February news!

Our first Sunday working bee for the year will be on the 24th of February from 9am till 12pm at Ruby Mckenzie Park in Tennyson St. We’ve had three very successful working bees in a row around the same time last year in this area so we need to do some follow up weeding and tidying to keep this section of the creek in good order. The first task is some blackberries need treating at the Romsey Road end of the track and in the weir. Our second task is to check the creek for small re-emerging willows from Romsey Road downstream to Ruby Mckenzie Park and beyond to the new concrete bridge if possible. Some Hawthorns also need treating near the park. There is plenty of work so a good turnout would be greatly appreciated! We’ll have a delicious morning tea for all the hard workers who come along too!

Remember to wear suitable full cover protective clothing, gloves, sunglasses, hat and sturdy footwear. (gumboots will be useful for some of the weeds) Bring secateurs, loppers, pruning saws if you have them. The tool trailer will be at the assembly area in the park. We’ll have a briefing at 9am. Check out our latest calendar on the new Coles noticeboard or our website for upcoming events and working bees.

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Lots of events coming up!

Spotlight walk

The next UCLN Spotlight night to look for  threatened species in our area is near Lyonville, Springs Rd on the 23rd February. Bookings here
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Become a Citizen Scientist for a day and help look for platypus

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Batty about bats!

Would you like to meet fellow Landcarers and have drinks and nibbles at Hanging Rock (when it is usually closed to the public)? Why not come along to the Landcare Networking event on Saturday 2nd March at 6.00 pm. You can also learn about bats! Bookings essential
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Other Landcare news

READ ALL ABOUT THE WONDERFUL WOMEN LANDCARERS OF NEWHAM LANDCARE

Newham and District Landcare Group have been featured in the current Victorian Landcare Magazine. Check out the article online.

January working bee!

Our first working bee for 2019 will be a twilight bee on Friday 1st of February from 5pm until 7.30 pm followed by a sausage sizzle.

The work location is on the creek near the information centre and the pool. We will continue on downstream from where we left off the work at the very successful December Christmas breakup working bee. Woody weeds like willows, blackberries, poplars are the target. Wear sturdy clothing and work boots and bring gloves, eye protection, secateurs, pruning saws etc. The tool trailer will be onsite.

Parking is in the swimming pool/tennis court carpark or at the information centre carpark. Please note the working bee will be cancelled if a total fire ban is declared.

Newcomers welcome. Keep a look out for our upcoming calder of Sunday working bees for 2019. Hope to see you there!

Woodend Landcare December News

End of year Landcare celebration at Hanging Rock

Saturday 15th December 6pm

The council  is inviting members of Landcare and environment friends groups in the Macedon Ranges to a special event at Hanging Rock Reserve as a thank you for all your work during 2018.

On arrival, there will be a stand up dinner including finger food, sliders and a sparkling wine at Hanging Rock Café.  Afterwards, we will take a leisurely stroll to learn about why and how to trap bats from naturalist, John Harris.

Bookings:  mrsclandcare2018.eventbrite.com.au

November working bee

Our last working bee for the year was at Five Mile Creek, near the information centre. In the space fo a couple of short hours, we managed with the help of the kids to remove all the poplar saplings and some blackberries. We hope to return to this site next year to revegetate.

Working bees resume at the end of January, we’ll start the year off with a twilight evening event with sausage sizzle. More details to come soon

Update from the Flint Hill project

Stage One of the willow and blackberry removal is now complete. Krista and Peter recently visited the site with property manager, Phillip Holgate. The many willows infesting the creek have now been stem injected. Phillip has also removed many blackberries and hawthorn. In Autumn the Willows will be removed and native plants planted in Spring.

Coles Woodend Landcare noticeboard

We’ve secured a spot on the new Coles community noticeboard, look out here for notification of our working bees, other events and useful info.

Other Landcare news

Click for the December edition of the North Central chat for 2018

November News: Last working bee for 2018, fire talk, grasslands update

Last Working Bee for 2018: Five Mile Creek

Come and celebrate another successful year of Landcare volunteer work. Our last Sunday Working Bee for the year is on the 25th of November from 9am till 11.15am followed by an extended, Christmas themed, morning tea.

We will be working along the Five Mile Creek behind the Information Centre and Swimming Pool. There is a lot of woody weed control to undertake in this area.

Park in the pool/tennis court parking area. Our blue tool trailer will be onsite but please bring secateurs, loppers, gloves, long protective clothing, sun, eye and ear protection. Morning tea is provided but BYO drinks. Please help with catering and RSVP to woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

We had great attendance at our October bee. All the 2017 Spring plantings were brush cut around and lots of woody weeds controlled in the vicinity of Ruby Mckenzie Park. Thanks to all who came and lent a hand. New helpers are always welcome and hugely appreciated at our bees!

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A huge thanks to all our volunteers in 2018 – the Thursday Crew, Catering Crew, Sunday Bee Attendees, and the Committee. 

Reminder: Living with Fire and Biodiversity Talk

A reminder that this Wednesday (14 November) Owen Gooding from the CFA will discuss how to manage your property to reduce the risk of fire and to retain vegetation. The talk will commence at 7.30pm at the Woodend Neighbourhood House (47 Forest St, Woodend) and followed by a light supper. To assist with catering, please RSVP by emailing woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

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Woodend Grassland Reserve post ecological burn

Now is a excellent time to visit the Woodend Grassland Reserve to see the wildflowers in full bloom post the Autumn ecological burns. Stuart Boardman who led the burns has sent through some fascinating photos. The section that was burnt in May is looking amazing and full of wildflowers (right). Its a great comparison to the non burnt adjacent grassland which had a almost identical grassland structure pre burn (left).

More great Landcare news

Newham and District Landcare  – Spring 2018 Newsletter

Land For Wildlife – Spring 2018 Newsletter – Includes a useful article on nestboxes for wildlife.

Woodend Landcare – October 2018 News

Working Bee – Ruby McKenzie Park

9am-12pm | Sunday 28 October | Ruby McKenzie Park

Our October Sunday working bee is fast approaching on the 28th from 9 am till 12pm. We will base ourselves at Ruby McKenzie Park in Tennyson St and the aim is to attend to the Spring 2017 plantings. This will involve whipper snipping around individual plants, some plant guard maintenance and the removal of small hawthorns and other woody weeds in this area. This will continue the great work done in this area in late Summer and Autumn.

The tool trailer will be onsite but please bring secateurs, loppers, gloves, long protective clothing, sun, eye and ear protection. A couple of extra whipper snippers would be handy. Morning tea is provided. For more information contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Talk – Living with Fire and Biodiversity

7.30pm | Wednesday 14 November | Woodend Neighbourhood House

As the weather warms many of us start thinking about preparing for the next fire season ahead. Unfortunately the things we love about living in the bush, become a source of fear and anxiety in the hot, dry months.

How do we protect ourselves from bushfire and still protect the plants and animals that make our area so special?

On Wednesday the 14th of November, Owen Gooding, CFA’s Vegetation Management Officer and a leading researcher on vegetation management and fire, will discuss how to manage your property to reduce the risk of fire and to retain vegetation.

Owen suggests that you can enhance biodiversity and manage fire risk at the same time by taking practical steps to understand your vegetation, minimise fire danger and maximise biodiversity. He will help us understand fire behaviour, introduce a system of thinking in management zones and explain how we can landscape for bushfire protection.

The talk will commence at 7.30pm at the Woodend Neighbourhood House (47 Forest St, Woodend) and will be followed by a light supper. To assist with catering, please RSVP by emailing woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Monday 22 October – Sunday 28 October | Somewhere in the outdoors near you!

Celebrate National Bird Week by taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count — you will be joining thousands of people from across the country who will be heading out into their backyards, local parks or favourite outdoor spaces to take part.

To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space (this doesn’t have to be your actual backyard), and some keen eyesight. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert — we will be there to help you out. Simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on the ‘Aussie Bird Count’ app or the Aussie Bird Count website. You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted in your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!

Not only will you get to know your feathered neighbours, but you’ll be contributing to a vital pool of information from across the nation that will help us see how Australian birds are faring.

So get your friends and family together during National Bird Week, head into the great outdoors and start counting!

Report from our September Working Bee

Many thanks to all who came along to our September Working Bee along Five Mile Creek. It was a great turnout of 18 adults and many kids too.

As a result, we have cleaned out all the oak seedlings from beneath the canopy of the big oak tree and hopefully that area can be added to the councils mowing regime to keep new seedlings from growing again. It will be a good spot to pause during a walk along the creek track and maybe one day we should get a circular tree seat around the trunk. We also removed a number of iris clumps, gorse, and blackberry etc in adjacent areas.

About 400 metres downstream, near the Heron St levee, another group removed a large thicket of privet together with some hawthorn, elm and blackberries that co-habited with the privet. The privet was cut and painted but some will likely re-shoot and may need a spray at a future date to finish it off.

As usual, thanks to Chris, Linda, Susan and Liana for a great morning tea. If only we could get weather like this for all working bees.

Peter Yates

Landcare News from our Region

Click on the following links to read more interesting local Landcare news.

North Central Landcare Chat – October 2018

Wombat Forestcare – September 2018

Woodend Landcare September News: Celebrating wildflowers and much more!

Wildflowers Working Bee: 23 September

Our next Sunday working bee is on the 23rd of September from 9am till 12 pm in the Landcare protected wildflower zone on the railway reserve near the intersection of Quarry Rd and Washington Lane. This area is arguably one of the best examples of wildflowers within Woodend.

Our Landcare group has erected signage at this site to minimise mowing to an access track. This will enable the numerous lillies, orchids, herbaceous perennials and grasses to thrive. We are also protecting the existing shrubs and emerging tree seedlings.

Last Spring we had a successful working bee at this same location but there is still more to be done. Tasks include removing some non indigenous shrubs and lots of woody weed removal of predominantly broom. These weeds are threatening the existing indigenous vegetation.

Please join us to lend a hand and learn about the biodiversity of this site and why incorrect mowing practices are such a threat.

The site is accessible by parking in Peter Godden Drive or Washington Lane. Parking on the reserve will be limited to works vehicles only. Bring gloves, eye protection, suitable clothing and secateurs, loppers and pruning saws. Look for the Landcare blue trailer. Morning tea is provided.

For further details contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com. Newcomers are most welcome.

More info:

Vegetation of Quarry Road – Report by Karl Just, November 2016

Woodend Landcare Mowing Guidelines July 2017

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Take a walk with the wildflowers: 6 October

Explore the wonders of wildflowers in full bloom with a guided walk through the Woodend Grassland Reserve on Saturday 6 October from 2pm to 4pm.

Renowned for its rich diversity of herbs, lilies and orchids, the Woodend Grassland Reserve is considered to be the most significant area of natural grassland vegetation in the region, boasting a number of rare species within it.

Central Victorian botanist and ecologist Paul Foreman, who has over 20 years’ experience in land management and nature conservation, will lead the walk. Highlights likely to include Slender Sun Orchids, Flax Lilies, Parrot Peas, and the Nationally Endangered Matted-flax Lily.

The Woodend Grassland Reserve is located next to Buffalo Stadium at 1 Forest Street, Woodend.

This free event is a partnership between Council and Woodend Landcare and being held to coincide with National Biodiversity Month.

For more information or to book, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/environment-events or call 5421 9660.

Woodend Primary Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant Success!

Congratulations to Woodend Landcarer and local parent Nicole Middleton and her team of budding young gardeners for their successful application for a Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant. The $4700 grant will see the upgrade the Woodend Primary School Community Children’s Garden and establishment of a indigenous plant border.

Bunnings and the Woodend Men’s Shed have already pitched in to make new raised garden beds pictured below. The new funds will cover supplies to improve the plant propagation area and an indigenous garden with educational plaques. Woodend Landcare will assist with ordering plants, equipment and the planting day in September 2019.

Nicole runs a Kids Garden Club every Monday lunch time. The 40 keen students who attend have already helped prepare the indigenous garden with newspaper and wood chips. They’re excited by the fact that they’re creating habitat for wildlife.

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Get involved in platypus distribution mapping

As a result of  recent successful funding the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) is embarking upon a one year project to map platypus distribution on the Upper Campaspe Catchment on the Campaspe and Coliban Rivers in conjunction with the Australian Platypus Conservancy.

The project will be launched on the banks of the Campaspe River on 26th October in Kyneton at 1.30. You are invited to be involved as a Citizen Scientist in this project. Please email uclandcare@gmail.com to find out more.

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Simple things that make a big differnce

Our Landcare Week library display this year has the theme: “simple things can make a big difference to our native plants and animals”. Budding junior landcarer and St Ambrose Primary student, Anna Moloney made these posters to help us spread the word. The display will be available through the school holidays. A huge thanks to Lulu from Woodend Library for being so supportive of our group.

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St Ambrose student and budding junior landcarer, Anna Moloney. made these excellent posters for Woodland Landcare.

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Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat Macedon Ranges

The Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network is very pleased that Intrepid Landcare will kick-start in the Macedon Ranges this October with a weekend retreat for passionate young people!

Who: the leadership retreat is open to anyone* aged 18 – 35 years, who is up for making a difference and having some fun doing it. *Please note that priority will be given to young people residing in the Macedon Ranges Shire.

 
Where: Treetops Camp and Activity Centre, Riddells Creek

When: 6pm Friday 26 October to 5pm Sunday 28 October 2018

Is This For Me?

  • Are you between 18 and 35 years, have an interest or already involved in environmental conservation and land management activities?
  • Keen to take that interest to the next level?
  • Curious about what is already happening across the Macedon Ranges and surrounding region, and love meeting new people? Then YES. This is for you!
Cost: This leadership retreat is free. To make the retreat as accessible to as many young people as possible, successful applicants are being generously sponsored by Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network and supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council. This sponsorship covers all catering, accommodation and a carefully packaged leadership development program tailored to meet the needs of young people passionate about the environment. So we do ask that you take this commitment seriously before applying.  
 
Details: for more details about the retreat go to https://intrepidlandcare.org/events/macr/ 
 
Applications: please submit your application by 14 October (midnight) to https://goo.gl/forms/BVUvLmXkyhOo9GYk1
 
More information: on Intrepid Landcare and this retreat please email hello@intrepidlandcare.org or call Megan on 0412 532 817.

Note: this retreat is being hosted by Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network and supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council. 

A final note

Don’t forget to show your support for the protection of Wombat Forest from logging. Click here for more info.

Show your support for the protection of Wombat Forest

The Victorian Environment Assessment Council (VEAC) has recently released their Central West Investigation Draft Proposal Report. The draft recommendations for the Wombat Forest and other areas are to be commended.
Draft recommendations in our area include a new Wombat-Lerderderg National Park, a new Wombat Regional Park (including Trentham to Blackwood and the east section of the Wombat around Woodend), a new Cobaw Conservation Park, and a new Black Forest Nature Reserve along the Calder Freeway.
A useful summary of these recommendations is available here: http://www.veac.vic.gov.au/documents/CWI-DPP-factsheet-8-Wombat-Mac-block.pdf
The good news is that this means the Wombat Forest would be permanently protected from potential logging and mining and other impacts. If the Wombat Forest is not protected by a combination of parks, logging will resume.
There are a few things you can do to show your support: 
1- Attend the VEAC drop in session today (Monday 10th September) to ask questions or let them know how you feel about it. It is on from 3-7pm at the Woodend Community Centre (cnr High and Forest St). Another session will be held in Daylesford on Thursday 13 September: 3pm-7pm, Daylesford Football Ground, Victoria Park, Ballan Rd Daylesford.
2 – Have a look at the proposal and write a submission (response) by the 31st of October. This could be as simple as saying “We love the Wombat State Forest and would love to see it have a higher level of protection.”
3 – Email Mary-Anne Thomas to show your support for the VEAC draft recommendations.
This will potentially be a very significant issue for our area (and an election issue) so your input would most definitely be of value.
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