Woodend Landcare: August 2016 News

Next Working Bee: Slatey Creek Reserve, Sunday 28th August

The annual working bee at Slatey Creek Blackgum Reserve will be from 9 am till 12 pm on Sunday 28th of August. Maintenance tasks include: plant guard maintenance, cutting and follow up poisoning of mainly small gorse and hawthorn seedlings, a check for any litter and a burnoff of a fireheap if conditions are suitable. Bring gloves, a kneeling pad, secateurs, sturdy waterproof footwear etc. Morning tea will be provided and the Landcare tool trailer will be onsite. This is our first Sunday working bee for the Spring / Summer season so we hope to see you there. Newcomers welcome. Contact David for more information: dandkgossip@bigpond.com.

Lake Earnshaw Plan: feedback sought

Lake Earnshaw is a hidden away piece of undisturbed nature. It has a history of
being the the townships former swimming natural pool and an anglers paradise.
Over the last 40 years the precinct has been invaded by weed species
(blackberry, gorse, willow and hawthorn). The Woodend Thursday crew have been working solidly in this area for over 2 years. They are endeavoring not only to unearth, restore and preserve the former qualities of the site but to also take itLa in a new direction.

earnshaw in snow

Lake Earnshaw in snow: Winter 2016. Check out the crews plantings on the right – this area used to covered in a sea of gorse and blackberry. Photo: Pene Rice

The inherent qualities of a ‘wild zone’ so close to the towns center wants to be preserved for the enjoyment of the community, while encouraging visitors into the site via defined
pathways. New plantings enhance the area while creating a wildlife corridor along
Five Mile Creek. Pathways linking existing areas define movement zones and keep
traffic out of sensitive ecosystems. Structures within the natural environment aid
education and encourage engagement with the natural environment.

Click here to read more about the Lake Earnshaw concept plan

Pene Rice, who developed the plan alongside the Thursday Crew, is asking for community comment. Please email her with your thoughts, suggestions or dreams for this special part of Woodend: pene@poppyhill.com.au. Comments close on the 10th of September. Alternatively you view the plan and have a chat with Pene at the next Woodend Farmers Market on Saturday the 3rd September 2016.

earnshaw concept plan

Landcare Week: Woodend Library display and Farmers Market Stall

What has now become an annual tradition for Woodend Landcare, we will celebrate Landcare Week (5th to the 11th of September) with a display in the Woodend Library. This year the focus will be on celebrating all of the delightful local places that are great to explore with kids. This will link in with the kids nature activities that the library is planning over the September school holidays.

We will also have a stall at the Woodend Farmers Market on Saturday the 3rd September from 9am till 1pm.  You can pick up information about our local environment as well as have a chat with a representative from Woodend Landcare. The Lake Earnshaw plans will be on display and we’d love to receive your feedback on our vision for this area.

A walking track into town

Many of you may know Woodend cycling and walking advocate, Hubert Weisrock. He has asked us to help gather some support for a track that runs from South Rd into town. Please contact Hubert if you are interested in being involved: hubert.weisrock@bigpond.com.

Hello to all who are interested in the Walk / Bike -Track from South Rd. to the centre of Woodend.

I very much hope some of the new funding for Bike & Walking tracks can be directed to the track from South Rd. to the Centre of Woodend. The waterway is covered now from Urquhart Street to Brook Street and I hope will become part of the track.

The Retention basin is progressing and should become part of the track if a solution can be found at the point of entrance from Patricia Way.

Best Regards
Hubert Weisrock


Two interesting up-coming local events:

newham landcare agm 2016 talk

wombat forest talk

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