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Goode News — July 2020

Highlights from the newsletter below. For the full Goode News, downloadable as pdf, click on the following link. Goode News – July 2020 – final_sml


Isn’t it wonderful to be tentatively coming out of COVID-19 hibernation, even if it is still winter? We had our Annual General Meeting on 17 March, just before restrictions on gatherings were applied. Twenty brave souls attended and managed to distance themselves fairly well in Kelly’s spacious garage.

The committee was re-elected unopposed, as follows:

President: Catherine Macdonald

Secretary: Jenni Leonard

Treasurer: Elly Beckeringh

Committee Members: Steve Dale, Marguerite Flynn, Chris Hopper, Clare Mitchell, John Myers.

John Myers has since had to retire for personal reasons. We will miss his thoughtful and immaculately researched inputs and hope that we will continue to see his cheerful face at FBA events.

We have not been able to do a lot in terms of FBA activities over the past few months but things are starting to look up, with weeding having recommenced in June and July and two events planned for August—the wrap-up of the community assessment of plastic on 1 August and Goode Evening IV on 21 August. These events are described beautifully by some of our active FBA members in this newsletter.

Lot 660

This matter is still moving slowly through the State Administrative Tribunal process. We are not sure whether the expedited approval process for developments that has recently been adopted by the WA Government will affect the chances of the project being approved but we are trying to find out.

Frenchman Bay Heritage Trail

Richard Vogwill and his merry crew are moving forward with the proposed Frenchman Bay Heritage Trail. They are currently in liaison with Menang Noongar elders and others involved in the Restoring Menang Noongar Boodja Place Names project in the hope that the FBHT can be included.

Enjoy reading the rest of the Goode News, skilfully edited by Jen Leonard, with contributions from many FBA members.

See you at Goode Evening IV if not before.

Catherine Macdonald
0434 148 463


By Linda Matthews

Unfortunately, weeding bees have been few and far between this year. March was our first weeding bee for the year when we met in La Perouse Court to weed the verges. Polygala was starting to establish a foothold in the area and pelargonium was removed in large swathes. Twelve volunteers turned up for the session and Ian Herford deserves our heartfelt thanks for taking on a huge melaleuca nesophila that was hiding in plain sight.

Then COVID-19 struck and we all hunkered down.

Once restrictions lifted, we arranged for another weeding bee to take place on 13 June. This time we met at the very top of Karrakatta Road and ventured into the Forest Reserve where Sydney Golden Wattle (SGW) was our target. Sixteen hardy weeders did battle with the weeds despite the weather looking very inclement. SGW was found as were several infestations of asparagus fern which were dug out with great enthusiasm.

Of course, our sessions are about more than just caring for our environment, they are a social gathering too. It was lovely to see so many faces after our period of isolation.

The plan is to continue with our weeding bees which will be held on the second Saturday of every month. Keep an eye out on the noticeboard and the FBA Facebook page for details. If you are out walking in our lovely bushland and happen to see weeds, please let us know and we will schedule the area for a future weeding bee.

R. Budden weeders2

Photos: Robin Budden

R. Budden weeders1


By Chris Hopper

This year, for the first time since the end of World War ll, ANZAC commemorations were cancelled due to COVID-19. However, some Goode Beach residents chose to stand in quiet contemplation at the end of their driveways or on their balconies on 25 April. At dawn, two red flares lit up over Mistaken Island and candles flickered on balconies and those who have lost their lives in the service of others were remembered.

S, Hopper sunrisePhoto: Steve Hopper


John Myers has retired from the FBA Committee after many years as a dedicated and passionate member of the team. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to John for his tireless work and for gently educating us on the geology of our beautiful surroundings.

plastics-3Photo: Sue Roberts


By Chris Hopper and Harriet Paterson

The FBA teamed up with the Albany campus of the University of Western Australia in a citizen science project, funded by a State NRM program, to survey and monitor annual changes in the attributes and the abundance of plastic debris on Goode Beach.

Involvement in the year-long project has given FBA volunteers a clearer understanding of the negative impacts of this insidious product and the enthusiasm of volunteers for beach clean-up activities has significantly improved the amenity of the area and created a better habitat for the local wildlife. Volunteers removed 20,077 pieces of plastic rubbish from Goode Beach while clocking up a whopping group total of 784 km of beachcombing.

The project has strengthened the desire of members to keep the beach free of plastic debris by being involved in ongoing stewardship activities through targeted management strategies identified in the project.

Did you know?

The new Western Australian Museum, which is due to open in November 2020, has included a kilogram of the plastic fragments removed from Goode Beach in a display in their Origins Gallery. The plastic debris will be part of a timeline of the world that begins with pre-solar stardust grains and finishes with micro plastics. ‘Our’ plastics will be used as a marker in time to highlight the impact we have had on the planet in such a relatively small amount of time.

H. Patterson photomontage

Photomontage compiled by Harriet Paterson
Photos: FBA members


By Chris Hopper

We are almost there! The much-anticipated FBA–Goode Beach Community Street Library is coming soon.

Frank Leonard has done a masterful job of supplying and constructing the cabinet and it won’t be long before it is installed near the school bus stop and FBA noticeboard in La Perouse Rd.

Take a book Leave a book Share a book from the Street Library … soon.

J. Leonard libraryPhoto: Jen Leonard

Indigenous artwork on our library

The final touch before installation will be Goode Beach themed artwork created by Noongar artists Lynette Knapp and Michael Cuming, as shown in the photos below.

S. Hopper Indigenous artPhoto: Steve Hopper

What is a Street Library?

A quote from Street Library Australia []:

Street Libraries are a beautiful home for books, planted in your front yard. They are accessible from the street, and are an invitation to share the joys of reading with your neighbours.

Street Libraries are a window into the mind of a community; books come and go; no-one needs to check them in or out. People can simply reach in and take what interests them; when they are done, they can return them to the Street Library network, or pass them on to friends.

If anyone has a book or two that they think others would enjoy, they can just pop it into any Street Library they happen to be walking past.

They are a symbol of trust and hope – a tiny vestibule of literary happiness.


By Richard Vogwill

The wreck of the Elvie is located towards the northern end of Whalers (aka Frenchys) Beach. It is generally visible during all tide levels as (at least to my eye) a ‘skeleton of very old, blackened, wooden ribs’, protruding from the sand – best seen during low tide.

The Elvie wreck and its history have been studied and described many times. It was partially excavated in the mid-1990s as part of a marine archaeology study and reports on this study and other historical studies about the Elvie are available. The history of the Elvie is summarised on the FBA website.

The boat was a lighter used to haul various goods around King George Sound in the very early 1900s. Anchored off Whalers Beach, it broke moorings during a severe storm and was wrecked on the beach in the early 1920s. It is more than 100 years old.

On Saturday night 6 June 2020, the highest timber (rib?) protruding from the wreck was cut down with a chainsaw(?) and used as fuel in an illegal fire (with associated party garbage) at the northern end of the beach. Tyre tracks were also evident on the beach.

Two pictures taken by Ian Herford show the before and after scenario. The third is a close up of the ‘stump’ taken by Alana Ashboth.

This type of vandalism of an historical wreck is mindless. The Elvie is a valuable historical marine relic that needs to be protected and is an important beach observation point on our proposed heritage trail.

This incident has been reported to the City by numerous Goode Beach residents. I received a reply to my email from the City in answer to numerous questions about protecting the wreck, but it is currently unclear which level of government and department (local, state or federal) is responsible for the protection/monitoring of historical marine relics on the beach. It seems that the City feels it is not their responsibility.

The problem here is how do we protect historical artefacts from vandalism in a beach environment?

Some points/questions I raised with the City:

  • How many Rangers will be patrolling Whalers Beach on a Saturday night or on any night?
  • While we do not expect Rangers to be patrolling this beach every day, it should be recognised that historical wrecks on this beach need better protection.
  • Should we install warning signs or ‘historical relic’ signs near the wreck?
  • Should we contact the media and get an article in the local paper?
  • Can we put a sign next to the Department of Transport sign at the boat launch, advising of the presence of historical wrecks on the beach?
  • Can we build some sort of barrier around the wreck?
  • How much value/importance do we give to historical artefacts in this area? (an important question with no answer given).

Because the City considers that it is not responsible for historical wrecks on the beach, these questions/points were largely irrelevant to them, but they have referred the matter to their Heritage Officer.

Work should continue to determine who (which government and department) is responsible for protecting such wrecks and ensure that they know of our situation and can offer suggestions/help to remedy it.

Is anyone interested in continuing to pursue this matter? If so, let me know and I can forward relevant correspondence.

Richard Vogwill
0419 884 448

I Herford Elvie before

Photos: Ian Herford

I. Herford Elvie afterA, Ashboth Elvie stump

Photo: Alana Ashboth


By Steve Dale

Obviously, we have all been dealing the impact of COVID-19 on all our lives, which has changed many aspects of what we were used to prior to the pandemic. One of these aspects is the development of a fire plan for Goode Beach.

Since the last Goode News in February, there has been a frustrating period of trying to engage with people who are tasked with developing bushfire resilience in the Great Southern. Obviously, our interest lies with bushfire management of Goode Beach, and we had indicated our willingness to work with this project and have input into strategy development for our community.

We have had several discussions with Melanie Haymont, the Bushfire Risk Planning Coordinator for our region. Each time we were hopeful of having an opportunity to meet and discuss the plan for our community. There has been the development of a bushfire resilience report for Goode Beach and the next step is to have public consultation on the options that this report has highlighted. This meeting has been proposed several times since February, with the various restrictions stymieing each attempt to do so.

Finally, we have a date! Thursday 20 August at 5.30 pm, with the probable venue being the South Coast fire shed on Austin Road. Both the venue and time is to be confirmed, with the City of Albany coordinating this. The FBA will send out notification once this is confirmed.

The meeting will be to give a brief overview of the project, run through the draft report and the associated treatment schedule, so the community can ask questions and have some input into the final mitigation plan, bearing in mind all treatments will be subject to the appropriate clearances and funding.

Consultants were also tasked with developing a 5 km fire run map of our area, which will be presented at the public consultation.

We hope that all interested residents are able to contribute to this important issue and please bring all your thoughts and ideas to enhance our safety and planning.


By Georgina Steytler

In late April we heard a fox calling from the Goode Beach area. I was concerned by this as I know we have many native marsupials and other animals in the area. I contacted the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation to ask about the current status of 1080 baiting in the Torndirrup National Park.

I was advised that some years ago the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) took the decision to stop 1080 baiting within the Torndirrup National Park due to the increased risk of poisoning pets from adjoining properties. This situation is unlikely to change due to the high risk assessment it has been given.

In light of this, the only other option to reduce feral predators (I have seen a couple of cats after dark too, usually along Austin Road on the reserve side) is to use traps. Though we would not be permitted to trap in the national park, we could trap within our own properties.

Apparently, the Albany District (of PWS?) is conducting trapping for feral cats and foxes in a number of locations where very high conservation values are in need of this work, but Torndirrup National Park is not currently on this list.

I am keen to start an organised trapping program among other interested residents. I am going to contact the City of Albany to find out if it is possible to borrow traps. I have also been advised that the Torbay Catchment Group conduct fox control and could be contacted in regard to borrowing traps.

Traps would need to be checked daily and any caught animals would, of course, need to be handed over to the City rangers for appropriate disposal (and if it’s a domestic cat, for instance, they can deal with the owner for its return).

As I am new to the group, and the area, I would very much appreciate your comments or suggestions for the feasibility of this idea, as well as expressions of interest to participate. My email is

Meanwhile, I am a bird photographer so if you see a strange-looking woman lying on the ground with a big lens it’s just me! In August and September, the Albany Bottlebrushes along the Austin Road reserve are in constant bloom and it’s a great opportunity to get some beautiful bird on flower shots. Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos, Red-capped parrots, Western Spinebills and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters are often present. One of my favourites follows.

G. Steytler bird photoPhoto: Georgina Steytler

Goode News — February 2020

Highlights from the newsletter below. For the full Goode News, downloadable as pdf, click on the following link. Goode News – February 2020 website


I hope you have all had a very pleasant festive season and start to 2020. It was great to see so many of you at the Sundowner on 25 January—a classy and sociable event! I was very impressed with the way the FBA committee members managed to transform Whalers Galley into what looked like a festival long table affair! Look for photos and a write-up later in this Goode News. The great news is that Jen Leonard has generously agreed to take over editing the Goode News, taking a great weight off my shoulders. Thanks Jen—so much easier for me to just have the fun copyediting and proofreading tasks. You can already see Jen’s influence in the fabulous new layout!

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is approaching—to be held at 7 pm on Tuesday 17 March at the Kelly’s place, 6 St Georges Crescent. Reminder and nomination forms will be sent out to all members. We’re always looking for energetic committee members, and it’s lots of fun to be involved (we’re a great group!), so please think about joining us. The new rules require members to have paid their fees a month before the AGM to vote, so please make sure you’re financial immediately. No more paying on the night and then being eligible to vote.

Other Matters

On 26 November, the City of Albany endorsed the proposed Frenchman Bay Heritage Trail, although not as part of its City Trails Hub strategy. As John Myers explained in the last Goode News, it is included in the GSCORE regional trails strategy, which may prove to be a better platform for the project. Richard Vogwill, Max Angus and John Myers are continuing to move the plan forward but it has a long way to go and will need help from others, so expect to hear more.

The Beach and Marine Plastics group is nearing the end of its very active program, which you will read about later in this edition. Libby Sandiford and her willing volunteers have completed the first phase of the Albany Sundew survey project, as described by Steve Hopper in this newsletter.

Keep Friday 27 March free as Goode Evening IV is planned for that date (see more below). As always, this promises lively entertainment and delectable food and drinks, so don’t miss it. That’s it from me for now. See you at the AGM if not before.

Catherine Macdonald 0434 148 463


by Steve Dale

The Local Communities Coordination (LCC) is a new state government initiative through the Department of Communities.

LCC works alongside people experiencing challenges in their life to be safe, strong and connected with their local communities. It is a free resource for people of all ages, all abilities and cultural backgrounds. There are no referral forms and anyone can connect with an LCC.

To make it even easier for our local community, our own Gabrielle Rose is one of the Local Communities Coordinators. Please feel free to get in touch with Gabrielle on 0427 081 071 if you need assistance.


by Catherine Macdonald

The Lot 660 proposal suddenly popped up on the agenda for the 21 January meeting of the Statutory Planning Committee of the WA Planning Commission. As anticipated, we had to scramble to prepare a five-minute presentation, which is all that is allowed for a deputation. We managed it, and the SPC commented that it was an excellent presentation, largely due to John Nurick’s superb graphics. Thanks to John Nurick, Max Angus and Steve Hopper for helping pull it all together.

The proponents have pulled a bit of a swifty and appealed directly to the State Administrative Tribunal for a ruling, on the grounds that the WAPC had taken too long considering the proposal. The two parties (the proponent and the WAPC) are currently in a mediation process under the SAT. If they do not reach agreement, the case will be considered by the full tribunal, which is effectively a court case. We don’t know how long this will take. As the FBA is a third-party, we have no standing and no right to be kept informed—rather frustrating. Our third-party request that the EPA should review the proposal before the WAPC does also failed. In the meantime, we have lodged a Freedom of Information request with DPLH in the hope that they will provide us with their reports and recommendations. We are also considering whether we should apply to SAT to be heard. This would be a long shot, as the FBA has no direct economic interests that will be harmed by the proposed project, but it is probably worth a try. We’ll let you know if things change.


by Chris Hopper

J. Leonard Sundowner2Photo: Jen Leonard

It was a beautiful evening on 25 January 2020 at Whalers Galley Café, for many reasons. 

Fifty-five FBA members and friends gathered for the Annual Sundowner on one of those sublime evenings when The Sound was like a mill pond and the sunset lit up the sky.

Like a big family, our lovely community gathered around two long tables for a delightful BBQ meal. The friendship was palpable judging from the clatter, chatter and laughter.

How fortunate we are to live in such a stunning part of the world in the company of so many good people.

Photos: Jen Leonard


by Marguerite Flynn

We extend our loving thoughts to Trudi Heinig whose husband Gunder passed away on 30 January. As well as more recent interaction around the neighbourhood, many of us also knew Gunder as co-host of Trudy’s Cabin, and enjoyed delicious Austrian meals and cakes created by Trudi, whilst sitting at the beautiful Bavarian style benches and tables, built by Gunder. 

Trudi and Gunder met in Namibia, and after living in Perth for some time, came to Goode Beach to the house that Gunder built. Gunder also enjoyed photography and travelling with Trudi to various parts of Australia, as well as return visits to Europe.


by Steve Hopper

Consultant Botanist Libby Sandiford of Little Grove led surveys of all known sites of the Albany Wetlands Sundew late last year as Part 1 of this FBA project. The Project was funded through a Community Stewardship Grant (CSGS19118) by Natural Resource Management Western Australia to assess current population sizes of known populations (Part 1) and to assess the distribution of this plant by surveying potential habitat in the greater Albany region (Part 2). The survey will assist in determining whether Drosera paleacea should be listed as a Threatened species under the Western Australian Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Part 1 documents surveys of known populations as well as some surveys in potential habitat. Due to an early flowering season and very dry conditions in 2019 and difficulty in identifying D. paleacea when not flowering, assessment of other potential habitats further in the greater Albany region has been delayed until the 2020 flowering season in November.

On the 2019 surveys, Libby assisted FBA community members to assess population numbers with methods varying depending on the ease of counting, density of habitat, size of population, time available and number of surveyors. D. paleacea is tiny (2-3cm tall) and requires close inspection to make sure it is not confused with other similar-sized pygmy sundews such as Drosera roseana. D. paleacea has stems, buds and flowers that aren’t hairy. D. roseana is hairy and has elongated floral parts with fine tips. FBA members soon got their eyes in for the species and quickly became adept at counting individual plants.

Field work was undertaken on 20 November and 8, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 December 2019. Up to 11 FBA members were involved in the surveys on any one day. D. paleacea was located at or in the vicinity of all known locations with additional populations located near Rushy Point, Little Grove and east of Quaranup Rd. Significantly, it was not found at Lake Seppings, where D. roseana was common, nor at Lake William in West Cape Howe National Park. Thus far, then, D. paleacea is only known from the greater Torndirrup peninsula. Moreover, only one population was found in Torndirrup National Park. The rest of the populations were on City of Albany reserves or private property near Lake Vancouver and in the Little Grove area.

D. paleacea populations were confined to naturally bare areas or margins of bare areas surrounded by vegetation, including firebreaks that have escaped disturbance in recent years. By far the largest populations were located at or near Lake Vancouver. Relatively few plants were in Torndirrup National Park.

Photos: Steve Hopper


by Chris Hopper

There is worldwide concern about the enormous amount of rubbish accumulating in our oceans, killing wildlife and polluting our beaches. Local residents, Arlo and Henry Goldsmith, have joined the ranks of concerned citizens and have acted accordingly. After a recent storm, they hauled a whopping 50kg of rubbish from Goode Beach.

Thank you and well done, Henry and Arlo. Your collection list and the weights of individual items will be incorporated into the FBA/UWA/NRM Beach and Marine Plastic Debris Survey and Analysis.

We applaud your efforts!

C. Goldsmith rubbishPhoto: Caitlin Goldsmith


Photos: Chris Hopper


by Linda Matthews

A second year of weeding bees conducted by the Frenchman Bay Association has gone by and the results can be seen in the considerable reduction in weeds around our neighbourhood.

A request to clean up along the road leading to Discovery Bay prior to their open day led to our becoming aware of massive stands of Victorian Tea Tree and Sydney Gold Wattle in the bushland behind the site of the old caravan park. It took another three visits by our volunteers to rid that area of weeds. The caravan park site remains inundated with weeds, with the owners doing little to combat the problem. It will require annual visits from our weeding warriors to keep the bushland free of weeds.

The car park site is showing that our continued maintenance is paying off as weed infestations are smaller. Mulching along the edge of the footpath should help to prevent more weeds taking hold.

There has been some replanting of native species along the dunes in front of the houses in La Perouse Court and the council reserve on the corner of Narvik Street and Karrakatta Road.

During the second half of the year we reduced our weeding bees to every second month to allow for the Marine Debris surveys. As the Marine Debris program nears completion, we will resume our monthly ‘whack a weed’ schedule commencing Saturday 14 March.

Attendance at the weeding bees remains high with an average of 14 to 15 participants each session. Our thanks go to Peter Stewart and his team from the City of Albany for their continuing support and assistance. And a special thank you to all those who brought delicious morning teas to sustain our weeding warriors.

Photos: Linda Matthews and Ian Herford

Goode News — October 2019

Highlights from the newsletter below. For the full Goode News, downloadable as pdf, click on the following link. Goode News October 2019

Message from the President

Five months have just flown by since the last Goode News, so clearly we must be having a good time! A wide range of community activities have contributed to this, many described in this colourful edition of the newsletter.

After months of work by many FBA members, the FBA now has a new constitution or Rules, as they are known under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA). These rules were approved at a Special General Meeting on 19 June at which 19 FBA members discussed and decided upon various changes. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety approved the new rules on 13 August. If any member would like a copy of the new rules, which at 20 pages are rather more substantial than the old constitution, please email me.

Another successful Goode Evening was held on 26 July and is featured below. These events are great fun and reveal the surprising array of talent usually hidden among our membership. In addition to the entertainment, the food and drinks are always excellent, so I urge you not to miss the next one, probably to be held early next year.

The wheels of the WA planning system are still slowly grinding towards consideration of the Lot 660 proposal. The proponents have submitted additional information to the Department and the proposal may come before the WA Planning Commission before the end of this year. We are preparing to send a deputation to the WAPC meeting and may have to move quickly when the item is placed upon the agenda. We are also pursuing discussions with the EPA over our view that they should review the proposal before the WAPC does.

On 11 August, the City of Albany convened a community consultation session about the proposed Frenchman Bay Heritage Trail. The session was well attended and positive and we hope that the Council will now approve the inclusion of our project in their trails strategies. John Myers’s article in this Goode News will tell you more about it. The item will be presented at the DISC meeting on 13 November and the Council meeting on 26 November if you would like to attend and lend your support.

The Beach and Marine Plastics group has been very active and still has two more sessions to come, on 16 November 2019 and 18 January 2020, so note those dates in your calendar. The energetic weeding collective will also be active again before the end of the year, so keep an eye out for the signs advising where the next session will be held on 8 December.

If I don’t see you before Christmas and the New Year—and I hope I will—have a great festive season. I will certainly look forward to seeing you all again at the annual FBA Sundowner on the Australia Day weekend next year.

Catherine Macdonald 0434 148463

Goode Evening III by Marguerite Flynn

An evening of culinary, musical, dramatic and poetic delights was enjoyed by a happy crowd of more than thirty locals and friends on Friday 26 July at the beautiful home of Eve and Tony Kinlay.

Delectable soups, nibbles and desserts (and recipes quickly sought after!) were created by the chefs, led by Chris Hopper and Eve Kinlay, and an array of drinks were served at Tony’s bar.

Entertainment for the evening consisted of:

  • A short play, (based on a fictionalised episode of Henry Lawson’s time in Albany) with Angela Findlay, Marguerite Flynn, Steve Dale, Michael Findlay and Warren Flynn acting the various roles.
  • Musical items by Charlie Pierce, ‘The Sortofs’ (Steve Hopper and Phil Roberts), Freya and Angela Findlay and a singalong by the audience of a song created for the evening.
  • A reading by Sarah McNamara from That Deadman Dance.
  • Poetry presented by Barbara Pierce and Warren Flynn.
  • A series of historical and contemporary images of Albany were sourced and projected by Malcolm Traill, from the Albany Museum.

Before the evening was over, various ideas for future Goode Evenings were already being discussed.

Angela and Freya Findlay. Photo by Chris Hopper.

Warren Flynn, Michael Findlay, Steve Dale. Photo by Chris Hopper.

Audience takes a turn to perform. Photo by Chris Hopper.

Sarah McNamara. Photo by Chris Hopper.

Art from Goode Beach text and photos by Clare Mitchell

Continuing with the theme of the artistic talent contained within our community, we had at least three residents of Goode Beach participating in the Southern Art + Craft Trail 2019.

Sue Roberts created exquisite three-dimensional embroidered silk flowers and bowls.

Maggie Myers felted beautiful pictures of our coast including Goode Beach. The soft sand was surely captured.

Clare Mitchell made a flotilla of little boats.

Clare Mitchell crafted a herd of elephants.

Just before the opening of the Art Trail, Sarah McNamara held an exhibition of her students’ work at Flinders Primary School:

Proposed Frenchman Bay Heritage Trail by John Myers

The City of Albany held a Community Information Session and called for public comment on this proposed heritage trail at the South Coast Progress Hall in Little Grove on 11 August. The meeting was organised, advertised and the printed information and refreshments provided by Julie-Ann Gray on behalf of the City of Albany with support from the FBA. The FBA provided information boards and were there to answer questions and discuss the proposed trail. The meeting was well attended by people from the Albany region, including a large number from the Goode Beach community and Noongar elders.

FBA and community members discussing the displays (1).

FBA and community members discussing the displays (2)

FBA and community members discussing the displays (3).

The Community Information Session was necessary to reactivate the proposed project after two years of dormancy and, once again, be able to recommend the project to the City of Albany. The project stems from the vision and enthusiasm of Max Angus and Richard Vogwill when they were Secretary and President of the FBA. They carried out a substantial amount of research and raised funds ($22 000 from Lotterywest in 2014) for the preparation of a Feasibility Study that was completed by H+H Architects and the FBA in 2015.

Noongar elders enjoying a tea break.

Other community members enjoying the event.

FBA and other community members enjoying the event.

While the City of Albany Council approved the Heritage Trail Feasibility Study and Concept Plan for public advertising in 2017, it was perceived by the City that additional community consultation for the project was required, which has resulted in delays. The proposed trail is not yet included in the City of Albany Trails Hub Strategy; however, the trail is included within the broader regional trail strategy/planning being undertaken by the Great Southern Centre of Outdoor Recreation (GSCORE).

Following the Community Information Session and the expiry of the Public Comment Period on 30 August, the public comments have been collated and the proposed trail will be discussed again at a Council Meeting on 26 November, following the election of new Councillors in October. If the trail is approved (again) by Council and allowed to proceed, the FBA will continue the substantial work required and seek funds to bring the trail to fruition.

The proposed heritage trail along Whalers Beach and adjacent scarp would provide a major new visitor attraction that would be freely accessible to people with a wide range of physical ability. The short trail, a circuit of about 2 km, would showcase (via extensive signage and information nodes) the rich history of this small part of Frenchman Bay and would be easily accessible from existing car parks, facilities and picnic areas. The walk along the beach and adjacent 20 m high terrace that marks a former sea level, would provide good views of many of the historic features and demonstrate the effects of former climate change on sea level.

Interpretive signage would provide information on the occupation of the region by Aboriginal peoples long before the arrival of Europeans and how their societies adapted to changing environments. The notable European history of the area generally begins when the spring at Whalers Beach was first recorded by Vancouver in 1791. This spring was an important source of water for visiting European explorers and later the sole water supply to the town of Albany, shipping and major whaling operations. The trail signage would recall the first surveys and written descriptions of the region by Vancouver, Flinders and Baudin and what they did in the vicinity of Whalers Beach between 1791 and 1803.

The trail would restore access to the dam (now largely overgrown) that was built to facilitate the collection and supply of spring water for shipping, the town of Albany and major whaling operations. The trail signage and information nodes would also highlight:

  • the remains of the large Norwegian whaling station at Whalers Beach that operated from 1914 to 1917
  • shipwrecks
  • the development of tourist facilities beginning in the 1930s.

Without the trail, all of the above history will remain unknown, largely obscured and forgotten.

Bushfire management news by Steve Dale

By now, most Goode Beach residents would have received a letter from the City of Albany describing a project to develop bushfire resilience in the Great Southern.

This project will be a joint venture with the shires of Plantagenet, Denmark and Albany to build bushfire resilience in our region and has specific funding to strengthen community consultation, help identify risk and enable strategies to be developed. Each shire has nominated three at risk areas to target, with Goode Beach, Little Grove and Bayonet Head being the priority communities in the city of Albany.

The FBA have been working to enhance Bushfire Management of Goode Beach, so this project is timely for us to enhance what plans we feel will benefit our residents in the event of fire.

Melanie Haymont, who is based at the Shire of Denmark, has been appointed as Bushfire Risk Planning Coordinator for the project. The FBA have had preliminary discussions with Melanie about our desire to engage with this process on behalf of residents and she is very pleased that we are already taking positive steps to develop local strategies. Through these discussions, we will be organising an initial meeting with Melanie and other key people in early November to progress this important plan for our community.

More information about who, when and where this will occur will be sent to FBA members after 26 October. If anyone has something to contribute please let the FBA committee know via our email

Collecting Seed from Banksia grandis [Bull Banksia] by Chris Hopper

At a recent FBA weeding event, Peter Stewart from the City of Albany Reserves Team, explained to FBA members how to retrieve seed from this showy local banksia. The following photo shows Peter demonstrating how to do this. Have a go, but be careful!

  1. Heat cones with a blowtorch or boiling water until the follicles split open.
  2. Leave the cone for 2–3 days.
  3. Soak it in water for 4–6 hours
  4. Dry it in a sunny spot for 4–5 days
  5. Repeat the soaking in water for 4–6 hours
  6. Dry in a sunny spot until the divider or false seed and the winged seed fall out.

Peter Stewart using a blowtorch to heat a banksia cone. Photo Linda Matthews.

[Repeated soaking and drying may be necessary if the seeds don’t fall out of the follicles immediately.]

Frenchman Bay Association Weeding Bees by Linda Matthews

The Weeding Bees this year have been well attended with an average of around 14 to 18 people per month willing to come out and whack some weeds. The City has been supportive of our efforts and sends at least one member of their garden maintenance team each month along with a vehicle to take all the weeds away for disposal.

A big project over four months was to eradicate a significant infestation of Sydney Golden Wattle and Victorian Tea Tree in the bushland to the south of the old caravan park site and along the road towards Discovery Bay. As the caravan park is still fenced off and there are massive stands of SGW and tea-tree on that site, we will need to be vigilant for more weeds to jump the fence.

Heroic weeding efforts from FBA members! Photo Linda Matthews.

Other sites to receive attention have been around the rocky reserve in La Perouse Road looking out over Lake Vancouver. The council reserve on the corner of Narvik Street and Karrakatta Road were cleaned up in our last weeding bee held on 12 October when we also took the opportunity to plant some local callistemons and melaleucas. Weeding and replanting has also been undertaken in the dunes between the main car park and the steps leading from the court. The bush near the car park at the beach has been tidied up and we can see that our efforts are paying off there as the weeds are not coming back in quite such abundance. This will be the site for our next weeding bee to be held on Saturday 8 December.

Special thanks to all those helpers who brought the most scrumptious morning teas to help feed our volunteers. Example of the array of treats provided below.

Morning tea for Weeding Busy Bee. Photo John Nurick.

Free St John Ambulance Courses for FBA members by Chris Hopper

The FBA’s successful Lotterywest Heart Grant for two defibrillators for Goode Beach comes with $600 worth of St John Ambulance First Aid training.

If you are interested doing a course in:

  • CPR Training
  • Provide First Aid Training and/or
  • First Aid for Mental Health Training

contact Chris Hopper on [ or 0498663266].

Update: The City of Albany has installed one of the portable Heart Grant defibrillators on the exterior wall of the recently renovated toilet block at the Goode Beach car park. The installation of the second defib. unit is imminent. It will be mounted on the Emergency Services Shed in Austin Road.

Goode News — May 2019

Highlights from the newsletter below. For the full Goode News, downloadable as pdf, click on the following link. Goode News May 2019

Message from the President

I’ve been unexpectedly busy with (non-FBA) work the past couple of months, hence the delay in producing this Goode News. Fortunately for us, John Nurick has stepped into the breach and has taken charge of editing and producing this edition. Thank you, John!

The new committee has started well and has held its second meeting since election at the 27 February AGM. The committee comprises new members Marguerite Flynn and Steve Dale as well as continuing stalwarts Chris Hopper, Clare Mitchell and John Myers, with Jen Leonard taking up the role of Secretary and Elly Beckeringh and I continuing our roles as Treasurer and President respectively. We will be in touch soon by email about the FBA constitution revision, as we will need to approve this at a Special General Meeting in June. Members are continuing to enjoy the weeding busy bees and beach plastics workshops, and there is another Goode Evening in the works. You can read about those activities in this newsletter plus on the Facebook page.

The Lot 660 proposal is slowly moving through the regulatory review process with 25 June being the earliest revised estimated date for when it will be considered by the WA Planning Commission. The FBA plans to send a deputation to the WAPC meeting, so we are keeping a close eye on developments. We will also follow-up with the EPA on their consideration of our referral request. Enjoy reading the Goode News!

Catherine Macdonald 0434 148463

Dolphins at Goode Beach

We’ve had some awesome weather this autumn and on 10 April it brought us some special visitors: around five pods of dolphins frolicking close to the beach. Many residents enjoyed this fantastic spectacle, including Ian Herford who took these great photos.

Community Assessment of Plastic on Goode Beach and its Wildlife

Photo: Steve Hopper

The first of six bimonthly workshops to collect data on the annual cycle of plastics washed up on Goode Beach was held on 16th April. Led by Dr Harriet Paterson from UWA, twenty-eight FBA citizen scientist volunteers surveyed plastic density and recorded the total load of plastic debris collected from the beach that day.

Photo: Sue Roberts
Photo: Steve Hopper

All the information gathered will be fed into national databases (CSIRO, Tangaroa Blue and Keep Australia Beautiful Campaign) and will contribute to answering the questions of where and when plastics are washed up and what kind of plastics end up on our beach. The citizen science project will culminate in a published scientific paper. Dates are at the foot of the page. Follow the signs and join this citizen science project with others who are concerned about the abundance of plastic waste being dumped into our oceans and then ending up on our beaches. A light lunch is served after each workshop.

Photo: Sue Roberts

Workshop dates for your calendar

3Makuru plastic collection20/07/2019
4Djilba plastic collection21/09/2019
5Kambarang plastic collection16/11/2019
6Birak plastic collection18/01/2020
7Presentation of final reportto be decided
Photo: Sue Roberts

A Goode Evening II

The cast
Photos: Steve Hopper

Following last year’s highly successful A Goode Evening, we were treated to an entertaining series of first impressions of Albany visitors and residents from more than a hundred years ago. Under Malcolm Traill’s historical umbrella, rain, laziness and drunkenness were contrasted with bright sunshine on Princess Royal Harbour and bright spring flowers in a series of dramatic readings from Douglas Sellick’s 1997 book First Impressions.

M. le Capitaine Nicolas Baudin (elegantly rebirthed by Roley Paver) was moderately pleased ‘avec la baie’, but considerably unimpressed with the lax navigation and sanitation on board his colleague Freycinet’s vessel. Yankee whalers Briggs and Gatchell, (Sarah McNamara and Warren Flynn) were unimpressed by the little port on King George’s Sound.

Charles Darwin himself!

Charles Darwin (Ian Herford, sporting a very C19 beard) was glad to be leaving—unlike Henry Lawson (Clare Mitchell) who seemed reasonably content once he’d traded a painting job for a spot of local journalism. Meanwhile early P&O passengers (Jodie Moyle, Angela Findlay, Sarah McNamara and Marguerite Flynn) gave mixed reports of their stays, describing the locals as cheeky, asleep, lethargic, cheerful and friendly. The last reading from visitor Vivienne (presented by Jodie) could easily be used today as a tourist promotion describing her delighted impressions of the sparkling harbour, friendly township and blossoming wildflowers.

P & O passenger Sarah McNamara

Drama Director, Marguerite Flynn, said ‘We had a lovely variety in our group comprising those who had presented in the past, as well as newcomers to the stage. Fabulous feedback from the audience also added to the experience.’

Actor/Director Marguerite Flynn

Thanks again to Malcolm, Marguerite and performers for the dramatic fun; and to our wonderful chefs and wine waiters who provided delicious canapes and drinks for the evening. And a huge thank you to Eve and Tony Kinlay for making their beautiful house available for such an enjoyable evening. Plans for Goode Evening III are already under consideration—perhaps with a musical and poetic emphasis this time.

Dancing Queens

It was all jump suits, wedge boots and 70s music in late March. Fourteen of Goode Beach’s finest had a night on the town, dancing the night away to their favourite ABBA tunes at the Albany Entertainment Centre.

Dinner before the show at Six Degrees

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December 2018

Message from the President

What a year!

It’s been so busy since the September Goode News that I almost didn’t manage to fit this one in before the new year begins—just squeaked in by the skin of my teeth!

Lot 660

A large part of what has been keeping us busy has been the continuing campaign to prevent an oversize and inappropriate resort development on Lot 660. In late September, the FBA lodged a 110-page submission with the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) detailing many reasons why the proposed resort is unsuitable and should not be approved. John Nurick, Max Angus, Ian Herford, Richard Vogwill and I wrote most of the document. It is well-researched and, we think, convincing, so we hope it will persuade the regulators to apply their guidelines properly. We will use the submission as the basis for a later submission to the EPA.

Consideration of the proposal has been delayed by the Department of Planning, Lands & Heritage (DPLH) requesting additional information from the proponents (we don’t know what information—they wouldn’t tell us). They have given them six months to gather the extra information, so the proposal will likely not go before the WAPC until April 2019. We are keeping in touch with the DPLH for news of any developments and will keep you informed.

Heritage Trail and Bushfire Readiness

There’s been no update on the Heritage Trail project—we’ll have to chase the City up to see what’s happening. Another area where the City is moving more slowly than we would like is in cooperating with us on developing bushfire readiness procedures. We will continue to remind them until progress is made.

Upcoming Events

World Wetlands Day will be held on 2 February 2019, so look out for notices about this important day. Linda Matthews is coordinating events, and also organised a successful ‘Save the Lake’ session at the Albany Markets on 10 November, with more than 200 information flyers being given to interested shoppers.

Another ‘Goode Evening’ is being prepared, for 22 March, so keep that date free. Marguerite Flynn and Chris Hopper are organising this history event which should be as entertaining as the last one.

Our next event is the annual Sundowner, to be held on Sunday 27 January 2019 starting at 5.30 pm. We are trying a different format this year, having Whalers Galley Café cater the event on their premises instead of the FBA Committee members missing all the fun because they’re tied up preparing the food!

We hope you’ll come along and join in what should be an even more social event than usual. See the flyer below in the newsletter for full details.

We will be holding our AGM sometime in February and will be in touch before then with details. In the meantime, on behalf of the FBA Committee, I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and I look forward to seeing you often.

Best wishes!

Catherine Macdonald–Mob.: 0434 14 84 63.

Goode Beach Firefighters

In our spare time, most of us choose to slow down a little and enjoy a break from the rigours of our daily routine. However, Goode Beach residents Natalie Rudling and Michael McCaffery rarely take up the opportunity to put their feet up. Along with local residents Chris Myson, Sandy Wells and Derrick Jones, they are volunteer firefighters, members of the South Coast Bush Fire Brigade. When they are not out fighting fires, they spend their spare time in training sessions learning how to protect life and property from bushfire and how to avoid heat stress exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

Natalie and Michael moved from Northern Tasmania to Western Australia in 2012. They were on a mission to find the quiet life, on a bush block, in a close knit community. They found exactly what they were looking for in the karri forest in La Perouse Road, Goode Beach. They moved from Albany to Goode Beach in April 2017. Michael has a degree in zoology and postgraduate qualifications in geology. He works as a Ranger for the City of Albany. Natalie is a nurse in the Emergency Department at the Albany Health Campus. Although the task of being firefighters while managing careers is challenging, the couple’s commitment to volunteering brings many rewards, including the feeling that they are doing their ‘bit’ for their community.

The Frenchman Bay Association acknowledges Natalie and Michael and our local volunteer firefighters for their ongoing commitment to helping others and their generous community spirit. THANK YOU.

Photo: Natalie Rudling and Michael McCaffery



Noeleen Holmes and her family have lived at 38 Karrakatta Rd for 35 years and on the 8th of September they had their most unusual visitor yet! Hiding behind a plant pot was this spiky ball, an echidna! In Goode Beach!! They enjoyed watching him amble about, quite unperturbed, for an hour or so. He snuffled about with his little snout and fat feet, until eventually wandering up the stairs and off into the bush, never to be seen again!

Photo: Noeleen Holmes – Echidna


A Rose by any other name…?

It seems that FBA Secretary, Chris Hopper, has been hiding her light under a bushel (of roses?)! Chris was a key speaker at the Heritage Roses in Australia Inc.’s 14th National Conference in November. Chris gave an image-filled talk entitled ‘”Through the Seasons” at the renowned collection in Kew Gardens in London’. Well done Chris!

Photo: Chris looking at home at Kew Gardens

Volunteering for Endangered Turtles

Goode Beach local Ian Herford had a chance to get up close and personal with flatback turtles this month.

Last week Ian headed north to Karratha and then across to Delambre Island, the easternmost island in the Dampier Archipelago. Here he joined a dedicated band of volunteers to participate in monitoring of the flatback turtle, which is classed as vulnerable by both the state and federal governments. Delambre Island hosts more nesting flatback turtles, which only nest on beaches in northern Australia, than any other. The objectives of this program are to assess the size of the flatback turtle population nesting on Delambre Island (by counting tracks and tagging females) and to monitor population trends over time.

Turtles come up onto the beach at night to nest and lay 50 to 60 eggs each time. They can return to the beach multiple times during a season. Once they have laid, turtles are checked for flipper and electronic tags which, if present, are recorded to build up a picture of the movements of individual animals. If any of these identifiers are missing, either because they have been lost or because it is a ‘new’ turtle, the volunteers put the tags in place.

Photo: Ian Herford – A flatback turtle covering her nest

‘The work is fascinating,’ says Ian, ‘though it’s no picnic. Walking the soft-sand beaches for eight or so hours is certainly a great way to stay fit. The turtles were starting to emerge after dark and generally carried on arriving until 2 or 3 am’.

Next, Ian thinks he might look for a project which runs during daylight hours!

Weeding Busy Bees

The final weeding busy bee for 2018 was held on Saturday 8 December near the Goode Beach carpark. As you can see, a large part of the joy in joining in is the morning tea!

We expect to continue the busy bees in 2019, so keep your eyes open for signs announcing the next one or check us out on the FBA’s Facebook page. Do come along!

Photo by Steve Hopper – the weeding group taking a tea break

Karrakatta Street Party

Quite a few FBA members attended the recent Karrakatta Street party, as they have done for many years. Here’s a photo of some of the partygoers. Thanks for inviting us!

Photo by Noeleen Holmes


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September 2018

Message from the President

Busy times

A lot has happened in the six months since our last newsletter. Much of the activity has centred on dealing with the development proposals that are overwhelming our small community but there have also been quite a few positive community events to make all the work worthwhile. Prime among these have been the several weeding busy bees that are described later in this newsletter, plus a very successful history ‘Goode Evening’, also presented below.

Heritage Trail

On 30 April, Robin Budden, Richard Vogwill and I had a meeting with the City of Albany’s Community Engagement and Reserves managers about moving the Heritage Trail proposal forward. You might recall that the Council decided in October 2017 that the proposal had to be sent out for further community consultation because it had received a couple of letters opposing it. At this stage, the City is planning to hold information sessions for people to comment on the proposal sometime in November. We will let you know the dates.

Caravan Park

The development proposal for the former caravan park site (Lots 1 & 2) was approved by the Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel on 11 June. The FBA spoke in favour of the proposal on the grounds that it had been substantially modified in response to community concerns and as long as the environmental safeguard conditions were strictly adhered to. This includes saving as many trees as possible, both for screening and for wildlife habitat and recommending landscape redesign and upgrading of facilities at Whalers Beach as part of the redevelopment of the whole area. The proponents were granted four years to implement their proposal, so it may quite a while before anything substantial happens on the site. We will wait and see.

Lot 660

A large number of Goode Beach residents and other members of the Albany community spoke against the Lot 660 resort proposal at the City of Albany Development & Infrastructure Services Committee meeting on 11 July and at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 25 July. Although three Councillors (Moir, Shanhun and Sleeman) spoke and voted against it, the Council approved the proposal. You should have received an information flyer about our objections to the proposal in your letter box.

The proposal is going before the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) in the next couple of months and the FBA is preparing an updated and comprehensive submission opposing it. We will also be seeking to present our case before the Commission in person. Several FBA members are working very hard on this submission and on liaising with people who can advise and support us. We are hoping that the WAPC will reject the proposal on the basis that it is far too large for the site and requires the bending of so many rules that it should not be allowed. If it is approved, we may need to once again engage in more broad-based campaigning activities. We will keep you informed.

There is a lot more going on, such as working on bushfire readiness procedures and opportunities to comment on dog laws and community consultation, as explained later. We hope that this edition of Goode News helps keep you up to date.

Catherine Macdonald–Mob.: 0434 14 84 63.

A Goode Evening: Dale’s Panorama

by Chris Hopper

A sketch done from Mt Clarence by a young Ensign Robert Dale, published in 1834, was of great interest to just over forty guests of the FBA at the inaugural A Goode Evening on 17th August.

Dale's Panorama

Dale’s Panorama or Panoramic View of King George’s Sound. Source:

Hosts Eve and Tony Kinlay generously opened the doors of their home for our community to gather and enjoy fine food, wine and a presentation about Dale’s Panorama by Malcolm Traill (Museum of the Great Southern) and Steve Hopper (UWA), pictured below.

Trail Malcolm SDH UWA Albany 23 8 2018 C Vasiliu_1821

Photo: Catherine Vasiliu

From all accounts, the reliable combination of friends, food, wine and good discussion worked, as many guests were asking for more. Watch this space for Another Goode Evening!

Herman Beckeringh has organised a digital version of the Panoramic View of King George’s Sound ready to be printed (which took quite a bit of fiddling!). The picture size is 20cm by 18cm. People interested will have to bring a USB disc to copy the file. They will then have to print it themselves or have it printed. Contact Herman at 9 Fynd Street or

There is no charge, but a bottle of wine would be gracefully accepted.😊

Charlie Pierce MBE

Earlier this year, FBA member Charlie Pierce was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his service in education in Vanuatu. Charlie and his wife Barbara lived in Vanuatu for 42 years before moving to Goode Beach in 2013.

On returning home from the UK after the investiture, Charlie commented that ‘It was an amazing experience. I felt honoured and very humbled to be among a group of like-minded persons who were all receiving medals from the Queen. She only attends four of the 30-odd investitures during the year, so I was very fortunate.’

Charles Pierce

Photo: supplied by Charles Pierce

Congratulations Charlie from the Frenchman Bay Association!

Plenty of cars have seen action in the theatre of war over the years

by Herman Beckeringh

It is not widely known that the French car, the Citröen 2CV, was once the pride and joy of Her Majesty’s Navy. It was actually ‘adopted’ as an honorary member of the Royal Navy Commandos in 1959 aboard the HMS Bulwark. The Navy was experimenting with the best way to quickly transfer troops from its aircraft carriers to the ground, aiming to shift commandos 95 miles or so inland as quickly as possible in Malaysia, to fight the insurgents during the Malayan emergency in the late 1950s.


Source: Aviafora, a Royal Navy Whirlwind lifting a modified Citröen 2CV aboard HMS Albion c. late 1959

According to top brass, such an operation required a vehicle that was light, strong and easy to control. As a result, sixteen 2CVs were selected as the weapons of choice for the force. Lifted by helicopter with troops aboard and then dumped into enemy territory, the Navy was reportedly impressed with the dinky ‘Frenchmobile’s’ hardiness.

Before and after shots

Yellow duckling
2CV ute

Photos: Herman Beckeringh

The car Herman has is a replica, as all the original utes were thrown overboard after the mission. Passing the test for military service and officially joining the ranks of some of the most elite corps of the British Navy, as odd as it was, the little 2CV became a ‘four-wheeled soldier’!

 Winter feeding by Carnaby’s Cockatoo at Goode Beach

by Stephen Hopper

The presence for more than a decade of a flock of white-tailed black cockatoos at Goode Beach is a well-known sight to residents. The size of the flock reduced dramatically from 60–100 birds following the November 2015 wildfire at Stony Hill. There, prior to the fire, I had observed that Carnaby’s Cockatoos fed on substantial seeds produced each year by mature thickets of granite Hakea (Hakea elliptica). This plant was killed by the fire, with mass germination following after the burn. Only now are some seedlings beginning to reach reproductive maturity. It will take several years more for the abundance of fruits and seeds to approach numbers that existed before the wildfire. Presumably, in 2016–2017, the cockatoos found alternative food sources elsewhere to make up for the temporary loss of Hakea seed.

What I hadn’t realised until this winter was that Carnaby’s Cockatoos feed on a rarely reported food source at Goode Beach—the grubs or larvae of longicorn wood-boring beetles that burrow through the wood of branches of the common peppermint tree (Agonis flexuosa). I and others regularly see cockatoos perched in the top of peppermints on the northern edge of Goode Beach around Lake Vancouver and beyond. I noticed one day that the numbers atop the canopy in view declined without birds flying away. This suggested that the cockatoos were dropping downwards, doing something below the canopy for considerable periods.

Then I came across freshly shredded bark and outer wood on branches of stunted peppermints near the coast of King George Sound, just north of Goode Beach houses. This shredding damage (see picture), when fresh, is dark red-brown in colour, easily seen against the grey of old bark. Moreover, in most cases, burrows through the wood of the peppermint are evident where the cockatoos have been stripping away outer layers of the bark and wood. These are burrows left by the beetle larvae. The grubs also leave circular holes on the outer bark where sawdust is ejected from their burrows as they eat the wood.

Black cockies

Photos: S.D. Hopper

I looked up on the internet to see if others had observed this food source and found only one record, from the original Great Cockie Count a decade ago on the Swan Coastal Plain. Then, in July, Chris and I were walking home from the beach one day and we first heard and then saw 20 or more Carnaby’s Cockatoos munching through the outer wood of peppermints on the road verge of La Perouse Court. We approached slowly, to within about 10 metres of the birds. The sound of their crunching was memorable: like bolt cutters in action, wrenching and turning.

I have since observed cockatoos feeding in this way on several occasions around La Perouse Court and to the north, even in peppermints in our backyard and that of our neighbour. Much more could be learnt about this winter food resource for these iconic and endangered birds. I hope to get students at UWA involved in further studies, and encourage residents to start recording and let me know where, when and on what they have seen the cockatoos feeding.

Records of locations of the evident marks on peppermint branches cockatoos leave in searching for beetle grubs are of similar value and interest, as are observations where no such feeding damage is evident on peppermints. Slowly, as more observations are made, we will learn how widespread in Goode Beach and beyond this feeding behaviour occurs.

The whale rescue 

by Herman Beckeringh

It happened early one morning in June. I noticed something floating in Frenchman Bay, close to Goode Beach. After watching it for a while I saw that it stayed at the same spot. I thought it was a turned over dinghy.

I rang the Sea Rescue number and got in touch with an official in Canberra. He referred me to the Fremantle office and they referred me to Albany Police! I had to explain and they would send the cops.

The cops came and I had to give them my binos so they could see the ‘floaty’. The cops agreed with my assessment and they contacted the volunteer Sea Rescue squad from Emu Point, who took an hour to get here. And it was then that I saw that it was actually a whale tangled in a fishing net. Fortunately it was pulled free and swam off.

I contacted the police, who had heard about it already and the people there were thrilled to bits, they told me. I also contacted the rescue service, for details and perhaps photos but they never replied. Probably they wanted to claim the rescue for themselves.

Weeding Busy Bees

Weeding 1

Photo: Linda Matthews

You may have seen a bit of activity in the bush near the beach and up in the forest over the last couple of months. If you haven’t been able to join in the fun don’t despair, we aim to be around for a while yet.

Weeding 2

Photo: Linda Matthews

The idea came out of a series of workshops organised late last year by Chris Hopper. We kicked off with a grant from South Coast NRM which helped us make up some Goode Beach Weed ID kits and to buy some tools and have held three well-attended, productive and fun events. Not to mention the mid-morning teas.

Weeding 3

Photo: Robin Budden

 The next busy bee is Saturday 8th September, so keep an eye out for the signs or check us out on the FBA’s Facebook page.

Weeding 4

Photo: Robin Budden

 Bushfire readiness

 The FBA committee had a meeting on 22 August with Brendan Gordon of the City’s Emergency Management department, and Charlotte Powis of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions and Goode Beach’s Bushfire Ready facilitator, Sandy Wells to discuss what our community can do to minimise bushfire risk. One of the main things the FBA was interested in was establishing a community telephone network or ‘tree’ so that people could be contacted in case of emergency. The City has agreed that it will write to residents about this option.

One thing we learned was that there have been quite a few changes made in this year’s fire management notice from the City. Conservation, special residential and rural residential zoned properties have different fire mitigation measures, so it’s too complex to cover all the residents in Goode Beach in this newsletter. In residential areas there should be a clearance around dwellings for 20 metres and the whole property should be kept to below 2 tonnes per hectare of fuel load.

The City is hoping to run a community session for residents on the Torndirrup peninsula to explain the changes, although the date is not yet set. There will be a mail out to all residents in Goode Beach.

The CoA has some good FAQ on the website: or you can call the City on 6820 3000 and talk with someone from the planning department.


Bushweeding Busy Bee

Saturday 8 September 10.00–12.30

Cnr Narvik St and Caledonia Cres.

Come along and help keep our bush beautiful and weed-free.

Dress for the occasion – long sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy shoes and gloves.

It should be fun!

Keep an eye out for signs and stay up to date with the FBA Facebook page.

For further information call Robin on 0417 986 574 or Linda on 0401 348 845.

Art trail

 Make your comment

There are opportunities for commenting on:

  • City dog laws—by 28 September

Information available at:

Comments to Carl Beck at:

Consultation methods—online survey to be completed by 23 September

The survey is available at

Contact Kristy at Painted Dog Research on 9227 6464 or for further information.


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March 2018

Message from the President

New committee

Not only does the FBA have a new committee, elected at the Annual General Meeting on 28 February 2018, but a new President – me – Catherine Macdonald! For the first time, we have an all-woman Executive Committee, with Chris Hopper continuing ably as Secretary, and Elly Beckeringh rejoining as Treasurer. Continuing committee members are our immediate past President, Tony Kinlay, Clare Mitchell and John Myers. We are joined on the committee by first-timers Jenni Leonard, Ian Herford and Robin Budden. We have had our first committee meeting and are looking forward to a busy and enjoyable year of community-based activities.

Resort development proposals in Goode Beach

To my amazement, there are currently two proposals for ‘five-star resorts’ in play for our small suburb of Goode Beach! The City of Albany has advised that the Lot 660 ‘Vancouver Beach Resort’ matter will not come before Council in April 2018, as the proponents are revising certain aspects of their proposals. The City will advise the FBA and we will advise members when the proposal becomes active again.

In the meantime, the proposal for the ‘Frenchman Bay Retreat’ on Lots 1 & 2 (the old caravan park) has revived, to be decided upon by the Joint Development Assessment Panel. The City will accept comments until April 3rd, immediately after Easter. The FBA will put in a submission to the effect that we are pleased to see how much the project has been modified to take into account the concerns expressed in community comments in 2015, in that it no longer includes an unrestricted stay component, scheme water will be supplied and a high-technology effluent treatment plant is proposed. We will be encouraging the City to ask the proponents to save as many trees as possible, both for screening and for wildlife habitat and suggest that they work with the FBA on weed control processes. We will also recommend that the City engage in and insist upon landscape redesign and upgrading of facilities at Whalers Beach as part of the redevelopment of the whole area. This should ensure that the general community benefits from the development rather than just suffering from the crowding that the additional people from the resort will cause.

Make your comment

Anyone wanting to view the Lots 1 & 2 proposal documents may do so at:

The City provides the following advice for those wishing to comment by April 3rd.

Please address comments to City of Albany, PO Box 484, Albany WA 6330, quoting reference number P2170633. If possible, please provide an email address to allow us to contact you regarding your comment on this proposal. Alternatively, comments may be emailed to Should you have any queries or wish to discuss this application please call (08) 6820 3040.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Goode News. On behalf of the committee, I wish everyone a happy Easter.

Catherine Macdonald – Mob.: 0434 14 84 63.

World Wetlands Day – 2 February

Warren Flynn writes ‘thank you to all of those who supported our World Wetlands Day Events and continue to support our Save the Lake campaign.

World Wetlands 25

Photo: Warren Flynn


1,344 signatures were collected during a one month period commencing on 13th January 2018. This petition was offered to people in public places (Farmers’ Market, Wetlands events, etc.), as well as through more personal contacts. 911 electors of Albany signed the white sheet (for locals), together with 433 citizens of other areas. ‘Non-locals’ included people from close locations, such as Denmark and Mt Barker, together with a large number of other West Australians.

International tourists and visitors from Canada, France, Singapore, Germany, UK, etc. also featured. When shown the location of the proposed development less than 50m from the beach and so close to a  unique and historically significant lake, most people were dismayed. Once aware of the facts; including the threats to flora and fauna, and the risk of serious beach erosion through dune destruction, people were eager to sign. It was also heartening to see several non FBA citizens collecting petition signatures to help protect this special part of Vancouver Peninsula.

The petition has now been submitted to the City of Albany and the Department of Planning. We await official responses.

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Photo: Warren Flynn

A special HUGE THANK YOU to Sarah McNamara [pictured above] who painted the banner, designed and printed the postcards (for the online petition), and with her daughter, Mahina set up the FBA Facebook page:

Also MASSIVE THANK YOU to Linda Matthews for coordinating the Wetlands Day events, and to Linda and Robin Budden [pictured below]for their tireless work on every petition gathering day!

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Photo: Warren Flynn

We still have some postcards and bumper stickers left. Please contact Warren Flynn (9844 4346) if you need some more.’

Private access roads in Goode Beach by Rob Harley

Within the Goode Beach subdivision, there is a number of sealed or partly-sealed access roads that provide vehicle access to one or more privately-owned blocks; most of which are battle- axe blocks. These include three access roads off La Perouse Road (to Lots 662/664; Lots 153/154/155/156/157/235 and Lot 609); two access roads off La Perouse Court (to Lots 654/655/656/657 and Lot 660); one access road at the corner of Klem Road/Fynd St (to Lots 149/150/234/235) and one access road at the western end of Karrakatta Road (to Lots 601/602). At the end of La Perouse Road, the access road to Lot 609 also provides right-of-way to Lots 604 and 605. In all cases, adjoining lots have reciprocal rights-of-carriageway over one another. As a requirement of the West Australian Planning Commission, these rights-of-carriageway were established on the Diagram of Survey at the time of subdivision of the respective lots. Houses have been constructed (or are under construction) on a number of these blocks while other blocks are vacant land. These access roads are highlighted in pink on the map below (please note that La Perouse Court extends as a public road to just past the walking path to the beach that is adjacent to Lot 652).

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These access roads are private property; not public roads and form part of the one or more lots which are serviced by the access road. A number of the access roads have signs erected near the entrance indicating that the road is a private road.

Some of these access roads have been or are being used used by pedestrian traffic, that is to access the beach access path off La Perouse Court or the bird hide. Technically, this pedestrian traffic is trespassing on private property. The fact that all of the access roads are sealed or partly sealed has possibly led to the misunderstanding by some that the access roads are public roads. In some instances, landowners have tolerated or are tolerating the use of the access roads and informal tracks over their land for pedestrian use; especially where the block is vacant land. Some landowners of vacant land are possibly unaware that pedestrian traffic is occurring on their property. Recent house constructions have resulted in pedestrians walking over private property in close proximity to occupied houses.

It is requested that pedestrians respect the privacy of householders/landowners and, unless a landowner has given permission for pedestrian traffic over/through their property, pedestrians should use the public roads. A potential further issue for landowners could be a public liability event if someone was injured while on private property. While many householders would have public liability cover, it is unlikely that the owners of vacant land would have public liability insurance cover in place.

Sea Lizards on Goode Beach by Phil Roberts

A number of very weird-looking marine creatures were recently washed up onto Goode Beach [see photo below]. These marine molluscs are called Glaucus atlanticus or Glaucus marginata, and are also known as ‘Sea Lizards’.

Sea Lizard

Photo: Phil Roberts

Sea Lizards are pelagic nudibranchs that feed mainly on Blue Bottle jellyfish. Floating upside down with the aid of a gas-filled sac in the stomach and surface tension, Sea Lizards drift vast distances carried by the wind and the currents. They were first noted during Captain Cook’s second voyage to the Pacific, in HMS Resolution and recorded by scientist Johann Forster and his son in a 1777 publication.

Their upper surface is blue, or blue and white which helps to camouflage Sea Lizards from predation by sea birds above and is also thought to offer protection against harmful UV sun light, while their under surface is silvery grey to effectively camouflage them from fish looking up from below. This is a textbook example of colour counter-shading.

However, blending with the environment is just the first line of defence for this beautiful creature. It appears that once they have preyed upon a Blue Bottle jellyfish [ see photo below], they have the ability to ingest the Blue Bottle’s venomous stinging cells (nematocysts) and store them for their own use.

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Photo: Stambergova, S., 2004 (Feb 13) Physalia from Western Australia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

When Sea Lizards are out of water, they have a tendency to roll into a little ball, but will open up again the moment they are placed back into water.

On the internet there are a number of ‘enthusiasts’ wanting to obtain a Sea Lizard to keep as a pet. However, due to its unique diet of fresh Blue Bottle jellyfish, keeping one of these creatures in captivity would pose considerable logistical difficulties. They are also capable of inflicting a painful sting when handled.

 Goode Beach beachcombers by Roz Boccardo

I heard through the grapevine recently that there will soon be more FBA involvement with protecting marine life and species. So I thought I would share a photo of a Baler shell with slug that Bill Watson found on Whalers Beach with Max and myself while out and about walking the dogs. We found it partially buried in the sand on the shore line just near the spring. Blessings from Eco-Warrior Rozita!

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Photo: Roz Boccardo

 Snorkelling video by Ginny Probert

We all enjoy the beach but if you’d like to experience the world below the surface here’s a link to a video my partner and I filmed snorkelling around Frenchman Bay and Goode Beach. It was a home video originally intended for my family so some of it’s just footage of me trying to dive and hold my breath but after friends gave me some positive feed back, I’d like to share it with you, my neighbours.


Photo: Ginny Probert

Only a few metres off shore and my mask became the best television screen I’d ever looked at! All the colours of the rainbow are down there. The octopus, molluscs, coral, even the ripples of light on the seabed are all amazing but my favourite is when fish swim close or just float in rhythm with the kelp. It’s a secret parallel world where nothing is not of nature! Please enjoy my short film ‘High Tide or Low Tide’ at

 Invitation to join a book club in Goode Beach

We are a core group of six regulars and 4–5 others come and go. No men in our group…yet! This is our third year of meeting. We all live in the neighbourhood and meet on the first Tuesday evening of each month at 7:30pm, in each other’s homes, taking it in turns. We are a diverse and inclusive group, gender-neutral, who enjoy lively respectful discussion. Some of us are more literary than others but we all enjoy reading books.
Next meetings are on April 3 discussing Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and then on May 1 I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven. New members are welcome. Contact Jan at or 98444129 or 0437151384.

Rabbit meets snake by Max Angus

Bill Watson and I were returning from an early morning dog walk when he spotted a rabbit having an affair with a python on the verge of La Perouse Road. He took some shots with his phone. I walked home to get my camera and by the time I had returned the two had got stuck into it.

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Photo: Max Angus

Here’s what I saw. The rabbit (deceased) was moving down the snake’s gullet at about a centimetre every 30 seconds or so as the snake contracted its muscles. A family member observed that it looked like childbirth in reverse.

An hour later I returned and photographed the snake but the rabbit had disappeared (sort of). Can you spot the rabbit (I’m joking.)? On next visit, a further hour later, the snake had disappeared.

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Photo: Max Angus

 Southern carpet pythons

Pythons are common in the Albany region. Some residents at Goode Beach have regular visits. When mature they average about 2.5 metres in length and have that greenish-brown pattern on their skin.Remember, they are quite harmless to humans so please avoid driving over one if you see it on a road. We’ve had a few casualties in recent years.

Well what did happen to the rabbit? According to my internet searches when a python grabs a prey its metabolism goes into overdrive and its organs secrete ‘juices’ that quickly dissolve the material in its stomach, even the bones of a mammal. Most likely in five or so days, the rabbit would have been turned into mush. The python would find a place to curl up and rest. It would take up to a month before it felt peckish again.


Bush weeding Busy Bee

Saturday 14 April 10.00–12.30

Goode Beach carpark

Come along and help keep our bush beautiful and weed-free.

Dress for the occasion – long sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy shoes and gloves.

It should be fun!

Keep an eye out for signs and stay up to date with the FBA Facebook page.

For further information call Robin on 0417 986 574 or Linda on 0401 348 845.


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GOODE NEWS March 2018

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December 2017

Message from the President


Our annual Sundowner will be held at Discovery Bay on Saturday 27 January 2018, the day after Australia Day. I am hoping that there will be a great turnout, as in the past two years. Hope to see you there.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held in February 2018. We will be electing a new President and a new committee for 2018 at this meeting. More details will be announced nearer the time, but please attend and have your say. If you would like to contribute to the running of the FBA, please also consider making yourself available for election to the committee.

The Proposed Resort Development on Lot 660

The proposed resort has been a much discussed topic amongst a good many members (and non-members) over the past couple of months. If it goes ahead, it would double the population of our tranquil suburb.

At my suggestion and encouragement, ten of the 13 Councillors and three of the City’s planners visited the site on Monday 20 November to gain an understanding of the FBA’s concerns regarding environmental issues due to its proximity to Lake Vancouver and the beach. Dr John Myers gave a well-received presentation of his relief model before the visitors took a walk around the site. Let’s hope this may have made them more sympathetic to the issues presented.

The City of Albany has advised that the matter will not come before Council until February next year, as the developers sought an extension of time to respond to FESA’s concerns regarding the emergency fire exit route. It seems as though the matter may not go before the WA Planning Commission until mid-2018. The next President will no doubt keep you posted!

On behalf of the committee, I wish everyone a happy Christmas 2017.

Tony Kinlay – Mob.: 0488 117 747.



Discovery Bay

Whaleworld BBQ Area

Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 5 pm – 8 pm

 Update — Lot 660 Development Proposal

On the day that the previous edition of Goode News was published, the news broke that a ‘five-star eco resort’ was proposed for Lot 660 at Goode Beach. A special meeting of the FBA was held on 28th September, and there was resounding support for the FBA committee to oppose the proposed development and foreshadowed scheme amendment advertised in the Structure Plan.

In response to the mandate given, the FBA committee and other members have worked tirelessly to inform decision makers and the proponents that there are important environmental and amenity reasons why the development should not go ahead.

Here is a summary of what has been happening:

  • City of Albany called for a ‘Conversation’ meeting with proponents, CoA staff and Goode Beach residents. FBA President compiled and asked questions of proponents on members’ behalf.
  • FBA and numerous individual members responded to opportunity to make submissions to CoA by the closing date of 9 October.
  • FBA submission was also sent to the WA Planning Commission who will ultimately make the decision to approve or reject the resort development.
  • FBA President and other members have been interviewed by journalists from ABC Great Southern radio and newspapers.
  • Councillors and CoA staff accepted an invitation from FBA President to visit the site as described in the President’s letter above.
  • Each CoA Councillor has separately been sent copies of the FBA Submission and Dr Myers’ submission.
  • A one-page summary (compiled by an FBA member) of the history of previous development applications, and the reports which declared the site to be incapable of sustaining any development, was sent separately to each Councillor and the CoA planning staff.
  • Representatives of the FBA have spoken in opposition to the proposed development at two CoA Ordinary Council meetings and two Development and Infrastructure Services meetings.
  • Face to face meetings have been held by various FBA members with Albany MLA Peter Watson, Councillor John Shanhun and Greens MLC Diane Evers.

The proposed resort will be an agenda item at the Development and Infrastructure Services meeting in early February 2018, and at the CoA Ordinary Council Meeting later in the month.

Just as the proponents will be presenting their case to Councillors at a special meeting, an FBA delegation will also be given a final opportunity to present its case to Councillors, prior to the February round of Council meetings.

 YouTube Videos of the Wetland to Be Affected by the Proposed New Resort

FBA committee member Clare Mitchell took off her shoes, took up her camera, and made a couple of short videos of the track that is intended to be the driveway of the proposed resort. Follow her squelching progress by following the link below!

This second video shows how close the internal entry/exit road for the proposed resort would be to the edge of Lake Vancouver. 

FBA ‘Eco-Warriors’

The call for FBA members interested in caring for the Goode Beach environment resulted in a gathering of 33 enthusiasts in November (see photos). The following seven presenters, all experts in their fields, raised the enthusiasm of the group.

  • Max Angus FBA, Introduction
  • Maggie Shanklin Friends of Porongurup Range, Best Practice in Organising a Community Environmental Group
  • Loxley Fedec Friends of Porongurup Range, Technology and Citizen Science
  • David Tunbridge UWA, Techniques for Surveying Fauna
  • Dr Harriet Paterson UWA, How to Contribute to Plastic Science at Goode Beach
  • Peter Stewart Reserves CoA, Rosie Smith Green Skills, Weed Control
  • Ian Herford FBA, The Next Step: Let’s Make a Plan.

 Participants in rapt attention

Rapt attention
Photo: Sue Roberts

A plan was made for all participants to list, in priority order, their five environmental wishes for Goode Beach. The lists submitted by the participants have been collected and collated by Ian Herford and Chris Hopper and we are ready to workshop the ideas and kickstart the FBA environmental focus group.

Participants in discussion

Participant discussion
Photo: Sue Roberts

The Stage 1 Priority Setting Workshop will be held on Saturday Morning 20th January 2018 at 23 La Perouse Court, Goode Beach. Please come along and share your ideas. All members and non-members are welcome.

Ever Wondered How Many People Live at Goode Beach?

The following statistics have been selected from the 2016 Census results. Further data are available at the Australian Bureau of Statistics website:

Population Usually Resident21733,145
Median Age (Years)6043
Average People Per Household2.12.4
Number of Occupied Dwellings9212,275
Number of Unoccupied Dwellings552,220
Median Weekly Household Income$1,375$1,198
Median Monthly Mortgage Repayment$2,100$1,600
Selected data for the Albany urban area have been included to enable comparison (source: accessed 15 December 2017).

William H. Angove’s Survey of Goode Beach, Summer of 1887-88

By Steve Hopper, 23 La Perouse Court.

Recently, while trawling through digitised surveyors’ field books on the AEON (Archives Explored Online) database and image base of the State Records Office of Western Australia, I happened across William H. Angove’s 1887 surveyed sketches of the two blocks that became the foundation for Goode Beach as we know the settlement today. These drawings are in Angove’s field book Number 1C, available at

Angove’s field sketches were converted to a finished plan (Plantagenet 92) covering the southern shore of Princess Royal Harbour east to Goode Beach, prepared presumably in the early 1890s. Interesting inclusions in the fieldbook sketch for what became the northern Loc. 2104 are Lake Vancouver (‘lagoon’) and the wreck of the Runnymede (below the words ‘Frenchmans Bay’).

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Angove’s 1887 survey of Goode Beach Locations 2104 (above) & 2471 (below) from his Fieldbook 1C
Angove survey 1887 Location 2471

The central karri forest is marked (as ‘karri timber’) in the southern Loc 2471, as is a swamp on the SW corner and a ‘large granite rock’ on the NW corner. The finished survey plan below indicates a creek running SW from Lake Vancouver approximately following the alignment of today’s La Perouse Road, and exiting eastwards into King George Sound near the NE corner of Loc. 2471. Future examination of air photography taken before subdivision of beach blocks and associated bulldozing of dunes may show the precise location of this exit point for the creek.

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Survey of Goode Beach from Plan Plantagenet 92 State records Office, WA.
Goode Beach from Google Earth
Google Earth image of Goode Beach with the approximate boundary of the southern Lot 2471 marked in yellow and green (Austin Road).

Follow the Trail

The FIGS (Felters in the Great Southern) exhibition for the Southern Art and Craft Trail went well. There are a few changes happening to FIGS in 2018. FIGS are making Bornholm Hall their base, meeting the third Sunday of the month to share the craft of felting. The beautiful venue at Torbay where FIGS exhibited during the Southern Art and Craft Trail, is on the market, so FIGS will be moving to a new venue – Eclipse Building, Museum of the Great Southern. An exciting prospect so watch this space!

FIGS are running a workshop for beginners on 24 February. Anyone interested in felting can contact Maggie Myers

Environmental Weeds

 Environmental weeds are unwanted plants growing in bushland. They may originate from other regions of WA, interstate or overseas and they usually result in the decline of the bushland communities they invade.

 Follow the link below for a news article about one such weed, the Arum lily.

Check out the Weed of the Month calendar on the FBA Community Notice Board at the bus stop. If you know your weeds, you are in a much better position to control the spread of weeds into our bushland.

Australian Argonaut Shell on Goode Beach

In late spring, this highly prized shell of an Australian argonaut (paper nautilus) was found and photographed on Goode Beach by regular beachcomber and resident, Ruth Keszia Whiteside.

Argonauts are a unique group of pelagic (floating) octopuses found in the tropical and temperate waters of the world. The female of the species has the beautiful brittle white shell. Less well known is the shell-less male. Australian waters are home to the greatest diversity of these animals of any other country in the world.

Australian argonaut (paper nautilus) shell

Australian argonaut (paper nautilus) shell 1
Photo: Ruth Keszia Whiteside
Australian argonaut (paper nautilus) shell 2
Photo: Ruth Keszia Whiteside


Whaler’s Galley summer breakfast & evening opening dates

Whaler’s Galley café open for dinner on Friday 15 and Friday 29 December and every Friday in January 2018 from 6pm. BYOG.

Open for breakfast from 8.30 to 10.30 every morning from Boxing Day until the end of January.

Reservations can be made by calling 98444711 or emailing:

Gabe’s Gardens

Sick of seeing invasive species and pest plants around the neighbourhood? Annoyed with overgrown brush, thick bushland or an out of control garden? Or want some soft/hardscaping done to improve the quality of your property?

I’m here to help. Goode Beach-born and bred, lived here 21 years and I love it. My name’s Gabriel Mettam and I’ve just started my business – Gabe’s Gardens.

Please feel free to contact Gabe’s Gardens for building a better community and better backyards! Licensed, Registered, Insured, Transparent and Honest.

Phone 0439303369 for free no-obligation quotes.


Got a story or want to advertise or place a community message on the Goode News or FBA website Noticeboard?

 If you have news of interest to the Goode Beach community for inclusion in the Goode News or on the FBA website please contact FBA Secretary Chris Hopper (

To download a PDF version of the latest Goode News, click on the following link: GOODE NEWS December 2017