THE folks from the local Claisebrook Catchment Group spend many a weekend cleaning up our waterways, so they’re hoping to encourage local greenthumbs to ditch the fertiliser-heavy gardens and go au naturale.
Their yearly catchment friendly garden competition is on again to reward people who use local plants which need less water and less fertiliser that then heads into the wetlands and causes all sorts of problems (plus native plants are better habitat for our wee animals).
There’s $500 for first place and entries close October 2, and there’s more info on http://www.vincent.wa.gov.au about other categories, or call them on 9273 6563.
ANCIENT stories meet modern technology with new steel trail-markers showing the Karda Bidi section of the Whadjuk trail network around Perth. A project of a western suburbs council, the network marks out significant points along the trail like heritage spots and remnant bushlands, and QR codes along the way let hikers listen to Aboriginal stories and songs about the spots. There’s a map at http://www.whadjukwalkingtrails.org.au