Newsletter May 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.
In the absence of a formal contribution to our Newsletter from our President Jim Mason, it seems appropriate to lead with one of the main reasons behind this absence.
Jim's time has been spent to a large degree on the project management of the Mannerim Memorial Soldiers Indigenous Garden on Swan Bay Road, in collaboration with our wonderful volunteers of the BLG community, our Facilitator Sophie, as well as the Bellarine Police who have been incredibly generous with their time and initiative.
Whilst it may appear to some that the progress of the garden landscapaing is slow, planting is scheduled for this winter and there is no doubting our team's sincerity and dedication. From the collection of past soldiers' names to the installation of plaques, the laying of sleepers, planting flora, stripping bare a very large tree (see below), not to mention fundraising efforts, this project is simply amazing and will be a wonderful addition to the community. All those who have contributed in some way should be commended. We are particularly grateful to W.M Buckle & Sons Pty Ltd for their very generous donation of a 400mmx350mm Black Granite panel with 57 names engraved in silver letters. This will be mounted in the near future.
Furthermore, we have received some funds from Dept of Veterans Affairs and a flagpole from the Queenscliffe RSL, and during May have raised around $900 to put towards the site costs. Our fundraisers consisted of two sausage sizzles at Aldi Drysdale, manned by BLG volunteers and the Police from the Bellarine. We are so grateful to all and would welcome further involvement from the community either by way of volunteering or donations.
Another to mention is Bob Evans from the St Leonards Mens Shed who popped in at the Aldi sausage sizzle and offered assisance on the Mannerim site and elsewhere. Thank you.
Stay tuned for visual progress in future newsletters.
We were pleased to have Martin Scuffins, the director of Leigh Valley Hawk & Owl Sanctuary provide us with a very entertaining talk at our May 10th Information evening. Martin's passion for hawks and other raptors was evident from the presentation of his mostly successful rescues and releases (back into the wild) of these beautiful creatures.
Our guest speaker for June is Margaret Griffiths of the Barwon Estuary Project. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th and we welcome everyone. Please come and join us for an informative evening followed by a light supper.
The new Committee has hit the ground running in true BLG committee fashion. They continue to give their time to various BLG activities along with Sophie our wonderful facilitator, to ensure the ongoing success of this worthwhile organisation..
Please see out website www.bellarinelandcare.org.au for our activities
Our Vice President Kate Lockhart (along with other BLG committee members) attended the Moolap Forum on the above draft plan on Wednesday 17th May. This was hosted by Geelong Sustainability and included organisations such as DELWP, BirdLife Australia, Geelong Field Naturalists Club, Geelong Environment Council, Bellarine Catchment Network, BLG and of course Geelong Sustainability. Kate's voice was heard loud and clear as she proposed reasonable and environmentally aware views for the strategic direction of land uses for the Moolap Saltworks, Pt Henry and surrounding areas for the next 20-30 years.
We urge you to complete the survey at www.engage.vic.gov.au/moolap and be part of the environmental chorus striving to conserve these precious wetlands and terrestrial open space.
bSC and bLG nursery
The nursery continues to thrive under the leadership of David Heath, Beth & Craig's valuable input and the amazing work of the Nursery Volunteers, without whose help this enterprise would not survive. Now is the time to pick up your orders for planting while the weather is suitable. Please remember to return your tube pots to the nursery once you've done your planting.
The nursery has bee trialling Sunday openings too so watch out for more news on that front.
Rabbits don't take time out and continue to make themselves apparent on the Bellarine and the Chairman of the BLG Rabbit Action Group (Geoff McFarlane) urges us all to remain vigilant in our integrated approach to the control and reduction of these pests. Contact email@example.com if you need help with your rabbit problem.
A World Environment Day Community Planting is taking place Friday 16 June in Wallington to help the Ryan family with the planting of their wildlife corridor. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to assist.
The recent 'War on Waste' series on ABC TV serves as a reminder to us all in highlighting the problems associated with what has quite clearly become a wasteful society. Plastics are just one factor of a huge problem so perhaps the time has come.......?
Let's think on what solutions we can come up with for our precious Bellarine!
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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