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Dr Ian Colquhoun

In the early hours of the morning of Thursday 1st October 2015, the jarrah trees in and around Roleystone were drooping a little because they had just lost their greatest champion.

And as the news filtered through our volunteer group, one by one we hung our heads in sorrow at the passing of our dear friend and inspirational mentor, Dr Ian Colquhoun.

Ian was a research scientist and globally acknowledged authority on Phytophthora dieback. Ian loved the jarrah forest and he devoted much of his time to finding practical ways to protect and preserve it.

He was the founder and sole Chair of our volunteer group and his passing has shocked and saddened us all.

Rest in Peace Ian – you will be forever missed by all of us at Roleybushcare.


Talks 'n' Walks with the Wildflower Society of WA

2015 Talks and Walks organised by the Wildflower Society of Western Australia –Armadale branch. All Wildflower members and non-members are welcome. To view the program for 2015 open the pdf file following Talks and Walks for 2015

Hundreds of trees protected for about five years

Roleybushcare has spent the past six field days injecting every Jarrah, Persoonia, Banksia and Sheoak in the bushland in Eskdale Reserve, the surrounding bush around Hillandale Retirement Village, the Jarrah Road Bushland next to the Fire Brigade’s headquarters and the trees surrounding the Roleystone Karragullen Seniors building. A huge task that will not have to be done again for at least five years. This area is pretty special as it is right in the centre of our village and is a little like Roleystone’s Kings Park. As more development goes on and more trees are taken out then this area becomes even more precious. We thank everyone who helped out over the last dieback season.


Thank you to the SGIO Community Grant Program

Roleybushcare has just embarked on an exciting new project. Ian Colquhoun, the chair of the Group, said ‘The project is called Local Plants for Local Areas and we have received a $5000 grant from the SGIO Community Grant Program. Nurseries stock very few plant species that are local to Roleystone so we will grow them ourselves. However, it is not going to be easy because many species that are common in our local forest need to be grown from cuttings.’ The SGIO grant was used to purchase a commercial propagation unit designed specifically for cuttings – it has an automatic mist sprayer and a built-in heating pad to encourage root growth. The plants will be used to rehabilitate patches of local bushland that have been severely affected by dieback and weeds.


Wildflower Society's walks and talks for 2015

Have a look at the Wildflower Society of WA's list of interesting talks and walks for 2015. flyer_wildflower_2015_talkswalks.pdf

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