Friends of the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre


Successful Grants and Awards


In 2011 the Friends have been successful in obtaining a grant worth nearly $5000 from Lotterywest.  We now have 3 bird-viewing telescopes with tripods, 6 pairs of binoculars and a laptop, printer and associated software. The Friends are grateful to Lotterywest for supporting our Group and the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre. The equipment is critical for the Friends to continue their work in regard to bird atlasing, wetland conservation and public education.

In September the Friends were successful in their application to the City of Cockburn's Community Grants for an auger, bit and tungsten blade. This will enable easier hole digging before tree planting in the Bibra and North Lake Reserves.


We were also awarded 2nd prize in the 2011 City of Cockburn Community Portals Competition. We chose to donate our prize of a $50 voucher to the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre.


The City of Cockburn is to be commended for its encouragement of community groups.



Other Events

Friend's BBQ Breakfast 1st December 2012

Norm, Carol, Pat   David, Briony. Wilmari, Elaine Nandi, Joy clearing up Vicky,Elaine, Brad, Amy Madeleine, Bill

Our Friend's group held a successful Barbecue breakfast on Saturday, all the more memorable for we had the pleasure of meeting some of Harry de Jong's family for the first time.  His grandaughters, Amyjo,Julie were accompanied with Brad partner, Madeline,  Bill and Flynn great great grandchildren.

We asked Norm Godfrey, David and Briony James, Phil Jennings to give their nostalgic reminiscences of Harry's numerous exploits.



It was rewarding to see the outcome of two successful grants in action on Friday 20th July.  One thousand five hundred native plants were planted in a seed extension area between the Wetlands Education Centre and the north east side of Bibra Lake.

It was the annual Field Day for some BHP BILLITON employees and their families who planted and installed plant guards.  The plants and effects were bought with a grant obtained in 2011 by the friends from the Department of Environment and Conservation.  Holes were dug earlier with an Anger bought with a grant to the Friends in 2011 by the City of Cockburn.

Thank you to DEC and City of Cockburn for enabling the friends to assist the wetlands Centre staff and regular volunteers in maintaining and providing for our bushland into the future.




The total of $1109 was raised. Thank you to Marion Shaw, Pat Smith and Pat Logan for their stirling effort in making it a most enjoyable and successful evening.



Several 'Friends' assisted with the registration & kitchen duties of the 2012 WA Wetlands Management Conference which was held at the Wetlands Education Centre at Bibra Lake.  Over 150 delegates braved the oppressively hot day but by late afternoon gentle rain was falling to cool us.  Vicky Hartill also of City of Cockburn, orally presented the Holiday Programme. "Get Wild About Wetlands", which was run with Denise Crosbie from the Wetlands Centre.  Marion Shaw presented two non-oral posters which represented some of the Friends' Bird Watching activities.  One Poster portrayed the Transequatorial Migratory waders seen by the friends during their counts.  The other contrasted the 2010 totals of waterbirds counted at Bibra Lake during the regular March/July/November bird counts 






BE THE CHANGE - Film Launch - July 2nd

Several FRiends joined a large number of people linked with NATIVE ARC , WETLANDS CONSERVATION SOCIETY, BIBRA LAKE SCOUTS, THE WETLANDS CENTRE staff and volunteers and the CITY OF COCKBURN for the launch of this excellent series of videos.

The four short videos made by Sharon Meredith provide both general information about the Precinct and more detailed information about the Bibra Lake Scouts, Native Arc and the activities of the centre itself.