Environment Projects

 

Lupins Back in 2022     

Star Swamp Bushland Reserve is a bushland reserve area, which is home to many species of flora and fauna. Lupin plants were introduced there many years ago to provide feed for cattle, which passed through the area. Unfortunately, they they overran the native vegetation. The Friends of Star Swamp organise an annual event to keep the lupins under control. Karrinyuup Rotarians John and Eddy, who assisted this year, remarked that sadly, unlike last year, they found a lot of lupins are making their way back into Star Swamp.

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Plastic Free July 2022     

Week 2 - More ideas for Plastic Free July - the bathroom

  • Consider bamboo handle toothbrushes
  • Silk floss instead of plastic, though it still comes in a plastic container
  • Toothpaste in a jar (only seen on websites)
  • Reusable razors rather than disposable
  • Buy toilet paper in paper wrapping
  • Recycle all plastic wrapping by taking it to Coles or Woolies
  • Household batteries can be deposited at libraries, Woolies, Bunnings. Never put them in the regular bin - fire risk.
  • Buy soap in paper wrapping unless you need the soap free products, which come in plastic bottles and these can be recycled
  • Bandaids do come in a fabric form but still have plastic covering the adhesive.
  • Cotton  buds are wrapped around a plastic "stick" try looking for organic buds with wooden sticks (hard to find).
  • If you use a shower curtain these can be recycled at the end of their useful life.
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Update from Friends of Star Swamp     

The club has received a thank you letter from The Friends of Star Swamp Bushland, for our recent donationa. RC Karrinyup has had a long and fruitful collaboration with the group. We have had extensive involvement in the planning and development of the Henderson Environmental Centre and with ongoing interest, support and regular donations. While it was thought we had seen the last of the lupins in the Reserve, a new crop of lupins has germinated this year. Therefore, there will be a lupin pull on Sunday 28 August.

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Living Green in the City of Stirling     

Wondering how you can turn over a new leaf in 2022? The City of Stirling is here to help with some simple sustainable initiatives to help care for the environment and the community. From tree planting to sustainable travel and home sustainability advice, they have you covered with a range of rebates and support. Check out the Living Green program on the City of Stirling website.

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Guided Nature Walks 2021     

The Earth Committee is promoting this fabulous resource, which has been made available. Relax every Saturday with free guided nature walks in Perth urban bushlands. See the seasonal changes in plant and animal life in your local bushland area. Get out and connect with nature. All walks start at 8.00am on Saturday mornings and run for an hour (or sometimes more). Print off the brochure and keep it handy for future reference.

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Earth Committee Community Collaboration     

RC Karrinyup’s new Earth Committee is charged with caring for the environment in ways, which will bring about positive change in the world. Members recently attended a social event seeking to collaborate with Friends of Trigg Bushland. We look forward to hearing a presentation at a club meeting very soon, as we work with them to achieve our common goals.

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The 2020 Lupathon     

Star Swamp Bushland Reserve is a bushland reserve area, which is home to many species of flora and fauna. Lupin plants were introduced to Star Swamp many years ago to provide feed for cattle, which passed through the area. Unfortunately, they became so prolific that they overran the native vegetation. The Friends of Star Swamp organise an annual event to keep the lupins under control. This year, as in previous years, RC Karrinyup has assisted with Earth Committee member Ross Daniel coordinating the volunteers. It was a very successful day and the fine winter weather saw eight Rotarians and friends turn up to form a Lupathon hit squad. 

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Coastcare Update February 2019     

Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare is a volunteer group that looks after the care and regeneration of our coastal dunes by eradicating non indigenous plants and weeds and planting appropriate plants for the area. During the 2017 – 2018 year, the RC Karrinyup made a donation to the Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare group to cover the cost of signage, which identifies plants and a banner to display where the group is working.

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The Great Green Crusade     

Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged every Rotarian to plant at least one tree before Earth Day on Sunday 22nd April 2018. RC Karrinyup held a tree planting day at Carine Open Space in September. The Great Green Crusade features in the December/January issue of Rotary Down Under with our own Peter Durrant and Mac Horsnell included in the photo spread. If you missed it in RDU, check it out. 

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Kickstarting the Tree Challenge     

Current RI President Ian Riseley has challenged every Rotarian to plant a tree during 2017 - 2018.  Rotary District 9455 Governor Lindsay Dry gifted President Phil with a small shrub, which he presented to Community Service Director Peter to kickstart the program in our club. This is a nice fit with the City of Stirling’s Street Trees objective. Are you up for the challenge? Can we plant 43 trees? Can Rotary plant 1.2 million trees this year? 

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