Woodend Landcare News – March Working Bee

Sunday 22 March Working Bee @ Ruby McKenzie Reserve

Our next Sunday working bee will be held in the vicinity of Ruby Mckenzie Reserve in Tennyson St from 9am until 12pm on Sunday 22nd of March. We will assemble in the reserve alongside the Landcare blue tool trailer. Briefing for tasks will commence at 9am so try to to get there a bit before then.

Tasks include whipper snipping around plant guards, woody weed control and the removal of a large seedling plum tree. A trailer would be handy if someone has one available. Some of the work areas are fairly rough so wear full length clothing, garden gloves, eye protection, sun protection and sturdy footwear. Bring secateurs if you own a pair.

Newcomers are very welcome and morning tea will be provided. Past plantings and weed control by Landcare have really transformed the Black Gum habitat in this area so come along and help us continually improve this site. For further information contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

march working bee


Cool Changes – District 3442

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is facilitating the development of a community climate change action plan for the wider district of Woodend (covered by postcode 3442).

Following a community information forum last week, independent facilitators will run three workshops to guide the community to develop their own plan, effectively to be an umbrella over all levels of current or desirable action to address climate change.

The first workshop is next Monday 16 March, then there’ll likely be other workshops in mid April and mid May. Council are looking for participants of all ages from across the district. Everyone is welcome!

Register your interest here: https://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/See-Do/Events/Events-Activities/Cool-Changes-Woodend-district-3442

Cool changes 16 march

More great local events

Click on the links to find out more about all these great local events coming up in the next month.

15 March – Riddells Creek Zero Waste Day

16 March – Moveable electric strip fencing demonstration day

21 March – Resilience of the Wombat Forest to changes in climate

23 March – Managing your stock water and farm dams

29 March – Chooks in my backyard

30 March – Managing your pastures in a changing climate

3 April – Nature Journaling Workshop

Various dates – NCCMA Regional Roundtables

More great reads

Wombat Forestcare Newsletter (51) March 2020

North Central CMA Landcare Chat – March 2020

Woodend Landcare News – January 2020

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.

For further details contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com

NOTE: The working bee will be cancelled in event of Total Fire Ban

Slatey Creek

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.
Speakers include:
  • 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 angela.gladman@nccma.vic.gov.au


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 jmcainch@mrsc.vic.gov.au.

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 info@wombatforestcare.org.au.

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.
LVI has the following advice for those looking to offer volunteer time. “Most landcare volunteers will be local, however volunteers who are outside of those areas can
register at: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/volunteerhow-you-can-help-support-landcare-groups-and-othercommunity-groups. This is intended to capture current
enthusiasm that can be directed to long-term recovery.”
You can find out more at https://landcareaustralia.org.au/donations-2/ Landcare Victoria Inc. can be contacted via (03) 9207 5527 or info@lvi.org.au.

Woodend Landcare – November News

Final working bee of the year – Sunday 24 November

Our next Sunday working bee will be held on the 24th of November with an earlier than normal start at 8.30 am. The plan is to finish early and have an end of year morning tea at about 11 am.

The location is Ruby Mackenzie Park at the end of Anne Road. Parking is at the end of Anne Rd or in Tennyson St. Look for the working bee sign and the blue works trailer. This is an area where Woodend Landcare has done some recent plantings and it is time to get rid of some emerging blackberries and whipper-snip grass around our young plants.

Please wear sturdy footwear, full length protective clothing and bring along eye protection, gloves and secateurs if you have them. Morning tea is provided and newcomers are welcome. Contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com for further information.


Our final Sunday session of the year is just as much about morning tea than working bee – its a important thanks for the huge effort of all our volunteers throughout the year. 

Biolink Walk in Ashbourne – Saturday 16th November

As part of the Áshbourne Landcare’s Biolinks project, they have contracted an ecologist, Damien Cook, to lead a walk on three properties on the afternoon of Saturday 16th November, to see examples of a variety of biolinks, look at plants, and have any questions answered.  They will meet at the first property at 2 pm, and finish with afternoon tea at the third property.  Details of the properties will be provided before the event to those who have responded.

Wear clothing (including a hat) and footwear appropriate for the weather and terrain and be aware that there may be snakes about.  Interested? Please RSVP to Ian Temby at iantemby@hotmail.com if you can come and for further details.

bush blockBuilding on a Bush Block

7.30 pm | 14 November | Woodend Neighbourhood House

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is hosting an informative evening where you can learn about building in a forest environment, Council’s planning requirements and approaches to sustainable building design.

CLICK HERE for more info and to book.



Woodend Landcare – October News

Working Bee – 27 October

Our next Sunday working bee will be held on the 27th of October from 9am till 12pm. The location is the Envirofund paddocks on the South bank of the creek. Parking is at the end of Wood St near the gymnasium. Look for the working bee sign and the blue works trailer. This is the area where Woodend Landcare has done the most rehabilitation work in the past and it is time for a maintenance visit.

Tasks include woody weed removal of gorse, broom, blackberries and some oak seedlings. Some plant guard maintenance is required and some checking of the ornamental trees planted by us some years ago so plenty of work for everyone. Wear sturdy footwear, full length protective clothing, eye protection, gloves and bring along secateurs. Morning tea is provided and newcomers are welcome. Contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com for further information.

october working bee flyer

Some interesting local events:

Macedon Ranges Bird Blitz – Saturday 19 October

As part of Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s biodiversity monitoring program, you can take part in a shire-wide survey of more than 80 sites to learn more about local bird communities.

Great Aussie Bird Count – 21-27 October

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard no matter where your backyard happens to be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

You can count as many times as you like over the week, we just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live.

Birding Apps – Thursday 24 October, Woodend Library

Learn about some great apps for bird watchers, and how you can contribute to the Great Aussie Bird Count using your smartphone or tablet. A Woodend Library event.

Gorse Control Workshop – Saturday 26 October, Bald Hill

This workshop will provide information on best practice treatment of this state-listed noxious weed. A walk through Bald Hill Bushland Reserve near Kyneton will highlight some success stories. A Macedon Ranges Shire Council event.

Building on a Bush Block– Thursday 14 November, Woodend

Learn about building in a forest environment, Council’s planning requirements and approaches to sustainable building design. A Macedon Ranges Shire Council event.