Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) aims to preserve, protect & 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 BLG General Meeting 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of every month
at the Marcus Hill Hall, cnr. Banks Rd and Bellarine Hwy, Marcus Hill.
All are welcome.
For more details of any events go to the BLG website calendar
On Wed 28 June, BLG members and 8 Bellarine Police collaborated to complete fences, bollards and earthworks. Many skills were applied including those of ex chippies and joiners.
All of this points to a Community Effort.
Mannerim Memorial Hall, conceived in 1919 and commissioned in 1923 was built to commemorate those who served and died for their country and their community.
It was used for dances, social occasions, meetings and indoor sports such as Badminton. It was a symbol of a cohesive and vibrant community, determined that life would go on despite the sacrifices. And so we are consulting widely within the community to ensure that the Memorial indigenous garden continues to serve the community.
A picnic table and seating will be built at one end, and reflective seating will be installed near the 57 names plaque donated by WH Buckle and sons.
We are calling for locals who remember this hall to send us some anecdotes about the Hall in its heyday. We want to compile this history and perhaps add it to our Story Board which will be mounted at the front.
Consistent with our Community Theme, we are considering a chainsaw carving of a family – perhaps mother and two children, awaiting the return of their loved one still away on service. We ask you for your opinion and ideas.
Meanwhile we do need donations for this chainsaw carving and call for your pledge. Please send this to Sophie Small our Landcare Facilitator at email@example.com
Thank you to all for an ever increasing network of Community support and interest in this project.
Melissa and Shaun Ryan on the day of their planting
Our family is new to this region having spent only the last 2 and half years on the Bellarine. We purchased our block about 12 months ago and are committed to being its custodians. Melissa and I were raised in NZ. The Maori word for land is Whenua (pronounced 'fenoowa') which also means placenta. The belief is that it is the land that nourishes us and provides us with our sense of being. We in turn must nourish it, care for it, and guard it for the next generation. We are determined to make this land our home. By restoring some of the native bush back to our land we hope that we are living up to our end of the bargain. There are also purely selfish reasons as well. The bush will provide us with privacy, attract birds and I will have a little less time to spend on the mower. We have also managed to make our block almost rabbit free by installing rabbit proof fencing and destroying all the warrens that were on the land when we arrived.
Thank-you to the Bellarine Landcare Group, to all the volunteers who helped plant the 700 plants - (Cathy, Lou, Kate, Lachlan, Michelle), and to Sophie who organised, motivated, supplied, distributed, dug, planted, advised and BBQ'd.
David Heath with BSC Year 11 Building & Construction students in the propation shed
Bellarine Secondary College Year 11 Building and Construction Class are making a difference to the lives of our Nursery volunteers and at the same time fine-tuning their practical building skills. The Year 11’s and 12’s are lining the plant propagation shed used by the volunteers at the Bellarine Secondary College and Bellarine Landcare Group Nursery.
The project, a partnership between Bellarine Landcare Group and Bellarine Secondary College Building and Construction engages students in ‘a real life’ practical learning exercise of lining the Nursery's shed. The students have been involved inthe project from beginning to end, under the guidance of their teacher, Brendan Fairfield, assessing the shed for materials, costing the materials, and undertaking the building works.
The Nursery’s Coordinator, David Heath, is impressed with the student’s work. “Our volunteers work here rain, hail or heatwave and this shed is freezing in winter and sweltering in summer so our volunteers are going to really benefit from the students’ work. Installing insulation and lining will enable the space to be buffered from temperature extremes.”
“Thanks to the City of Greater Geelong Community Grants scheme for providing funds to make this project happen. I trust that the modifications to the shed will ensure it is more comfortable for volunteers through summer and winter!”
The Nursery, in Belchers Rd, Drysdale, is open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9 am and 3 pm and on the last Sunday of the month between 10 am and 1 pm.
The Bellarine Catchment Network are calling for images of indigenous flora from the Bellarine Peninsula for the 3rd edition of our flora identification booklets commonly known as Inland and Coastal Plants of the Bellarine Peninsula. If you have a photograph of a Pink Fairy orchid in flower, or the sweet berries of the Coast Beard Heath, or the branchlet's of a Drooping She-oak, we would love to publish them! These photos are an effective way to showcase the unique flora present on the Bellarine Peninsula. For a complete list of species required email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images need to be supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch) and image size needs to be a minimum of 3 megabytes, and a maximum of 10 megabytes per email. Images must be relevant to one of the categories above. Within your email, please state your name, contact details and the location of the image/s attached and in the subject heading write Indigenous Flora booklets.
Submissions close on Friday the 29th of September. You will be advised if your image has been selected for use in the booklet and all photographers will be acknowledged in the booklet. Email to Naomi Wells at email@example.com
And finally, it's that time of the year again and we are calling on our wonderful members to support Bellarine Landcare for another year by going to our website and renewing membership on-line, or downloading the membership form and posting by snail mail. Without you there's no Bellarine Landcare Group! www.bellarinelandcare.org.au
THANK-YOU SO MUCH.