Newsletter September 2017 | www.BellarineLandcare.org.au
Bellarine Landcare Group Newsletter
The Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) aims to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment of the Bellarine Peninsula.
Disaster Preparedness and Early Recovery
I recently attended an update on the World Humanitarian Summit (May 2016) with The United Nations development Programme (UNDP) in Bangkok.
Early Recovery is built upon the policy of Preparedness and of Disaster Risk Reduction.
Graeme Anderson, Guest Speaker
Thanks to Graeme Anderson, Climate Specialist, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources who gave us a cooly analytical presentation on the factors which impact on our yearly weather and create our climate at the June Information Meeting. He talked about the four key drivers in our climate variability, very amusingly illustrated by the climate dog animations: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/weather-and-climate/understanding-weather-and-climate/the-climatedogs-the-four-drivers-that-influence-victorias-climate - check out this utube clip for a good chuckle!
Graeme presented the data showing that each decade has been warmer since the 1950's, 7 of our last 10 Springs have been between 1 to 3 degrees warmer than long term average - giving us bumpy Springs. Scientists are confident warming trends will continue with models suggesting Geelong's climate could be more like Melton by 2030, Shepparton by 2050 and Echuca (or hotter than Adelaide today) by 2090 - if we allow a 3 degree rise to occur by 2090 via continuing current day greenhouse emissions.
Graeme explained that climate change will appear to us as more variable seasons and weather events, with trends towards warmer and bigger dry periods but still with lots of seasonal variability. However, much will depend on how the oceans behave as they warm up. He gave us this link to talk further about climate change and impact on agriculture - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RyApq8COZw
Graeme praised the important role of Landcare in protecting remnants, new revegetation, manage pests and to getting people working and learning together as we go. Thanks to Graeme, for his excellent presentation.
BLG/BSC Nursery News
What's On at the Nursery?
Opening hours: the committee has decided to trial opening the nursery from 9-3 on Monday, Tuesday and now Thursday.
Plants: we currently have 155 varieties of indigenous plants ready for sale. There are about 220 plants indigenous to the peninsula, some of which of course will not grow easily in captivity. A prime example is the Cherry Ballart, (Exocarpus cupressiformis ), which has resisted attempts at propagation and cultivation. Its marvellous Latin name was given by LaBilliardiere chief scientist on the 1793 expedition in search of La Perouse. However our aim is to increase the number of varieties as well as the total number of plants.
Sales : We have had some plants available at Tuckerberry Hill over Autumn. In spring we will start up again there, offering a small selection which suits people who cannot get to the Nursery during its open hours. We thank David and Chris Lean for encouraging this development, and for looking after the plants out there.Celebration.
On Monday July 18, 12:45 - 1:30, we will have a celebration to welcome David to the Nursery , and unveil the sculptures made by year nine students of indigenous animals on the Bellarine. We are delighted that Richard Weatherly, renowned wildlife artist, has agreed to unveil these sculptures. There will be a light lunch. Please let Sophie know if you wish to attend.
Blitz. This Sunday at the nursery, 10-noon! All welcome.
Cleaning: Peter Smith has been appointed to clean the toilets, and the tea room at the nursery. This happens on a weekly basis and the volunteers are very pleased with the improvement.
Exciting Nursery News
A New Appointment
The Committee of Management, with Bellarine Secondary College, and Bellarine Landcare Group, Is very pleased to announce that David Heath has been appointed to the position of Nursery Coordinator. He has been acting in the role since Fiona left, when he stepped into the gap at very short notice. There were a large group of applicants and a smaller number were interviewed. These included some very strong candidates.
David has a background in landscaping, and in management. He has a degree in Design from RMIT university, and well as a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from that institution. He is currently completing a Diploma at the Gordon in Conservation and Land Management. Part of his course involved him being selected for training in France for six months. During this time he worked briefly in Le Jardin des Plantes in Paris, and attended the National Landscape School at Versailles. He did work in Le Potager du Roi......the king's veggie patch! This was part of the practical work.
The volunteers were delighted with David's appointment and cheered him on loudly this week.
Beth will still be working at the nursery on Tuesday, until the end of October, when David finishes his study. We thank her for her commitment to the Nursery.
We wish David well and we are quite sure that as he takes over, the Nursery will prosper.
Showcasing 30 years of Landcare
Later this year, Landcare in Victoria will celebrate a major milestone – its 30th birthday! We are calling on Landcarers young and old to share their stories through photographs and videos.
To mark this special occasion we would like to showcase the array of wonderful Landcare projects, events, community achievements and changes that have taken place over the last three decades. We’re particularly looking for photos showing progress of projects over time, milestones for your group/network, people participating in events, and more generally, what Landcare means to you.
Please download and complete the relevant consent forms below prior to submitting and upload them with your photo or video via the upload site.
We've made it easy for you to upload your photos, videos and consent forms via the following link 30 Years of Landcare Photo Upload
Calling for HelpBLG would like to know if you can help with propagating plants in our nursery, walking and weeding along the Rail trail, planting Indigenous plants on properties where the BLG is providing plants. Please don't hesitate to contact our facilitator (email@example.com).
Bellarine Blitz! BSC/BLG Nursery
Belchers Rd, Drysdale - Sunday 26 June, 10 am - 12 noon
Join in the Bellarine Blitz! A community of people coming together to have fun and get things done!
Bellarine Bayside Planting Day
Portarlington Foreshore - Sunday 3 July, 10 am - 12 noon
Meet on Esplanade in Portarlington, opp. Calhoun Rd. BBQ lunch provided. All welcome. For more information contact Garry Kendell 0488 592 761
Rabbit Control Field Day
Friday 15 July, 10 am - 3 pm, at Curlewis Golf Club
Covering all the important information for integrated rabbit control, including demonstration of control methods and expert guest speakers including on K5 virus release 2017. Informative speakers and practical demonstrations including the Rodenator ('Bunny Buster'). Lunch provided at the Golf Club. Cost: $10.
To register your attendance - email Sophie Small firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to new(ish) Nursery Coordinator, David Heath & unveiling of BSC Year 9's 'marvelous animals of the Bellarine'
Monday 18 July, 12:45 - 1:30 pm.
We are delighted that Richard Weatherly, renouned wildlife artist and conservationist, has agreed to unveil the Year 9's ceramic wildlife garden sculptures. Light lunch provided. RSVP Sophie - 0457 333 727
National Tree Day
Sunday 31 July, cnr Banks Rd and Knights Rd, Mannerim, 10 am - 2 pm
National Tree Day 2016 will continue revegetation on Yarram Creek which was started 25 years ago by the Bellarine Tree Group - this year through the commitment of the Downey family. Lunch provided. BYO Gloves, and wear clothes appropriate to the conditions.
To register your attendance - email Sophie Smallsophie@bellarinelandcare.org.au
World Environment Day
Planting day a Success
We were excited to welcome 20 particpants from the Geelong Youth Groups to take part in World Environment Day planting at the Fitzgerald Family property, adjoining Reedy Lake in Leopod on Sunday 5 June. For many of these young people this was the first time they had taken part in a revegeation activity and despite the cold and damp conidtions we were impressed with their interest and enthusiasm.
The revegetation was a part of the 2015 Communities for Nature Grants - plants grown at our Nursery for this Landholder will buffer the sensitive environment of Reedy Lake, while extending out the wildlife corridors and providing extra protection for stock.
We hope to work with and involve the Youth Groups in other activities in the future. We will be finishing off this planting on Wednesday 29 June, with the help of Gordon TAFE Year 12 horticultural students who need some experience in planting techniques! If you would like to join us, contact Sophie.
Another Rabbit Abatement Tool
Interested in creating a bait station for rabbit control? Below is an excerpt from an article and video produced from Jarod Coote with Connecting Country.
There are lots of available options when it comes to controlling rabbits, and usually an integrated approach involving undertaking multiple methods concurrently is most effective. However, most of these techniques need specialist contractors and equipment. We find that an effective way for landholders to get started on their own is to use Pindone oats with bait stations. Pindone is used as a safer alternative to sodium fluoroacetate (1080), and can be improved further through the use of specially-designed bait stations.
These bait stations are made from 44 gallon (220litre) drums cut in half lengthways with 2 small entrances on either end. The drum covers a short furrow filled with Pindone oats, preventing birds, kangaroos, wallabies and livestock from accessing the oats. Connecting Country has recently developed a short instructional video about the establishment of Pindone Bait Stations.
Are you a Twit?
Threatened Bird Network
If you are interested in birds - either to learn or to share your expertise, you may be interested in participating with this group. You may be able to help the BLG identify opportunities for local activities relevant to our feathered friends.
The Threatened Bird Network is a community based program aimed at encouraging participation in urgent conservation tasks for threatened birds. TBN was established in 1996, and continues to link the community with conservation of our threatened birds. Over the years a number of diverse projects have utilised the services of TBN. This has involved assistance with activities such as surveys, attendance at recovery team meetings, and running training workshops. At any time TBN has over 5000 volunteers registered and assists up to 30 projects per year working on threatened bird conservation. The main vehicle for promoting the activities for volunteer involvement is our Volunteer newsletter.
For more information see the website: http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au/tbn
Have you seen something amazing?
Federally-listed Southern Brown Bandicoot
A lucky farmer from the Glenelg Region saw a rare sight recently: a wild bandicoot at St Helens. For the first time in the Basalt to Bay Landcare region, a Southern Brown Bandicoot has been filmed using a farm as habitat.
This is the reward for several years of integrated fox control around The St Helens Flora Reserve.
See what was recorded at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYmdxv0hOxk&feature=youtu.be
If you have seen something interesting, please let us know and send us an image if you have one.
Simultaneously Improving Horsecare and Landcare
Horsecare through Landcare launched
Horsecare through Landcare recognises that Landcare has a lot to offer horse owners to help better manage their paddocks to improve the health and wellbeing of their horses, while looking after the environment.
Healthy, well managed paddocks grow better pasture, reducing the need for expensive supplementary feeding. They also maintain better ground cover reducing the risk of erosion, dust, mud and weed invasion which can all contribute to a range of horse health problems such as colic and feet issues including foot abscesses and mud fever.Good planning and property design can improve grazing management, reduce soil degradation, protect water supplies, provide shelter and help manage weeds and pests.
Read more about this program on the Corangamite site. You can also indicate your interest.