Town of Cambridge Plants 6,760 Food Plants for Carnaby’s Cockatoos

Published on 10 July 2024


In a significant effort to support the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoos (Ngoolark in Noongar), the Town of Cambridge staff planted 6,760 food plants at the Administration Centre in June. This initiative is part of the “Keep Carnaby’s Flying – Ngoolarks Forever” Project led by Murdoch University, in collaboration with the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL).

SERCUL played a crucial role in this project, delivering the plants and assisting with the planting process. The project aims to provide essential food sources for Carnaby’s Cockatoos, which are facing habitat loss and food scarcity.


“This is a wonderful initiative that demonstrates our commitment to preserving local wildlife and supporting biodiversity,” said Mayor Gary Mack. “By planting these native species, we are contributing to the conservation of Carnaby’s Cockatoos and enhancing our local environment.”

In addition to the Administration Centre, two other sites within the Town of Cambridge have been selected for planting Ngoolark food plants. Roscommon Reserve saw volunteers, aided by SERCUL, plant a variety of species on 18 May. Additionally, more plants will be established by the Town’s parks team along Alderbury Street and Brookdale Street.

The project also includes the installation of a 4-meter-high watering station, known as a Cocki-trough, at Perry Lakes. This station will provide a reliable water source for the birds, further supporting their survival. Both the plants and the watering station have been generously donated to the Town through the project.

The species planted across the Town include Marri, Jarrah, five species of local Banksia, and two local species of Hakea. These plants are vital for providing food and habitat for the Carnaby’s Cockatoos.

Carnaby’s Cockatoos are an endangered species native to the southwest of Western Australia. They rely heavily on specific native plants for food and nesting. Initiatives like “Keep Carnaby’s Flying – Ngoolarks Forever” are crucial in ensuring the survival of these iconic birds.

For more information on the project and how you can help, visit Keep Carnaby's Flying.