Latest News from the Friends

14 February, 2020
Welcome to the February Newsletter with all the latest from the Friends of Kings Park.

Find out about news and upcoming events at the Friends of Kings Park.

Read on for a report from Friends President, Ian Kerr, new events and volunteer opportunities and to sign up for the March Plant Sale. Plus a chance to win movie passes!

In this issue

President’s Report

Having recently taken over from Pippa Moodie as President I am still learning the ropes. I am grateful for the help provided by Helena and Alex in the Lodge, by Pippa herself (currently in the UK for six weeks), by Friends of Kings Park (FoKP) committee members and by Alan Barrett and other BGPA staff.

Helena and Alex are now employed directly by FoKP, rather than indirectly by BGPA, and this transition has involved a fair amount of my time, working with an independent HR consultant on devising employment contracts, an HR handbook and new employment-related FoKP policies.

The use of Wanju Marr facilities is increasing and five Wanju Marr carers have recently been employed on a part-time voluntary basis. Several events and functions have already been held there this year and the Management Committee will shortly be holding a workshop there.

I spent some time with Michael Tichbon in Busselton recently. Michael donated $100,000 to FoKP last year and is a passionate supporter of research into and cultivation of endangered native plants – one of them is named after him (Hemigenia tichbonii).

The FoKP Management Committee has been active so far this year, with a focus on governance. We are participating in a 3 ½ hour training course in Governance on Feb 8. We are also working our way through the FoKP Strategic Plan with a view to better monitoring progress in implementation of the Plan.

Right now FoKP is in the process of applying to Lotterywest for another grant for the Kings Park Festival in September. The Growing Friends are working hard in preparation for the March plant sale. All other volunteers are working towards what we hope will be a very successful year for the FoKP in 2020.

March Plant Sale

Our first Plant Sale of the year coming up and we would love your help!

Sunday 15th March 2019 9am – 12:30pm

We hope you’ll be able to support us again this year to deliver fantastic benefits to our organisation and the community. New volunteers welcome! Please fill in the online form by clicking below to let us know your availability and preferred tasks.

Photo: Digby Growns

Ebony Cowan Scholarship Presentation

Come along to our first scholarship presentation for 2020.

Ebony Cowan received the Vic Galea Scholarship for 2019 and will give a presentation to Friends of Kings Park members about her recent attendance at the Society of Ecological Restoration International Conference in Cape Town.

Ebony took part in a symposium investigating the impacts of fire on restoration in Mediterranean type ecosystems globally.
This a free members-only event.
Thursday 27th February 2020
5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
Green Room, Education

Photo: CSIRO

Parking Permits

2020 parking permits for Friends volunteers are now available for collection from the Lodge. Please display a permit on your dashboard when you are volunteering and parked at the back of the Lodge, to avoid getting a ticket from the PMOs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Garden Carers
Positions are coming available for the Tuesday and Wednesday groups and a new Thursday Garden Carers group. The Garden Carers meet each week at 8:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. For these groups, you must be a Friends of Kings Park member.

If the GARDEN CARERS is of interest to you, the first step is to email the Volunteer Coordinator via email: [email protected] with your name and a brief description of your interest in the GARDEN CARERS for the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday group.

Then the Volunteer Coordinator will send you further information. There will be placement start dates offered soon to suitable applicants.

Bushland Carers
Positions are coming available for the Wednesday Bushland Carers. The Wednesday Bushland Carers meet every second Wednesday at 9:00am – 11:00am. For this group you must be a Friends of Kings Park member.

If the BUSHLAND CARERS is of interest to you, the first step is to email the Volunteer Coordinator via email: [email protected] With your name and brief description of your interest in the BUSHLAND CARERS for the Wednesday group. Then the Volunteer Coordinator will send you further information. There will be placement start dates offered soon to suitable applicants.

The Kings Park Education team are looking for Education Volunteers. Kings Park Education offer a range of different educational programs for children ranging in ages from Early Learning through to Year Twelve. Programs are linked to the Western Australian School Curriculum and cover topics such as Science, Conservation and Nyoongar Culture. The programs are run during school term time. The role of the Education Volunteer is to assist our teaching staff with incoming schools visiting Kings Park.  It is suitable for people who are fit and healthy, willing to get hands-on and have the ability and interest in engaging school-age children with their natural environment.

Volunteer days available are Tuesday to Friday, 9:00am to 2:00pm. Most Education Volunteers will volunteer one day a week or fortnight during term time. For this role you will need a Working With Children Check. (If you don’t have one, the Volunteer Coordinator can give you the relevant paperwork) and be a Friends of Kings Park member.

The first step is to contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Larr Rose to discuss your availability. Larr will then organise a date for you to come in and look at the program by shadowing an experienced Kings Park Education Volunteer. Following this an induction will be organised. All interested applicants to apply via email: [email protected] with your name and brief description of your availability.

Double Passes to The Professor and the Madman to be won!

For your chance to win a double pass to the new movie The Professor and the Madman, please send your details to [email protected] by Tuesday18th February 5pm to be randomly selected for one of the passes.

THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN releasing in cinemas February 20, 2020
Starring: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Eddie Marsan, Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Ehle and Steve Coogan

Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857 and was one of the most ambitious, and revolutionary projects ever undertaken. Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled, but knew that it would take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by “crowd sourcing” the work, that is, by enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades.

As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than ten thousand words. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Book of the Month

Nikulinsky Unfolded: Xanthorrhoea – Philippa Nikulinsky

Take a walk with internationally renowned artist Philippa Nikulinsky through the Great Victoria Desert. In an artwork painted on a continuous piece of Japanese kozo paper, Nikulinsky depicts the regeneration process of the iconic grass tree (Xanthorrhoea thorntonii).
It unfolds through time to show the elegance of unburnt leaves, and in contrast the stark drama of bushfire-wrought sand dunes.
This concertina book unfolds fully to a length of over four metres, making it a unique and surprising gift for lovers of art and nature.
$35.00 but $29.75 for FoKP members

Climate Watch

ClimateWatchers, welcome to 2020!
A new year to get involved with an important project. A piece of interesting data from ClimateWatch’s quarterly eNews (last of 2019):
This quarter, the ClimateWatch trails which have collected the most records are:

  1. Kings Park & Botanic Garden (WA) | 856 records
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens (VIC) | 703 records
  3. Monash University (VIC) | 338 records
  4. University of Sydney (NSW) | 208 records
  5. Bendigo Grassy Flat Reserve (VIC) | 149 records

Kings Park’s ClimateWatch trails have once again attracted the most hardworking citizen scientists.

Book your spot in our next CW Group Walk on Wednesday 20/2/20 @ 8am Fraser Avenue Trail. Let us introduce you to ClimateWatch’s project (Melbourne) and one of three nominated trails in Kings Park.

Climate Watch Group Walk

Come and join us on our first 2020 ClimateWatch Group Walk.

Trail :  Kings Park Fraser Ave
Date/Time : Wednesday 12/2/20 @ 8am (~ an hour)
Meeting Point : Pines BBQ area, opposite to Kings Park Admin Building, off Fraser Ave

Download the free ClimateWatch App. We look forward to seeing you there.

What’s on in February

VMG Dig it with Coffee: Native Gardens Advice
Wednesday 4 Mar
Between 10 and 11.30 am at Zamia Café
Bookings essential: call the Kings Park Master Gardeners on 9480 3672, email [email protected] or visit Kings Park Events Calendar: Dig it with Coffee

Bushland Carers
Check out the Bushland Carers 2019 Volunteer Program Calendar, under the Volunteering page on our website