Community Volunteering Project - Bicton Foreshore & Blackwall Reach Reserve
Clean Up Australia Day!
Sunday 1 March 2015
Volunteering is great way to 'give back' to the community. A form of yoga in itself, serving the community as part of a team gives a sense of purpose and satisfaction. And its great for your health!
We're happy to support the Bicton Environmental Action Group in their conservation and enhancement of the Bicton Foreshore and Blackwall Reach Reserve.
These pristine natural riverbank, limestone cave and bush land environments provide beautiful recreational space and are enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. They provide homes to many species of flora and fauna.
Our team of volunteers at the foreshore clean-up - April 2014
This volunteering project is your chance to 'get active' with your Momentum friends and meet like-minded others, whilst contributing to the environment. We give our time and hands-on help with foreshore clean-ups, litter collection, weeding, planting and shell-bed clean ups.
This area also bears significance for the Nyoongar people and we acknowledge and respect them as the local land custodians.
The area now known as Blackwall Reach was once an important aboriginal womens' area called Jenalup, meaning 'the place where the feet make a track'. Jenalup was a place for women and children from the Beeliar family group and Whadjug tribes to learn life skills. Fishing in the shallow waters and digging for native yams in the riverbank, were activities that took place. The limestone caves provided fresh water. The sand bar at Point Walter, then known as Dyundalup, was a favourite tribal ground and connection point between womens' south-bank trail and the men's north-bank.
All water sights have cultural and spiritual significance for Nyoongar people. The Bicton Foreshore is known as Qaada Gabee or 'beautiful water' and is an area where a number of fresh water springs were used to access water.
Depsite significant changes to the landscape over the years, many Nyoongars continue to access the river for sustenance, knowledge and spiritual renewal and practise distinctly Nyoongar cultural associations with the river environment. (Debra Hughes-Hallett, Indigenous History of the Swan and Canning Rivers, 2010)
An annual program of 'busy-bees' is established by the Bicton Environmental Action Group (and we arrange specific volunteering dates in-tune with this calendar):
March - June Foreshore cleanup and weeding
June - July Planting and revegetation
August Foreshore cleanup
Sept - Oct Weeding
October Foreshore cleanup
December Shell bed cleanup Bicton Baths.
Next Date: Sunday 1 March 2015
Clean Up Australia Day!
Time: 8.00 - 11.00 am
You can work for as little or as long as suits you.
Meet at Bicton Baths foreshore and particpate in the FREE community events and morning tea organised by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council, City of Melville and Swan River Trust.
Children and friends are welcome.
Bring: Hat, sunscreen, gloves, protective footwear and water. Rubbish bags and tools are provided.
Contact: If you'd like to join us, you can register your interest by email or phone 9330 1988.
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