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BirdLife Castlemaine AGM – 4 May 2019

Posted on 18 April, 2019 by Ivan

BirdLife Castlemaine District Branch is holding their 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting will follow the bird walk scheduled for Saturday 4 May at Muckleford Forest. Morning tea will be available from 11.00 am.

Owlet Nightjar at Moonlight Flat (photo by Frances Howe)

Birdlife Castlemaine District 2019 AGM
When: Saturday 4 May 2019 at 11.30 am
Where: 2356 Pyrenees Highway, Muckleford South VIC

Birdlife Castlemaine are keen for nominations for the committee. A nomination form for committee positions is can be obtained by emailing The positions vacant are Convenor, Secretary, Treasurer and general committee members. A proxy voting form is also available via email or print.

Nomination forms and proxy voting forms should be emailed to, or posted to:
Secretary, BirdLife Castlemaine District Branch, 9 Tingay Drive, Campbells Creek, VIC 3451

Nominations will also be accepted on the day of the AGM.


Victorian Weeds Conference – 7-8 May 2019

Posted on 18 April, 2019 by Jacqui

Registrations are open for the Victorian Weeds Conference in Echuca on 7-8 May 2019.


Learn about community approaches to tackling Gorse, a Weed of National Significance (Photo: Victorian Gorse Taskforce)

We are excited to see local group the Tarrangower Cactus Warriors presenting on the role of biological control in the war against Wheel Cactus, as part of the community action session. The broader conference program will cover a diverse and interesting range of topics including environmental and agricultural weed control, biological control, community action, species in the spotlight, innovative solutions, and demonstrations.

The program includes an optional lunch cruise through the Gannawarra Wetlands at Koondrook on 8 May 2019.

Victorian Weeds Conference 2019

Where: Mercure Port of Echuca, 465 High St, Echuca VIC
When: 7-8 May 2019
Cost: $100-$210, see pricing details here

For registrations and further information: visit Weed Society of Victoria website ( or email Bec James (

Registrations close on 1 May 2019.


Beginners farm fencing course – 28 April 2019

Posted on 16 April, 2019 by Frances

Back by popular demand!

Due to the success of the March course, Hillside Acres is running another Beginners Farm Fencing course on Sunday 28 April 2019 in Harcourt VIC.

Jarrod from Hillside Acres says:

‘We will build a new farm fence so you can try all the skills that go into fencing. You will come away with the skills and knowledge to design and construct a new fence, and repair old fences.’

This hands-on course will be run in Harcourt from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm with a substantial and yummy morning tea supplied.

Cost is $150 per person.

This will be a fun and friendly opportunity to learn farm fencing.

To see the course flier – click here

For more information and bookings contact Jarrod by email ( or phone (0438 069 849).

The fencing course will take place on the Hillside Acres farm