A Sense of Place Forum a Success

The Seaview Park Community Association’s Sense of Place Forum was held on Saturday 22 June, and provided attendees much food for thought across a range of diverse topics.

The forum, supported by funding from the Mindaroo Foundation administered by the Shire of Gingin, drew a crowd of over 50 keen participants from nearby rural subdivisions and coastal towns, including Guilderton, Seabird, Lancelin, Jurien Bay, and Perth.

Opening the day was Dr Mike Bamford’s presentation, ‘Honey Possums and other Mammals of the Urban Fringe’, which resonated with Seaview residents in particular.

Dr Nic Dunlop and Bob Sheppard then talked matters marine, with Dr Dunlop’s presentation delving into ‘Marine Climate Change on the Midwest Coast’, and Bob’s coverage on a fascinating archaeological journey, ‘Chasing the Dragon’s Tale (The Vergeulde Draeck Story)’.

Andrea Vis had the audience engaged with pertinent information around ‘Funding Opportunities and Community Resilience Programs’, before the closing presentation from Nick Jones and Gareth Parry about Woodside Carbon Farming elicited many questions and audience participation. After recently purchasing nearby property Karakin Farms, Woodside’s activities in the area are of particular interest to the local community.

An added extra was the literature and helpful information from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)’s David Robinson, alerting us to resurging problems with the European House Borer in local plantation pines.

Over the course of the day, several delightful interludes were provided by large numbers of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos! Hundreds of Carnaby’s gathered, feeding on the trifurcata and parrot bush of the heathland located behind the Community Hall, and telling all about it loud and clear!

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