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Karlkurla Bushland Park

 

ABOUT THE PARK

Karlkurla (pronounced gull-gurl-la) Bushland Park is 200 hectares of natural regrowth bushland located 4km noth-west of Hannan St, Kalgoorlile-Boulder. Karlkurla is the name for the native silky pear, a vine that grows in the park. Kalgoorlie derives its name from the Karlkurla.

The Park restoration project was undertaken by KBULG from 1999 to 2002, to provide environmental, educational and recreational opportunites for local residents and visitors alike. The project was carried out with the hands-on help of
Work for the Dole Supervisor Doug Krepp and participants who worked for over three years creating facilities, the lookout and boardwalk, paths and installing plant identifiers and signs.

Karlkurla Bushland Park has an interesting history of land use, including prospecting, pastoral and timber harvesting; and more recently as a Regeneration Zone. The park is one of six regeneration zones which form a green belt around the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The Regeneration Zones were established in the early 1970’s by the Goldfields Dust Abatement Committee, which KBULG replaced in 1994. Initially the zones were established to control the dust in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Karlkurla Bushland Park contains a variety of vegetation including some flora unique to the goldfields region and is a snapshot of the ‘natural’ regrowth Goldfields bushland and Eucalypt woodland.

FACILITIES
A picnic table is located every 200m along the walk trail and interpretive signage is placed at points of interest. There is a shelter near the main entrance with picnic tables and a long drop toilet.

FAUNA
Karlkurla Bushland Park is home to many animals. If you are very quiet or visit the Park in the early morning or evening you may see a western grey kangaroo or two.
There are also a number of reptiles found here. Bobtails are often seen in spring as the weather warms up. If you are lucky you may see a dragon lizard or even a mulga snake.
There are a varitety of birds in the Park. Magpies, willy wagtails, honeyeaters and miners are common.

FLORA 
Several unique flora speciea are found in the park. Some of these species include:- the Karlkurla (native pear), Eucalypts (gum trees), Eremophilas (emu bush), Acacia’s (wattles), Senne species (cassia), Saltbush, Bluebush and Sandalwood. Annual species include:- Everlasting Daisies, Mulla Mullas and the Twining Fringe Lily.

 

SELF GUIDED BUSH WALK
The Doug Krepp Trail is a 4km gravel base loop walk trail that weaves throughout the park. The trail begins at the Boardwalk and leads walkers firstly up a small hill, and then a larger hill to Katunga Lookout. The hill and lookout provide excellent views of surrounding bushland with views stretching across the the City and nearby mining areas.

The walk generally takes 1 – 2 hours and participants should wear sturdy covered shoes, sunscreen and a hat and carry water. The walk gives participants an appreciation of the Goldfields environment including plant identification and information about the local fauna.

 More Ways to Enjoy the Park

  •  See the sunset from the top of the Katunga lookout, located about 1.5km from the Park’s entrance
  • Enjoy a picnic in the park. Picnic tables are located evey 200m along the walk trail. Please take your rubbish home with you.
  • Visit the park in the early morning – listen to the bush waking up. There are many bird species in the park and various mammals including kangaroos, which are particularly active at daybreak.
  • Take time out from the hustle and bustle of life. Relax, read, paint or take photos of plants, animals and landscapes of the park.
  • Walk with a group of friends for exercise and fresh air.

NATIVE PLANT GUIDE

A comprehensive Native Plant Guide of the Park can be purchased from the KBULG office for $15.00.

This book has been developed to provide an appreciation of the extraordinary bushland around Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and in particular, the plant species found in Karlkurla Bushland Park. The book includes a range of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s flowering shrubs, trees and everlastings.

BE AWARE
Visitors are encouraged to appreciate the plants in the Park by observing and photographing the plants. Please note: It is illegal to pick wildflowers or any native plant material in Western Australia without a special permit from the Department of Conservation and Land Managment and then only in designated areas.

Please respect the animals and other Park users by keeping your dog on a lead at all times.

 

Annual Kalgoorlie-Boulder Clean Up Day

 

Annual Kalgoorlie-Boulder Clean Up Day 2016

Since its initial establishment as the Goldfields Dust Abatement Committee, one of KBULG’s key objectives has been to convey the message ’Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’ to the wider community, leading to an increased awareness of the waste cycle, and empowering the community to adequately assess the environmental impacts of waste. In addition to ongoing community education projects to educate the community about methods of waste prevention and waste recovery, KBULG hosts an annual Kalgoorlie-Boulder Clean Up Australia Day – a nationwide initiative promoted through state-specific Keep Australia Beautiful Councils. Every year the event is held at a different location, selected based on litter quantity and visual amenity priority.

This year the Clean Up Australia Day was organised on Sunday, 12 June 2016. Despite an early morning event start and it being a very cold winter morning, numerous dedicated community members from diverse age groups joined forces and assisted with cleaning up the litter items of varied shapes and sizes affecting the bushland and native animals around the Communication Tower on the top of Graeme St. KBULG was pleased to hand out additional rubbish bags to community members who expressed their interest of collecting rubbish items at other locations within the city and surroundings.

Coles and Woolworths donated gift vouchers that were handed out as raffle prizes. These kind donations encouraged and supported the admirable conservation efforts of the many engaged volunteers. Cleanaway again generously supplied a large skip bin, providing invaluable logistical support to the event. The Clean Up Australia Day events are a great way to foster community spirit and increase civic pride.

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Annual Kalgoorlie-Boulder Clean Up Day 2015

One of KBULG’s key objectives is to convey the message ’Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’ to the wider community, leading to an increased awareness of the waste cycle, and empowering the community to adequately assess the environmental impacts of waste. In addition to using every opportunity to educate the community about methods of waste prevention and waste recovery, KBULG hosts clean-up days throughout the year. The annual Clean Up Australia Day – a nationwide initiative promoted through state-specific Keep Australia Beautiful Councils, is KBULG’s most prominent clean-up day, and attracts significant community interest as a result of the nationwide promotion. Every year the event is held at a different location, selected based on litter quantity and visual amenity priority.

This year the Clean Up Australia Day was organised on Sunday, June 14th. Despite light rain coinciding with the early morning event start, almost 70 members of the community from diverse age groups joined forces and assisted with cleaning up the litter items of varied shapes and sizes affecting the bushland and native animals in Hannans North behind Hannans Boulevard. KBULG was pleased to hand out additional rubbish bags to community members who expressed their interest of collecting rubbish items at other locations within the city and surroundings.

The Salvation Army funded and organised a free BBQ brunch for the community volunteers on the day and Coles donated gift vouchers that were handed out as raffle prizes. These kind donations encouraged and supported the admirable conservation efforts of the many engaged volunteers. The Clean Up Australia Day events are a great way to foster community spirit and increase civic pride.

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Annual Tree Planting Day

 

Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2015

Our Annual Kalgoorlie-Boulder Tree Planting Day 2015 was held on Sunday, the 26th of July.

The day was a great success and an approximate 150 volunteers made a significant impact planting more than 2500 seedlings. This year’s tree planting focused on the barren area around Boomerang Crescent/Lionel Street in South Kalgoorlie, entirely clear-felled 100 years ago.

The event was an even greater success because of KCGM’s support, providing a wonderful BBQ to the many hardworking volunteers. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder again supported KBULG with extensive site preparation works such as installing the reticulation, mulching, ripping, along with offering on-ground support on the day. KBULG is also grateful to Northern Star Resources, LandCorp and the Kalgoorlie Miner for providing significant sponsorship support.

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Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2014

in 2014 the Tree Planting Day was organized for Sunday, the 27th of July 2014, and focused on Boomerang Crescent, South Kalgoorlie, entirely clear-felled 100 years ago.

Approximately 2000 participants planted 3000-4000 seedlings of hardy species such as Wattles, Acacias, Atriplex and Eremophilas were planted in under two hours.

KBULG was highly impressed by the enthusiastic community spirit and felt privileged to be able to witness the unified work efforts by community and corporate groups, mining companies, families and individuals who all strived to do their bests to assist the ‘Greening of the Goldfields’ and an enhanced lifestyle for the community as an entity.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder carried out important site preparation works such as installing the reticulation, mulching, ripping, along with offering on-ground support on the day. In addition to the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder, KBULG is grateful to KCGM, Northern Star Resources, LandCorp and the Kalgoorlie Miner for providing significant sponsorships.

Participants were rewarded with a free sausage sizzle prepared by KCGM and were offered free hats contributed by ORICA Greenedge. KBULG would once again like to thank everyone for a magnificent day of greening Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

 

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Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2013

In 2013 the Annual Community Tree Planting Day was convened along Boomerang Crescent, South Kalgoorlie. Approximately 150 hard-working volunteers joined the event to help plant around 3000-4000 native trees, shrubs and ground covers. It again only took 2 hours to plant the trees, an outstanding effort by all.

The day would not have been possible without the support and cooperation from corporate, business and community sectors. Major sponsors City of Kalgoorlie Boulder, KCGM, Northern Star Resources, LandCorp and the Kalgoorlie Miner provided funding for advertising. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder undertook all site works including laying the reticulation, mulching, ripping and on-ground support on the day. A tremendous amount of behind the scenes work was completed to make the day successful. KCGM cooked a free sausage sizzle on the day. Families from Orica also came along and distributed free hats—thank you to everyone for your support.

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Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2012

For the 2012 Annual Community Tree Planting Daythe top end of Burt Street, Boulder, was chosen as the site. Community response was once again incredible, with approximately 300 volunteers turning up to help plant over 4000 native trees, shrubs and ground covers. 2 hours was all it took to plant the trees, an outstanding effort by all.

It was fantastic to see community and corporate groups, mining companies, families and individuals come together to do their bit for the local environment by helping to ‘green the goldfields’ and work towards a better environment for the entire community of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The day would not have been possible without the support and cooperation from corporate, business and community sectors:

  • Major sponsors City of Kalgoorlie Boulder, KCGM, Barrick Kanowna Belle, Western Power, LandCorp and the Kalgoorlie Miner provided funding for advertising.
  • The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder undertook all site works including laying the reticulation, mulching, ripping and on-ground support on the day.
  • A tremendous amount of behind the scenes work was completed to make the day successful.
  • KCGM cooked the free BBQ and drinks on the day.
  • Video Ezy and McDonalds donated prizes to be given out to participants.

 

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Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2011

The 2011 Tree Planting Day took place at Karlkurla Bushland Park.Community response was again fantastic with approximately 300 volunteers turning up to help plant over 4000 native trees, shrubs and ground covers. 2.5 hours was all in took to plant the trees, an amazing effort by all.

It was impressive to witness community and corporate groups, mining companies, families and individuals come together to do their bit for the local environment by helping to ‘green the goldfields’ and work towards a better environment for the entire community of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The day would not have been possible without the support and cooperation from corporate, business and community sectors:

  • Major sponsors City of Kalgoorlie Boulder, KCGM, Barrick, Landcorp, Western Power provided funding for advertising and prizes as well.
  • The city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder undertook all site works including laying the reticulation and preparing the ground for planting.
  • A tremendous amount of behind the scenes work was completed to make the day as successful as it was.
  • Outback Energy provided the free BBQ and drinks on the day.
  • Video Ezy, and Orana Cinemas donated prizes to be given out to participants.

The Community Challenge – won by the combined Scout Groups, boasting over 60 participants. A fantastic group that powered from one end of the site to the other, planting trees and having fun.

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Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2010

KBULG together with major event sponsors the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder hosted the Annual Community Tree Planting Day at Karlkurla Bushland Park on the 17th of July.
With over 220 people attending this year the community succeeded in planting approximately 4000 native trees and shrubs, all grown locally at the Karlkurla Community Nursery. This year it took over 2.5 hours to complete the planting, a magnificent effort by all.
KBULG would like to thank everyone who turned up on Saturday to do their bit for our environment and our community.
The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder again threw their support behind the event, undertaking all of the site works, including laying reticulation. Without help and cooperation from both the corporate/business and community sectors the day wouldn’t have been possible.
The Community Challenge was won by the Goldfields Scout Groups, boasting over 60 participants. The scouts powered from one end of the site to the other, planting trees and having fun.
Peter Pan Cafe provided a free sausage sizzle for all the volunteers and Special guest Korker roo entertained the children, giving out lollies and chocolates and planting trees with his band of helpers. Participants were given prizes, which included movie passes to Orana Cinemas, and vouchers for Bunning’s and Video Ezy.

The event was proudly sponsored and supported by all of KBULG’s core sponsors:

•City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
•Barrick Kanowna
•Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines
•Water Corporation
•Western Power
•Landcorp

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Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2009

KBULG together with major event sponsors Western Power hosted the 2009 Community Tree Planting Day at Wortley Street in Somerville on the 18th of July.
With an estimated 300 people attending the weather was fantastic and the community succeeded in planting approximately 3700 native trees and shrubs, all grown locally at the Karlkurla Community Nursery. What an awesome effort!
KBULG would like to thank Western Power who sponsored this event and everyone who turned up to do their bit for our environment and our community, it was fantastic to see such a dedicated community coming together.
The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder again threw their support behind the event, undertaking all site works, including laying reticulation, so that the ground was ready when everyone arrived to plant the trees. A tremendous amount of behind the scenes work was completed to make this event the success it was.
Without help and cooperation from both the corporate/business and community sectors the day wouldn’t have been possible.
Participants were given prizes, which included movie passes to Orana Cinemas, and vouchers for Angus and Robertson and Video Ezy.
The Community Challenge was won by Boulder Scouts who had over 60 participants. They were a fantastic group that powered from one end of the site to the other, planting trees and having fun. It was real treat to hear the Boulder Scouts sing their tree planting song at the end of the day.
Western Power provided a free sausage sizzle for all the volunteers. Everyone enjoyed a sausage and a drink. Special guest Korkeroo entertained the children, giving out lollies and chocolates and planting trees with his band of helpers.
Western Power presented a $10,000 cheque to KBULG on the day, as a contribution to their sponsorship over the next year.
The event was proudly sponsored and supported by all of KBULG’s core sponsors:
•Western power
•City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
•Barrick Kanowna
•Water Corporation
•Landcorp
•Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines
•Paddington Gold

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Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2008

Karlkurla Bushland Park was targeted for the 2008 July community tree planting day.
Approximately 150 people gathered to do their part in greening the goldfields. Over 4000 trees, shrubs and ground covers were planted on the day. Community response was fantastic with the trees and shrubs planted superbly. A variety of hardy species were planted including eucalypts, westringias, and eremophilas.
The day was worthwhile for both environmental and social reasons. It was fantastic to see the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community come together to do their bit for the environment. The planted area will provide a habitat for birds and wildlife, reduce the local dust problems and provide much needed shade in summer for everyone.

Community and corporate groups, mining companies, families and individuals joined together for a common cause, working for a better environment.

Employees from Kanowna Belle Gold Mine were awarded the Corporate Challenge Award and the 1st Boulder Scout Group were awarded a prize for their team spirit and their amazing tree planting song. Prizes were also given to the youngest and oldest tree
planters and the family with the biggest
turnout.

Sponsors who helped out and made this day possible were:
• City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for preparing and mulching the sites and laying all the reticulation, a huge job over many weeks.
• Western Power, the main sponsor of these days, for providing the BBQs, funding for advertising, prizes and drinks.
• BHP Billiton Community Participation Team for manning the Registration Desk
• Barrick Kanowna
• The golden mail and Korker Roo
• Orana Cinemas and Video Ezy for donating prizes and giveaways.

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Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2007

The Dwyer Street Dam was targeted for the 2007 annual tree planting day. In July
2007, approxiamately 200 people turned in an awesome effort and planted around 3000 trees in a large area. Community response was fantastic with the trees and shrubs planted superbly. A variety of eucalypts, bottle brushes, casuarina’s, eremophilas and wattles were planted – all species tolerant of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder climate.
The day was worthwhile for both environmental and social reasons. It was fantastic to see the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community come together to do their bit for the environment. The planted areas provide a habitat for birds and wildlife, reduce the local dust problems and provide much needed shade in summer for everyone.
Community and corporate groups, mining companies, families and individuals joined together for a common cause, working for a better environment.
2007 again saw the running of the highly contested
Corporate and Community Challenges, and the Best Costume Competition.

The winners in 2007 were:
Corporate Challenge: Placer Dome Australia
Community Challenge: The 1st Boulder Scout Group
Best Costume: The team for the Department of Environment for their bad taste suits and ties
The 1st Boulder Scout Group won the Theme Song Prize with their amazing treeplanting song

Annual Community Tree Planting Days 2006

22 July 2006: The corner of Maxwell and Speculation Street was the site for the 2006 Community Tree Planting Day. Individuals and teams planted over 4,000 trees.
Congratulations to BHP Billiton Nickel West for winning the Corporate Challenge and the 1st Boulder Scout Group for winning the Community Challenge and the best tree planting song (again). This time the Tree Planting song was to the tune of Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Thanks to McBrides Nurseries, Ace Cinema, Kalgoorlie Sound Centre and Civic Video for contributing some great prizes, the BHP Billiton Community Participation Team for manning the Registration Desk and to the Golden Mail for letting Korker Roo come out to play.
The day would not be possible of course without our core sponsors, with a special thank you to Western Power and the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder.
We thank everyone who came along and participated during the day. Your fantastic efforts help create a better environment.

Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2005

30 July 2005: A large dusty area opposite the
Oasis on Johnston Street was the site for this year’s Community Tree Planting Day. Individuals and teams participated in what turned out to be a very successful day with over 4,000 trees planted.
Congratulations to Placer Dome Australia for winning the Corporate Challenge and the 1st Boulder Scout Group for winning the Community Challenge and the best Tree planting song (again). The Department of Environment looked a treat in their business suits, and accordingly won the best costume prize.
This year we also asked people to mulch their trees and a special prize went to Centrecare Goldfields who, with the help of Karen Gurry of the First Kalgoorlie Scouts mulched a huge proportion of the area!

Special thanks goes to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for preparing the site (a huge job over many weeks) and helping on the day. Western Power representatives provided and manned the free BBQ & drinks—keeping everyone’s strength up. Our appreciation goes out also to the early birds who helped out on Saturday morning and the WMC Resources Community Participation Team for manning the Registration Desk.
The day would not be possible of course without our core sponsors, with a special thank you to Western Power, the Minister for Environment’s Community Conservation grants, Envirofund, and last but definitely not least, the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder.
Thanks also to all of the other teams and individuals who came along and participated during the day. Your fantastic efforts help create a better environment and a better lifestyle for the community of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Over 1000 children were involved in completing planting at the 2005 Johnston Street site opposite the Oasis.
Younger students were paired with older buddies who helped them plant their trees, giving them valuable lessons about sharing, helping and mentoring.
Students from Goldfields Baptist College, Eastern Goldfields Education Support Centre, Kalgoorlie and O’Connor Primary Schools and the Bushrangers all helped out by planting trees along Johnston Street.
Thank you for all of your hard work!

Annual Community Tree Planting Days 2004

3rd July 2004: A large area along both sides of Gribble Creek bordered by Johnston, Kingsmill and Wittenoom Streets was the site for this year’s Community Tree Planting Day.
Individuals and teams participated in what turned out to be the most successful day with over 5500 trees planted.
Congratulations to Placer Dome Asia Pacific for winning the Corporate Challenge and the 1st Boulder Scout Group for winning the Community Challenge and the best Treeplanting song. The Department of Environment looked a treat in their homemade insect outfits and accordingly won the best costume prize.
Special thanks goes to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for preparing the site and laying all the reticulation (a huge job over many weeks), donating trees and helping set up and pack away on the day. Our appreciation goes out also to the early birds who helped out on Saturday morning setting the trees out and others like WMC Resources Community Participation Team for manning the Registration Desk.
The day would not be possible of course without our sponsors and a big thank you goes out to Western Power, the Minister for Environment’s Community Conservation grants, Regent Cinema Kalgoorlie, and last but definitely not least, the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder.
Thanks also to all of the other teams and individuals who came along and participated during the day. Your fantastic efforts help create a better environment and a better lifestyle for the community of Kalgoorlie Boulder.

Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2003

19 July 2003: The Gribble Creek floodplain was the site for this year’s Community Tree Planting Day. Individuals and teams participated in what turned out to be an extremely successful day with over 2500 trees being planted.
Congratulations to Placer Dome Asia Pacific – Strategic Development and Support Services for winning the Corporate Challenge with 50 participants. Well done also to the Boulder Scouts for winning the Community Challenge with 37. The Department of Environment looked a treat in their homemade gumnut babies outfits and accordingly won the best costume prize.
Special thanks goes to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for preparing the site and laying all the reticulation, a huge job over many weeks. Our appreciation goes out also to the early birds who helped out on Saturday morning setting the trees out and others like WMC Resources Community Participation Team for manning the Registration Desk.
The day would not be possible of course without our sponsors and a big thank you goes out to Western Power (Greening Challenge), the Minister for Environments Community Conservation grants, and last but not least the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Thanks also to all of the other teams and individuals who came along and participated during the day. Your contribution ensured the community of Kalgoorlie-Boulder a better environment and a better lifestyle.

Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2002

8 June 2002: Nearly 300 people came out on a beautiful winter’s morning to plant 2000 trees and shrubs in Centennial Park.
Most of the trees and shrubs were planted in the first hour!
Participants were then encouraged to spread mulch around their trees and seeds were available to disperse for the latecomers.
The day was very worthwhile both for environmental and social reasons. Community and corporate groups, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, mining companies, families and individuals joined together to do their bit for the environment to celebrate Arbor Day and Goldfields Environment Month.
As part of the day, KBULG organised a Community and Corporate Challenge for local businesses and community groups. The Boys Brigade won the Community Challenge with the most participants and the Corporate Challenge was won by WMC Ltd – Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter.

Annual Community Tree Planting Day 2001 

9 June, 2001: On a freezing cold winter’s day nearly 300 participants joined together in planting 2000 native seedlings in a new park near the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport. The area was also mulched and landscaped and walk paths have been installed to allow residents and visitors to appreciate the area. The plants are growing really with an 80% success rate.
The Premier, Dr Geoff Gallop, had launched the tree planting day in Kalgoorlie-Boulder a few days earlier as part of World Environment Day celebrations.

Native Plant Group and Nursery

The Native Plant Group was established in late 2004 by local people to learn about the unique Goldfields flora. This has catered for the people in the community wishing to learn more about Kalgoorlie’s unique flora. KBULG holds the Native Plant Group twice a month on Sunday’s at the Karlkurla Community Nursery and participants can learn how to establish a garden, identify, propagate and grow the local plants. The group enables KBULG to donate thousands of plants to local schools and community groups each year.The Native Plant Group has a once-per-year 2 hour sale to clear out the shadehouse in preparation for the next years seeding, allowing members of the public to purchase local species. All money raised is used to purchase potting mix and fertilisers for the use at the shade house.

The groups’ main aims are to:-
• Learn about Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s native plants
• Share and hopefully gain knowledge on the collection, storage, propagation and care of our local natives.
• Increase the number and variety of local native plants grown in local gardens.
• Share any knowledge we have & gain openly.

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Junior Landcare Project

KBULG’s Junior Landcare Program (JLP) has being running for over 13 years andcontinues to expand.  The aim of the program is to keep teachers and students aware of, and involved in dealing with local environmental issues.

001 KBULG visits all 12 Kalgoorlie- Boulder schools at the beginning of the year and encourages staff to enrol their class in the JLP.

All schools and interested teachers receive a comprehensive locally produced Junior Landcare Package which contains details of local environmental information and activities undertaken inside and outside the school. The package includes classroom landcare activity sheets, environmental education resources, suggested times for landcare activities such as tree planting and seed collecting, out of school activities, pre & post excursion activities and several pamphlets. KBULG regularly send updates, information and reminders via email and fax of any upcoming events.

Enrolled Junior Landcare classes receive a Junior Landcare Poster and can receive points throughout the year for being involved in landcare activities both inside and outside the classroom. At the end of the year the class with the most points receives a trophy and wins the title of Junior Landcare Class of the year. Each student is rewarded with a KBULG prize pack full of environmental goodies

Children in the program participate in a range of landcare activities including tree planting, bush land walks, planting school native gardens, class room projects, implementing recycling, Waste Free Wednesdays, a Landcare Drawing

Competition, Schools Tidy Days, and making Seedballs just to name a few.

Through the JLP students learn to appreciate their local environment and are made aware of bushland management issues.  They are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility and to think about these issues and ways they can help. The program continues to expand with more and more classes enrolling each year. The program has grown from 15 classes in 1995 to over 110 classes in 2010. All 12 Kalgoorlie-Boulder schools are involved in the program.

 

Sustainable Garden Quest

Sustainable Garden Quest 2015

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group’s (KBULG) QUEST for Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s most water-efficient and innovative garden was once again been a great success in 2015. Competition judges using set criteria said the standard of nominations were extraordinarily high across all categories, with only a matter of points separating the Winners.

All aspects of creating and maintaining a waterwise and energy-efficient garden were considered by the judges, including the overall appearance, colour & tidiness of gardens and verges.

Judges were particularly impressed with the amount of effort and planning which had gone into the many different gardens and the use of a variety of native species, edible plants, mulch and weed-free verges.

Travelling around Kalgoorlie-Boulder visiting the different gardens made the judges realize that many of the city’s residents are endeavouring to maintain gardens which are not only suitable for our semi-arid climatic conditions but are also attractive, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing.

Garden styles varied greatly and native, cottage, Vegetable, formal and informal gardens, small and large were presented for judging.

WINNER of the Residential – Ian & Leila Worth, Lamington

WINNER of Commercial (Business & Industry) – Mrs Coll. Benstedt & Tenants, Piesse Street Apartment Block, Boulder

WINNER of School Garden – Goldfields Baptist College

WINNER of Edible Garden – Sarah & Graeme Campbell

WINNER of Community Organisation – 1st Boulder Scouts Group, Boulder

Sustainable Garden Competition winner Ian Worth and his wife Leila Worth in their backyard. (Picture: Louise White) 30th October 2015

Sustainable Garden Quest 2014

Winners of the 2014 Sustainable Garden Quest were announced at the Goldfields’ Spring Festival on Sunday, 12th of October 2014, and the competition again served its purpose in promoting, educating, and awareness-raising about opportunities and varied techniques for water-wise gardening. In 2014 KBULG introduced the new category Schools and amended the existing category structure, resulting in a separate category for Community Organisation. The Edible Garden category, introduced in 2013, featuring vegetables, fruit and bush tucker, was again a major highlight of the competition.

Winning entries were selected from following five categories: Residential (Owner & Tenant combined), Commercial (Business and Industry combined), Schools, Community Organisation, and Edible Garden. Gardens were assessed on innovative techniques to enhance sustainability and water-efficiency, along with the overall appearance of gardens and their tidiness.

Entries were plentiful and varied, and the judges were highly impressed by the presented efforts showcasing techniques to create visually attractive, well-maintained gardens that can be successfully managedunder local semi – arid conditions. Judges were especially pleased to witness a pronounced tendency towards gardening with natives and low-water use plants.

Bergie’s Soils again provided the major sponsorship for the events, donating 50% of the gift vouchers. Outback Energy and the Kalgoorlie Miner also sponsored the competition through free advertising, facilitating the overall great success of the competition.

WINNER of the Residential – Christie Nichole, Lamington

WINNER of Commercial (Business & Industry) – Rydges Kalgoorlie

WINNER of School Garden – Goldfields Baptist College

WINNER of Edible Garden – Sarah & Graeme Campbell, West Kalgoorlie

WINNER of Community Organisation – 1st Boulder Scouts Group, Boulder

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Sustainable Garden Quest 2013

The 2013 Sustainable Garden Quest attracted plenty participants across the categories with garden styles varying greatly; native, cottage, cactus, formal and informal gardens were all presented for judging.

Again this year the judges were pleased to see many Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents making an effort to have gardens which are suitable to our semi-arid climatic conditions, but are also attractive, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing. It was also great to see that a number of residents are also maintaining their verges and reducing or removing altogether, high water use lawns and gardens.

Bergie’s Soils were the major sponsor of the 2013 competition, donating $1500 worth of prizes including gift vouchers and trailer loads of mulch, Western Power and the Kalgoorlie Miner also sponsored the competition, providing free advertising.

WATERWISE GARDEN COMPETITION WINNERS

RESIDENTIAL

Owner Maintained

1st – Sarah Campbell, O’ Byrne Crescent, West Kalgoorlie

2nd- Steve Leipold,  Tumbarri Way, Hannans

3rd – Sharon Grundie, Clancy St, Boulder

Tenant Maintained Winner

Betty Pollard, Egan St, Kalgoorlie

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

Quality Inn, Forrest St, Kalgoorlie

SCHOOL

John Paul College, Lionel St, Kalgoorlie

EDIBLE GARDEN – RESIDENTIAL

1st – Sarah Campbell, O’ Byrne Crescent, West Kalgoorlie

EDIBLE GARDEN – COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

Golden Mile Loopline Railway Society, Boulder

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Sustainable Garden Quest 2012

The 2012 Sustainable Garden Quest had many nominations across the categories with garden styles varying greatly; native, cottage, cactus, formal and informal gardens were all presented for judging.

The judges were pleased to see many Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents making an effort to have gardens which are suitable to our semi-arid climatic conditions, but are also attractive, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing. It was also great to see that a number of residents are also maintaining their verges and reducing or removing altogether, high water use lawns and gardens.

Bergie’s Soils were the major sponsor of the 2012 competition, donating $1500 worth of prizes including gift vouchers and trailer loads of mulch, Western Power and the Kalgoorlie Miner also sponsored the competition, providing free advertising.

WATERWISE GARDEN COMPETITION WINNERS

RESIDENTIAL

Owner Maintained

1st – Cheryl Hyder, Wright Court, O’Connor

2nd- Wemyss Family, Bourke Street, Kalgoorlie

3rd – Matt Priest, Addis St, Lamington

Tenant Maintained Winner

Betty Pollard, Egan St, Kalgoorlie

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

Kalgoorlie Precast Concrete, Carnegie St, Kalgoorlie

SCHOOL

St Mary’s Primary School, Dugan St, Kalgoorlie

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Sustainable Garden Quest 2011

Many entries were received across the categories with garden styles varying greatly; native, cottage, cactus, formal and informal gardens were all presented for judging.

The judges were pleased to see many Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents making an effort to have gardens which are suitable to our semi-arid climatic conditions, but are also attractive, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing. It was also great to see that a number of residents are also maintaining their verges and reducing or removing altogether, high water use lawns and gardens.

Bergie’s Soils were the major sponsor of the 2011 competition, donating $1500 worth of prizes including gift vouchers and trailer loads of mulch. The Kalgoorlie Miner also sponsored the competition, providing free advertising.

KBULG wishes to thank all the entrants for participating in the Waterwise Garden Competition and all the sponsors for making the competition possible.

WATERWISE GARDEN COMPETITION WINNERS

RESIDENTIAL

Owner Maintained

1st – Wemyss Family, Bourke Street, Kalgoorlie
2nd -Neville Rodda, Richardson St, Boulder
3rd – Susan Day, Gilberton St, Kalgoorlie

Tenant Maintained Winner

Kaye Maynard, Buller St, Kalgoorlie

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Sustainable Garden Quest 2010

The 2010 Water Wise Garden Competition had many nominations across the categories with garden styles varying greatly; native, cottage, cactus, formal and informal gardens were all presented for judging.

The judges were pleased to see many Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents making an effort to have gardens which are suitable to our semi-arid climatic conditions, but are also attractive, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing. It was also great to see that a number of residents are also maintaining their verges and reducing or removing altogether, high water use lawns and gardens.

Bergie’s Soils were the major sponsor of the 2010 competition, donating $1500 worth of prizes including gift vouchers and trailer loads of mulch. The Kalgoorlie Miner also sponsored the competition, providing free advertising.

KBULG wishes to thank all the entrants for participating in the Waterwise Garden Competition and all the sponsors for making the competition possible.

WATERWISE GARDEN COMPETITION WINNERS

RESIDENTIAL

Owner Maintained

1st – Melissa Drummond, Lamington
2nd – Clayton Davy’s, Ward St, Lamington. Tie for 2nd: Sarah Campbell, O’ Byrne Crescent, West Kalgoorlie
3rd – John Pearson, Varden St, Lamington

Tenant Maintained Winner

Mrs Coll Bensted and the Tenants, Piesse Street, Kalgoorlie

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

Winner – City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Maritana Street Bridge Works

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Sustainable Garden Quest 2009

The 2009 Kalgoorlie-Boulder annual Waterwise Garden Competition was another great success with the standard of nominations extraordinarily high and over 30 nominations received. The judges found it extremely difficult to judge especially across the residential owner maintained garden.
The 2009 competition particularly focused on all aspects of creating and maintaining a Waterwise garden, the overall appearance, colour and tidiness of gardens and verges. The Judges this year were particularly looking at the effort and love gardeners placed into the gardens.
The competition showed that people are recognizing the importance of conserving water and was demonstrated in many gardens. The judges were extremely impressed at the entrant’s ability to identify low water use plants and there was an increased use of mulch, stones and paving in the gardens, with several gardens clearly demonstrating that alternative ground covers mixed in with waterwise plantings can make very unique and attractive garden. It was great to see that a number of residents are also maintaining their verges and reducing or removing altogether, high water use lawns and gardens.

Garden styles varied greatly, native, cottage, cactus/succulent, formal and informal gardens where presented for judging. $1200 worth of Bergie’s vouchers and 6 trailer loads of mulch donated by Bergies soils were won.

The highest scoring garden, in the Residential Owner Maintained Category was Lynda and Lindsay Fosbery’s garden of Ward Street, Lamington. Their garden stood out as the most well presented waterwise garden. The judges were impressed with the amount of care, thought and love that had gone into the garden and is a real credit to its owners. This garden had placed 3rd in the 2008 Annual Waterwise Garden Competition.

KBULG wishes to thank all the entrants for participating in the Waterwise Garden Competition and all the sponsors for making the competition possible.

WATERWISE GARDEN COMPETITION WINNERS

RESIDENTIAL

Owner Maintained

1st – Lynda and Lindsay Fosbery, Ward St, Lamington
2nd – Jenny Anderson , Gilberton St, Kalgoorlie
3rd – Rick Dingle, Turich Way, Kalgoorlie

Tenant Maintained Winner

Mrs Coll Bensted and the tenants, Piesse Street Kalgoorlie

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

Winner – City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Administration Buildings, Hannan St

 

Sustainable Garden Quest 2008

The 2008 Kalgoorlie-Boulder annual Waterwise Garden Competition was a great success with over 30 nominations received.

This year’s competition particularly focused on all aspects creating and maintaining a waterwise garden, the overall appearance, colour and tidiness of gardens and verges.

The judges were particularly impressed with the amount of effort and planning which had gone into the many different gardens and the use of native and exotic species, mulch and weed free verges. It was great to see that many Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents were endeavoring to have gardens which are suitable to our semi-arid climatic conditions but also attractive, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing.  It was also fantastic to see that a number of residents are also maintaining their verges and reducing or removing altogether, high water use lawns and gardens.

Garden styles varied greatly, native, cottage, cactus/succulent, formal and informal gardens where presented for judging.  $1200 worth of McBrides gardening vouchers and 6 trailer loads of mulch donated by the Water Corporation were won by the highest scoring entrants in each category.

The highest scoring garden was Delma Daw and Lou Lagrange’s garden of Lyall St, Lamington. Their garden stood out as the most well presented waterwise garden.  It showed that a lot of thought has gone into the layout and plantings, with sculptured paths, retaining walls and a diversity that flows throughout the entire garden. The garden showcases a range of Waterwise plants blending both native and exotic plants. This fully reticulated garden contains no lawn and is fully mulched. This garden is a real credit to its owners.

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group wishes to thank all the entrants for participating in the Waterwise Garden Competition and all the sponsors for making the competition possible.

WATERWISE GARDEN COMPETITION WINNERS

 RESIDENTIAL

Owner Maintained

1st – Delma Daw and Lou Lagrange, Lyall Street, Lamington
2nd – Morrie Goodz and Robin Londsdale, Lyall Street, Lamington
3rd – Lynda Fosbery, Ward Street, Lamington

Tenant Maintained

Finalist – Colin Bassett, Ramus Circle, Somerville

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

Owner Maintained
Winner – City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Administration Building

Professionally landscaped
Winner – Mining Hall of Fame, Goldfields Hwy

COMMUNITY
Winner – Burt Street Streetscape
Runner Up – Goldfields Childcare

 

Sustainable Garden Quest 2007

The 2007 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Annual Waterwise Garden Competition had over 20 entrants vying for $1200 worth of Waldecks gardening vouchers and 8 trailer loads of mulch donated by the Water Corporation.

The Judges were particularly impressed with the entrants gardens, which featured Goldfields native plants and/or waterwise plants, mulch and weed free verges. Travelling around and judging the gardens allowed the judges to see that many Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents are making an effort to have gardens which are suitable to our semi-arid climatic conditions but also attractive, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing. It was great to see that a number of residents are also maintaining their verges and reducing or removing altogether, high water use lawns and gardens.

Garden styles varied greatly, native, cottage, cactus, formal and informal gardens where presented for judging.
The highest scoring garden overall was a garden in the Residential Owner Maintained Category. Tania Kentish’s garden of Carrington St, South Kalgoorlie stood out as a lovely, well presented waterwise garden. Whilst being relatively young, at just 3 years old, as the plants mature it will continue to develop into a beautiful garden. It showed that a lot of thought has gone into the layout and plantings, utilising quite a variety of plants, including callistemons, grevillias, acacias and myoporum, alongside, seaside daisys and dietes. This fully reticulated garden contains no lawn and they have also created a garden on their verge consisting of waterwise and tough native plants including several different eucalypts, cassias, eremophilas and succulent groundcovers. Many of the plants in this verge garden were grown by the KBULG Native Plant Group, purchased through KBULGS Annual nursery clearout sale.

KBULG wishes to thank all the entrants for participating in the Waterwise Garden Competition and all the sponsors for making the competition possible.

WATERWISE GARDEN COMPETITION WINNERS

RESIDENTIAL

Owner Maintained
1st – Tania Kentish, Carrington Street Kalgoorlie
2nd – Lynda Wraight, Lyall Street Kalgoorlie
3rd – Richard Allen, Addis Street Kalgoorlie

Tenant Maintained
1st – Mrs Bensted and the tenants, 33 Piesse Street Kalgoorlie

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL
Owner Maintained

1st – Kingston Surveys, Dugan Street, Kalgoorlie
2nd – Collins Street Surgery, Collins Street Kalgoorlie

Professionally Landscaped
1st – Kalgoorlie-Boulder City Council – Council Gazebo Gardens

COMMUNITY
1st – Kalgoorlie Primary School, Dugan Street Kalgoorlie

Sustainable Garden Quest 2008

Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s annual Waterwise Garden Competition 2006 was again hotly contested with entrants vying for $1200 worth of Waldecks-Kalgoorlie gardening vouchers and 6 trailer loads of mulch donated by the Water Corporation.

Typically those gardens that were successful had little or no lawn, a variety of Waterwise and local native plants on drip type reticulation and were weed free. The gardens that had an attractive layout and used coarse, environmentally friendly mulch were also held in high regard.

Winners of the 2006 Waterwise Garden Competition were:

RESIDENTIAL – Owner/Occupier

Tania Kentish, 50 Carrington St
Steve Leipold, 41A Lyall St
Robin Lonsdale and
Morrie Goodz, 132 Lyall St
Ian & Leila Worth, 98A Ward St

COMMUNITY

Family Training Institute, Wilson St O’Connor
Special Ed Garden, Osmetti Dve

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL –
Small Owner Maintained

Goodz & Associates GMC P/L, 134 Lyall St
Dr A Schmidt, 27 Charlotte St

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL –
Professionally Landscaped

Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame
Broadwater Resort Hotel

 

Sustainable Garden Quest 2009

Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s annual Waterwise Garden Competition was again in full swing this year with entries vying for $1300 worth of Waldecks-Kalgoorlie gardening vouchers and 6 trailer loads of mulch donated by the Water Corporation. Thanks to these sponsors.

Of the entries received more than half were awarded prizes. Typically those gardens that were successful had little or no lawn, had a variety of Waterwise and local native plants on drip type reticulation, and were weed free. The gardens that had an attractive layout and were using coarse, environmentally friendly mulch were also held in high regard.

The Winners of the 2005 Waterwise Garden Competition are:

RESIDENTIAL — OWNER/OCCUPIER

  1. Andrew & Clare Kirke
  2. Tania Kentish
  3. Paul Thorbjornsen
  4. Katina De Sousa

RESIDENTIAL — TENANT MAINTAINED

  1. Sue Mazzuchelli
  2. Vicky Brown
  3. Kymberlee O’Loughlin
  4. Sarah Wilkinson

COMMUNITY

  1. St Mary’s Primary School
  2. O’Connor ESC3 Primary School

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

  1. Mining Hall of Fame
  2. Broadwater Resort Hotel
  3. City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  4. Kalgoorlie Pet Motel

Sustainable Garden Quest 2004

The Waterwise Garden Competition was again in full swing this year with 35 entries.

$1400 worth of Waldecks-Kalgoorlie gardening vouchers and 7 trailer loads of mulch donated by the Water Corporation were available to be won.

Typically those gardens that were successful had little or no lawn, had a variety of Waterwise and local native plants on drip type reticulation, and were weed free. The gardens that had an attractive layout and were using coarse environmentally friendly mulch were also held in high regard.

The winners of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group Waterwise Garden Competition for 2004 are:

RESIDENTIAL – OWNER/OCCUPIER

  1. Mathew and Robin Carter – 28 Hampden Street, Kalgoorlie
  2. Dianne Panzich – 18 Turich Way, Boulder
  3. Candice Brown – 92 Lyall Street, Kalgoorlie

RESIDENTIAL – TENANT MAINTAINED

  1. Yvette Hargreaves – 3 Trythall Place, Hannans
  2. Robert Singer – 18 Lewis Street, Kalgoorlie
  3. Kymberlee O’Loughlin – 6 Nankiville Road, Hannans

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND WORKS – Homeswest

  1. Mrs Sherlie Wakeman – 38A Evans Street, Boulder
  2. Ramone Glasgow – 75 Vivian Street, Boulder

COMMUNITY

  1. O’Connor ESC3 Primary School
  2. Wongutha Birnie Aboriginal
  3. Kalgoorlie Primary (Pre-primary)

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL

  1. Placer Dome Asia Pacific, Paddington
  2. tie: Broadwater Resort & Mining Hall of Fame
  3. City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, 577 Hannan Street

Sustainable Garden Quest 2003

This year’s Waterwise Garden Competition was a great success with 29 entries. This year’s competition particularly focused on waterwise gardens and the overall appearance, colour and tidiness of gardens and verges.

$1000 worth of Waldecks-Kalgoorlie gardening vouchers and 7 trailer loads of mulch donated by the Water Corporation were available to be won.

Landcare Officer, Kylie Payne said she was particularly impressed with the gardens with Goldfields native plants, mulch and weed free verges. Travelling around and judging the gardens we were able to see that many Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents are making an effort to have gardens which are suitable to our semi-arid climatic conditions but also attractive, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing. It was great to see that a number of residents are also maintaining their verges and reducing or removing altogether high water use lawns and gardens.

The winners were Robin Lonsdale and Morrie Goodz of 134 Lyall Street. Their waterwise garden full of Goldfields native plants has been developed over less than two years. They have used lipia grass as a waterwise alternative to lawn and mulched all of the garden beds with coarse enviro-mulch. Plants included a number of varieties of Eremophila (which means “desert loving”), also known as emu bushes. These come in a variety of flower colours including yellow, red, purple and pink, and a variety of leaf shapes and colours. The garden attracts many birds and butterflies.

The winner was presented with their prize by the Minister for Works, Housing and Government Enterprises, Mr Nick Griffiths.

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group wishes to thank all the entrants for participating in the Waterwise Garden Competition and all the sponsors for making the competition possible.

Winners

The winners of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group Waterwise Garden Competition for 2003 are:

RESIDENTIAL

  1. Robin Lonsdale and Morrie Goodz – 134 Lyall Street, Kalgoorlie
  2. Jim and Andrea Williams – 3 Emery Close, Kalgoorlie
  3. Peter and Jan Broadbent – 38 Balfour Street, Kalgoorlie

TENANT MAINTAINED

  • K Aue – 229 Wittenoom Street, Boulder

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/COMMUNITY — Highly Commended

  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Business Development Centre – 171 Piccadilly Street
  • Goldfields Telephone Service – 24 Percy Road
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder – Hannan Street and Burt Street streetscape plantings

Sponsors

  • Waldecks
  • The Golden Mail
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • KCGM
  • MPI Mines
  • Placer Dome Asia Pacific
  • Water Corporation
  • Western Power
  • WMC Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter

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rECOnstructed Art Competition

rECOnstructed Art Competition 2015

Coinciding with the national recycling week, KBULG once again invited the community to participate in the Reconstructed Recycled Art Competition and Exhibition. The competition and corresponding exhibition places major emphasis on educating the community, in particular the younger generation, about the importance of recycling by spreading the key message of Re-use, Reduce and Recycle. In 2015 the rECOnstructed Art Competition was again held in November in support of the National Recycling Week 2015 and as in previous years proved to be a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. The competition, including seven categories with cash prizes for each, attracted some superbly creative pieces of artwork from Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents and participants from nearby areas. For the first time in 2015 competition entries were on display in the Western Australian Museum, resulting in the exciting, educational, and highly visible Arts exhibition being showcased to a wide audience in this popular landmark for visitors and locals alike. The winners of the different categories were announced at the exhibition opening night on Friday, 06 November 2015. Major sponsors included KCGM, the WA Museum and the Kalgoorlie Miner, while KBULG’s core sponsors City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Northern Star and LandCorp also supported the event.

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KBULG’s CEO Kim Eckert with 8-year old Tayten Dawson, winner of Category ‘Junior Individual’

 

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‘Wasted Life’ by St Mary’s Primary School, a very educational display about the excessive timespans involved in rubbish degradation. A crowd favourite and subsequent winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

 

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”Think about the eco – footprint’ by Lesley Nazzari. Winner of the Category ‘2D Poster/Painting/Collage’ and a wonderful display of the impacts our footprints have on the environment.

 

Regeneration Zone Management

A ‘green belt’ has been created around the perimeter of Kalgoorlie-Boulder by establishing a series of fenced Regeneration Zones that prevent stock grazing and vehicle access. These Regeneration Zones encompass an area of approximately 3,500 hectares. The
regenRegeneration Zones were established by KBULG’s predecessor, the Goldfields Dust Abatement Committee, as a way to combat the dust storms of the early 1970’s.

The Regeneration Zones(see Regeneration Zones pamphlet) are mostly remnant native bushland in close proximity to the City. KBULG encourages the community to use the zones for passive recreation. Many members of the community are keen to see these areas preserved as they enjoy their walks in the local bush close to their home. There is unique flora found in the zones including several different Eremophila species; some have very restricted distribution, for example Priority 1 species, Eremophila praecox.

However, trail bikes and stolen cars are a constant problem in the Regeneration Zones. Woodcutting and rubbish dumping are also major management issues that need to be addressed. Some of the Regeneration Zones may be taken up for urban development as the City expands. However, KBULG has been invited by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to have a role in recommending which areas are of the highest conservation value and should be preserved. Students from Curtin University’s Environmental Technology class have also assisted KBULG by undertaking botanical surveys in the Regeneration Zones. KBULG has commenced a detailed audit of the Regeneration Zones in April 2016, focussing on the integrity of the fencing and areas of rubbish dumping and weed infestation.

Encouraging Recycling

KBULG is keen to promote and encourage recycling in the City and includes ideas for recycling and re-use in our quarterly newsletter and encourages the community to support local businesses that recycle.

Several schools are involved in recycling activities in association with KBULG, including newspaper and aluminium can recycling.

A Waste Management Forum, co-ordinated by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is now held regularly to look into various recycling options. KBULG is a member of this group and brings particular emphasis on education and promotion for Junior Landcare students and general community involvement.

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Scatter the Silky Pear

Scatter the Silky Pear

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The Goldfields first ‘touched by nature’ Tourism Project is located in Karlkurla Bushland Park. It is part of a statewide nature based tourism initiative designed to help protect and enhance Western Australia’s unique natural environment.

Anyone can be involved with the regeneration of the ‘Silky Pear’ at Karlkurla Park by giving a gold coin donation and picking up a brochure with a packet of seeds from the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Tourist Centre in Hannan Street. Dispersal points for the ‘Silky Pear’ seeds are located along the walk trail in Karlkurla Park.

Proceeds from the project come back to KBULG to help maintain the park.


Supporting Work Experience and Workplace Training Programs

Work for the Dole

In order to achieve the goals, KBULG developed the 1st Work for the Dole Project in the Goldfields which commenced in March 1999. With funding from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Work for Dole participants have been involved in:

  • building an octagonal lookout on the main hill with 360 degree views of the surrounding bushland and features
  • building a boardwalk across a season creekline where the Karlkurla’s grow
  • building a shed, shelter and work area
  • building a long drop toilet
  • constructing 20 jarrah picnic tables
  • building a nursery to propagate local native plants with seed collected from in the park
  • cultivating a vegetable garden
  • erecting plant identification labels with the plants scientific, common and aboriginal names in front of about 50 different plants
  • installing interpretive signage as part of KBULG’s Centenary of Federation project
  • laying the reticulation for an Olympic Landcare Project where 2000 trees and shrubs were planted in the park by 400 community members.

 

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Promoting Low Water Use Gardens

KBULG receives many phone calls about gardening with local native plants from new and existing residents. Residents are supplied with lists of native trees and shrubs suitable for planting in a Goldfields Garden.

KBULG also consults local nurseries encouraging them to stock local native plants. This can be a problem due to regular availability of retail stock but some nurseries are now stocking Goldfields plants.

The next stage is to encourage the nurseries to promote the local natives with attractive signage and in a prominent place in their nursery. KBULG has also encouraged the nurseries to join the national ‘Flora for Fauna’ program.

Weed Competitions

Every year KBULG holds the Kalgoorlie- Boulder ‘Bag a Biter’ Caltrop Weed Competition. Participants are encouraged to collect as much caltrop as possible and as an incentive particpants are rewarded with 50c per kilogram of caltrop collected.The competition allows KBULG to educate the wider community on Caltrop whilst encouraging them to control this nasty weed. The competition has been adopted by other towns and community groups.

 

Past Projects

Native Plants Garden

KBULG has produced a pamphlet on ‘Gardening with Local Native Plants’. The pamphlet aimed at the general community included ideas about:

  • The advantages of native gardens.
  • How to landscape a native garden.
  • A list of some of the species recommended for Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The production of the pamphlet was sponsored by the Water Corporation through its Water Efficiency Program.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Native Plants Garden

KBULG established a Native Plants Garden in 1995 after the Boulder Playgroup offered KBULG a vacant block of land behind their building . The ‘vacant’ block was covered in weeds, concrete and rubbish.

After clearing the block, the next stage was to design the garden. The block is fairly large (1 hectare) and quite an unusual shape so we needed to come up with a design using these features. It was decided the garden should be based on a diamond shape. The next stage was to draw a map of the garden and decide where the garden beds should be and which plants should be planted where. Most of these decisions were based on flower colour, height and shape of the plants.

The garden includes local native eucalypts, shrubs and groundcovers. A series of gravel pathways were put in to give the garden definition. The garden has a series of information signs on Waterwise Gardening, Watering, Mulching and Weeding. Plant identification labels with common and scientific names are mounted on pine posts in front of each group of species (70 in total!).

The native plants garden is truly a waterwise garden as the plants were only watered during the first summer and are now growing well without reticulation.

The Native Plants Garden is located in Killington Crescent, Fairways.

 

Centenary of Federation

Centenary of Federation

KBULG held a Centenary of Federation Launch of the Park in September 2001.The launch was attended by approximately 70 community representatives and 40 local school children. Year 5 students from Kalgoorlie Primary School were a highlight of the launch. Students read poems they had written about their experiences of bushwalking and tree planting in Karlkurla Park. A series of Interpretive Signs around the park’s 4km walk trail were developed with funding from WA 2001 Centenary of Federation and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.The signage provides an opportunity for self guided walks around Karlkurla Park to learn about the many unique plants and animals found in the Goldfields. There are 19 full colour interpretive signs along with 35 small identification labels, listing the common, scientific and aboriginal name of different Goldfields plant species
Poetry

Poetry

My Bush

By Teniel Morgan

I’m walking through the bush,
I wonder what I’ll see.
Oh wow, it’s a silky pear, a Karlkurla I think
It’s how Kalgoorlie got its name you see.

One day when white man came,
An Aboriginal said ‘Karlkurla – a silky pear’
White man said Kalgoorlie.
So past all that I love the bush,
I wish that I could stay.

It’s so peaceful and calm, because I’m surrounded by wildlife.
There’s no salinity, there’s just too much bush you see.
There are native shrubs and tall trees.
It’s so exciting.

Wow, there’s a kangaroo.
But now it’s time to go as I venture back towards my car.
The sun is setting in the sky, it’s so beautiful.
I think I’m going to cry!

Karlkurla Bush Park

By Alex Whitehead

It is free and a beautiful place.
It is ever so close to town.
It is a place where you can relax.

The park has a picnic area so just bring some picnic food.
There is a barbeque. Many people know the place as the old rifle range.

Go look at the Olympic planting site.
The people who planted will tell you this place is SPECIAL. It has a VALUE.

It is most upsetting that vandals have wrecked lots of plants.
Then they supplied plants for our garden five days after.

All in all Karlkurla Park is an ace place.

Olympic Landcare Project

Olympic Landcare Project

On Saturday 8 July 2000, KBULG hosted its own Green Olympics. It took just 2 hours for about 400 community members to plant 2000 trees and shrubs in Karlkurla Bushland Park, 4km north of the city centre. Kalgoorlie-Boulder was chosen as one of 500 sites across Australia for the Olympic Tree Planting event. A total of 1 million trees were planted around Australia prior to the “Green Games”.

The newly planted site at Karlkurla Park was dedicated to Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Olympic Landcare Patron, Terry Walsh, the 2000 Olympics Men’s Hockey Coach. Terry was born in Kalgoorlie and played in the 1976 and 1984 Australian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team. Terry and local torchbearers planted Karlkurla vines as their contribution to the Olympic Landcare Tree Planting Day. The Karlkurla or native silky pear, which the park is named after, grows as a vine and produces an edible fruit. Karlkurla is the name from which Kalgoorlie is derived.

KBULG staff and management with Terry Walsh and local torch bearers Goldfields Limited – winners of the Corporate Challenge

As part of the day, KBULG organised a Community and Corporate Challenge for local businesses and community groups. The 1st Kalgoorlie Scouts convincingly won the Community Challenge with the most participants. The Corporate Challenge was won by Goldfields Ltd, closely followed by WMC Ltd – Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter.

Salinity Working Group - Gribble Creek

Salinity Working Group – Gribble Creek

A Salinity Working Group was formed in February 2000 in conjunction with the new Centre for the Management of Arid Environments (CMAE). A series of monitoring bores have been set up along Gribble Creek, to determine the severity and extent of the salinity problem.A study by an Honours student has determined that there is a very severe urban salinity problem. KBULG has been requested to assist with the education and public awareness phase and the implementation of revegetation solutions.KBULG is also represented on the Gribble Creek Development Advisory Committee, which is an advisory committee to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on issues relating to the development and maintenance of Gribble Creek.