April Landcare News: Vale Jo Clancy and special working bee this Sunday

Vale Jo Clancy

We were all saddened to learn of the death of dear friend and bold, unconventional woman Jo Clancy last Sunday. Jo was passionate about many things: animal welfare, the environment, politics, feminism.  Whip smart, funny and fiercely independent, Jo gave so much to Landcare and the broader Woodend community.
Jo was a Landcare stalwart for over a decade: secretary, president and latterly head chief of the catering crew. She was a tireless volunteer and committee member within our group and was incredibly proud of the work we do. She loved being hands-on in Landcare, supporting countless restoration and revegetation projects, with a particular love of Five Mile Creek and native wildflowers. Jo had masses of integrity and was a fierce defender in so many ways. She will be deeply missed by all of us.
At our working bee this Sunday (22 April) we will host a special morning tea in Jo’s honour – please do join us.

Jo (on left) with Trevor Barker and Mini the dog visit the planting site for Trees for Mum at Five Mile Creek Reserve in Woodend.

Sunday Working Bee: 22 April 2018

Our next Sunday working bee is on the 22nd of April from 9 am till 12 pm. Briefing is very soon after 9 am. We will be continuing on downstream from the previous two working bees removing willows and other woody weeds. There are also cut off hawthorns that need to put into piles. This time we will start in Five Mile Creek Reserve with parking in the Southern end of Tennyson St. Look for the blue trailer near the bike track. Please note this is in a different location from what is on the 2018 calendar.
 
Useful tools and protective gear would include loppers, secateurs, pruning saw, gloves, sturdy boots or gumboots, safety glasses and long sleeved clothing and pants. Once again the area is rough with better access near the edges. A good turnout would see us nearly complete this section of the creek so we hope to see you there. Morning tea is provided. For further details and to register your interest, please email woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Some happy snaps from our sunny March working bee:

Interesting local events 

Chemical Users Training

Do you want to learn the skills and confidence to safely and effectively use a range of herbicides, including some targeted herbicides for controlling specific weeds? Then you might be interested in doing a Chemical Users Training course. Please find below the link to the upcoming Chemical Users Course the CMA Landcare team are running with Bendigo Tafe, subsidising 20 places for Landcare members, making the course cost per person only $100.00 (usually $450.00!).

Kyneton Course: Monday, 30th April, Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd May

First in best dressed and payment is required upon sign up (link below):

https://landcarechemicaluserscourse.eventbrite.com.au/

Local environment news

Now you have got to the end of this newsletter, go make yourself a cuppa and click on the following links for more interesting local environment news:

Newham Landcare Newsletter – Summer 2018

Wombat Forestcare Newsletter – March 2018

Woodend Landcare: March 2018 News

More willow attack: Sunday 25 March 2018

Following the great turn-out at our February working bee, we are going back for more willow attack on Sunday the 25th of March! We’ll be cutting and painting regrowth downstream of the weir while water levels are low, poisoning stumps and piling prunings into future burn piles. The area is quite rough, so please wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy footwear and gloves. Closer to the track there are weeds to deal with for the less adventurous.

  • When:      Sunday 25 March 2018
  • Time:        9am till 12 noon
  • Where:    Ruby Mackenzie Park
  • Parking:   Tennyson St or Ruby Mac Park – look for the newly painted blue trailer
  • Bring:        secateurs, loppers, gloves, boots; tool trailer on site
  • Tasks: cutting and painting of small willows, hawthorn and blackberry
  • Morning tea provided!

All welcome. For further details and to RSVP contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

NOTE: This event will be cancelled on a day of Total Fire Ban

Join a spotlighting survey for Greater Gliders and Powerful Owls

Come along to a spotlighting event to survey for greater gliders and powerful owls, led by UCLN Threatened Species Officer, Brad Blake. For more details and to register please contact Brad Blake at brad@proconpest.com or phone 0421823998.

  • SURVEY 1: SATURDAY EVE 17TH MARCH, SALTWATER CREEK, WOMBAT FOREST.
  • SURVEY 2: THURSDAY EVE 29th MARCH, COLIBAN BUSHLAND RESERVE, WOMBAT FOREST.
  • SURVEY 3: SATURDAY 21ST APRIL, BALD HILL RESERVE
  • SURVEY 4: SATURDAY EVE 28th APRIL, KANGAROO CREEK, WOMBAT FOREST.

Some great events coming up in the next week:

Twilight Working Bee (2 Feb), 2018 calender, and local events

Twilight Working Bee

5 – 7.30 pm | Friday, 2 February 2017 | Woodend Children’s Park

Our 2018 working bees kick off on Friday the 2nd of February with our annual twilight bee followed by a BBQ at the Woodend Children’s Park. Tasks include planting site maintenance such as watering, weeding, plant guard and rubbish removal, whipper snipping, cutting and painting of oak seedlings, blackberries, privet and broom below the levee and some ornamental tree maintenance (i.e. check staking and watering).

  • Parking: plenty in shady Campaspe Park (north side of creek).
  • Bring: secateurs, gloves, whipper snippers. The landcare tool trailer will be onsite.
  • Eat: following the Working Bee, join us for a BBQ and drinks (all provided).
  • Very hot day: please note this event will be cancelled in the case of a Total Fire Ban or over 35°C.
  • RSVP: to Kate on 5427 2312 or woodendlandcare@gmail.com (this is super important for BBQ catering purposes).

This is what the planting site looked like a year ago – come and see how it has changed!

2018 Calender

Grab your fresh 2018 diaries, and then CLICK HERE to view our 2018 calendar  for all the dates of our working bees, committee meetings and other events for the year. Thursday Crew working bees are held every Thursday morning at different venues around Woodend during most of the year. Please contact Dave on 0405 910 176 for details and to get involved.

New helpers are always warmly welcomed at our monthly working bees and weekly Thursday crew sessions.

River Restoration Workshop

Citizen Science Forum

Filling in the Black Gum Gaps

Woodend Landcare has recently completed our $6650 Victorian Government Communities Volunteer Action Grant. This funding opportunity came at a important moment – Woodend Landcare had just overseen the removal of the majority of willow along Five Mile Creek from Romsey Rd to the Children’s Park in Woodend and we were ready to revegetate the sites with the endangered Black Gum and associated native understorey species.

Black Gum (Eucalypus aggregata) is endangered at a state level and is listed in the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1989. In 2015 it was also recommended for listing as ‘Vulnerable’ on the EPBC Act. In Victoria, the species only occurs in a 4 km radius of Woodend. Its limited geographic range makes it highly vulnerable further loss. Hence, the protection of the black gums is a major goal for Woodend Landcare. Our focus for action for this grant was along the Five Mile Creek where Black Gum remains as isolated trees.

Eight working bees and five planting days later, some 1000 new seedlings are now in place along the banks of Five Mile Creek and any regrowth of willow or blackberry has been treated. The Ruby Mckenzie Park sites saw us plant threatened Black Gum trees into an area previously covered by willow and other weeds. We also added essential understorey species to our previous planting s between Pyke and Bowen St. Just as importantly, some 257 participants attended these events to make it happen – not to mention all the behind the scenes work preparing for and promoting the planting days, organising contractors, and ordering plants and hardware. A mammoth effort by some very dedicated volunteers – estimated to at least an $23,130 in-kind contribution to the project.

To remove the majority of willows, many hawthorns, most of the blackberries and other woody weeds infestations from this part of the creek in three years is quite an achievement. It would have been impossible without the huge volunteer contribution and grant money to pay for the various contractors, materials and plants needed along the way. Our huge thanks goes out to everyone who has been involved in the project and to the Victorian Government for making these funding opportunities available.

David Gossip’s highlight of the project was Dave Bower finding his pocket knife still in good condition after being lost five or more years ago!

First working bee for 2018

Our 2018 series of working bees kicks off on Friday the 2nd of February with our traditional  twilight bee followed by a BBQ at the Children’s Park. Always a delightful evening – do join us! More details to come in the new year.

News from our neighbours: Newham Landcare

CLICK HERE to view Newham Landcare’s latest news. Features a great article about turning your dam into habitat, and another about climate change and biodiversity.

News from the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network

CLICK HERE to view the latest news from UCLN. Features:

  • CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT UNDERWAY FOR UCLN
  • KYNETON SECONDARY COLLEGE STUDENTS WIN RESOURCE SMART SCHOOLS AWARD
  • EAGLES MONITORED BY PIPERS CREEK LANDCARE
  • UCLN BIOLINK PROJECT UPDATE
  • THE WILDFLOWER WHISPERER AT NEWHAM HALL.
  • NEW VICTORIAN BIODIVERSITY ATLAS APP
  • JUVENILE BARKING OWL STEALS THE SHOW
  • CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEPBURN SHIRE COUNCIL BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY
  • SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION AT METCALFE
  • KYNETON SHOW
  • RABBIT UPDATE
  • EVENTS
  • GRANTS, NEWS AND RESOURCES

Last 2017 Working Bee and Other News….

Working Bee: Sunday the 26th of November

Our last Sunday working bee for this year will be at Ruby Mckenzie Park in Tennyson St from 9am till 12pm on the 26th of November. We will be concentrating on the maintenance of this Springs plantings in this area which will need watering, whipper snipping around and checking of the plant guards. There are also woody weeds like Hawthorn to deal with so plenty of work for everyone! Please wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves and boots as protective clothing and a sunhat and glasses if warm. The tool trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided. To RSVP and for further details  contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com or call 5427 2312.

Please note in your diaries the first working bee for 2018 will be a twilight bee followed by a BBQ at the Children’s Park on Friday 2nd of February.

Woodend Grassland Reserve in full bloom!

With funding received through the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, we have the fantastic opportunity to have renowned grassland ecologist, Paul Foreman, undertake a new flora survey in the Woodend Grassland Reserve. On a recent visit to the site, Macedon Ranges Shire environment officer, William Terry, took some stunning photos of some of the wildflowers that are currently on display… Thanks for sharing William!

For more information about this important grassland reserve, CLICK HERE.

Newham Landcare November Activities

Upcoming events in the Newham ‘Landcare Dairy of Events’ look really interesting. For  further details CLICK HERE.

  • Sunday, 19th November: Wildflower Walk, 10am, Conglomerate Gully, Riddells Creek
  • Wednesday, 22nd November: Native Grassland reconstruction with Dr Paul
    Gibson-Roy at Newham Hall. 10am – 3pm, Newham Mechanics Institute.
  • Friday, 24th November: ‘‘What can we learn from listening to nature?’’ Andrew Skeoch will talk on birds and birdsong. 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, Newham Mechanics Institute.

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Read all about it!

Click on the following links for more great local Landcare news…

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network September News 

North Central Chat- November 2017

Two October Working Bees: Sunday the 15th and 29th!

October Working Bee 1:
Native Planting

After extensive removal of weeds along the creek, it’s important that we plant natives to create habitat and keep weeds at bay. Come and help with some infill planting of important understory species.

  • When: Sunday 15 October 2017
  • Time: 9am till 12 noon
  • Where: Paddocks between Pyke and Bowen St on the south side of Five Mile Creek near the Woodend Children’s Park
  • Park:  At end of Wood St near the Gym
  • Bring: Gloves and sturdy footwear; tool trailer on site. Morning tea provided
  • Tasks: Planting of mixed native understorey plants

October Working Bee 2:
Quarry Rd Wildflower Protection

Help us to enhance one of Woodend’s premier wildflower locations by removing invasive woody weeds.

  • When: Sunday 29 October 2017
  • Time: 9:00am–12pm
  • Where: Quarry Rd Rail Reserve (near Washington Lane)
  • Park: In Washington Lane or Peter Godden Drive
  • Bring: gloves, sturdy footwear; tool trailer on site. Morning tea provided.
  • Tasks:  Cut and paint gorse and broom plants.

No experience is necessary and newcomers are always welcome (and hugely appreciated) to our working bees. To RSVP and for further details about both working bees contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com or call 5427 2312.

More local Landcare events…

A wonderful Raptor Display at the Cascades at Metcalfe after the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network AGM on Tuesday 31st October. The Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary will give a one hour presentation introducing approximately five Birds of Prey and will discuss the need for conservation, prevention of extinction and sustainable living. Meet at the Cascades at 2.15. For more information and to RSVP contact Hanne at landcaregrp.carlsruhe@gmail.com.

An interesting waterbugs talk at the Glenlyon Fire Station. John Gooderham shows fantastic microscopic images of fabulous water creatures. Friday 27 October, 6.30 (sharp) to 8.30pm. Do get along, it is a free (gold coin) event, but remember to book. To book, go to the trybooking.com website and type in waterbugs.

Sunday 24 September: Spring Planting Working Bee

Many hands are needed for our spring planting on Sunday the 24th of September 2017. Held on the creekside flats near Ruby McKenzie Park, our aim is plant around 300 seedlings to improve habitat along the creek.

The planting sites are spread out – so there will be plenty of work for everyone! 50 plants are going in at the southern end of the group of houses close to the track near Five Mile Creek Reserve. 70 are to be scattered in the area north of the weir. The remaining 170 plants will restore the area behind Ruby Mackenzie park.

  • When: 9am, Sunday the 24th September 2017
  • Where: along the creek around Ruby McKenzie Park.
  • Park: 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).
  • Bring: your friends, buckets (to help with watering), old clothes, gloves, and sturdy boots (this area is quite rough).

The tool trailer will be onsite and morning tea is provided. RSVP and any inquiries to woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

littlhe habitat heroes

Gather the troops and join Woodend Landcare for their 2017 Spring Planting.

North Central Regional Landcare Forum

Landcare members are invited to attend the first regional Landcare Forum, co-hosted by the North Central CMA and Landcare Victoria Inc. The forum will be from the 6th-8th October 2017 at Camp Seed, Stuart Mill,St Arnauds. CLICK HERE to register by 21st September. This is a great chance to network with fellow Landcarers, and it’s free accommodation and food! CLICK HERE for more info and to view the program. Contact Kaye Rodden at nidgee@reachnet.com.au or (03) 5265 1241 for more information.