May news

Last working bee for the season

Our last Sunday working bee for the Summer/Autumn season will be on the 26th of May from 9am till 12pm. The location is Slatey Creek Reserve, 1.4 km from the traffic lights along Ashbourne Road. This reserve is mostly managed by nearby residents and our Landcare group helps out every twelve to eighteen months with weed control mainly.

There are some smaller gorse bushes, blackberries and Hawthorns to deal with, some plant guard maintenance/removal and a check for any rubbish. The work at this reserve is generally easier than some sites along Five Mile Creek and a good turnout enables most of the area to be gone over in one working bee.

Bring along gloves, secateurs, eye protection, sturdy footwear and suitable full length clothing. Morning tea is provided. Parking is along the No Through Road within the reserve. This is a pleasant area to work in so we hope to see you there.

Please note there will be no Sunday working bees in June and July and we will resume again on the fourth Sunday in August. We’ll still be sending out our monthly news and over the next few months , we’ll have the spotlight turned on some of our Landcare members, sharing their gardens with you and inspiring you with ideas and important things to think about.

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Other events coming up

Do you even know what a macropod is? Then this may be the event for you! Saturday 1st June 2pm – 3.15pm at Bald Hill Reserve, Kyneton Dr Graeme Coulson will be presenting:

‘The Secret Life of Macropods.”

Dr. Graeme Coulson is an Honorary Principal Fellow at Melbourne University in the School of BioSciences, Zoology Department.

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Bookings required 

RSVP by Thursday 30 May Numbers limited

Enquiries: Carolyn Robb Email kynetonfobhr@gmail.com Mobile 0439080952

 

April’s news

Hope you’ve had a great Easter! if you’re needing to work off some of your Easter eggs, we would love to see you at our next working bee this Sunday, 28th April!

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When: Sunday 28 April 2019 

Time: 9:00am–12pm 

Where: Five Mile Creek, end of Samuel Court 

Park: Tennyson St, southern end; or Five Mile Ck Reserve 

Bring: gloves, sturdy footwear; secateurs; tool trailer on site 

What: cutting and painting emerging woody weeds in a nicely revegetated area alongside the walking track. Excellent morning tea provided. 

Locals and non-members very welcome. For further details contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com or call 5427 2312. 

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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