Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

New factsheets offer strategies for restoring urban waterways

Posted on 9 April, 2019 by Ivan

Landcare groups have worked hard to help restore and revegetate many of our urban waterways within the Shire of Mount Alexander of central Victoria. The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities has just released a new product designed to walk practitioners through the nine components of repairing or designing a living stream site on a flowing urban waterway, and to support them in working out which actions to take.

The 13 factsheets about improving the ecological function of urban waterways cover nine different ecological components of flowing waterways: flow, geomorphology, riparian, connectivity (longitudinal, lateral, vertical), water quality (nutrients, physico-chemistry including toxicants) and biota. Most components have two factsheets—one for what to do at the site scale and the other for what to do at the catchment scale—so practitioners have more context and can work at both spatial scales.

How to restore the ecological function of urban waterways

Each factsheet gives the practitioner strategies to follow and the situations where the strategy will be most suitable and effective. Actions, rationales, and the relevant technical guidelines to follow are outlined for each strategy, as are clear diagrams and a list of useful supporting documents. The factsheets aren’t prescriptive but provide a useful resource for better understanding the environmental factors and urban constraints at a restoration site, and how each might be addressed.

The urban waterways of Castlemaine have seen great improvements over the years, and may benefit further from the implementation of these useful resources. These factsheets provide a practical starting point and an instructive resource for restoring urban waterway sites, such as a creek or stream channel, a constructed drain, a lowland river or a living stream built in a new urban development.

For more information or to download the factsheets, please click here

 

 

Remember the Wild: Eucalypt of the Year 2019

Posted on 9 April, 2019 by Ivan

Remembering the Wild are asking the community to celebrate our unique range of Eucalyptus species by voting for your favorite species in the annual Eucalyptus of the Year 2019 Awards. Last year the top spot was awarded to the quintessential River Red Gum, with the Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) and Ghost Gum (Corymbia aparrerinja) close contenders.

Whichever is your favourite, now is your chance to share it with the world! It’s only the second week of the Eucalypt of the Year campaign, and already the nominations are coming in thick and fast. If you want your favourite to win, you’re going to have to get involved, make your nomination and campaign for others to vote for your contender. Use the #EucalyptoftheYear hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, send votes in via Eucalypt Australia’s Facebook inbox, or enter via their online form here.

For more details on the award, and some excellent photos from last years awards, please click here.

You might recall that Remember the Wild were the producers of the excellent five minute video on Connecting Country, titled ‘Safeguarding Woodland Birds’. We were very impressed by the quality of this video, starring some of our staff, volunteers and committee members in some special places. Have a watch below if you are yet to view this video.

 

Innamincka bird surveys talk – 12 April 2019

Posted on 9 April, 2019 by Ivan

The guest speaker at the next Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club general meeting is Euan Moore, who will present a talk titled ‘Tracking Boom and Bust – Bird Surveys around Innamincka’.

Bourke’s Parrot, one of the special birds usually found (photo by Euan Moore)

 

Euan writes ‘Since 2011 members of the Friends of Innamincka Reserves have been conducting bird surveys on an almost annual basis in the Innamincka Regional Reserve. During that time we have seen the boom years following the floods from Cyclone Yasi to the intense drought of recent years as well as the impacts of grazing, mining, tourism and weed infestation. The deserts in this area are harsh but beautiful. Permanent waterholes along Cooper Ck provide a drought refuge for wildlife and in the years after flood the Coongie Lakes are magical.’

The presentation will be held in the Fellowship Room behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine, VIC, commencing from 7.30 pm on Friday 12 April 2019.  Members and visitors are all welcome, and there is no cost for entry. It will no doubt be a special evening and a good chance to be entertained and educated by a local expert.

Cooper Creek near Innamincka during the boom that followed Cyclone Yasi (photo by Euan Moore)