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.


Woodend Landcare September News

landcare flyer sept 19

Love platypus?

On Tuesday the 24th September, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is holding their second platypus eDNA sampling event. They will be working with citizen scientists contributing to important data collection for this iconic species. For more information and to register please email Michael Nott at president@uppercampaspelandcare.org.au

platypus event sept 19

Don’t Forget! September is Biodiversity Month…

Help us celebrate and take care of our beautiful natural environment at one or more of the following local events…

Landcare in the Library – 2-7 September

Every year, the first full week in September is the time to recognise the efforts of the 100,000+ volunteers who dedicate their valuable time to care for our treasured land, water and native Aussie species. In Woodend, we celebrate Landcare Week in the library. This year our display has the theme, ‘Birds of Woodend’. You can learn to recognise some of the more common native birds found around Woodend and what you can do to encourage more native birds in your backyard.
National Threatened Species Day – Saturday 7 September

9-12pm: Woodend Landcare at the Farmers Market
Come and visit Woodend Landcare volunteers at our stall at the Farmers Market. Find out how you can get involved in Landcare or some tips on improving nature on your property.

2-3pm: All about Black Gums – tour of Browning Street Reserve
Tour one of Council’s newest bushland reserves, which contains nationally threatened Black Gums – right in the heart of Woodend. Learn how to identify a Black Gum and the important role they have in the local environment. Click here to book or call 5421 9660.

September Working Bee – 9am, Sunday 22 September

Our September Working Bee will be held at the Trees for Mum site next to and opposite the Woodend Children’s Park. We need lots of volunteers to help us tidy up the site including removing any oak regrowth in the planted native grasses. Tools and morning tea provided.

Launch of the Flora of the Macedon Ranges booklet – 2-3.30 pm, Sunday 29 September

Councils new bushwalkers guide to the flora of the Macedon Ranges is out. The launch includes drinks and a walk along Five Mile Creek using the new guide to identify plants. Meet at Lake Earnshaw, at the top of Jeffreys Street, Woodend. Click here to book or call 5421 9660. You can grab a copy of this excellent guide in the Woodend Library.


More great local Landcare news and events: 

North Central CMA Chat – September 2019

Newham Landcare Newsletter – Winter 2019