Newsletter September 2017 | http://www.BellarineLandcare.org.au
The Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) aims to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment of the Bellarine Peninsula. We are part of the Victorian volunteer Landcare movement - a joint effort between volunteers, the community, government and businesses.
There is a General Meeting of the Bellarine Landcare Group
7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month
in the Marcus Hill Hall, cnr. Banks Rd and Bellarine Hwy, Marcus Hill. All are welcome.
The new rabbits?
After 6 weeks clear of rabbits, these recently appeared on a local property! Wow!!!
A Time for Celebration and Consultation and Contemplation
It was only a few months ago (it seems) that Kate Lockhart, our Vice-President, suggested we make a submission to Bellarine Community Health for funding to support the development of the rail trail as an educative and interesting place to exercise.
On-ground works for 2016
Applications for on-ground works grants now open!
Bellarine Landcare Group has been successful in receiving $16,000 from Corangamite Catchment Management Authority for revegetation projects in 2017.
We are very happy to offer this money to Landcare members and the wider Bellarine Peninsula community and we are inviting people to contact the Facilitator to discuss their ideas, or to go to the website to download the Application Form.
It is a competitve process. Applications will be ranked on the environmental benefits they are can provide.
So, if you have a creek running into a Ramsar wetland; a remmant patch of vegetation you'd like to protect by fencing off; a property alongside one of our precious roadside remnants which you'd like to enhance by fencing and revegetation, or if you'd like to plant a wildlife corridor/shelter belt, please call Sophie - 0457 333 727.
The grant covers a proportion of the cost of plants (50%), fencing and weed control, and the successful applicants will be supported through the process of site preparation and planting and planning, reporting immediately and a year later.
Please download or print the application form and submit it when you have discussed your project with Soohie.
MS Word version: BLG_CCMA_Landcare_Application_Form_2016-17.docx
PDF (for printing): BLG_CCMA_Landcare_Application_Form_2016-17.pdf
Small Leaved Clematis or Old Man's Beard
This is putting on a lovely show across the peninsula at the moment.
This climbing plant looks great in trees or on fences but also performs really well as a ground cover. The mass of creamy yellow flowers provides great pollen and nectar. They are followed by a great display of white fluffy seeds, often used by birds. The white fluff was also used as body art in aboriginal ceremonies by glueing it on with tree sap. We still have several hundred in stock but they are popular, so be quick! Email our nursery to place an order or call on on a Monday or Tuesday (see details).
Propagation at the Nursery
Please consider ordering plants for 2017 now!
If you know what you woulkd like to plant next year, please help us by telling the nursery so that they can make sure you can get what you want. It usually takes 8 months of careful work to prepare a plant for you.
A reminder that our plants are now $2 per plant and this supports the special propagation of plants for members and also very rare and endangered plants that will be available in the future.
If you'd like advice about what to order, please don't hesitate to visit the nursery or contact Sophie.
Coastal Research and Development Forum
Learning about our area
Corangamite CMA hosted its first Coastal Research and Development Forum for natural resource managers, land managers and community members. The event was to present research relevant to coastal wetland vegetation and fauna requirements to the Corangamite coastal environment.The forum included presenters from Universities, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Birdlife Australia and Parks Victoria.
Craig Morley talked about the history of work to save the fast diminishing population of orange-bellied parrots. This was interesting, esp as they are one of only two species of parrots that migrate, world-wide, and their population seems to be increasing. Steve Sinclair explained how mapping work was showing that coastal wetlands are of many kinds so more precise mapping of the types could help with their management.
Toby Stringer gave a talk about the consultation and collaboration they have enjoyed at Parks Victoria while working to imrpove the lot of coastal areas from Breamlea to Point Cook. And Renee Mead told an amazing story about more than 600 volunteers who have turned the tide on the hooded plover population's plight and the management of the public who show support for the work.
Finally, Quinn Ollivier explained the notion of 'blue carbon' and how it is being investigated. Quinn dazzled everyone with science but pleased them with his story of how care of coastal areas might be relevant to carbon sequestration.
Threatened birds: http://birdlife.org.au/projects/threatened-bird-network/threatened-birds
Blue carbon: Blue carbon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Come, and see, and Blitz!
Join us for the Bellarine Blitz!
Sunday 28 August, 10 am - 12 noon Banks Rd, Mannerim
Join Margot and Chip Harrison on their magnificent 10 acre revegetation site where we will be infilling the 8 year old plantings with Drooping She-oaks.
This is a great example of high quality revegetation which is already providing habitat for lots of birds along with native swamp rats.
Followed by BBQ and glass of wine.
BYO gardening gloves and wear warm clothes and boots appropriate for the weather conditions and long grass.
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org - essential by 24 August
If you would like to hold a Blitz! on your property, read what's required of the host and give us a chance to help! See details: http://www.bellarinelandcare.org.au/index.php/blg-activities/blitz
3 Big Things in solar!
Local solar business Green Energy Options is coming to talk solar and battery storage at our next Landcare meeting on September 14th.
“We’ll been discussing three of the big things in solar” says Green Energy Options director, Aaron Lewtas.
“There’s been an increase in enquiries about batteries, and businesses installing solar and a trend towards smarter, microinverter solar systems” he said.
The recent release of the Tesla Powerwall has put a focus on home batteries and Enphase’s AC Battery offers an affordable starting price (around $2,500).
“We’ll be covering off on all things battery storage and off-grid” said Lewtas.
With smart businesses looking to reduce their costs, solar has become a good way to be more efficient. Geelong business owner Mick Robertson took advantage of the Government's $20,000 tax break, and says “Solar is already looking at being a great saver on electricity, and will pay for itself in 2-4 years”. When it comes to smart solar, Enphase microinverters have some advantages over traditional systems. Their microinverters are installed under the solar panels and offer improved performance, smart monitoring, flexibility and high reliability.
Recent surveys suggest that trust is a barrier for those wanting to go solar. “Many companies are resorting to door knocking and cold calling, and we’d like to break down those barriers and connect with our customers” said Lewtas. “We look forward to answering your questions and getting some good information out into the community on these new technologies.”
For more info call Aaron on 1300 931 929.
Interested in the Tarquine?
There will be a fund-raising, interesting meeting in Barwon Heads on Sunday August 28 hosted by the BH Sustainability Group.
All welcome - see details here
Time to help with the rabbit problem?
Rabbit Action Bellarine - Weekend of Cooperative Rabbit Control
We are encouraging you to join up with your neighbours for a weekend of rabbit action, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October.
Over that weekend, we are encouraging Rabbit Clusters to come together to undertake integrated rabbit control.
Will you join us? To register go to https://register.eventarc.com/35470/rabbit-action-bellarine-weekend-of-cooperation
If you are on social media check out our new Facebook site Rabbit Action Bellarine!
And from Peter West and the FeralScan Team at the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre comes the following news ....
"Nearly 1000 landholders and community groups from around Australia have registered to be involved in the national release of an additional strain of RHDV (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus) called RHDV1 K5. Proposed for 2017, it will be the first time in more than 20 years a new rabbit biocontrol will be released, and it is receiving strong community and industry support.
BLG 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 (mailto:email@example.com).
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