Mudurup

 

Mudurup Rocks (the place of the yellow finned whiting) is the limestone promontory on the sea side of the Cottesloe Surf Club. It is an important Aboriginal site. The area surrounds the sundial on the southern side of the rocks and has wonderful views across the Cove and south to Fremantle. (See map below).

CCA has been planting here for many years. Synergy and Landcare sponsored a CCA and Town of Cottesloe project at Mudurup Rocks in 2009/10.$35,000 was spent on a limestone retaining wall and pine log fencing; 4000 local native plants were funded as was herbicide work and rabbit control. CCA volunteers collected and cleaned all the seed required, planted and weeded the site and carried out further planting in 2011 – of 1000 more plants. CCA continues weeding sessions and general maintenance at the site.

Victorian tea tree and other woody weeds were removed (pre-planting) plus weed spraying of carnation weed, black flag, rose pelargonium and couch grass. Black flag is sprayed each spring. Rabbit baiting continues each summer, as required.

Staff from Synergy and from Coca Cola assisted with planting and weeding. Quintilian and Hale School students also joined in planting sessions. Woodside has also provided a team of weeding workers. Many thanks for all this support!

Seed was collected from the site  and we are delighted to have Ben Croxford of ‘Nuts about Natives Nursery’ join us with his special knowledge and skills. Ben was able  to grow some of the more difficult to grow local species. For some species there are so few local plants remaining that it is difficult to get enough viable seed. Ben takes plant divisions or cutting material and is building up a small collection of stock plants at his nursery for CCA. He is then able to take cuttings to grow plants for us to plant out next year. Other seedlings were for CCA by APACE Nursery, Fremantle.

The project area is area to the south of the green line.

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Pricewaterhouse weeding session – note all the growth in the direction of the ‘wall’ !

2008 Mudurup – note bare section towards the ‘ wavy wall’ !

 

The bare verge area at Mudurup Rocks in 2009

Mudurup Rocks verge two years later.

Synergy planting Team 2010

School children planting with Megan in 2010

Note from Thomas after planting with his family at Mudurup Rocks