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Fish of the Perth Hills with Suzanne Thompson – at the DRB

9 August, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm


Fish of the Perth Hills

The Perth Hills have a unique suite of fish species that inhabit the streams and rivers that feed into the Swan-Canning Estuary. Many of the species are small and cryptic in nature, resulting in their being virtually unknown to Perth residents. From the elusive freshwater cobbler to the common pygmy perch, they all fulfil important ecological roles in our river systems, yet are typically undervalued. Without the ‘wow-factor’ of the larger and more charismatic fish species, such as trout and murray cod that have been introduced to some of Perth’s waterways, it is very difficult to inspire any sense of protection for our native species in the public.

In this presentation, Suzanne will introduce some of the cryptic and vulnerable species of native fish and other aquatic fauna in the waterways of the Perth Hills. She will give an overview of some of the key threats to their survival and what actions are being taken to protect our native aquatic critters. Expect to be fascinated!

Guest speaker:

Suzanne (Suzy) Thompson, Environmental Officer – River Health, Rivers and Estuaries Branch, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Suzanne’s career as an aquatic scientist has centred on the Swan-Canning river system in various programs including water quality monitoring, intervention strategies and ecological water requirements. Her work on the Helena and Canning rivers seeks to identify areas of high ecological value downstream of public water supply dams and work with other government agencies to determine their water requirements in order to prescribe environmental water releases, commonly referred to as e-flows.

Venue: Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia. NB: We move venue in October 2019.

Target audience: Ideal for both children and adults. Bring the whole family from aged 6 years and upwards. Aged 6yrs -106yrs are all welcome, we are an energetic, enthusiastic and inter-generational club.


  1. Kids’ talk – One of your younger members will be giving a 5 minutes kids’ talk or a talk will be specially aimed at children. Tonight Kendra Campbell, Marine Biologist, is talking on Turtles.
  2. Monthly nature competition for children. When a child (under 16) comes along to a meeting they are invited to bring a drawing, craft work, story, study or video on the topic to the next meeting. Small prizes are given each month. Thus, any child who was at our July talk on “The Night Sky” can enter the competition this month and bring along something they have made, researched or written on that topic.
  3. Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table or to send photographs to the MC in advance, e.g. a sample flower, a sample of geology, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. One of our experts will identify them or briefly talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. Photographs are particularly welcome, as everyone can see them. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to Arlene our MC for this night, and she will include it on her PowerPoint slides: info@arlenequinn.com
  4. Raffle: We are having a break from raffles for this evening. However, you could be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.

Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as we start promptly. We are open from 7pm. We finish formal proceedings at 9.20pm and stay for refreshments and socialising afterwards any time up until 10.15pm.

Level: This will be suitable for anyone who is interested in fish or who is keen to learn more about the natural history in the Perth Hills, from scientists to amateurs, and children to elderly adults! Bring the whole family – aged 6yrs onwards.

Donation: All this for only a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits (including gluten free). Please bring the right CASH to help us avoid long queues. Thanks. No EFTPOS is available.

Entrance: Doors are open for members at 6.45pm. Entry is open to visitors at 7pm. We use two different doors to avoid congestion – members come to the main side door and visitors come to the door off the verandah. We have signs pointing the way. Please note everyone needs to sign in on arrival and leave their contact details (just an email is fine), thank you.

Bookings: Bookings are not required. Come early to get a seat at the front.


9 August
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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Jorgensen Park Pavilion…
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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