a consortium led by Professor Steve Hopper, from the University of WA Albany, along with Dr?s Dave Coates, Margaret Byrne and Melissa Miller from Department of Parks and Wildlife, and Dr Sieggy Krauss from the WA Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. We are delighted that these
10/07/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Phoenix Risen!
Congratulations to our friends and colleagues in Denmark on the opening of their brand new, very swish and super sustainable new Environment Centre building. A big step forward and up from that horrible night six years ago when the old building burnt down. Really well done! And check the smile on Louise Duxbury?s face as she accepts the key to the spacious new office space that our member group Green
03/07/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
From the Pope
Some very welcome words on connectivity conservation tucked away in the latest Papal ENCYCLICAL LETTER ‘LAUDATO SI’ - ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME“35. In assessing the environmental impact of any project, concern is usually shown for its effects on soil, water and air, yet few careful studies are made of its impact on biodiversity, as if the loss of species or animals and plant groups were of little importance.
24/06/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Reinforcements!
We’re delighted to announce that Mike Griffiths has joined Gondwana Link’s Great Western Woodlands Program. Mike, pictured here (on the left) with his Program Manager, Peter Price, started work this week as Woodlands Operations Manager, based in the ‘heart of the woodlands’ at Norseman. Mike’s work program has a strong initial focus on supporting our Ngadju Conservation colleagues, as they move from their planning and training phases into extensive on-ground
18/06/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Vale Phillip Toyne
1947-2015Gondwana Link, and landcare across southern WA, has lost a long standing colleague in the death of Phil Toyne. We first brought Phil to the south coast early in 1989, in a visit hosted by then Minister for Agriculture Julian Grill. The Minister was supporting development of what became the National Landcare Program, and was keen to ensure that the dynamic growth of landcare in WA, and its ongoing needs,
15/06/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Pass the jam please
Scones and Cream based Conservation Action Planning continues. We?re now into the ?next final? stage of helping groups revise the wording and content of plans across the Link. Amanda Keesing and Paula Deegan have developed some standard terminology which ensures groups are talking in the same language.
04/06/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Word about our hotspot is hotting up!
UWA Press has just released Victoria Laurie’s wonderful book on the biodiversity hotspot that is south-western Australia. She writes wonderfully and warmly about the places we work for, and features more than a few of the people who are making Gondwana Link happen. Congratulations Vicki, been a delight to help this happen. (If your local bookshop isn’t stocking this book yet, they are missing sales (or you live in Alaska?).
03/06/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Opening the gate that needs to stay closed
A great day in the bush with a great mob of people and a great achievement. The Balijup Fauna Sanctuary has now been officially opened by Terry (Tuck) Waldron MLA, ably assisted by Alan Hordacre, representing his family. The 111 hectare sanctuary is now fully enclosed with a 4.3km fox, rabbit and cat proof fence, and all such critters have already been chased out in a massive community drive. The
22/05/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Another 800 hectares to be planted
Congratulations to our colleagues in Greening Australia, and especially to Barry Heydenrych. Greening have been successful tenderers for the Australian Government?s 20Million Trees program, and through this will be supporting planting programs in key locations across Australia over the next three years. As the tender was coming together Barry burnt the midnight oil to get the site and planting details together for Gondwana Link?s Central Zone, and as a result
18/05/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Another day, another planning session?
Bit more than that this time actually. This group of stalwarts have just spent two days reviewing and revising the long standing ?Functional Landscape Plan? for Gondwana Links Fitz-Stirling section. The plan was first developed in 2004, revised a number of times since, and has guided many millions of dollars worth of land purchase, restoration and management. Six groups involved in this session, and they were still game
15/05/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Balijup Sanctuary tour
Fences are up, citizen science training is underway, the ferals have been removed – now for the party! Balijup Sanctuary, Friday 22nd May at 2pm. Anyone who can get there is invited to the official Launch of Balijup Sanctuary - 707 Nunijup Road (7km south west of Tenterden off the Albany Highway). Your chance for a tour of the Sanctuary, talks and afternoon tea back at the homestead (aka Field
15/05/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
So rewarding to surveying Monjebup’s bush
And you would be laughing too, if you’d just worked out that, per area, the patch of bush behind you was at least as rich in plant species as the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River National Parks! Albany based botanist Libby Sandiford (pictured here with Bush Heritage ecologist Angela Sanders) has recently completed a major plant survey of Bush Heritage’s main Monjebup Reserve, recording ‘570 native taxa occurring in an
01/05/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Gondwana Link Ride
Green Skill's unstoppable Basil Schur has just pioneered the first stage of a three part Gondwana Link Ride, doing the section from the Indian Ocean near Margaret River to Denmark in an enjoyable five days. Basil is keen to make these rides a group event, and a fundraiser for Gondwana Link projects. So who among you is going to join him in that???
25/04/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Training in land management
With their Conservation Action Plan all but completed, Ngadju Conservation is increasing their on-ground program. Training in weed identification, mapping and control was undertaken this Thursday and Friday, in a delightfully shady ‘classroom’. Training turned to action pretty fast when a nasty patch of Noogoora Burr was found during the initial weed survey at Bromus Dam. A few hours later the patch had been mapped onto the database and killed!
24/04/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Finalising the Ngadju Conservation Action Plan
Big progress being made by Ngadju Conservation. This week saw a two day workshop to finalise their Conservation Action Plan, which covers the Ngadju Native Title area in the Great Western Woodlands. Gondwana Link?s Plan Facilitator Paula Deegan worked through and confirmed key decisions in the draft Plan with the group, and got additional direction on changes to be made before the Plan is finalised. Then it was
22/04/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Conservation at Australian Rangelands Society Conference
A big gathering for the Outback in Alice Springs this week, with the Australian Rangelands Society Conference in full swing. We were delighted to support a strong Ngadju presence, with Ngadju Conservation's David Graham (on the right of the picture) presenting on their land management program, and trainees Eric Wilson and Matt McKenzie (centre) able to meet with Traditional Owners running similar programs across Australia. Gondwana Link's Peter Price (on
15/04/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Looking forward and looking back!
Over the past year a lot of work has been undertaken to collate key information on how the overall Gondwana Link effort has grown. Margaret Robertson (pictured) donated some months of her busy life to help us establish a history built around photos and short descriptions of key events from the past 14 or so years, with over 500 so far identified and at least partly recorded. Unfortunately, Margaret has
02/04/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Order of Australia Medal for Keith Bradby
Gondwana Link CEO Keith Bradby, and family, were at Government House Perth today for his formal investiture into the Order of Australia. Keith is pictured here with Governor Kerry Sanderson, wife Margaret Robertson, younger son Jack Robertson and sister Helen Amos. Fellow recipients of the OAM included Ngadju elder Sonny Graham (pictured with Keith), Eucalypt expert and author Malcom French (who in his role with Elders has advised on a
27/03/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Kwongan Foundation tours Fitz-Stirling
Today Gondwana Link?s Amanda Keesing took some key visitors into the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The group included University of WA Professor, and key driver of the Kwongan Foundation, Hans Lambers, along with Dr Marion Cambridge and Geoff Bastyan, sea grass experts who can tell an amazing story of successful restoration in Albany?s harbours. First stop was Chingarrup Sanctuary, where Birdlife Australia?s Nick Dunlop was busy with bird surveys
26/03/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Wildlife enclosure at Yongergnow
A delightful afternoon with friends and colleagues of Gondwana Link at the launch of the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre?s new Wildlife Enclosure. Pictured at the opening are, from the right, Yongergnow Board members Susanne Dennings, Ken Pech, Project manager Vicky Bilney, Board Member Jan Savage and Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA, who opened the Enclosure, which sits adjacent to the Malleefowl Centre on the edge of Ongerup townsite. Bush
14/03/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Balijup Farm predator proof fence
Construction has nearly completed on the 4.3km predator proof fence to create a 111 hectare conservation enclosure on Balijup Farm, in Gondwana Link?s Stirlings to Forest section. Once completed, and emptied of foxes and cats (now there?s a job!) the enclosure will immediately provide safer breeding habitat for a number of birds and then be used to build up numbers of mammals lost from the area ? a critical
23/02/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
What a shocker
Despite the local emphasis on firm and decisive 'rapid response' to fires in the Great Western Woodlands, a lightning strike between near Lake Hope, between Hyden and Norseman, has now burnt for almost two weeks, blackening some 120,000 hectares of woodland, heath and mallee. The local teams were on the job pretty smartly, and consider the fire was almost contained within its first four days. They were then instructed to
22/02/2015
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Native Title determination
Congratulations to our Ngadju friends and colleagues for gaining legal recognition of their Native Title. An historic day, with many more to come as they resume authority over their country.ABC story  'Native title claim for Ngadju people in Western Australia's Goldfields recognised after 18 years'.
24/12/2014
Posted by: Keith Bradby
What’s Happening-2014 Gondwana Link forum
Not the whole mob by a long shot, but from amongst those I have the great pleasure of building the Gondwana Link with, here's the ones who could get to last week's 'What's Happening?' Forum. Quality people doing quality work!
22/07/2014
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ranges Link in north Queensland
With much appreciated support from The Nature Conservancy, Mark Waud was able to join a training course for Conservation Coaches outside Cairns. Mark was introduced to Open Standards and CAP through his work as Co-ordinator with the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, and has been involved in development of Conservation Action Plans the Ranges Link and Stirlings to Many Peaks sections of Gondwana Link. Always quick on the uptake, he now
04/04/2014
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Gondwana Panorama exhibition opens in Denmark
An inspiring opening of the second Gondwana Panorama Exhibition, this time at the Butter Factory Studio in Denmark. Focused on the Gondwana Link landscape and the human connection to it, the exhibition showcases photographic, film and art works. The eight Butter Factory Studio artists collaborated to produce a range of artworks inspired by their time at the Hordacre’s ‘Balijup’ farm near Tenterden, located in Gondwana Link’s Forest to Stirlings area.
14/03/2014
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Red rocks helping men roll with the punches
Lovely story making some important connections in the Australian today. Journalist Victoria Laurie has picked up on some important points: ?Nowanup is a unique property, jointly run by Greening Australia, Gondwana Link and other environmental agencies as a base for revegetating native bush. But Nowanup has also become a place for spiritual reconnection with country. It offers a timely alternative to headline-grabbing calls by the state?s Police Commissioner
07/03/2014
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Conservation’s program support from Rangelands NRM
Gondwana Link has just announced its next program with Ngadju Conservation, with this stage funded through support from Rangelands NRM. As the ABC’s WA Country Hour reports, “A program aimed at conserving the traditional land management practices of the Ngadju people is underway near Norseman. The program is a collaboration between Rangelands Natural Resource Management, Gondwana Link and the local indigenous community. The five year project will include fire mitigation,
04/02/2014
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Wallaby Gates field day
A Wallaby Gates Field Day to promote the installation of ?Wallaby gates? into ringlock fencing. The gates, which are visible on the left side of the photo, allow Brush wallabies, a key conservation target species, to move across the landscape between bushland ?islands?. These gates make it possible to exclude Grey Kangaroos from areas while allowing access to wallabies. Well done to Green Skills, Gillamii Centre and Oyster
10/12/2013
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Paddy Woodworth’s new book ‘Our Once and Future Planet
Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century’, which looks at the global ecological restoration movement, has just been launched in Dublin by the venerable Mary Robinson. Paddy has used his skills as a hard-nosed investigative journalist to dig deeper than most into the issues that confound us all. Gondwana Link gets his scrutiny in Chapter 9, but the issues we wrestle with are clearly there in many of the
05/12/2013
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The Big Garden?
Delightful segment on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia show this weekend, featuring work in the central zone of Gondwana Link. Bush Heritage’s Simon Smale and the Ranges Link’s Peter Luscombe joined with presenter Josh Byrne to broadcast a delightful vignette (despite what was obviosuly some lousy weather during filming). Click this link to the Gardening Australia website, where you can view Linking the Landscape segment.
16/11/2013
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Sandplains spectacular flowering
The good winter rains have resulted in spectacular flowering in the Great Western Woodland's southern sandplain heath. Verticordias, grevilleas, melaleucas, petrophiles, isopogons, stylidiums, calytrix and many more vied to be the most prolific. Nearby woodlands were full of birds and flowering eucalypts, while many orchids were flowering around the granite outcrops.
10/10/2013
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Gondwana Link wins a Banksia Award
A strong showing for connectivity conservation in this year?s Banksia Awards. The collective effort by groups across Gondwana Link is a finalist in the ?Land and Biodiversity? category, and South Australia?s NatureLinks is a finalist for the ?In Collaboration? category. Winners are to be announced at a Gala Dinner in Melbourne on 9 October. WA?s Department of Water will also be there, for work freshening up the Denmark River,
09/10/2013
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Decision Point
Gondwana Link features in the September edition of Decision Point, the monthly magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group. The article by Kerrie Wilson and Hugh Possingham of University of Queensland is entitled 'Gondwana Link & decision theory: Reflecting on the fruits of collaborative research'. The researchers note that “We were humbled by the many on-ground complexities that presented themselves". Article available here.
08/09/2013
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Emus go global!
The Ecological Society of America has recently published a powerful bit of writing on emus, Barrier Fences and Lewis Machine Guns. Subscribers will find it here, the rest of us can download a version.
28/08/2013
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Innovation to improve restoration
Restoration work is well underway on Bush Heritage's Monjebup North property. When completed, and grown up, over 400 hectares will be returned to the bush, making a critically important link between all Bush Heritage's Monjebup Reserves and the Corackerup Nature Reserve. A big step forward for connectivity in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The restoration work builds on previous experience on Peniup and other properties, and the
28/08/2013
Posted by: Keith Bradby
'Granite & Woodlands Conservation Plan'
The latest Conservation Action Plan within Gondwana Link is now done (at least until we revise it!). The 'Granite & Woodlands Conservation Plan' covers 1.2 million ha of the Great Western Woodlands. The Plan took an important step forward this week when Shire of Kondinin representatives on the planning team met in Hyden with the Ngadju Conservation Group spokesperson, Les Schultz and Gondwana Link?s Paula Deegan and Keith Bradby,
27/08/2013
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Exchanging knowledge
Ngadju young leaders joined the Millennium Kids 'Project Explore' program in the Kambalda Nature Reserve, Great Western Woodlands, with the kids learning how to use binoculars whilst teaching the scientists a thing or two about bushtucker!
21/08/2013
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Out amongst it
Gondwana Link?s Amanda Keesing and Board of Directors Chair Virginia Young recently travelled through some of the beautiful country of the Great Western Woodlands. Virginia was delighted to find a creek flowing into Lake Johnson (and how often does that happen?!). There is, apparently, no truth to the rumour that they nearly got bogged.
18/08/2013
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Gathering footage to tell the story
Nature Conservancy videographer Jane Prince has been busy in central and eastern Gondwana Link, interviewing key drivers of the Ranges Link and Fitz-Stirling programs, and recording the work of the Hyden community, Birds Australia and the Ngadju Conservation Committee as part of the Link?s Great Western Woodlands effort.
16/08/2013
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The spectacular wildflowers of the Great Western Woodlands
Looks like it?s going to be an early, strong flowering in the sandplains of the Great Western Woodlands, with many Verticordias and Grevilleas and this Eremophila already putting on a beautiful show. ?Landscope? (Spring 2012, Vol. 28 (1)) has a good article by botanist Andrew Brown about ?The spectacular wildflowers of the Great Western Woodlands?. If you?re thinking of a spring drive through the GWW, you?ll find Andrew?s
16/08/2013
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Monjebup Reserve restoration up in lights
What a thrill to open ‘The West Australian’ and find a prominent story about Bush Heritage's ecological restoration of a critical bit of farm land in the Link’s Fitz-Stirling area. The purchase and replanting of this property, exciting in its own right, connects a number of key Bush Heritage acquisitions, known collectively as Monjebup Reserve, with Corackerup Nature Reserve. It’s a big step forward for this section of Gondwana Link,
29/07/2013
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Well done Bill and Jane
Bill and Jane Thompson?s wonderful on-ground support for Gondwana Link received front page recognition in the 11 July 2013 edition of ?The Great Southern Weekender?. Their replanting of 100 ha of paddock back to bush is an inspiration to us all. Bill and Jane are aiming to put over 200 species into this planting, all selected from the 720 ha of natural bush they look after on their
11/07/2013
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Showcasing groups work
Together with a range of colleagues, we've had the pleasure of showing Bob Debus, a key architect of the National Wildlife Corridors Plan, and partner Leela Smith around some of the country we're working in. Here they are in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area with Bush Heritage's Simon Smale and David Whitelaw, along with Lien Imbrechts and Justin Jonson from Threshold Environmental. Highlights of the trip included a well attended reception
23/06/2013
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‘Gondwana Link: 1000 kilometres of hope’
?Gondwana Link: 1000 kilometres of hope? is the title of a chapter in the new publication ?Linking Australia?s Landscapes: lessons and opportunities from large-scale conservation networks?. Keith Bradby writes ?The deliberate strategy of starting the program and building momentum through tangible achievement, rather than through developing an overall prioritised plan, has established Gondwana Link.? Also featured is a chapter by Angela Sanders, Bush Heritage Australia ecologist working in
08/06/2013
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Ngadju representation at the World Indigenous Network Conference
Here's the Ngadju Conservation team (James Schultz, Les Schultz, David Graham and Daniel Graham) visiting Darwin for the World Indigenous Network Conference. Ngadju land straddles the Great Western Woodlands and the Nullarbor. Gondwana Link’s Peter Price organised the trip and we feel really proud that, together with the Pew Environment Group, we have helped these Ngadju men connect with like-minded colleagues from northern Australia and around the world.
27/05/2013
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WA Barrier Fence
The State Government’s proposed WA Barrier Fence extension, from east of Ravensthorpe to Cape Arid, received front page coverage in The Australian’s ‘A Plus’ features section (11 April 2013). Gondwana Link’s Keith Bradby is quoted: “How can I work on a nationally recognised connectivity program and not get annoyed about a proposal to build a Berlin wall at right angles to it?”View the article.The Wilderness Society, Birdlife Australia, the Conservation
12/04/2013
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‘Innovation for 21st Century Conservation’ features Gondwana Link
Gondwana Link has contributed a chapter to ‘Innovation for 21st Century Conservation’, published by the Australian Committee for IUCN Inc. Keith Bradby’s chapter, entitled ‘Gondwana Link: process or plan, movement or organisation?’, includes the statement “We are not seeking to have control over other organisations, nor sit at the top of a hierarchy or pyramid-shaped power structure, nor claim to be a representative ‘umbrella’ organisation. We are
21/03/2013
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Launch of Millennium Kids book ‘Project Explore’
Great launch at the University of WA of the Millennium Kids book for their ?PROJECT EXPLORE? program in the Great Western Woodlands. The book showcases all the programs to date, and how clever these guys are at getting very flash materials produced fast. The book was launched by Environment Minister Bill Marmion, following some inspiring words by WA Chief Scientist Lynn Beazley. Project Explore is a
25/05/2012
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Welcome to Bill and Jane Thompson
An exhilarating and important arrival today ? we welcome Bill and Jane Thompson who, after lots of phone calls and visits, have made the plunge and shifted from Queensland?s Glasshouse Mountains to their new property, Yarraweyah, 720 ha of great bush and a lot more paddock, all in a critically important part of the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. This purchase consolidates the ?Monjebup cluster? of properties, which Bush Heritage is currently
20/01/2012
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Kalgoorlie Museum features GWW
Great Day at the Kalgoorlie Museum, which has opened a revamped set of displays, including on the Great Western Woodlands area. Here WA Museum CEO Alec Coles, Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day, Kalgoorlie Museum Director Zoe Scott and Gondwana Link’s Great Western Woodland’s Program Manager Peter Price. Location of the display had special significance for Peter, as it sits in the old Poppet Head of the Big
05/11/2011
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Busy birds in revegetated areas
It's springtime across Gondwana Link, and birds are doing what birds do in spring. Over the past few years there have been very encouraging results coming in from Bush Heritage's Ecological Outcomes Monitoring on restored sites within the Link. Many small bird species are returning to the revegetated areas including the threatened Western Whipbird.
08/09/2011
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Healthy Land-Healthy People
Earlier this year Gondwana Link was approached by the Environmental Officer of the Western Australian Medical Students' Society (WAMSS) about 6th year medical students undertaking plantings to support Gondwana Link. WAMSS purchased trees and seeds and then a group of students undertook the planting and direct seeding for the Ranges Link team just north of the Porongurups, along the Galgajup creekline (in full hospital kit!). WAMSS has arranged to have
21/08/2011
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Gondwana Link moves to new office
The last of the team who have been working together from the Gondwana Link Office on Middleton Road, Albany, just before we go into separate offices and Gondwana Link Ltd sets up independently to focus more on the whole Link. From left it?s Barry Heydenrych (Greening Australia), Angela Sanders, Simon Smale (Bush Heritage), Keith Bradby (GLL), Eugene Eades (Gnarjl Corporation), Justin Jonson (Threshold Environmental), Amanda Keesing (GLL).
11/08/2011
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Pillar of Wisdom
Good to see Eugene Eades's work with Noongar youngsters at Nowanup, and the pairing of this work with Gondwana Link, feature in the Weekend Australian Magazine.
23/07/2011
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Restoration Standards Review
A set of agreed Restoration Standards has been developed to guide work in Gondwana Link, with the initial pilot being the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. Today we subjected the Standards to a pretty rigorous Peer Review, with the generously provided input of Richard Hobbs (UWA), Ric How (WA Museum), Jan Henry (Ninox Consulting), and Sarah Comer (DEC).
22/03/2011
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This is the site for a flourishing habitat?
A gathering of the Ranges Link Conservation Action Planning team - Mark Ward, Barry Heydenrych, Judy Hunt, Heather Adams, Peter Luscombe, and Lucia Quearry - at a rock shelter near Lake Kayermindyip on another scouting trip looking at fencing and revegetation sites near the lake.
09/03/2011
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Gondwana Link filling the gaps
An appropriately warm story on Gondwana Link work in the Travel section of The Australian newspaper. Thanks Virginia!
05/02/2011
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Forest to Stirlings planning well underway
Conservation Action Planning is well underway in the Forests to Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The program is led by Green Skills and the Gillamii Centre, with planning support provided by Gondwana Link through Greening Australia?s Barry Heydenrych.
02/02/2011
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Recipes for success
The Ranges Link team have a reputation for incorporating scones, jam and cream and great sandwiches into their planning workshops. But this is only one of their strategies for success, decades of knowledge, years of work and astute judgement calls have helped as well. The team is now implementing their Conservation Action Plan (CAP) through replanting, mapping particular vegetation systems to build their knowledge-base, strategic fencing that excludes
12/11/2010
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Creativity abounded!
Another great week for at Nowanup, with art students from schools across the Great Southern coming together for a Gondwana Youth Arts Camp. Congratulations to Nicki Green and Basil Schur for initiating and running this great event.
11/11/2010
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Old shed becomes new homes
Bush Heritage Australia?s Angela Sanders and Simon Smale are loading old wooden planks and corrugated iron ready for the Jerramungup Bush Rangers from Jerramungup High School to recreate reptile and small mammal habitat in the revegetated area at Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve. Yarrabee is in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, adjoining the east end of the Stirling Ranges.
23/07/2010
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An overview of Chereninup plantings
The 2003 plantings on Bush Heritage's Chereninup Creek Reserve in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area continue to grow and thicken, but as this photo shows, there's still a long way to go before they'll have the same density and ground cover as the adjoining bush. In the background are the existing protected habitats of Chereninup Creek Reserve, and then the 900 ha of covenanted bushland owned and managed by Brian and
24/04/2010
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Collaboration in action pays off!
These plantings on Eddy and Donna Wajon's Chingarrup Sanctuary, in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, are but one result. The Wajon?s interest in supporting Gondwana Link was initially fostered by The Wilderness Society; the property was found and initially surveyed by Keith Bradby, the plantings were undertaken for Eddy and Donna by Greening Australia?s Jack Mercer, as part of their Reconnections program, funded by Shell. Bush Heritage Australia assist with ongoing
24/04/2010
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Secured in the nick of time!
Natural regeneration is progressing well on Bush Heritage's Beringa Reserve in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. The land in the foreground is former paddock, tragically cleared and cropped after 1998. Purchase of the property in 2006 was timely, with sufficient seed bank left in the ground for the bush to steadily return under its own steam, helped by some careful management to remove a few weeds left from its brief period
24/04/2010
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Yarrabee restoration progress report
Despite two difficult planting seasons, results from the restoration work on Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve is starting to show up from the air. Some 550 hectares of this important property in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area were tackled with biodiverse plantings, and despite windstorms, dry seasons and locust plagues, the work is a valuable contribution to the program. An additional 50ha plantation of sandalwood was added to the southern portion of
24/04/2010
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Those marvellous megapodes
Those marvellous megapodes, the mallee fowl, are coming to the end of another breeding season, with nest mounds starting to have that 'emptied out' look.
31/01/2010
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Gondwana Link groups get together
A major gathering at the Denmark Sustainability Centre of lead groups involved in Gondwana Link - the first time we have all been together! Great ‘show and tell’ of efforts underway across the whole 1000 kms, and lots of joint planning and plotting. To quote Margaret Moir from Cape to Capes ‘I thought I was coming to a meeting of strangers, instead I found I was part of a big
26/11/2009
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Stunning Hibbertia found on private land
This quite stunning plant is Hibbertia selkii. Lucia Quearry from the Friends of the Porongurups groups reports that it was found by Tim Saggers, the Ranges Link fencing contractor, while fencing off bush in their section of the Link. It was an overcast day and the colours were luminous, which increased the excitement. Only a few plants were initially found so the group has raced around looking for more of
27/07/2009
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Water sampling
Paula Deegan sampling a pool in Chereninup Creek Reserve. Creeks are an important target in the Fitz Stirling Functional Landscape Plan, yet we have barely any baseline data on their condition. That is changing.
03/07/2009
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The Ranges Link group now has its foot firmly planted on the accelerator
Ongoing sponsorship from Mt. Barker Free Range Chicken, organised in conjunction with Landcare Australia Ltd, is adding significant horsepower. Here, Judy Hunt from Ranges Link and Mark Rintoul, General Manager for Milne Agri Group (owners of Mt Barker Free Range Chicken), proudly pose in front of another truckload of fencing material on its way to protect valuable habitats across the Link.
08/04/2009
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Cultural Corridors Schools Week
What a great week has just been had at Nowanup, in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. Greenings Eugene Eades and South Coast NRM?s Natasha Moore have pulled together another fantastic ?Biodiversity Week? for students from all the local schools, which, as the photos show, included a great immersion into Noongar culture, led by a fantastic dance group down from Ballardong country. Everyone got to learn some Noongar words,
31/03/2009
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Monitoring – an ongoing job
Bush Heritage Ecologist Angela Sanders is well into their Ecological Outcomes Monitoring for this season, with sites being checked on all of the main properties across the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. In the photo Angela is weighing a honey possum that was captured in a pitfall trap on Greening Australia?s Nowanup Reserve.
31/03/2009
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Waratah and Elders support fencing in Ranges Link
Ranges Link is doing a fine job of rounding up extra support for their program. Waratah fencing and Elders has been very supportive of the Ranges Link fencing program by helping to provide posts and wire, at a well reduced price. Here David Williamson, Chairperson Oyster Harbour Catchment Group on the left, with Heather Adams of Ranges Link, Tim Saggers, fencing contractor (crouching) celebrate the partnership with
24/03/2009
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A magnificent surprise!
Numbats are returning to Ravensthorpe. Heading back from Yallobup Creek at Jerdacuttup, Justin Jonson, Keith Bradby, Aaron Soanes (from CO2 Australia) and young Jack Robertson took a slight detour at Cocanarup, and were delighted when this young Numbat ran across the road, and then posed elegantly for 10 minutes. Turns out this is the offspring of translocated animals released into the area by DEC's Tony Friend. Congratulations Tony,
09/12/2008
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The sweet smell of success, and wattle blossom
Eddy and Donna Wajon at their Chingarrup Sanctuary in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link, together with Barry Heydenrych, who coordinated the restoration work on the property as part of the Greening Australia-Shell Reconnections project. And all that bush in the background? That?s what Barry and Jack Mercer planted there only three and half years earlier.
23/09/2008
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‘Mallet’ plantation on Nowanup
The small ?mallet? plantation on Nowanup is growing well. Mallets are a key conservation target, and their straight stems may have commercial potential as poles. Can we grow them to provide habitat and some financial return? We will let you know in a couple of decades.
09/09/2008
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Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network tour
A great five days showing some of the highlights of Gondwana Link to guests from the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. The visit included an afternoon on the Nowanup property and two nights camping in the Great Western Woodlands. Their visit, interest and ongoing support are greatly appreciated.
08/09/2008
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Carbon sequestration planting at Peniup
Justin Jonson and Sam Crowder checking seed at the carbon sequestration planting on Greening Australia's Peniup property in the Link's Fitz-Stirling area. This planting got a good burst of prior planning, designed to demonstrate how 'revegetation' can be done as science-based 'ecological restoration'. Planting was also the first carbon funded effort, by arrangement between Greening Australia and Mirabella Lightbulbs. At 250ha it's ambitious, and it's always a
19/07/2008
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Artificial hollows for Carnaby’s cockatoo
Birds Australia have been working hard with members of the Noongar community to establish new nest hollows for Carnaby’s Cockatoo. Dejan Stojanovic at bottom of ladder and Bradley Farmer dangling higher up are connecting one of the hollows to a large marri. Brad hung all of the hollows on Yarrabee and Peniup. These hollows were hung as part of a trial to look at the use of artificial hollows by the
26/06/2008
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‘The Extraordinary Nature of the Great Western Woodlands’ is released
The Great Western Woodlands goes ‘Live’ (very live in fact). The Wilderness Society, in conjunction with Pew Environmental, The Nature Conservancy and supported by us at Gondwana Link, have launched the very significant report - ‘The Extraordinary Nature of the Great Western Woodlands’. It was a delightful morning at Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park with over 100 invited guests, including a strong contingent from the Ngadju Community, Parliamentarians, Departmental
05/06/2008
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Peniup restoration well underway
Massive effort underway to achieve high standard restoration. Restoration work is well underway on the 2400 hectare Peniup property, purchased jointly by Greening Australia and Bush Heritage Australia. Greening Australia have secured carbon funding from Mirabella Lightbulbs for the first 250hectares, and a very detailed restoration plan has been prepared by Justin Jonson. Justin and Danny ten Seldam have busily transforming a bleak and somewhat degraded farm landscape. Fortunately
10/05/2008
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Gondwana Link seen through fresh eyes
The joy of a fresh pair of eyes, and good eyes at that. Gondwana Link has enjoyed the company of renowned photographer Ami Vitali over the past week, with Ami's keen eye giving us a fresh perspective on many of the everyday wonders, such as this Banksia coccinea in the Stirling Ranges. Ami was visiting on commission from The Nature Conservancy.
09/05/2008
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Expert opinions feed into Knowledge Connections program
A healthy mix of top scientists and practitioners met and toured Gondwana Link together over the past few days as part of the ongoing Knowledge Connection project. The work underway to restore the Peniup property provided a good focus for discussions on how to measure change at the site and landscape levels. It?s a tricky business, as different scales give different results, so while progress was made, it
28/04/2008
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A flying visit
An important visit from The Nature Conservancy's Corporate Conservation Council, pictured here on the Honman Ridge on a bleak autumn day. The Chair and Directors of some of Australia's leading companies were able to see the on- ground work in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, the vastness of the Great Western Woodlands and the delights of Margaret River, all in one day (it helps to bring your own planes) It was
05/04/2008
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Green Plough exhibition inspired by clearing then restoration
Green Plough inspires further creativity. The south west story, from the ‘million acres a year’ clearing era through to the emerging restoration era, has inspired artist Ron Nyzistor ‘s latest exhibition, called the Green Plough after an early direct seeding machine built by Greening Australia. Ron’s exhibition of paintings was opened tonight in a function at Gorepani Gallery in Albany, attended by a large crowd of Gondwana Link supporters
07/03/2008
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Invertebrate monitoring at Chereninup
We are starting to get a better handle on what a number of key invertebrate species are doing in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. Professor Jonathon Major, from Curtin University, has been a solid supporter and now has student Tommy Cheng at work sampling populations across Bush Heritage?s Chereninup Reserve. We helped Tommy to select his sites and introduced him to his on-ground hosts Ross and Rhonda Williams.
14/01/2008
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How healthy are those creeks?
Healthy creeks and waterways have been identified as a key target for ecological repair work in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. Little is known about the area's waterways and almost no data exists. As part of the ?Knowledge Connections? project, funded by Lotterywest, Angela Sanders and Paula Deegan have been systematically visiting creeks, including Corackerup and Hegarty Creeks, and starting the work of establishing benchmark data. Thanks to Department
11/12/2007
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Stabilising erosion and salinity in the Fitz-Stirling’s upper catchment
The firm Sustainable Forestry Management Australasia Ltd has purchased 9700 hectares of farmland in the upper catchment, destocked the properties, and is busy planting tree belts, with an eye on the carbon market. Here, SFMA's Michael Parsons, Lia Shavian and Jeff Douglas show Keith Bradby the mounds prepared for tree belt plantings on their Clearview property.
15/10/2007
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The bush is returning to Chingarrup Sanctuary.
On a recent trip in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, we were delighted to see how well the 2005 plantings are growing. Congratulations to Barry Heydenrych, the Reconnections Program (Greening Australia and Shell), contractor Jack Mercer and, of course, the proud owners, Eddy and Donna Wajon. .
10/10/2007
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If we build it will they come?
A major challenge across Gondwana Link is finding the time and resources to evaluate the work done so far and the response of the wildlife. Bush Heritage Australia is showing real leadership with their Ecological Outcomes Monitoring, which is assessing progress on their properties in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. Here, ecologist Hugh Pringle is assessing vegetation transects on the replanted section of Chereninup Creek Reserve.
04/10/2007
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A long way from THE Mediterannean, but still mediterannean?
The Nature Conservancy?s Mediterranean Science team visited Gondwana Link this week, and we took them on a quick trip along the Link from Albany to Kalgoorlie. California based Scott Morrison, Rebecca Shaw and Steve Johnson were joined by Australian Program staff from the Conservancy?s Melbourne office, Barry McDonald and Kerrie Wilson. We plunged them into the landscape at Mt Trio in the Stirling Ranges and saw whole paddocks being returned
31/08/2007
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An Elder of the Sciences meets an Elder of the Eucalypts.
The Wild Country Science team is currently on survey work in the magnificent woodlands east of the wheatbelt. Distinguished biologist Henry Nix, pictured with his wife Katherine, had the opportunity to spend time in the shade of ?Big Bertha?, one of the many ancient Salmon Gums growing in the area. This tree is thought to be over 500 years old.
28/08/2007
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More acres going back to bush
Replanting of Greening Australia's Nowanup property has taken a big step forward with nearly 100 hectares planted using the latest version of the Green Plough. And who should happen by while the work was in full swing, but Ron Geatz and colleagues from The Nature Conservancy. Could they resist the lure of a big machine at work? Danny ten Seldan was good enough to stop the machine while
24/08/2007
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Planting a crop that will last forever
The immensity of the restoration work underway is evident here, as Justin Jonson from Greening Australia checks germination of the 250 ha direct seeding recently completed on part of the Peniup property, in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. With the best science and best machinery he can muster, we suspect those fingers are still crossed until he sees what the season brings.
24/08/2007
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Another major property purchase!
A magnificent and strategically placed 2400 ha has just been jointly secured by Bush Heritage Australia and Greening Australia WA, with legalities finalised this week. And just in the nick of time as well. This 2400ha property has 910 hectares of high conservation native bushland along with 340 hectares of cleared land that will now be left to regenerate naturally, and we think it will, though another
14/08/2007
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Before and after photos at Chingarrup
Before and after photos are starting to tell a good story. The photo points on Chingarrup Sanctuary show the establishment of 40ha of vegetation through direct seeding. The first photo was taken 26 October 2005, when the planting in April that year was just germinating. The second photo shows, from 7 August 2007, shows great establishment and growth. The planting was funded and arranged by Greening Australia as part of
07/08/2007
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Fungi richness
A few good rains gets the fungi going, and mycologist Katie Syme. Katie has recently completed a fungi and truffle hunt on Bush Heritage’s Chereninup Creek Reserve. Here is a selection of the wonderful specimens she found. Just as the work of earlier botanists has opened our eyes to the exceptional richness of south-western Australia, so Katie’s work is uncovering a significant unrealised dimension to that richness – the
26/06/2007
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More fungi
The previous post had some of the fungi Katrina Syme has found but they are just so varied and interesting that we wanted to share more photos. Here they are. Aren?t they amazing?
26/06/2007
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Monjebup Reserve - a new conservation area for the Link
Another major conservation area joins the Link. After more than three years of negotiation, survey and subdivision, Bush Heritage has achieved final property settlement on its brand new Monjebup Reserve. Congratulations to all involved, on both securing this wonderful property and for displaying impressive tenacity. The property contains some of the most intact land in the region, so its purchase significantly improves nature conservation prospects amongst the cluster of
15/06/2007
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Ngadju show us over their country
Ngadju leaders have been good enough to spend time showing the Wilderness Society team over some of the wonderful country east of the wheatbelt. Many thanks to Phil Drayson from Goldfields Land and Sea Council for organising the trip.
22/05/2007
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The Nowanup Meeting Place is launched, in style!
Kaya! Kaya! Two years after the Elders decided to establish a meeting place, and after it had been constructed and used for many, many events and gatherings, the Meeting Place was formally launched. Noongar Elders organised the event with Greening Australia, and invited WA Minister for Environment David Templeman to do the honours. He did that well, starting with five minutes of fluent Noongar, stunning all of us who had
09/05/2007
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Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve launch, central Gondwana Link
Over 150 of us had a great day giving the Yarrabee property a good welcome into Gondwana Link, and celebrating the growth in the larger Fitz-Stirling program. The property, now known as Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve, is a vital connector in the chain of properties stretching from the Stirlings towards Fitzgerald River National Park. Bush Heritage, Greening Australia and Wesfarmers are to be congratulated on this outstanding acquisition. A
17/04/2007
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Cutting trees up so we can plant some more
Work is moving ahead to produce hard numbers for the tonnage of carbon sequestered by native bush across Gondwana Link. Justin Jonson is developing allometric equations for a number of key eucalypt species, which involves weighing the entire root, stem, branch and foliage biomass of a number of key eucalypts. This Eucalyptus occidentalis (yate) trunk gives some idea of the scale and labour intensity of this work (the tree was
30/03/2007
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Nature Conservancy visit
Great visit by The Nature Conservancy's CEO Steve McCormick with Asia Pacific program Director Russell Leaman and Australia Program Director Michael Looker. Gondwana Link's Keith Bradby accompanied them on the trip, which started with a flight into the heart of the Great Western Woodlands and included a celebration cheque handover on the Link?s Nowanup property with Eugene and Aden Eades and Bush Heritage's Angela Sanders. Funds were raised as
30/03/2007
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Story on The Science Show
Another helpful story on The Science Show … “The south west of Western Australia is one of the world's 25 biodiversity hotspots. But it's under threat. Alexandra de Blas speaks to scientists working to save and protect the endangered plants and animals.” Interviewees are Dr Kinglsey Dixon, Kings Park and Botanic Garden; Keith Bradby, Gondwana Link; Professor Brendan Mackey, Australian National University; Eugene Eades, Noongar Traditional Owner; Justin Jonson, Greening
10/02/2007
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Dinner under a whale?
A gala event in New York has launched a major new partnership. But before the event Nature Conservancy Australia Program Director Michael Looker had to give Gondwana Link Coordinator Keith Bradby some tie tying tips. Ties in place they then headed off to the New York Museum of Natural History for a ‘G’day USA’ fundraising dinner, where The Nature Conservancy and Pew Charitable Trusts jointly announced a $12 million ‘Wild
16/01/2007
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Launch of Knowledge Connections program
Launch of Knowledge Connections at Albany Museum by Robert Lambeck, CEO Greening Australia WA, and Lloyd Stewart, Lotterywest. Lotterywest have made a significant contribution to conservation planning in the Fitz-Stirling section, with $400,000 to Bush Heritage and Greening Australia for a joint ?Knowledge Connection? program to underpin the initial Conservation Action Plan with improved science and the tools needed for monitoring progress and managing key issues. A big
30/11/2006
Posted by: Keith Bradby
What a great couple of days
Gondwana Link’s Keith Bradby was a guest at two major lunches and launches, one in Melbourne and the next in Sydney, in which David Thomas announced the Thomas Foundation’s $10million challenge grant ‘to arrest the decline of biodiversity in Australia’. Arranged in conjunction with, and managed through, the Nature Conservancy Australia program, these funds will match dollar for dollar donations to three major programs in Australia, one of which is
29/11/2006
Posted by: Keith Bradby
It really is beautiful country
One of the many uplifting photos taken by Barbara Madden in the Great Western Woodlands. Thanks Barb for allowing us to use these photos to promote the area!!
16/11/2006
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A major new organisation comes to Australia
Hank Cauley from Pew Charitable Trusts joined Michael Looker from The Nature Conservancy on a tour of Gondwana Link, starting with a quick visit to Albany and the work inland, before an in-depth visit through the Great Western Woodlands hosted by The Wilderness Society?s Simon Judd, Alexander Watson and David Mackenzie. The trip is part of discussions between TNC and Pew about Pew having a greater role in Australian
24/10/2006
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Honey Possum meets Honey!
This young honey possum is being given a drink of honey dissolved in water to send it on its way after being captured in a pitfall trap on Greening Australia?s Nowanup property. The energy boost will help it find shelter for the day as these animals are mainly nocturnal. The trapping was undertaken by Bush Heritage?s Angela Sanders as part of Nowanup School Week.
18/10/2006
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Healing land and people
Building on the momentum that has led to the Nowanup Meeting Place being developed, Eugene Eades has led a program which saw over 120 Noongar men come to the region for a weekend of talking, sharing and the first night dancing for decades. With much appreciated support from the Borden community they camped at the Borden Pavilion, with the day’s proceedings mainly held at Nowanup (which is not yet ready
07/10/2006
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The 2006 Great Walk
The 2006 Great Walk tackled the gap between the Stirling Ranges and the Walpole Wilderness Area, camping along the way. Gondwana Link enthusiast and Great Walk Network organiser Basil Schur w took the walking group through a number of key sites for Gondwana Link?s emerging 'Forest to Stirlings' program. Keith Bradby (and his little helper, Mr Wrigglebum) caught up with them and talked about how the broader Link
07/10/2006
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Bush Heritage’s Ecological Outcomes Monitoring
Mal Graham begins the first Ecological Outcomes Monitoring session on Chereninup Reserve. This program is carried out across Australia at most Bush Heritage reserves and is designed to tell us how the bush is faring under our management. At each site a 50 metre transect is set up to monitor changes in the vegetation, soil surface and tree health over time. Birds are surveyed at the same site each spring
05/10/2006
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Bush Heritage’s Spring 2006 newsletter
Bush Heritage’s Spring 2006 newsletter features Bush Heritage Conservation Programs Manager Stuart Cowell’s neat summary of Gondwana Link’s progress to date: “So far, so good! Together, Bush Heritage and its supporters, and Greening Australia WA, have purchased 5353 hectares, and by the end of this planting season will have regenerated 1158 hectares of this overall area.” The properties secured to date (Chereninup Creek Monjebup, Yarrabee and Nowanup along with the
01/09/2006
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Wesfarmers in the Fitz-Stirling!
The planting work on Yarrabee got a lot of helpers this week when Wesfarmers brought down a busload of key corporate staff, including CEO Richard Goyder and Corporate Affairs Manager Keith Kessell. The conditions were perfect to give our visitors the full planting experience ? freezing cold and relentlessly windy. Nonetheless, nearly 10 000 seedlings went in, and staff saw other restoration work underway, including the direct seeding machinery
25/07/2006
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Banksia Award finalists
Congratulations to Greening Australia and Shell for being a finalist in the Land and Biodiversity section of this year?s Banksia Awards! This is a fitting recognition for what has proved to be a very effective and popular program, underpinning much of the work of achieving Gondwana Link?s Fitz-Stirling section. And an opportunity for us all to see what Greening?s Barry Heydenrych looks like dressed up (not bad!).
22/07/2006
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A Meeting Place for all.
With guidance from his Noongar Elders and a team of energetic young Noongar men, Eugene Eades has commenced work on a bush meeting place at Greening Australia?s Nowanup property. The Meeting Place design is based on a traditional camp, with a centre fire-place and seats around. Many of the materials came from the property.
29/06/2006
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Thomas Foundation visit Gondwana Link
A visit from David Thomas and his colleagues in the Thomas Foundation, along with Kent Wommack and Michael Looker from The Nature Conservancy. Great to be able to show off work in Gondwana Link to some of our wonderful supporters, against the beautiful back-drop of the Stirling Ranges. The Foundation was on a flying trip (literally) around Australia, from its home base in Queensland, to visit a number of programs
15/06/2006
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Custom build native seeding machine gets sowing
Restoration techniques are constantly evolving and improving in their efficiency and biodiversity outcome. Part of this involves adapting or redesigning machinery to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of native seed placement, as well as being able to apply different seed mixes in one pass of a machine. Today there was a formal launch at ?The Lily, north of the Stirling Range, of a new machine designed by Geoff Woodall from the
08/06/2006
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North Albany High School students get involved
Students from North Albany Senior High School help with a trial of brush mulching on difficult clay soils as part of their visit to Greening Australia’s Nowanup property. Greening's Chris Robinson shows the students how to position the branches cut from local moort trees. Also during this visit, Noongar Elders shared their cultural heritage with the younger generation. The visit was organised through the NRM 'Restoring Connections' program.
18/05/2006
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New supporters tour the Fitz-Stirling area
Birute Greenhalgh from Greening Australia and Kate Fitzherbert from Bush Heritage have led a tour of supporters across the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. Here they are looking at revegetation on the Chereninup Creek Reserve.
06/05/2006
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Stop fooling, this is serious!
The sodic clays soils at Greening Australia’s Nowanup property present particular challenges for restoration. Here a team from Shell are trialling brush mulching on Nowanup under the guidance of Greening Australia’s Chris Robinson and Barry Heydenrych. Branches with seed bearing nuts are laid into furrows. As the sun and wind dry the nuts, the seeds mature, fall to the ground and grow in the protection and micro-climate provided by the
12/04/2006
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Noongar women restoring connections to country
David Guilfoyle, NRM ‘Restoring Connections’ project co-ordinator has organised this very significant trip of Noongar women into the Pallinup valley, visiting important sites where many of them had lived and worked before, and to Greening Australia’s Nowanup property. Most of the women live in Albany, and for many it was their first trip out to country in a very long time. One of the families present was represented by four
08/04/2006
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How much carbon do our trees hold?
More destructive carbon sampling work underway this week to determine how much carbon is being sequestered by existing native vegetation. Data is being logged on-site and again after the stems and branches have been dried. The flat topped yate being sampled here is looking good as a strong sequester of above ground carbon. The work is being undertaken as part of the Shell-Greening Australia Reconnections project.
05/04/2006
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Adding new species to the mix
Trials of innovative techniques are a must to advance restoration success. Here a group of local supporters on tour to the Fitz-Stirling area are intrigued by the difficulties involved in getting seed from different Proteaceous and Myrtaceous species. For part of this year's planting on Yarrabee, in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, contractor Jack Mercer chopped seed bearing stems through a garden mulcher and then spread the material with an
04/04/2006
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Supporters visit the Fitz-Stirling area
A tour of supporters visited the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link today, as part of Gondwana Link Great Southern Ark Tour led by Birute Greenhalgh from Greening Australia. Nowanup and the Indigenous program running there, was one of the many highlights.
04/02/2006
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Photography from the inside?
In 2005, the MIX Artists collective in Albany approached Gondwana Link about involvement in their ?Hotspot? events and exhibition for the 2006 Perth International Arts Festival. We jumped at the opportunity to be involved and contributed to a ?Hotspot? community symposium to develop exhibition projects for this year, as well as giving some extra support to Ian Weir as he developed his ?lightsite? exhibition. For this segment of ?Hotspots?
01/02/2006
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Taking off in the New Year.
A female Carnaby?s Black-Cockatoo takes off from a Flame Grevillea at the (slowly regenerating) farmed areas of the Forrestania Research Plots. These were established in the 1960?s, with the aim of providing useful data on crop yields so that the extensive sandplains east of the Rabbit proof Fence could be opened up for farming. That plan didn?t proceed fortunately, and this Cockatoo belongs to one of the eastern most
01/01/2006
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There’s carbon in them there trees?
We know that every planting program produces trees and shrubs that sequester carbon, but we don?t know how much carbon. If we had that extra bit of knowledge, then it?s possible the emerging carbon market may help fund the much needed restoration work across Gondwana Link. As part of the Shell-Greening Australia Reconnections project, Greening?s Barry Heydenrych is working to measure the carbon in key species. The
02/12/2005
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Fauna survey of Honman Ridge
Black-naped snake with Charles Roche during the fauna survey for Honman Ridge. Charles is The Wilderness Society?s ?outback campaigner?, working for better protection and management of the public land north-east of Ravensthorpe and east of the Rabbit Proof Fence. Zoologists Barry Traill and Susie Duncan led the survey program for the area, which is now being documented into report form.
17/11/2005
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These cute animals can melt even the hardest heart!
Although it is called a Pygmy Possum, this little marsupial is not related to the larger possums. They have a prehensile tail for gripping branches and as well as eating insects and spiders, they also feed on nectar from many of our flowering plants in the area.
08/11/2005
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How to conserve the amazing botanical richness across Gondwana Link.
That was the main topic of conversation during this visit of eminent scientists. Pictured here, sheltering from the elements in Wajon?s shed at Chingarrup Sanctuary, are Steve Hopper, UWA?s Professor of Plant Conservation Biology , Guy Groenewegen (Kings Park volunteer), Chris Robinson from Greening Australia, Luke Sweedman from Kings Park, Dr Lyndon Lee, a hydrogeomorphologist from Seattle, Mrs and Dr Robin Probert (Head of Seed Technology, Millennium Seed Bank,
01/11/2005
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How cute can a key conservation target get?
Black-gloved wallabies, are the second largest macropod in south-western Australia, but seem to have almost entirely escaped conservation attention or significant scientific scrutiny. Our work on the overall plan for the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link has identified them as a key conservation target, and with generous financial support from a key supporter, work is now underway to document their population levels and critical habitat needs. And not
02/10/2005
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Noongar Elders visit the Link’s Fitz-Stirling area
An important and memorable day with Noongar Elders in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. We shared our stories and explored how the Gondwana Link program can better support the aspirations and needs of the Noongar communities of the region. One highlight was a visit to the Link?s Nowanup property, which is being made available to the Noongar community for ongoing use. Another was the many stories shared along the
30/09/2005
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More on those wonderful woodlands
Those wonderful woodlands! A major science expedition is underway in the woodlands end of Gondwana Link. As part of the Wilderness Society?s Wild Country Science program, and with additional funding from the Australian Research Council, Professor Brendan Mackey and the team from the Australian National University, plus noted zoologist Professor Harry Recher been establishing and surveying a series of vegetation quadrats across this massive natural area. The survey
18/09/2005
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Those wonderful woodlands!
A major science expedition is underway in the woodlands end of Gondwana Link. As part of the Wilderness Society?s Wild Country Science program, and with additional funding from the Australian Research Council, Professor Brendan Mackey and the team from the Australian National University, plus noted zoologist Professor Harry Recher been establishing and surveying a series of vegetation quadrats across this massive natural area. The survey team also includes Sandy
18/09/2005
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The wet desert?
Given our normally fine weather, what could bring on a week of rain and windstorms? How about a visit from desert specialists? This week we have had the entire film and production crew from the long running documentary Desert Speaks (there’s four in the team, and they have put out the impressive tally of 13 half hour episodes a year for the past 12 years). On the basis that they
30/08/2005
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Shell Reconnection program connects
A great few days with Greening staff and Shell senior staff planting in the Links Fitz-Stirling area. This is the second year of plantings in the huge task of restoring cleared land on the Nowanup property, with busloads of senior staff from Shell Development Australia arriving to help out with this important work, as part of their ‘Reconnections’ project with Greening Australia (and this time it wasn’t wet, cold and
05/08/2005
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Refining the plan for the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link
Another important couple of days revising and refining the Conservation Action Plan for the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. A stellar team has assembled and been duly locked away for two days of attributes and stresses, not to mention sources of stress and strategic actions.
15/07/2005
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A delight to see
This echidna was seen in a sheoak (Allocasuarina) patch being a bit nosey about all the work underway in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. Though rarely seen, their fresh scratchings are quite common across the area, suggesting these delightful animals are surviving well. As they are a monotreme and therefore lay eggs, they are a great reminder of how special Australian wildlife is.
01/07/2005
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Micheal Looker has new role in TNC
Congratulations to our friend and colleague Michael Looker, for his new role as Australia Program Director with The Nature Conservancy. Michael first met a number of us in central Queensland during 2001, at the Conservancy?s first workshop in Australia on Conservation Planning. Michael?s previous role was as CEO of Victoria?s Trust for Nature.
16/06/2005
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Two visits in one car!
A busy day out in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link with Tim Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, and Angie Sosdian, from The Nature Conservancy head office in Arlington. Both here for different reasons, but a very enjoyable and compatible pair to explore the bush with and show off the latest work. Tim is writing a book on environmental planning ?down under?,
08/06/2005
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Keith Brady receives well deserved recognition
Paula Deegan and John Simpson celebrate with Keith Bradby his selection as the Great Southern Development Commission's Natural Resource Management medal winner for 2005. Keith was presented the Medal by WA?s Minister for Agriculture at a dinner attended by government and community representatives from across the Great Southern region.
31/05/2005
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Hotspot project with the MIX artists
Proud to support some stirring of the creative juices, in the Hotspot Symposium organised by the Albany-based group MIX Artists. The event was part of the Hotspot cultural project in which artists and others are focussing on the environment and history of the Great Southern region through community projects and preparations for an exhibition in early 2006. Speakers, including Paula Deegan, Ross Williams, Harley Coyne and Ian Weir,
15/05/2005
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Corackerup moort population grows
On Nowanup, around 50 hectares has been direct seeded so far this planting season, as part of the Shell-Greening Australia Reconnections project. The seed mix was predominantly moort (Eucalyptus platypus subsp. platypus) and Corackerup moort (E. vesiculosa). The use of the rare Corackerup moort in revegetation is a first. This beautiful small tree with pendulous brick-red flowers was only noticed in the mid-1990s and described in 2002. It is extremely
30/04/2005
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Restoration underway at Chingarrup Sanctuary
Restoration work is well underway on Eddy and Donna Wajon?s Chingarrup Sanctuary in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. With funding from Shell Development Australia, through its Reconnections partnership with Greening Australia, contractor Jack Mercer is shown here direct seeding a further 38 ha on Chingarrup, The first 8 ha of this restoration work was undertaken in the winter of 2004, and the goal is to replant virtually all of the degraded
20/04/2005
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Major joint fund-raising program launched!
Today saw the launch in Perth the of Great Southern Arc campaign, a joint effort by Bush Heritage Australia and Greening Australia to raise the considerable funds needed to secure and restore key properties in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. The joint campaign has been developed with strong support from The Nature Conservancy, including through the two fellowship staff, Jane Howard and Cary Nicholas, they made available.
22/02/2005
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‘Great Walk Through Gondwana Link’ exhibition
A good crowd for the opening of the ?Great Walk Through Gondwana Link? exhibition at the Albany Public Library, featuring photographs and artworks from the October 2004 Great Walk between the Fitzgerald River and Stirling Range National Parks.
01/02/2005
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Gondwana Liminal?
Liminal spaces or states refer to the thresholds or transitional states betwixt and between one space or state and another. They may be physical, cultural, social or ecological, and make for a great summer workshop in Bremer Bay considering the luminal aspects of Gondwana Link. Albany’s MIX Artist group did a great job organising this workshop, which included members of the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group and Friends of Fitzgerald River National
08/01/2005
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Restoration Not Revegetation?
There is a big difference between the two, and to achieve Gondwana Link we have to aim for ecologically effective restoration rather than just tree planting. So, to help move our thinking along, we asked a bundle of experts to join us at Albany's Camp Quaranup to wrestle with the issue for a day. Fauna consultant Jan Henry said common sense is needed and when you?re looking for
13/12/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Exhibition showcases UWA students work on Gondwana Link
?Read all about it!? The University of Western Australia?s Cullity Gallery is filled with fantastic posters, all part of the UWA Landscape Architecture students final exhibition from their Gondwana Link Rural Studio unit. Posters and more were used to illustrate the students? exploration and portrayal of Gondwana Link.
30/11/2004
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TNC Launch hits the airwaves
Good coverage of the TNC launch, including some mention of Gondwana Link, on ABC Radio National ?Earthbeat? show. Presenter Alexandra de Blas interviewed the new Australia Country Program Director Michael Looker (pictured) and Global CEO Steve McCormack. As the ABC puts it: ?Australia is one of the most biodiverse regions on earth and its unique natural heritage can't be protected without increasing the number of private reserves. America's premier
30/10/2004
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TNC launches their Australia Country Program
Congratulations to our friends in The Nature Conservancy who have now TNC formally launched their Australia Country Program in Melbourne. The Nature Conservancy?s CEO, Steve McCormack (pictured), has formally launched their Australia Country program, with a major function in Melbourne. Greenings Rob Lambeck and Carl Binning attended and contributed to panel discussions, along with Bush Heritage?s Doug Humann. Steve expressed strong support for Gondwana Link, both for
29/10/2004
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Not just a good walk, a Great Walk!
Over 10 days in October 2004, 60 Great Walk participants covered the full 72 kilometre gap between Fitzgerald River and Stirling Range National Parks. As well as wonderful spring weather and wildflowers, walkers were treated to guest speakers such as DEC’s Mal Grant, land for Wildlife’s Avril Baxter, Greening’s Nathan McQuoid, local farmer Penny Moir and Keith Bradby. Well done to Basil Schur, who co-ordinated the event for the Great
15/10/2004
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Dedication and generosity!
Renowned wildlife photographers Jiri and Marie Lochman are donating some weeks of their time to Bush Heritage by camping in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link and taking a wide array of photos on key properties. And a great opportunity for Amanda Keesing to catch up Marie and Jiri, who are old friends. Amanda and Keith Bradby showed the Lochman?s over a number of properties and helped them
30/09/2004
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Gondwana Link at the King’s Park Wildflower Festival
The UWA Landscape Architecture students who attended a field workshop in Fitz-Stirling during August have now designed, constructed and staffed a large display on Gondwana Link at the King?s Park Wildflower Festival in late September. As Professor Grant Revell explains in UWA newsletter: ?They designed and presented an exhibit made up of the name tags of 2,565 known plant species growing in the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River national parks.
30/09/2004
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“Reconnections” program up and running
A new program not only launched but well afloat. The WA Minister for the Environment, Hon. Dr Judy Edwards today launched the “Reconnections” project, a three year partnership between Greening Australia and Shell Development Australia. Reconnections Project Manager, Barry Heydenrych describes this project as contributing to and supporting Greening Australia’s work as a major partner in Gondwana Link. Its focus is the Corackerup and Bremer Valleys, which lie in the
20/08/2004
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An agreed plan for a Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link
We have a well thought-out, detailed plan. After a second workshop we now have a plan agreed across key groups for the Fitz-Stirling program. We?re calling it the ?Functional Landscape Plan? to underline the focus on achieving overall ecological function, not just some small scale works or single species actions. The second workshop delivered an Excel ?CAP? Spreadsheet and a subsequent week of work by Keith Bradby and
29/07/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
“Restoring Connections’ program receives support
Congratulations to our colleagues in SCRIPT and the South West Catchments Council who have been successful in their application to the Australian Government for $911,000 over three years to support a joint project ‘Restoring connections between people and land in south western Australia’. This project will fund work by the Noongar community to establish a number of sites, in both the South Coast and South West regions, where ecological and
15/07/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Work starts on the Fitz-Stirling Plan!
With the experience now under our belt we tackle pulling together a ?credible first iteration? plan for the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. The group pictured has just spent three days crowded into the Albany office threshing through the targets, attributes, sources of stress and other key categories of the Conservation Action Planning tool Greg Low has been teaching us. Significant progress made, to the extent that we think another such
06/07/2004
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Visit to the Twin Creeks
Visit to the Twin Creeks property north of the Porongurups to share experiences in managing bushland. Keith Bradby, Greening?s Rebecca Millar and Margi Weir and Bush Heritage?s Stuart Cowell explored possible future links with Friends of the Porongurups Peter Luscombe, Lucia Quearry and Garry Mulder.
05/06/2004
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Conservation Action Planning workshop series
Another big week in Albany and beyond, with Gondwana Link hosting the third ?Efroymson Fellowship Program - Australian Facilitators Workshop?, funded as part of The Nature Conservancy?s global program to support groups meet their strategic, ecologically-based planning needs. The workshop was led by TNC?s Conservation Action Planning guru Greg Low and supported by its Australia Program Director Kent Wommack. Attendees included our colleagues from Trust for Nature in Victoria
03/06/2004
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Day 2-Tour 2.
With the Wild Country Science Council still in the area, the Australian Landcare Council are also touring the Link’s Fitz-Stirling area. Lunch was on the Cowboy Country property, giving us a good opportunity to promote the need to consider ecological and agricultural restructuring of marginal farming areas. The Cowboy block proved a perfect venue for this discussion. The ALC and the Wild Country Science Council had lunch together and were
13/05/2004
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Swamped by good science!
The WildCountry Science Council has just completed a tour of the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, which provided an excellent cross-fertilisation of ideas and knowledge. The visit included a low-level fly over of key properties, which included Henry Nix spotting this malleefowl nest from the air, and nearly killing himself (literally) falling off a dam bank as he narrowed the search on the ground (did we know the nest was there
12/05/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
How to meet the challenge of large scale plantings?
Greening Australia is working to develop new planting techniques on the property we call "Cowboy Country'. Nathan McQuoid and Nigel Metz are adapting a standard 20 disc Chamberlain plough, the type of machine that ploughed in millions of hectares of chained and burnt bushland during the 1960s and 1970s. Re-named 'The Green Plough', it’s being trialled in the direct seeding of heavy clay soils. We hope it will re-seed bush
05/05/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Green Corps team take down fences
A Green Corps team led by Terry Davey spent a week at Cowboy Country and made some significant improvements to the property, including removing 9km of internal fencing, brush mulching mixed eucalypts into a two hectare trial area, plus plastering and painting two rooms inside the shed. Nigel Metz and Nathan McQuoid guided the team?s activities.
03/05/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A ‘spaghetti western’ to be filmed in Gondwana Link?
No not really, but that’s one suggestion made for a property just secured in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. After nearly 10 months of legal negotiation the National Trust’s Bush Bank Revolving Fund is now the proud part-owner of a property we’ve been calling ‘Cowboy Country’ for its spectacular red mesas and breakaway cliffs. The initial deal was struck last July, with Gondwana Link’s Keith Bradby and the National
30/04/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Visitors from New England
We were delighted to be visited by Board members from the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy supports conservation in 35 countries across the world, and this visit was part of a program to build stronger ties between US based programs and the work underway in Australia. Bush Heritage has a strong relationship with the Maine Chapter, having had their state Director Kent Wommack in Australia on a
30/03/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Sharing with the Noongar community
After a number of discussions over the last year we joined with Kelly Flugge from the South Coast Regional Initiative Planning Team (SCRIPT) and a number of key members of the Noongar community for a joint tour of important Noongar sites in and around the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link, plus a visit to Bush Heritage?s Chereninup Creek Reserve and outline of the work underway there. This was followed
16/02/2004
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ecological Society goes Wild
The Ecological Society of Australia conference in Armidale (NSW) features a seminar on large-scale conservation and connectivity hosted by The Wild Country Science Council hosted. A paper on Gondwana Link was presented by Professor Richard Hobbs from Murdoch University. Following this there was an excellent outline of WildCountry, including Gondwana Link, on ABC Radio National’s Earthbeat: WildCountry: A Plan to Rewild Australia.
10/12/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
ABC TV’s ‘Landline’ features Chereninup Creek Reserve
National TV coverage for Chereninup Launch. ABC TV’s ‘Landline’ program features the launch of the Link’s Chereninup Creek Reserve: http://www.abc.net.au/landline/stories/s957764.htm.
05/10/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
‘Gondwana Links in WA’s Biodiversity Hotspot’ hits the airwaves
ABC Radio National’s ‘Earthbeat’ show presents a special segment on our work, which includes a great interview with Eddie Wajon (during his 50 Birthday party!) on the myriad orchids being found on his property at Mondurup View, west of the Stirlings. ABC’s presenter Alexander de Blas has done a great job presenting ‘Earthbeat's magical mystery tour of some of the most spectacular flora on Earth.’ Click here to view the
04/10/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Three cheers for Twin Creeks Reserve
Another Conservation effort makes its mark. Today saw the launch by Federal MP Sharman Stone of the Twin Creeks Conservation Reserve just north of the Porongurups. The Friends of the Porongorups, with help from the National Reserve System, has raised an impressive amount of money to purchase this important 500ha property.
03/10/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A Rare and Endangered orchid
A Rare and Endangered orchid was found during Chereninup Creek Reserve launch day! Ongerup botanists Lynda Strahan and Sue Oborne discovered a population of the Sandplain sun-orchid, Caladenia bryceana subsp. bryceana, while walking the Chereninup property after the launch ceremony. They also turned up 14 other orchid species flowering that day. A wonderful example of the importance of this reserve and area, and of the deep local knowledge we can
14/09/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Launch of Chereninup Creek Reserve
Donors and supporters gather. The launch of Bush Heritage Australia?s Chereninup Creek Reserve was a grand event, with over 100 donors and supporters coming from near and far. Bush Heritage CEO Doug Humann gave a rousing presentation on the importance of Bush Heritage's first acquisition in the Gondwana Link program, before visitors toured the property, including the extensive planting work undertaken by Greening Australia and a large group of
14/09/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Re-inforcements in the form of Simon Judd!
We welcome the new ?WildCountry/Gondwana Link Conservation Science Council Co-ordinator?, Simon Judd into the program. Simon has just completed a PhD on the biogeography of south west Isopods (native slaters), which had a key focus on the bio-geographical relationships between wet country and dry country species, particularly those with an ancient (Gondwanan) lineage. Simon has a rich understanding of the ecological processes across the south-west, and always finds time
30/08/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The good work of Cary Nicholas continues
Today Greening Australia, Bush Heritage and The Wilderness Society met the core Gondwana Link team and with Cary and Olivia Millard from TNC, to start further development of a fundraising model and set of arrangements that would work across the groups.
12/08/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Healing the land at Chereninup
A large biodiversity revegetation project has been completed on the new Bush Heritage Chereninup Creek Reserve in central Gondwana Link. Bush Heritage supporters and Green Corps volunteers planted the last of the 50 000 seedlings into ground already seeded with indigenous species. This was the culmination of a huge amount of work by Jack Mercer of Greening Australia WA, with help from Gondwana Link's Amanda Keesing, her husband Craig and
27/07/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The first big planting is underway
Greening Australia’s Jack Mercer, shown here at Bush Heritage's Chereninup Creek Reserve, gets off the tractor to refill the seed funnel on his direct seeding machine. Jack oversaw the collection of about 42 kg of seed (approx. 42 million seeds!) from about 50 species in the adjacent bushland. Three different species mixes were prepared for low, middle, and higher elevation areas on the 60 ha of cleared land. Most of
24/07/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Welcome Cary Nicholas
Drinks function to introduce Cary Nicholas of The Nature Conservancy (and daughter Maggie) to friends and colleagues in Albany. Cary is from TNC?s Philadelphia Chapter and will work with Gondwana Link for a seven week Fundraising Fellowship. Thanks TNC and welcome Cary.
30/06/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Another property secured!
Bush Heritage finalised the legal transfer of ownership on its Chereninup Creek reserve today. It?s impressive to see their legal machinery in action, and the effort that keeps on going until the last signature is done and the last detail finalised. Congratulations!
30/04/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Conservation Planning training workshop
We lured The Nature Conservancy?s Site Conservation Planning guru Greg Low westward to share his experience in Western Australia. After a series of meetings and workshops in Perth, Greg was good enough to lead a Site Conservation Planning training workshop in Albany. And then we took him bush, into the Fitzgerald park where the combination of Royal Hakeas and the remains of No 2 Rabbit Proof Fence led to
04/04/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
We’re at the movies.
A screening at Cinema Paradiso in Perth of the documentary ?A Million Acres a Year? was a sell-out, with over 240 attending. Keith Bradby and Frank Rijavec, who produced the documentary, spoke to the crowd about the process of developing the concept and getting it to the screen, while Greening?s Rob Lambeck and The Wilderness Society?s David Mackenzie spoke about Gondwana Link.
04/04/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Damn and blast!
The successful Mildura workshop is overshadowed by the news that Peg Olsen was leaving The Nature Conservancy. Peg has worked with us for over four years to establish Gondwana Link, providing much of the drive, vision, advice, resources and valued friendship. However, we?re glad that Qantas is losing its best customer, as no-one needs to cross the Pacific that frequently. Thank you Peg, without you the Gondwana
21/03/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The all Australia collective effort!
A number of Gondwana Link associates were able to attend The Nature Conservancy?s second Conservation Planning Efromyson workshop in Australia, led by the guru himself, TNC?s Greg Low. An excellent opportunity, not just for skill development, but also to meet and swap notes with like-minded colleagues from across Australia. The week at Mildura included experience of an (unscheduled) major dust storm and concluded with a trip to Neds Corner station
21/03/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Our own version of shock and awe!
For some time now our Nature Conservancy supporters have been quietly beavering away on a substantial funding boost, to enable us to proceed with confidence for the next few years. Today (somehow exactly coinciding with when American troops entered Baghdad) Keith Bradby and TNC?s Peg Olsen have signed the formal agreement for a $1million ?challenge grant?, to support work in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area and over the woodlands area
20/03/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Eyes wide open!
Gorepani Gallery near Albany launched an exhibition of installations by a number of noted artists. The launch was timed to coincide with and celebrate the national screening by SBS TV of the documentary “A Million Acres a Year”, co-written and narrated by Gondwana Link Coordinator Keith Bradby, and produced by Albany’s Frank Rijavec. The exhibition’s theme honoured the way the ‘heroes’ featured in the documentary were quick to see and
07/03/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Great story on private conservation investors
Great Gondwana Link story in The Australian newspaper, 5 March 2003.It's exciting to be featured there with Gondwana Link conservation investor Eddy Wajon, who will hopefully be the first of many. Eddy and wife Donna have purchased two critical properties in our proposed linkage zone, one east of the Stirling Ranges, and one to the west.
05/03/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
And now we are two!
Recognising that the program workload has escalated rapidly since inception (a good sign!), funds have been found and a second person has joined the Gondwana Link co-ordination unit. Amanda Keesing started work with Keith today. Amanda is a microbiologist by training and for a number of years has been farming near Walpole. Amanda and her husband Craig have just moved to Albany for the secondary education of their
25/02/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Preparation for a major restoration effort
The Australian Bush Heritage Fund is moving rapidly to secure a strategically critical 877 ha property on Chereninup Creek, about halfway between Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River national parks. Over 800ha of the property is valuable bush, ranging from York gum woodland to sandheath, with a great patch of very long unburnt Dryandra sessilis (Parrot bush). While legal settlement of the purchase is still some months away, plans are
30/01/2003
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The first property secured!
After a conversation with The Wilderness Society?s David Mackenzie about the new Gondwana Link program, Eddy and Donna Wajon made a number of visits from Perth and are now purchasing two conservation properties in Gondwana Link. Legal transfer of ownership on the first purchase was finalised today, making them the proud owners of a 570 ha property just east of Corackerup Creek, in our initial focus area between Stirling
10/12/2002
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A Gondwana Link Council
All six founder groups were able to meet in Perth today ? Australian Bush Heritage Fund, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group, Friends of Fitzgerald River Park, Greening Australia, Malleefowl Preservation Group and The Wilderness Society. Key operational matters were chewed through, as much is already happening, and we discussed formalising the arrangement between groups, with a clear decision to continue as a broad collaboration with legal structures while we build the
07/12/2002
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Great news from Minneapolis!
The Nature Conservancy Board of Directors has formally decided to establish its Australia Country Program, consolidating and continuing the good work of Peg Olsen and others. The decision was made at TNC?s ?Annual Conference and Global Leadership Summit?, and we were there for the occasion, along with representatives from a number of Gondwana Link lead groups. The trip provided significant opportunities for meeting potential donors, learning about how the
05/10/2002
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Focus on continental scale processes
Keith represented Gondwana Link at The Wilderness Society?s Wild Country Science Council meeting in Canberra. The Council is an eminent group of ecologists who share our concerns that it is past time we had some focus on continental scale processes. It is wonderful to be working in step with such an eminent group of scientists, and we were very encouraged by an earlier conversation with Prof. Harry Recher (not in
04/09/2002
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Hitting the ground!
A wide range of groups and individuals from across the core Gondwana Link areas met in Ongerup to develop specific initiatives. This was followed by a smaller tour to explore key conservation opportunities in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. With us were Peg Olsen and Angus Parker from The Nature Conservancy, plus Greening Australia?s Carl Binning, Nathan McQuoid and Rob Lambeck, and The Wilderness Society?s David Mackenzie. Saw some
16/08/2002
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Stretching our wings and getting ready to soar!
A large group of key originators and supporters for Gondwana Link gathered at the Fremantle home of Linda Siddall, Chair of The Wilderness Society WA, to the formal beginning of the Gondwana Link program. The tyranny of distance prevented some from getting there, but The Nature Conservancy, Bush Heritage, Greening Australia, The Wilderness Society and Edith Cowan University were well represented. It was an evening of really great fellowship,
15/08/2002
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The Gondwana Link program is ready to roll
After a huge amount of talk, work and creative thinking by a significant array of people and organisations, funds are in place to employ Keith Bradby as Coordinator for the initial couple of years, and Australian Bush Heritage Fund, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group, Friends of the Fitzgerald River National Park, Greening Australia, Malleefowl Preservation Group and The Wilderness Society are joining together in the adventure. We thank The Nature Conservancy
05/08/2002
Posted by: Keith Bradby