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Welcome to the Toodyay Friends of the River

Working for the health of the Swan/Avon River

The Avon River is unique in its character. Dry for most of the year (but wet in the winter), it originates in an almost flat catchment, then drops sharply to its outlet, the Swan River (most river systems in the world commence in the uplands or mountains, and terminate through flat floodplains). The Avon is also unique in the way it's currently managed - mostly by community groups such as the Toodyay Friends Of the River (TFOR) who are always begging for funding or soliciting the public through raffles and other fundraising ventures.

• Connecting the Avon and Swan Rivers •

The Avon is the UPPER REACHES of the Swan River which flows through the heart of Perth. It contributes around 70% of the nutrients entering the Swan River.

Both rivers have had some really poor management decisions made by government in the past (the Avon River Training Scheme a prime example). Now, when the economy is more focused on development, our waterways are again under pressure. Community groups like TFOR, and 'Conserving the Avon River Environment' (CARE) are undertaking whatever activities they are capable of with their limited resources.

But they can't replace a committed government.

Catchments, Carnabies and Chuditch of the Julimar Forest Forum

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Above: First presenter, Dr Liz Kington, speaking on 'catchments' (a broken foot didn't dampen her enthusiasm).

Photo: Wayne Clarke

Second presenter at the Forum was Greg Warburton (photo below), who spoke about the Chuditch or Western Quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii) from the Dasyurus Family.

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Chuditch (classed as 'near-threatened') are found in the Julimar Forest. Other members of this family include the Tasmanian Devil, the Antechinus, Phascogales, Dunnarts and the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger).

Photo: John White

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Above: Final presenter, Ron Johnson from the WA Museum, speaking on Carnaby, Baudin and Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoos.

Photo: Wayne Clarke

Bilya Walk Track

Visit the 5.6km long Walk Track

Over the years the TFOR have contributed an enormous amount of time and energy on projects that vary from the recent Pelham Brook Outlet Project to the Bilya Walk Track and revegetation projects along the Avon River, and along Harper, Boyagerring & Toodyay Brooks.
The Toodyay Seed Group is a sub-committee of TFOR; they provide seedlings for projects across the Shire and administer and provide seedlings to the Toodyay Native Tree and Understorey Scheme that provides Toodyay landholders with local native plants for revegetation projects and gardens within the Shire.


Caring for Country

crossing repair

Above: Repairing the crossing at Boyagerring Brook

Photo: Greg Warburton


Visit the Julimar Conservation and Forest Alliance website Check out why Julimar Forest should have National Park status

If you are interested in helping the TFOR - either with our monthly working bees, with administration, or trying to help turn the tide of Caring for Country you are more than welcome.
Contact our Secretary with your details.


The TFOR Vision is:
'that the Avon River will once again be the lifeblood of the Swan-Avon River Systems, with the Toodyay Friends of the River helping to conserve its remnant biodiversity and natural habitats for present and future generations

The TFOR Mission is:'the conservation and rehabilitation of the Avon River and its environs '.

Your donation will assist us to accomplish our mission.

You can view our 2023 Calendar here or check out our Monitoring Project

View our latest 'BIDDIP', Newsletter of the Toodyay Friends of the River (1.5MB)

Our 'News Page' has all our latest news

Check out our various observations

Drummond House - Toodyay's Environment & History Centre
108B Stirling Terrace, Toodyay (next to our website sponsor, Bendigo Bank). This is Our Home we share with the Toodyay Historical Society and Toodyay Naturalists' Club. We are open every Saturday morning from 10am until noon. Drummond House is open to visitors, but please ensure you comply with any current COVID-19 distancing rules.

You can find here a copy of the TFOR rules - 2022

TFOR are Members of the WA Landcare Network

Toodyay Friends of the River Recognise the Noongar Nation as the Traditional Owners and Cuctodians of the land on which we work and meet. We pay our Respects to Elders Past, Present and Emerging

The Noongar Calendar
from the Bureau of Meteorology

We are now in the Noongar Season of MAKURU - June - July.
Winter -
the Season of Fertility. Coldest and wettest season of the year. More frequent gales and storms.

Find out more about the Noongar seasons from the Bureau of Meteorology

• TFOR is a CHOOSE RESPECT supporter •


Report Illegal Dumping

♦ You can report cases of 'illegal dumping' to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) on the Department's Pollution Hotline 1300 784 782 or through the Department's website


Updated 1st June 2023

If you are not a member and would like to be, please download our PDF membership Application form.
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