February Landcare Working Bee
9am-12pm | Sunday 23 February | Slatey Creek Reserve, Ashbourne Rd
Our first working bee for the year will kick off at the much loved Slatey Creek Reserve. It is a nice shaded site and there are plenty of smaller emerging blackberries, gorse and hawthorn to eradicate. The Hawthorns will be easier to see at this time of year as they will be in full leaf compared to the last couple of working bees at this site. With a good turnout we may even tackle some older self seeded fruit trees on the edges of the site.
Park in gravel no-through road along the east boundary of Slatey Creek Reserve. It is 1.4 km along Ashbourne Rd from the traffic lights. Please bring sturdy footwear, full-length protective clothing, gloves & eye protection. Our tool trailer will be on site and a tasty morning tea is provided. Non-members welcome.
Blackberry Control Workshop
10am-12pm | Saturday 1 February | Jubilee Hall, Smith Street, Macedon
Learn about blackberry management in a peri-urban environment and how to control this weed. There will be a Q and A session and some real examples to see in the township of Macedon. Organised by Macedon Ranges Shire Council, you can book online at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/blackberry-control-workshop-tickets-68230658737
Woodend Waterway Weed Workshop
9-11.30am | Sunday 16 February | Marsh Court Reserve, Marsh Court, Woodend
This workshop will provide landholders who have waterway frontage with the skills and knowledge to improve weed management along waterways. Organised by the North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA), the workshop is an integral part of projects that are improving the health of waterways in the upper Campaspe and Coliban catchments.
- Ben Perry, Biosecurity Manager, Agriculture Victoria – Riparian weed identification and best practice control advice
- Ashbourne Landcare’s Weed Action Group – local control efforts
Free coffee van and plenty of fact sheets/information will be available. Please BYO camp chairs. To register by 12 February 2019, go to EventBrite. For further information, please contact Angela Gladman on 5440 1825 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock
The Macedon Ranges Shire Council is offering a free service for assisting landholders within the shire with their grazing of livestock. The advice and support follows Holistic/Regenerative farming principles. To book an appointment, contact Jason McAinch on 0455 210 436 or email email@example.com
You Me & Biodiversity Talks
Wombat Forestcare invites you to enjoy two noteworthy speakers in 2020.
21 March: Resilience of the Wombat Forest to changes in climate with Professor Stefan Arndt (School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne)
20 June: Wildlife conservation in changing landscapes – a tangled tale of forest fragmentation, fire and fauna with Dr Holly Sitters. (School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne).
To register for your interest in these events, contact Wombat Forestcare via www.wombatforestcare.org.au
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to help start a Macedon Ranges Field Naturalist Group?
7pm-8pm | Tuesday 3 March | Woodend Community Centre, Forest Street
Are you interested in participating or leading citizen scientist programs in the Macedon Ranges?
Macedon Ranges Shire Council is investigating the idea of initiating a local Macedon Ranges Field Naturalist Group to help undertake flora and fauna monitoring in the local region. Join us at a public meeting to hear more detail about the types of activities that could be undertaken and how you can be involved.
Conversations about Living and Connecting in Woodend
10.30am-12pm | Saturday 1st February | Woodend Library
Largely as a response to the horrific fires that engulfed large parts of Eastern Australia over the Christmas and New Year period a group of representatives from the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group, the Anglican Church, SES, CFA, Woodend Neighbourhood House, Woodend Library, and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council have banded together to start a conversation with locals about how we can enhance our connections and be better prepared for future disasters, predominately but not restricted to bushfires. You are invited to contribute your thoughts or pose questions at the Woodend Library on the Woodend Farmers Market Day.
Landcare-specific bushfire relief appeal
Landcare Victoria Inc. (LVI) advise that Landcare Australia, in conjunction with the National Landcare Network, has announced a Landcare-specific appeal to assist with longterm recovery. Information is also provided on the positive role Landcare plays in recovery.