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

17 04 2018

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

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Woodend Landcare: March 2018 News

15 03 2018

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:





Woodend Landcare News, Events and More!

14 02 2018
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





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

16 01 2018

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

14 12 2017

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….

13 11 2017

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.

LATEST UCLN A4 Native pastures for grazing_WEB-3

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!

11 10 2017

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.