Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Volunteer Action Training

Posted on 16 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

Where: DPI/DSE, 89 Sydney Road, Room 2, Benalla

The Department of Sustainability and Environments’ Landcare Volunteer Recruitment Initiative (VRI) is sponsoring training across the state in October and November. The training is intended to provide Landcare members and support staff with some new tips and a better understanding of attracting and retaining volunteers in the current environment.
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Friends of Box Ironbark Forests October bushwalk

Posted on 16 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

This walk will start in Chewton and follow Forest Creek through Expedition Pass Reservoir using the Forest Creek Track and boardwalks allowing all year access.

Meet at 9.30am outside Continuing Ed, 30 Templeton St, Castlemaine and carpool to the start of the walk.  Walks normally finish mid afternoon.

Bring water, morning tea and lunch.  The walk is a 9km circuit.

There is no cost and non-members are welcome.

Fore more information call Marie Jones 5472 2892


‘Revive the Loddon’ – River Expo in Baringhup

Posted on 14 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

Visit the Loddon River in Baringhup this Friday for a family day full of activities for the kids.

Click here for full details.  Some of the workshops will include;

• Water Watch Van      • Basket Weaving     • Frog Workshop     • Historical Re-enactment    • Musical Performance’s      • Indigenous Workshop                       • Bird Watching        • Native Plant Workshop    • What Makes A River?                • Announcement of Winners of Photographic Competition


Newstead’s Geoff Park wins Eureka Prize

Posted on 14 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

Newstead’s Geoff Park has won Australian science’s most prestigious award, a Eureka Prize.

Announced in Sydney on 18 August at a star studded dinner, the prize is for Research by an Interdisciplinary Team.

Geoff was part of a team to develop the prize winning INFFER (Investment Framework for Environmental Resources) project which helps work out how best to invest money for the greatest environmental outcomes in rural areas.  Geoff and Mary Park were at the dinner when the award was announced.

Geoff’s love of birdlife and the natural environment is well known around Newstead.  He recently started an online blog called Natural Newstead which includes his and others’ observations of bird and plant life in the local area.  Check it out at

Geoff has also been encouraging landscape restoration through his involvement with the regional project Connecting Country


Notes from ‘New Roles for Landcare’ forum

Posted on 14 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

For the latest news regarding conferences and forums, publications and funding opportunities, visit he Victorian Landcare Gateway website. Presentation notes provided by key speakers who attended the recent ‘New Roles for Landcare’ forum are now available.  Read about;

  • Design principles for urban food production systems,
  • Working with developers and others who want to offset the clearing of native vegetation,
  • land stewardship practices and payment for ecosystem services.

For presenter notes click here.


Rabbit Control Field Day

Posted on 14 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

If you have problems with rabbits on your property then come along to this very informative Field Day.

Join Regional Vic Farm Services as they discuss the dynamics of rabbit populations and control measures required for successful eradication.

Demonstrations will include oat and cut carrot baiting (Pindonne and 1080), smoking and fumigation with Phostoxin, and eradication using a ‘Rotenator’.

Where: 406 Gooch’s Land, Pastoria East


Malmsbury Landcare Group wildflower walk

Posted on 14 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

The Malmsbury Landcare Group invite you on a wildflower walk in the Lauriston Nature Reserve.

Where: Kyneton- Drummond Road, just west of the Lauriston Village.

Following the success of last year’s event, group secretary John Walter will lead you on amazing walk where you will learn of the abundance of wildflowers he has discovered in the reserve.

A sausage sizzle lunch will be provided at the Lauriston Hall following the walk.  Please bring your own drinks, salads etc.  Parking will be available in the cutting or on Portwines Rd opposite the Nature Reserve.


Friends of Campbells Creek Community Day and BBQ

Posted on 14 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

Enjoy a short walk or bike ride along the Creek, followed by a free BBQ. Everyone welcome.

Please come and join us for a short walk or ride along the proposed creek-side pedestrian/ bike path.   See the good work done by the local community and school children on our tree planting days, or just enjoy a morning out along the creek.

Where: Campbells Creek Park (opposite Primary School), Main Road, Campbells Creek.

We will be supplying a BBQ and salad along with refreshments.
For those who wish, we will also have available a plant for you to adopt and take home.

Bring your bike or walking shoes, a hat and some water.
We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Stephen Ellis on 5472 3678


21st birthday party for Harcourt North/Sedgwick Landcare Group

Posted on 14 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

Come and help the North Harcourt/Sedgwick Landcare Group celebrate their 21st anniversary!

Where: Sedgwick Community Hall

Time: Finger food at 6pm, followed by two course dinner.

Followed by a bush dance with the fabulous Emu Creek Bush Band.

Cost: $10 members, $20 for non-members, $10 for children under 12 years.

Group or individual bookings available.

For tickets contact John Halleday on 5439 6282


Castlemaine Landcare Group October working bee

Posted on 13 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

The working bee will involve a return to Happy Valley to check out the maintenance required at the new waterhole.  For those who haven’t seen it yet, it’s at the top end of the Walking Track on Happy Valley Road.

Please bring weeding tools, brushcutters and buckets.

Start time is 10am and morning tea will again be provided courtesy of the Wesley Hill Bakehouse and Matthew Brownrigg.  Please RSVP for catering to Robyn Haylett on 0408 7066 630 or 5470 6630


Gould League Centenary

Posted on 7 October, 2009 by Connecting Country

The Gould League is celebrating its Centenary with a free family open day.  The date is Sunday October 25th, from 10am until 2pm.  It is at the Gould League Sustainability and Environmental Education Centre in Genoa Street, Moorabbin.  There will be activities, displays, and formal celebrations including cake cutting at noon.

Most of you probably heard about the Gould League going bankrupt, but they were rescued and are now continuing as strongly as before.  I’m sure everyone has fond memories of the Gould League and their school education programs.  Glad to see they are continuing.


Community Grants workshop at Campbells Creek

Posted on 17 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is holding an information session to encourage environmental groups in the region to apply for 2009-10 Second Generation Community Landcare Grants.

The grants are open until 23rd October 2009 and are available to incorporated community groups that want to improve the condition of their local environment.

To attend the community meeting, RSVP to the North Central CMA on (03) 5448 7124 by 5pm, Tuesday 22nd September


A walk to search for the Satinwood shrub

Posted on 16 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

Meet on the Leonard’s Hill/Barkstead Road.

From Daylesford travel along the Ballan Road to Leonard’s Hill and a road to the west goes to Barkstead. (Take left road at T-intersection) and travel 5k to White Point Track.

The picnic will be held past White Point Track on the Leonard Hill/Barkstead Road and an exact location has not been chosen but we will be on the road so you will not miss us.

Please wear study shoes.

Please bring your lunch.  BBQ facilities available and tea and coffee provided.

Should it be raining heavily or be dangerously windy we will have to cancel.

For more information contact Gayle Osborne. Phone 5348 7558 or email


Box Ironbark Ecology Course

Posted on 15 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

Ngambie, Central Victoria

The course brings together leading researchers and experts to share up to date knowledge and thinking about this landscape in change.

It is field based and participants will work in small groups.  It emphasises ecological understanding and relationships and techniques that improve observation and data collection skills which can then be applied to other areas.
Participants will gain:

  • a better understanding of the distribution, natural values and ecological processes of Box Ironbark landscapes, past and present;
  • an understanding of the impact of human use on the ecosystem, past and present;
  • practical skills in observation, description, survey, analysis, interpretation, map reading and ecosystem monitoring of flora, fauna, geomorphology and soils;
  • opportunity to apply new skills and to collate and communicate information collected from the field;
  • resources to help plan for enhanced ecologically sustainable management outcomes for Box Ironbark remnants on private and public land.

Cost of the course is $1200.

Applications close 18th September 2009.

Contact Kate Stothers for a brochure and application form.  Phone 03 5761 1611


New Roles for Landcare forum

Posted on 15 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

To be held at Fitzroy Town Hall

201 Napier St, Fitzroy, Melbourne

New Roles for Landcare Forum

Landcare started as local action on local problems. But as we face a time of accelerating change in our landscapes, it is time to look beyond the latest NRM funding criteria to the new roles Landcare Networks are taking on. This Forum brings together Networks and other organisations working with Landcare to share what they’re doing and what opportunities they see for Landcare.

Featuring an introduction from Andrew Campbell (Triple Helix Consulting) and covering the topics of markets & ecosystem services, agriculture & adapting to climate change, policy and alliances with corporates, philanthropists & industry.

Click here for the full program.

To register for this event: Contact Clare Millen, Landcare and Community Engagement Unit, DSE, (03) 9637 9824,


Castlemaine Landcare Group working bee

Posted on 15 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

September working bee.

The work will be in two areas.

1. Woody weed removal at the bottom of Urquhart St (Opposite Castlemaine Primary).  Please bring heavy duty pruning equipment.

Morning tea

2. Planting at Happy Valley Walking Track.  Please bring planting tools and buckets.

For more information contact Robin Haylett. Call 5470 6630.  Email


Koorooya Wildflower Show

Posted on 15 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

Celebrate the arrival of Spring this weekend.

Saturday and Sunday at Rheola Hall.

Click here for flyer including map.

  • Guided and self-guided wildflower tours
  • Static displays of local indigenous flora
  • Botanical drawings and photo’s
  • Photographic competition
  • Books, maps and reference materials for sale
  • Native plants for sale

For more information contact Robert Scholes. Phone: 0427 190 339    Email:


Castlemaine Field Nats Wildflower walk

Posted on 8 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

Spring has sprung and it’s time for The Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club’s wildflower walks.  The first one will be a walk through Fryers Ridge.

Meet at the carpark opposite Castle Motel, Duke St, Castlemaine for a 4pm departure.  Returning 5-5.30pm.


Castlemaine Field Nats excursion

Posted on 8 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

Following on from the previous nights talk on bush foods, join the presenter Beth Gott for a field trip.

All welcome.  Free of charge.

Meet at the carpark opposite Castle Motel, Duke St, Castlemaine for 11am sharp departure.

BYO lunch.


Newstead Landcare Goup presentation – Pond Life

Posted on 8 September, 2009 by Connecting Country

Pond Life

Presentation at Newstead Community Centre by Leah Cripps, Waterwatch Officer for the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA).

All welcome.

Supper 9pm, followed by a brief business meeting (optional).