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.
We want wide community interest.
Situated at the intersection of the Rail Trail and Swan Bay Road, The Trustees, Gordon Dodson and Philip MacDonald, have collaborated with Landcare so that a memorial indigenous garden will be landscaped this year. Plants will be supplied through the BSC and Landcare Indigenous Nursery at Bellarine Secondary College in Belchers Road.
We have generous offers of assistance from some local people and groups - Jeff Avery Earthmoving, Lion clubs, CFA and Police members to name a few.
Already a plaque has been ordered to mount on the Memorial Stone.
A storyboard will also be mounted on the site and will include essential local history of the local community of the time (Mannerim, Marcus Hill and Swan Bay), the Memorial Hall built to commemorate the 1914-18 War, and the commitments of those who served or died in the service of their country.
Seating and bollards will also be installed.
We are giving thought to creating a larger than life sculpture of some early military figures (male and female) carved from an old cypress tree close to the site. We are identifying a chainsaw artist who could do this. We will mount an appeal for this if there is sufficient community interest.
Of course we need help and if you have anything to contribute, whether it be historical information, your donation in cash or in kind, then please contact us.
Meanwhile there are two other important things coming up and I do hope you give serious thought to both of these also:
The BLG AGM will take the place of the usual monthly information meeting. Key reports will be tabled.
Elections must be held for Four Committee Vacancies. This is in accordance with our new constitution.
Nominations forms will be available soon. Please think about how you could participate or who you might nominate for the Committee.
We urge you to participate. The management of BLG requires ongoing support from a diversity of community members who have the welfare of a healthy natural environment on the Bellarine at heart.
Many questions are being asked as the rabbits emerge from their burrows after a particularly good be=reeding season:
Is there a national strategy for this national problem? (See what the Fed Govt says)
What tasks can landholders perform? (See what the BLG is saying)
What about poison and rabbit predators? (See what the PestSmart team say) (See what the expert at the University of Woolongong says)
What about pet and farmed rabbits when viruse are spread? (See what the vets say)
Bring along your questions for the experts at the BLG Rabbit Control Field Day, Sunday Feb 26th
There is planning underway for the future of the Moolap Wetlands. Birdlife Australia has brought together a number of organisations, including the Bellarine Landcare Group, and individuals, and is hoping to engage as many local residents as possible. Connie Warren, Conservation Officer of BirdLife Australia, convened a meeting recently and the participants proposed a number of strategies. Now they need help to spread the word. The idea is to have local events at which residents can learn about the possibilities, to develop educational materials that can be distributed, and to have an online discussion group.
All interested are welcome to help - please contact Connie for more information and to register your participation
Connie Warren, T 03 9347 0757 | F 03 9347 9323
firstname.lastname@example.org | birdlife.org.au
From bare earth and erosion to a precious future...
BLG has Blitz! on private properties to help members with tasks of value to us all - volunteers spend a few enjoyable hours working on revegetation, protection, or even mulch-spreading, to help landholders with those middle-size tasks.
Last week we gathered again at the wonderful property of Ros Ellinger to water and mulch the trees and plants that were planted in a Blitz! last year. The reclamation of the land is exemplary and inspirational - an eroded river has become a charming bushland zone for birds, little animals, and even river red gums that are beginning to self-propagate.
Blitz! can be organised by any member and those who participate seem to be grateful for the opportunity to help - so if you would like help, please think about hosting a blitz.
March 5, 2017.
The Annual Strawberry Fair, a day long event held in the grounds of the Wallington Primary School, is a great community event. The BLG would like to be there but we need volunteers to help with our 'booth'. If you can help, please contact Sophie asap - email@example.com
The School's update says: "It’s great to see progress & much preparation. Media cover is taking place, social media is building, auction items are being donated, lucky dip bags are being collected, flashmob dance practices are happening twice a week and all the entertainment is ready!"
Please, make it a date, offeer to help for a couple of hours, and join the fun!
Here's a message from the owner:
"Good news too – I had a call from Victoria Police Task force Echo on Saturday to be advised they had found my trailer with all the equipment intact – I had it delivered home yesterday.
I had to pinch myself when I had the call last Saturday but to have the trailer back is something I was despairing of happening. Let’s hear it for the police!!! I thought you’d like to know."
Congrats to the Police :-)
Membership of the Bellarine Landcare Group involves paying the modest annual membership fee. This currently varies according to the size of the member's property.
Only members can vote be nominated for or vote for Committee positions. Please renew your membership as soon as possible. Please note that if you renew now, before the start of the next financial year, your membership will be valid immediately and for the next financial year.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org).
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