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Medicinal plants of the Perth Hills from a Noongar perspective, with Marissa Verma @ DRB Nats

12 March, 7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Medicinal plants of the Perth Hills from a Noongar perspective, with Marissa Verma @ DRB Nats

Note: No RSVP required for this event.

Please note: This meeting was scheduled for last year, but was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The DRB Nats committee have met and decided that it is now safe for this event to go ahead and we will be taking some precautions to protect members who attend:

  • Members and visitors will have to bring their own food and drink, except for tea and coffee provided (bring your own cup). 
  • Hand sanitiser will be available and should be used when entering.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Volunteers will be organised to clean the facility before and after the event.
  • You will be required to give your details to volunteers who will complete a register or persons attending.
    Please do not attend if unwell. 


Medicinal plants of the Perth Hills from a Noongar perspective with Marissa Verma and how she uses them to help promote health and healing.

Venue: Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale road, Forrestfield.

Marissa Verma is the Managing Director of Bindi Bindi Dreaming, where she is passionate about bringing Noongar culture to the community. Since 2000 she and her family-owned company have been delivering 100% authentic Aboriginal guided tours to visitors from both the Domestic and International tourism market as well local people living here in Perth and surrounds. She provides walks, talks and cultural experiences to showcase the unique Noongar culture of Perth. She also has a background in natural resource management and studied environmental science at Curtin University. Read more about Marissa’s Bindi Bindi Dreaming here: http://www.bindibindidreaming.com.au

The photo shows Marissa with two of our DRB Nats people Rob and Beth Boase from Dowerin in 2019 and Mark Tucek when they were a big hit presenting on Tuckerbush plants. Now Marissa is coming back on her own.

PLEASE NOTE VENUE: Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale Road, Forrestfield.

It is a modern, well-equipped and large venue all on one level with easy access, inside toilets, plenty of parking and plenty of seats. We won’t be squashed up any more and we don’t have to put a numbers limit on visitors any more. It’s all good! (Thanks to the City of Kalamunda for making it possible for us.)

Target audience: This will be suitable for anyone who is interested in plants, plant medicines, Noongar culture, nature of the Perth Hills or natural history generally. This is your night. Bring the whole family, aged 6 and above, all welcome. We are an inter-generational, family friendly, high energy group. It doesn’t matter if you are a raw beginner, a passionate amateur or a professional scientist, there will be something for you. Visitors and members welcome.


  • Kids’ talk – one of your younger members will be giving a 5 minutes kids’ talk – Patrick will be speaking on Beetles
  • Boffins talk – A member will give an 8 minutes Boffins’ talk -Cindy will be talking on Ferrets.
  • 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, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. If we have time, 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 our MC for this night, and she/he will include it on her PowerPoint slides. We have a dedicated email for this purpose” DRBChair@wanaturalists.org.au
  • Things of the month / Things coming up: We have sections on things that are happening in nature this month and things coming up so if you have anything to share on this email: DRBChair@wanaturalists.org.au
  • Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.
  • Raffle: We will have a great raffle  – please raid your piggy bank for a bit more cash, $5 for 3 tickets. Prizes to be announced.

Time: Please come at 7.15pm or earlier if you wish, for a 7.30pm start as we start promptly. We are open from 6.45pm. We finish formal proceedings no later than 9.30pm and stay for refreshments and socialising afterwards any time up until 10.20pm.

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 to help with the costs of running the club, venue hire, insurance and so on. 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. We do not have EFTPOS facilities yet.

Entrance: It is a condition of entry that everyone signs in on arrival, thank you.

Parking: Free parking right outside.

Wheelchair access: Everything is on one level.

Toilets: Are inside.

See you there for  fabulous night.


12 March
7:00 pm-9:30 pm
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Woodlupine Community Centre Hall
88 Hale Road
Forrestfield, Western Australia 6058 Australia
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Marissa Verma
Medicinal plants of the Perth Hills from a Noongar perspective