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Connecting to community radio

Posted on 8 August, 2019 by Ivan

Connecting Country is now a proud sponsor of the best little radio station in the nation, 94.9 Maine FM, and has a regular radio segment. Once a month we feature on the popular ‘Here Say‘ show, hosted by the excellent Suzanne Donisthorpe. So far we’ve spoken about Connecting Country’s projects, achievements, bird monitoring and re-vegetation work.

Hear Say is a weekly catch up with some of the great things going on, in and around Castlemaine in central Victoria. It features local news, fresh from the papers, interviews with the movers and shakers about town, and a call out for community groups who have things to say and they want people to hear.

Each month we have a special guest joining with a Connecting Country staff member to cover a topic of interest to the broader community. Last month we heard from Jess Lawton (Connecting Country) and Jane Rusden (Birdlife Castlemaine) talking about the re-invention of Connecting Country’s long-term bird monitoring program into a community-driven program driven by active citizen scientists. It was a fascinating chat and well-received by listeners.

This month we’ll hear from Lee Mead from the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group. This dedicated group consists of Landcare volunteers dedicated to the eradication of Wheel Cactus (Opuntia robusta). Tarrangower Cactus Control Group, in conjunction with Parks Victoria, holds friendly and informal Wheel Cactus Control community field days to inform and demonstrate control techniques, on the last Sunday of the month from May to October. These field days always end with a free BBQ lunch, cuppa and cake, and the opportunity to chat, exchange ideas and make contacts.

Please tune into 94.9 Maine FM at 9.30 am on Tuesday 13 August 2019 to hear Lee Mead and Ivan Carter (Connecting Country) discuss the world of invasive cactus species on the radio and what can be done about this prickly problem. You can listen to Maine FM on your radio on 94.9 FM or via the internet by clicking here.

If you have any environmental topics or conversation you’d like Connecting Country to cover, please let us know by emailing us at:

Jess Lawton and Jane Rusden discuss bird monitoring on Maine FM (photo by Ivan Carter)

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