Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

New Landcare stories booklet available

Posted on 20 February, 2019 by Asha

Readers of our local Midland Express newspaper in 2018 were treated to a series of ‘Landcare stories’, published each month as part of Connecting Country’s ‘Nature News’ series. These stories are now available to read in electronic format (as pdf file), or as a printed booklet. Click here to download the file, or drop in to the Connecting Country office for a hard copy.

Taradale Landcare members at Barkly Park in Taradale (Photo by Brian Bainbridge)

There are nine stories, titled:

  • Historic gum trees of Maldon
  • The birth of the Cactus Warriors!
  • A tiny frog inspires land restoration
  • Barkers Creek gets beautiful
  • From tip to bushland: Sandy Creek Landcare success
  • Helicopters to the rescue
  • A cup of tea to care for Jim Crow Creek
  • A community cares for Campbells Creek
  • The restoration of Taradale Landcare

The stories were jointly written by Sarah Edwards and Landcare volunteers between 2017 and 2018, and edited by Connecting Country. This followed a series of interviews between Sarah and local Landcarers, who included Bev Phillips, Lee Mead, Christine Kilmartin, Daryl Colless, Lois Larkman, Christine Brooke, Maurie Dynon, Thea King and Brian Bainbridge. They cover a small portion of the work done by Landcare and Friends groups in the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria.

Thank you to all who dedicated time to put these together and help share some of the many Landcare stories out there.

 

Australia’s great wildlife migrations talk – 31 March 2019

Posted on 20 February, 2019 by Frances

Australia’s great wildlife migrations: restoring habitats for nomadic nectar-feeding birds and bats

Biolinks Alliance is excited to be hosting leading conservation biologist, Dr Peggy Eby for her public address in Bendigo. Her ground-breaking research reveals the story of Australia’s unique, but little-known, wildlife migrations of nectar-feeding birds and bats. These animals fly vast distances tracking nectar-rich bushlands as they flower.

Hear why Grey-headed Flying foxes have come to take up residence in cities like Bendigo and Melbourne, why one in four of our woodland bird species are threatened, and how you can be part of the solution in central Victoria.

Grey-headed Floying Fox Silky Oak flowers Photo - Vivien Jones.jpgWhen: Sunday 31 March 2019 at 2.30-3.30 pm, doors open 2.00 pm
Where: Banquet Room, The Capital, 50 View St, Bendigo VIC
Tickets: $10 for non-members OR free for members of Biolinks Alliance member organisations (which includes Connecting Country members) and Biolinks Alliance Associate Members

To book or find out more visit: www.biolinksalliance.org.au/peggyeby

 

Camp Out on the Mount 2019

Posted on 14 February, 2019 by Asha

It’s that time of year again! Details of the sixth Camp Out on the Mount are now available and registrations are open. Please join Connecting Country, Little Habitat Heroes and local Landcare groups to celebrate the beautiful Leanganook (Mount Alexander) and the fabulous work that Landcare and Friends groups do all year round.

This free event is supported by funding from the North Central Catchment Management Authority through the Victorian Landcare Program, as well as Mount Alexander Shire Council, Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests, and Little Habitat Heroes. We will have guest presenters from Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Parks Victoria and Bendigo TAFE, along with local authors and artists. Yummy food will also be provided by the Harcourt Lions Club, Murnong Mummas, and the Camp Out Damper Team.

Camp Out on the Mount 2018 (photo by Tegan Benham-Bannon)

CLICK HERE to visit the booking website

CLICK HERE to download the flier

When: Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 April 2019
Where: Leanganook Camping Ground, Joseph Young Drive, Mount Alexander Regional Park, Faraday VIC
What to bring: Camping gear and supplies, food for Sunday breakfast, gold coin donation or Saturday night BBQ, weather-appropriate clothes, sturdy shoes and sun protection.

Below is a run-down of the Camp Out on the Mount 2019 program. You are more than welcome to attend some or all of the activities. Please let us know through the booking website which activities you plan to attend, as this will help us in planning how many people to cater for.

If you have any questions, please call Asha on (03) 5472 1594 or email asha@connectingcountry.org.au

Please note: activities will be cancelled in the case of severe weather.

SATURDAY 6 APRIL

5:30 pm  Welcome to Country

6:00 pm  Lions Club BBQ and damper (gold coin donation)

7:30 pm  Night walk with Parks Victoria ranger

OVERNIGHT CAMP OUT (BYO camping gear and supplies)

SUNDAY 7 APRIL

9:30 am   Bus down to Old Silk Worm Farm site

10:00 am Welcome and morning tea

10:30 am  Panel of local experts talk about the Mount, including Rebecca Phillips (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation), Terri Williams (Bendigo TAFE), and Ian Braybrook and Marilyn Bennet (authors of ‘Sarah’s search – A silk odyssey’), facilitated by George Milford

11:30 am  ‘Seeds that grow’ song performed by Eva Popov

11:45 am  ‘Make you own native seed balls’ activity

12:30 pm  Bus back to camp site

Gathered around the fire at the 2018 Camp Out on the Mount (photo by Asha Bannon)