Quarry – Lot 5 Old Coast Road

We have learned today that a clearing permit has been issued for this project. On top of the fires, the dry winter and hot summer, this is just another blow to the local environment. Apart from the dust, noise and nuisance value, there is a risk to the lake and a further reduction in habitat for wildlife.

There will be a public meeting at the hall at 7 pm this Thursday 10th March to try to formulate an objection – we only have until 21 March!

Please come along and support the community.

Good news – Old Bunbury Rd site being rehabilitated

For the past few days we have been woken very early by a bulldozer working in the area on Old Bunbury Road near Old Coast Road that has been an eyesore for years. Today I found out what is happening.

Southern Gateway Alliance (SGA) who built the Forrest Highway are rehabilitating the area. This is one of the things they were asked to do to partially compensate for the areas that they cleared during the construction work.

They have stripped the top soil and are in the process of digging out hundreds of tonnes of limestone. These will be mixed together and replaced to form a friable soil for new trees. The old top soil is contaminated with weeds so it will be buried and the whole area then covered with clean top soil which will be planted with local natives.

They will also remove the rubbish that has been dumped along trails in the area and then the area is to be fenced to keep out the misguided people who think it is a rubbish tip or a race track and to allow the tiny trees to grow.

You may know that there was an application to mine limestone in this area a few years ago. We fought that in the Warden’s court where we lost the battle but eventually we won the war through the political process and the mining lease was refused.

It has taken a long time but finally we will have an area to be proud of!!

Thank you SGA – we will not complain about being woken a bit early while you are doing such a great job!!

Seniors Sundowners

Our monthly sundowners will re-commence in February. You don’t need to be a “senior” but it is an opportunity for the mature people in the area to get together for a couple of hours over a quiet drink and a chat. Several people drink soft drinks so we are not a boozy lot and we all bring along nibbles to share. There are no children’s activities – some of the people have hearing problems and we need to keep noise to a minimum.

For security reasons, we have not posted the schedule on this public site. If you are interested in joining us please leave a comment or contact Graeme or Judy 9739 1484.

Rotary Club of Mandurah City

The Rotary Club of Mandurah City has arranged a String Quartet at Swallow Hill on Sunday 13 February from 5:00 to 9:30 pm. Treat your Valentine to a night under the starts with the stylish, romantic sounds of the Tonic String Quartet.

Enjoy an alfresco buffet meal of gourmet meats and salads. Beer, wine, bubbly and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Exciting prizes to be won in an auction and raffle.

Cost is $50 per person including meal and entertainment.

Please be sure to wear a splash of red.

To purchase tickets please contact Sally Knight on 0413 964 646 or email swallowhill@mandurahcityrotary.org.au. For more details, map and payment go to www.mandurahcityrotary.org.au