Woodend Landcare News: AGM, Black Gums, and Orange-Bellied Parrots!

AGM: Black Gums back in the spotlight

1:30pm | Saturday 21 July 2018 | Woodend Neighbourhood House

Most of us in Woodend are well aware that we have a very special threatened species in our midst. Black Gum (Eucalyptus aggregata) is listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Some stunning specimens can been seen if you take a walk along Five Mile Creek in town. In Victoria, the species only occurs in a 4 km radius of Woodend in cool and moist riparian areas. Not surprisingly, its limited geographic range makes it highly vulnerable to further loss. Hence the protection of Black Gums has been a major goal for Woodend Landcare for many years.

More recently Black Gums have also caught the attention of new environmental organisation, the Threatened Species Conservancy. Lucky for us, Black Gum conservation will be one of the organisation’s first projects. On Saturday 21 July, founder and ecologist Anna Murphy will be the guest speaker at Woodend Landcare’s AGM. Anna will talk about what ‘threatened species’ actually means and how their organisation hopes to make a difference. She will also tell us more about their new Black Gum project and how to get involved.

More information about Black Gums is available HERE. The brief AGM will be held at the Woodend Neighbourhood House at 1.30 pm, Anna will speak at 2 pm and a tasty afternoon tea will follow. All welcome.


AGM: Renew your membership

Woodend Landcare always welcomes new volunteers and members. Most importantly,  membership ensures you are covered by insurance at our Working Bees and Thursday Crew mornings. It also helps to show support for our group in funding submissions and the like.

Our annual membership fee is $20 and you can renew your membership by either:

  • paying by cash at the AGM,
  • sending cash or cheque to Woodend Landcare, PO Box 297, Woodend 3442, or
  • paying $20 electronically (be sure to include your name in the transaction).
    Account details: Woodend Landcare, Westpac Bank, BSB 033-674, Acct 982435.

Are you a new member? Please CLICK HERE to download and fill in a membership form.

If you would like more information or if you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Kate Daniel on woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

FILM: The Desperate Plight of the Orange-Bellied Parrot

Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group – Movies that Matter film screening
7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) | Friday 27 July | Norma Richardson Hall Woodend

This is a film for local naturalists and land-carers… It tells the story of the Orange-bellied Parrot, the most endangered parrot in the world. These parrots breed over the summer in South West Tasmania and then cross Bass Strait to spend the winter on the mainland coast. With less than 30 living in the wild, this timely documentary explores efforts to save this species from extinction. Aspects of the parrots’ behaviour are shown on film for the first time and scientists working on the recovery efforts are interviewed. What is the future for this beautiful bird? Film makers – David Neilson and Karen Alexander – will join us in Woodend for the screening and a Q & A.

Movies that Matter is the quarterly film program of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group. Films are selected to provide a mix of enlightening, thought-provoking, educating, motivating and inspiring stories about our planet, the threats it faces and the people working to implement sustainable solutions. For more information, contact Anita via email: anitafoerster75@gmail.com.


A Walk in the Forest

Woodend local, Mark Amble, keeps an informative nature blog of his local observations and experiences. He recently took part in a Upper Campaspe Landcare Networks “Spotlight on Species” evening. CLICK HERE to read Mark’s delightful reflection of his multiple Greater Glider sightings.

For more information about Spotlight on Species, or to find out when the next spotlighting tour in on, CLICK HERE.

Links to more Landcare News

Wombat Forestcare Newsletter (44) June 2018

North Central Chat – July 2018

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