March news

It’s been a dry summer, now that Autumn has rolled around it will be a relief to get some cooler weather and hopefully some rain. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times in the Macedon Ranges and a great time to get out in your own garden. Feel free to let us know what you’re up to in your garden in the comments section below!

Our next Sunday working bee on March 24th will be held at the Quarry Rd rail reserve to further enhance the wildflowers that appear along here each Spring. We will be working once again on the section which has the best biodiversity and need to remove the remaining  broom and other woody weeds which are a threat to this site.

Wear sturdy footwear and full length protective clothing and bring gloves, eye protection, secateurs, loppers and maybe a kneeling pad. The Landcare trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided. A good turnout will get us close to finishing the tidy up of this important site, if you needed an incentive there will be hot cross buns for morning tea! Park in Washington Lane and carefully cross Quarry Rd to access the works area. (We need to limit parking on the reserve to works vehicles only). A briefing will be held at 9am.

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Events

Spotlight walk

Would you like the chance to see a greater glider? The next spotlight walk coming up is 27th April in Spring Hill. Book here

Chook workshop

Raising chickens! Ever longed for the joy of fresh eggs and great fertiliser?! Join Piper’s Creek Landcare for a workshop on small-scale, backyard chicken-raising. Kyneton District Poultry Club will provide specialist assistance. A range of actual chickens will be there too!! 🐔 🐓

$5 entry or $10 per family (including a copy of The Chook Book manual) 

Sunday 24 March 11.30 am 2019
Kyneton Showgrounds
Sausage sizzle at noon
More info piperscreeklandcare@gmail.com or 0448 401 372 rsvp by 20th March
  

 

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!

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.

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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Woodend Landcare News, Events and More!

25 February: SUNDAY WORKING BEE
After many years of using contractors and our own Landcare volunteers, the Crack Willow infestation of the Five Mile Creek from Romsey Rd to High St is almost eliminated. As with any weed there are always some missed or new ones still emerging, so at our next working bee we will be starting at Romsey Rd and heading downstream to cut and paint all remaining willows. They are generally around a metre high so, at this stage, are quite easy to deal with. A good turnout would help us to get a really long section of the creek cleared of this invasive weed of national significance.
  • Date: Sunday 25th of February 2018
  • Time: 9am till 12pm
  • Where: Meet at Ruby Mckenzie Reserve in Tennyson St
  • Bring: secateurs, loppers, gloves, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, long sleeved shirt and pants, sturdy boots and even gumboots for work close to the creek
  • Eat: Morning tea will be provided
  • RSVP: For catering purposes please email woodendlandcare@gmail.com if you can come

TWILIGHT WORKING BEE PICS

Though our numbers were down compared to previous years, our twilight working bee on the 2nd of February was as pleasant as ever. Our revegetation sites along the creek are looking incredible – thick Poa grasses have filled the entire planted areas and the native trees and bushes dotted amongst them are growing strong. Happily, very little follow-up work was required and we quickly had the few blackberry and oak plants under control. Peter’s handy whipper-snipping cleared around the planting site edges and the ‘look out seat’.  Meanwhile, Dave Bower headed across to last years Trees for Mum site near Lake Earnshaw where he removed some thistles and reported that all the plants are going great. A huge thanks to our amazing catering team for the delicious dinner and to Chris for mastering the BBQ. Here is our latest snaps of the planting sites:

23 February: CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ROLE OF FORESTRY

Newham & District Landcare Group invites you to their presentation on February 23 on Climate Change and the Role of Forestry – Click here for flyer. It is relevant for the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn Shires given that it will include:

  • Shire and Council Wood Encouragement Policies that are happening around Australia
  • MRSG and the windfarm trials in the plantations near Woodend
  • Fire risk and fuel reduction
  • Biolinks, reafforestation and landscape planning
  • Joint venture with shires to manage leisure pursuits in working plantations (eg mountain biking)
  • Agroforestry and encouraging plantations on private land.

The evening starts with drinks and nibbles at 7pm, talk by Karl Kny at 7.30, followed by Newham Landcare’s usual splendid supper. Please RSVP to Penny Roberts on penroberts@bigpond.com for catering purposes.

20 March: CONNECTING WILDSPACES SO PEOPLE & NATURE CAN THRIVE 

The Biolinks Alliance is excited to be hosting Dr Gary Tabor for an evening in central Victoria when he visits Australia next month. Click here for flyer.

Gary, renowned conservation biologist and wildlife veterinarian, is a world leading expert on connectivity conservation.  He co-founded the trailblazing Yellowstone to Yukon conservation initiative, established the Kibale National Park in Uganda and established the World Banks Mountain Gorilla Conservation Trust.  He is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation, in the United States.

He has much to offer us as we pursue our ambitious vision to re-connect habitat across central Victoria. Gary will speak about the priorities and opportunities for 21st Century conservation practice. Come and be inspired and hear how we all need to be, and can be, part of the solution in central Victoria.

  • When: 6.00-7.00 pm 20 March, 2018 (doors open at 5.30, drinks available)
  • Where: Kyneton Mechanics Institute – 81 Mollison St Kyneton
  • Tickets: Free to Biolinks Alliance members, $10 for non-members.
  • Bookings: www.biolinksalliance.org.au/gary-tabor-talk

HAVE YOUR SAY ON COUNCIL’S NEW BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is currently inviting input on two important projects—a Landscape Assessment Study and the Biodiversity Strategy—that will protect and enhance the shire’s unique natural environment.

Community members can inform the projects by pinpointing important natural features on an interactive map which is available at: http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/About-Council/News/Have-Your-Say/Macedon-Ranges-Biodiversity-Strategy. We want your feedback about sites of biodiversity value, special landscape features and significant views that require additional protection. We also want to know where opportunity exists to connect or buffer existing vegetation and habitat.

You can also share this information in person at drop-in sessions held on:

  • Thursday 15 February, 5pm–7pm, Room 3 at Kyneton Mechanics Institute, 81 Mollison Street
  • Wednesday 21 February, 6pm–8pm, Lancefield Neighbourhood House, 78 High Street

For more information, contact Liz Jardine on 5421 9684 about the Landscape Assessment Study, or Krista Patterson-Majoor on 5421 9503 about the Biodiversity Strategy.

HAD ANY PHASCOGALE SIGHTINGS?

As part of the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network’s recent successful biodiversity funding, they have employed a project officer – Brad Blake – to begin work on our surveys for greater gliders, phascogales and powerful owls. They have started setting up remote cameras for phascogales on the properties of people within our network that have been seeing them. If you  have been seeing them around your place and would like cameras installed, please let Sandy know so we can arrange for Brad to visit and install cameras. Contact Sandy on uclandcare@gmail.com.

Newly appointed Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake is examined by a phascogale, one of the species he will be surveying with the help of our community. Pic Scheltema

INTERESTED IN FARM WATER SUPPLY?

Martin Hamilton from Ag Vic is looking to run some sessions on Farm Water Supply. The session details how to calculate how much water you have and how long supplies are likely to last as well determining pipe sizes, friction loss as well as demand. If you are interested in knowing more about this, please let Sandy know at uclandcare@gmail.com.

TAX INCENTIVES FOR SHELTERBELTS FACT SHEET

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has produced a fact sheet on the tax incentives for primary producers for establishing shelterbelts entitled “Establishing shelterbelts on land used in primary production business: Can I claim a tax deduction? What you need to know” (Dec. 2016). The fact sheet was developed in a partnership between the ATO and the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network, and provides primary producers with useful information on the taxation, productivity and biodiversity benefits that can result from the establishment of shelterbelts.  Click here for the PDF of the fact sheet.

OTHER INTERESTING LANDCARE NEWS

Upper Campaspe Landcare February Newsletter  – this is a fantastic newsletter from our local network. This month it includes:

  • UCLN APPOINTS NEW THREATENED SPECIES PROJECT OFFICER
  • PHASCOGALE SIGHTINGS WANTED!
  • SEED COLLECTING BEGINS AT BALD HILL RESERVE
  • ASHBOURNE LANDCARE CONTINUES BIOLINKS PROJECT
  • VBA GO APP LAUNCHED
  • EVENTS, RESOURCES AND GRANTS

Victorian Landcare Newsletter

Issue 71 of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature on managing water is now available online.

Among the stories in issue #71 include stories from agroforestry expert Rowan Reid who shares his experiences of planting, growing and harvesting a multipurpose riparian farm forest in the Otway Ranges. There is a story about how the people of Birchip are reaping the benefits of increased biodiversity at Tchum Lakes after the Mallee CMA received environmental water for selected wetlands from the Victorian Environmental Water Holder. Other stories include how biochar can improve the water-holding function of soil, and a story on identifying frogs.

Landcare Australia Newsletter

27 August – Landcare Working Bee

Help us prepare for our spring planting at our next working bee on Sunday the 27th of August 2017. Held on the creekside flats near Ruby McKenzie Park, our aim is to whippersnip individual planting sites for our tree planting on the 24th of September 2017. There are also numerous Hawthorn seedlings needing cutting and poisoning and some debris needs to be piled in heaps – so there is plenty of work for everyone!

Please park in Tennyson St near the playground if wet or beside the walking track downstream of the park if dry (drive very slowly if using the track). The tool trailer will be onsite, morning tea is provided and bring old clothes, gloves, boots etc as this area is quite rough. RSVP and any inquiries to woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Also, a reminder that our AGM and talk by local botanist Greg Boldiston will be on the evening of Tuesday the 29th August 2017 – CLICK HERE for more details. We hope to see you there! If you’d like to learn more about about our local fungi, Wombat Forestcare have a very useful page highlighting 102 of the thousands of species that can be found locally; CLICK HERE to view.

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Campanella olivaceonigra, observed near Anderson’s reservoir – a stunning sample of Greg’s flora photos from the Macedon Ranges. Come along to our AGM to see more!