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.
VEAc recommendations

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!

 

Local environment events – April 2017

Fungi Workshop – 30 April

Friends of Bald Hill Reserve are having a Fungi Workshop with Alison Pouliot on 30 April 2017. CLICK HERE to view the flyer with all the information. It will be a wonderful session and we are looking forward to it, along with some rain to encourage the fungi. Numbers are limited to 20 so rsvp asap.

Environmental DNA Testing – 6 April

A very interesting talk on the use of environmental DNA testing of water ways as part of riparian protection works to be held in Drummond on 6th April, hosted by Malmsbury Landcare.

DNA Talk Poster*

Geology of Bald Hill Reserve – 27 May

A “Geology of Bald Hill Reserve” workshop with Phil Dyson is to be held on Saturday 27th May 2017. CLICK HERE for flyer with RSVP details.

Macedon Ranges Shire Environment Events

The shire have some interesting events coming up in April including land management workshops, a bird count in the Cobaws, and an evening about conservation covenants on bush blocks. CLICK HERE to check them out.

Prickly blitz: Sunday 26th March Working Bee

Join us for our once-a-year blitz at the 3ha ‘envirofund’ site on Five Mile Creek – just upstream of the children’s park*. Massive amounts of poplar were removed over a decade ago, with follow-up plantings of close to 4000 native plants and 21 exotic trees and the addition of granitic paths. Tasks for our March Working Bee include cutting and poisoning of gorse, blackberry and willow regrowth, plant guard removal and maintenance, whipper-snipping in plantings.
* Please note this a changed location from what is provided in our annual calendar.

  • When: Sunday 26 March 2017
  • Time: 9am till 12 noon
  • Where: Five Mile Creek between Pyke St to Bowen St
  • Parking: on site at Wood St – next to Badger Removals
  • Bring: secateurs, gloves, whipper-snippers, sun protection, gumboots for creek access, suitable protective work clothing.
  • Provided: Our tool trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided (please RSVP to help with catering).

Newcomers are very welcome. For further details and to RSVP contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com or call 5427 2312.

Once covered by poplars, this is the envirofund site today – a Woodend Landcare success story.

Woodend Landcare: January 2017 News

Twilight Working Bee – Children’s Park

  • When: Friday, 3 February 2017
  • Time: 5:00–7.30pm
  • Where: Children’s Park + Campaspe Park
  • Parking: plenty in shady Campaspe Park (north side of creek)
  • Bring: secateurs, gloves, whipper snippers
  • Eat: BBQ and drinks provided
  • Tasks: Spring planting maintenance including; watering, weeding, plant guard and rubbish removal, whipper snipping

Click here to download the working bee flyer. Please note this event will be cancelled if a Total Fire Ban or over 35°C. RSVP to Kate on 5427 2312 or katedaniel.home@bigpond.com.

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This happy crew thoroughly enjoyed last January’s twilight working bee – we hope to see you again this year! Photo: Sandy Scheltema.

Basic First Aid and Defibrillator Training

  • When:      Saturday 4 February 2017
  • Time:        9:30am–12pm
  • Where:    Woodend Neighbourhood House, Forest St
  • Wear:       comfortable clothes – kneeling required
  • Cost:         $10
  • What:        Basic first aid, CPR and defibrillator training

Click here to download the defib training flyer.  Places are limited; please RSVP to Kate on 5427 2312 or katedaniel.home@bigpond.com.

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Vegetation of Quarry Road

Quarry Road is one of the best areas for viewing wildflowers in Woodend. On the 14th of November 2016, ecologist Karl Just inspected the roadside and rail reserve on the north side of Quarry Road in Woodend. The aim was to document the type and condition of the vegetation. While a detailed plant survey was not undertaken, a preliminary list of vascular plant species observed was compiled.  The site contains at least two threatened species, including the endangered Eucalyptus aggregata (Black Gum) and the rare Geranium sp. 3 (Pale-flower Crane’s-bill). Last Spring the sheer number of local grassland species present was impressive. You can view Karl’s report by clicking here.

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Woodend Landcare 2017 Events Calendar

Click here to view, print or save our 2017 events calendar.

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network News

Click here to view the December 2016 Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Newsletter.

Woodend Landcare 2017 Calender

A huge Merry Christmas to all of our supporters! Here is the ultimate gift to help fill some details into your new diaries and calender’s – Woodend Landcare’s 2017 Events Calendar. Click on the following link to see what we have in store. Our first event for the year is a twilight working bee and BBQ on Friday the 3rd February 2017. More details to come in mid January. In the meantime, enjoy the summer break!

Woodend Landcare Calendar 2017