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.
President's Message August 2016
The Mannerim Soldiers Memorial Garden Needs Friends
BLG has been successful in raising $5300 through the Department of The Premier and Cabinet to do some remedial work and develop a low maintenance indigenous garden on the Mannerim Soldiers Memorial Site. This is situated at the intersection of the Bellarine Rail Trail and Swan Bay Road, and has remained in an undeveloped condition despite the valiant efforts of Trustee Gordon Dodson, who, over some time now has been unwell and has asked his son Gary to liaise with us.
This site used to contain the Mannerim Memorial Hall, and some older residents still remember going to dances in its heyday.
The Hall was built in (about) 1923 in memory of Mannerim community and its residents who participated in The Great War. Once a vibrant community, with a railway station, the demographics changed and ultimately the railway station and hall were both demolished in the sixties. Adjacent to the rail trail, this small piece of special local history remains, albeit weedy and rather friendless.
BLG and Gordon have agreed to give the site a new lease of life, by establishing an indigenous garden, installing seating, a story board and fixing plaque to the memorial stone.
We will start work on a low maintenance indigenous garden design shortly. Though the garden will be low maintenance, it will need to be carefully established and then given recurrent loving care.
So we want to start a Friends of the Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden. I am calling for interested people to respond. Please contact Sophie or me
This will add another dimension of history and depth to our local community, and a place for users of the rail trail to relax and reflect.
The challenges of fund-raising ...
Bellarine Landcare, like other natural resource management organisations, depends on volunteers and success in attracting funding from diverse sources. Our practice is to seek funds to enable work to take place, and then to ask volunteers to help us do the work. We are, of course, always hoping for gifts from grateful donors as we can offer tax deductability and promise to 'make your money go farther'!
This year, an energetic Committee has been very creative and won some outstanding grants to supplement the on-going government funding that nearly pays for our facilitator's time. The Rabbit Group has been using funds from the grant we received last year, but we need more for their work now.
Celebrating our past achievements
Bellarine Landcare Group will receive funding of $4,000 from the State Government’s Victorian Landcare Grants this year to celebrate our past achievements, present actions and our future vision. BLG is planning this event as part of the 30 year celebrations. We are looking forward to a celebration dinner and commemorative tree planting. We’d love to also be able to run a commemorative bus tour.
The Victorian Landcare Gateway is celebrating the achievements in a special effort called "Showcasing 30 years of Landcare – putting you in the picture”. They are calling on Landcarers young and old to share their stories through photographs and videos. They’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.
They've made it easy for you to upload your photos, videos and consent forms via the following link 30 Years of Landcare Photo (http://www.landcarevic.net.au/30-years/showcasing-30-years-of-landcare-2013-putting-you-in-the-picture)
Connecting Communities: creating linkages to green the Bellarine
BLG will receive funding of $16,450 from the State Government’s Victorian Landcare Grants in Corangamite this year. for this project.
The connecting communities project will extend the capacity of the Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) to engage new and existing landholders and school groups within the Bellarine community in cooperative and inclusive projects that restore and connect threatened native vegetation across the Peninsula.
The Bellarine Peninsula has long been cleared, grazed, tilled and set to production in the process of an ever-evolving list of agricultural pursuits. As a result, many of the ecosystems have been highly modified or lost and much of the remnant vegetation is confined to linear road or track side reserves or pockets within private land. These remnants include pre-1750 grassy woodland (EVC 175) and plains grassy woodland (EVC 55), both of which are considered Endangered within the Otways Plain Bioregion. Additionally, a number of properties contain the increasingly rare Bellarine Yellow-gum, (FFG List, Endangered).
Many of our members and landholders who interact with our Landcare facilitation project are keen to learn about the value of their remnant vegetation and undertake revegetation and restoration, using indigenous plants grown from locally sourced seed by volunteers at the Bellarine Secondary College and Bellarine Landcare Group Nursery.
Nurture yourself in nature - Interpretative Rail Trail
The Bellarine Rail Trail from Curlewis to Swan Bay Road is an important exercise route for the Drysdale/Curlewis/Clifton Springs communities. It provides magnificent views and is lined with some of the Bellarine's last remaining native vegetation.
We propose to improve the rail trail experience and encourage greater active community use of it by installing additional distance markers at 500 m intervals, strategically located, eco-cultural interpretive signage and seats. Distance markers will provide "milestones" and motivate users to extend their goals. Signs will foster social engagement and exercise, while seats offer respite in nature.
Mannerim Soldiers' Memorial site
- our President reminds us this month that we also have received some funds to work on the war memorial site and is asking for volunteers to form a 'Friends of...' group. Please don't hesitate if you have time and energy on your hands :-)
Rabbit Control Field Day
The Rabbit Control Field Day held at Curlewis Golf Course, on Friday 15 July, was a rip-roaring success, with 70 participants taking home new insights into an integrated rabbit control strategy.
The importance of tackling rabbits from all directions - removing harbour such as woody weeds, knocking down numbers with baiting, and then following up with fumigation and destruction of warrens was highlighted by all the speakers. Alex Thorpe from Casterton reinterated the importance of not relying on the K5 release alone to control numbers. Tim Bloomfield, a consultant for the State Government's Leaps and Bounds program, and a rabbit expert has presented to the BLG a number of times and was an outstanding contriobutor to the Field Day.
Please note that on Suday August 7, there will be a 'Blitz!' at which you can learn to use FeralScan to record sightings of rabbits. This is important work as the BLG Rabbit Group is trying to get a clear picture of where the problems are most acute, and what effects are resulting for their abatement work. (See calendar on the website for details.)
For more information about rabbit abatement, visit our website at http://www.bellarinelandcare.org.au/
Can you take photos?
Feral Animal Photo Competition
The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre's popular feral animal photo competition includes photos of pest animal impacts, remote camera shots and video clips. A range of great prizes will be on offer, including camping store vouchers and a chance for all entrants to receive one of two 12 month Australia Geographic magazine subscriptions
Competition closes September 2, 2016
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).
National Tree Day Sunday 31 July, 10 am - 2 pm