BLG - Next Meeting
8th June beginning at 7:30pm
Speaker: John Aberton
Topic: Small Mammals of Southern Victoria
We are now on Facebook
Follow the Bellarine Landcare Group on Facebook.
Go to the above address and set yourself up as a member and then select Bellarine Landcare as a friend.
You can keep your page as simple as you like.
There is no need for photos and your life story.
Get your kids or a young friend to set it up for you if it all seems too scary.
We also now have an e-mail address for Bellarine Landcare.
It is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use it for contacting Catherine Barham our new Landcare Officer and the committee.
Bellarine Landcare Group Purchases a Planting Auger
To assist with planting large numbers of seedlings on days such as the community planting day the BLG has purchased an auger for drill holes ready for seedlings. It has a 50mm size auger and suits therefore the forestry tubes. Although needing a smaller hole it is suitable for seedlings raised in hyco trays.
The particular auger purchased was as a result of advice from Greening Australia and Sure Gro.
It will be available for hire as soon as the executive decide on the rate.
Bellarine Rail Trail Community Planting Day
Date: Friday 17th June
Location: 1. Depart 9.00 am from Queenscliffe railway Station for free Train ride to the planting site at Andersons Rd and return on the train at 4.00pm
2. Meet at the Corner of Andersons Rd
and the Bellarine Rail Trail at 9.30am.
Lunch: A free lunch and refreshments will be provided at 12.30pm
Further Info: Contact Cate Barham, Bellarine Landcare Group Coordinator
Ph: 0457 333 727
Bellarine Rail Trail – A Vital Wildlife Corridor
The Bellarine Rail Trail provides a continuous link of indigenous vegetation between Geelong and Queenscliffe.
It contains significant remnant vegetation, threatened plants and supports diverse wildlife. Join in with the
Bellarine Landcare Group and assist to re-vegetate with plants such as Chocolate Lilies, Grass Trees, Black
Wattles and Kangaroo Grass as you learn to appreciate the values of the Bellarine Rail Trail.
Your Personal Requirements:
Warm clothing, wet weather clothing, sturdy footwear, personal gloves, hat
Warm and or cool drinks, snacks
Positive attitude to make a difference and have a good time
What will be provided:
All tools, full OH&S briefing, first aid kits, insect repellent, on site presentation of biodiversity value.
National Tree Day
Bellarine Landcare Group will be holding a planting day on Sunday 31st July to celebrate National Tree Day.
Time: 9 am – 12:30 pm
Place: Bellarine Rail Trail (enter from Andersons Road end)
Cotton On Planting Day
After much negotiation and several changed dates, Matt and the Cotton On Company have finally agreed on a day.
It will be Friday August 26th.
Please put this date in your diaries.
CO2 Emissions Surge to Record Levels in 2010
As reported in the Age 31/5/11
According to the latest estimates human activity sent 30.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the world’s atmosphere. This was 5% more than 2009. Most of the CO2 came from burning fossil fuels. The International Energy Agency’s chief economist Fatih Birol said it meant that the goal of limiting average temperature rises since pre-industrial times to with in 2 degrees is likely to be a nice utopia.
According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on climate change emissions on this current path will give a 50-50 chance of a 4 degree increase in average temperatures by 2100.
A 4 degree rise in temperatures will mean coastal flooding, extremes weather events and the extinction of more than 40% of the world’s species.
The Australian Climate Commission has stated that the world’s carbon emissions need to be cut to zero by 2050 to achieve a 75% chance of limiting the global warming to 2 degrees.
Garnaut Release His Last Report
As reported in the Age 1/6/11
Garnaut sees the global scene as a glass half full.
In his last report he paints the debate over climate change to be a battle of special interest versus national interest.
The Garnaut Report says:
The starting price for carbon should be $26/onne raising $11.6 billion in the first year.
Households should receive 56% of the revenue in the first year rising to 65% by 2021-22.
An independent committee should make recommendations on the level of emissions cuts to be made in the future.
Garnaut made the observation in his report that international action is essentially on track.
Although there are no binding agreements coming out of Copenhagen there were commitments and concerted unilateral action is working.
China has pledged by 2020 to reduce emissions per unit of GDP to 50% of its 2005 emissions
In the US President Obama has pledged that by 2020 to cut US emissions to 17% below the 2005 levels. He is using Government regulations to do it.
As a result of Cancun and Copenhagen there are pledges from all key emitters and agreement for ongoing peered reviews of how each country is going in meeting its pledge.
VEMCO Finally Agrees to Meet With Bellarine Landcare Group
The City of Greater Geelong has finally been able to organise a meeting with VEMCO that will include representatives from the Bellarine Landcare Group. It is hoped that at this meeting we will be able to discover what the level of compensation VEMCO is willing to pay for the unnecessary destruction of trees in Princess Street last year. The meeting will be in July.
Orange Bellied Parrots Sighted
Recent surveys around the Bellarine have seen two adult OBPs sighted at Lake Connewarre.
There have been lots of other wonderful observations.
Good numbers of
Blue-winged Parrots: 180 at Hospital Swamp
51 at Breamlea/Bancoora
Brolgas Two at Connewarre and two at Reedy Lake
Brown Quail Eight flushed at Breamlea/ Bancoora
Stubble Quail Two flushed at Hospital Swamp (in adjoining pasture)
Black-fronted Dotterel several large groups, largest 19 at Reedy Lake
Fairy Terns 20+
Black-winged Stilts 60 (many immature) at Hospital Swamp towards Connewarre
Purple Swamphens 70 sheltering from cold WSW wind in the lee of a reed-bed at Hospital Swamp towards Connewarre
Teal (predominantly Chestnut) Many flocks
Biggest Backlash in Geelong Council History – residents in opposition to inappropriate development opposite Serendip Sanctuary ignored
Lara residents witnessed the division in views and voting on Tuesday 12 April 2011 with City of Greater Geelong Councillors approving the C73 Amendment/ Caddys Road application to rezone rural land directly opposite Serendip Sanctuary. It is to be rezoned Residential 1 Zoning to allow 380+ houses in a high density development known as the Sanctuary Views Estate. This is despite the fact that Council had received overwhelming and unprecedented opposition to this development from the people of Lara for the past 8 years.
To rezone this land sets a dangerous precedent for open slather development that places the very SURVIVAL of our wildlife at risk. Serendip Sanctuary, sanctuary which is internationally recognised for successfully breeding captive species such as Brolga, Musk Duck, Australian Bustard and now the Eastern Barred Bandicoot which is on the brink of extinction. Numerous free ranging wildlife, like the Cape Barren, Magpie Geese and Eastern Grey Kangaroos breed here.
Wider Geelong Flora Lecture
Tuesday 14 June 2011
Speaker: Claire Moxham
Time: 7:30 pm
‘Understanding Coastal Moonah Woodland’
Coastal Moonah Woodland is listed as a threatened plant community under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Much of the community has been cleared or fragmented, leaving remnants that have been degraded by weed invasion and recreational pressures. Coastal Moonah Woodland is in a demonstrable state of decline, which could result in its extinction if it remains unchecked. Currently it covers less than 10% of its original distribution in the state.
The publication of A field guide to Coastal Moonah Woodland in Victoria marks the completion of a six year collaborative research program undertaken by scientists at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI/DSE). Many individuals, local community groups, land managers and government agencies have co-produced this new knowledge about ecological dynamics of the threatened plant community Coastal Moonah Woodland, to better inform management decisions.
Since 2009, Claire has been leading research in the Vegetation Monitoring program at Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research through landscape scale, multi-catchment, partnership projects that foster strategic ecological solutions leading to enhanced biodiversity and production outcomes.
Arrive 7.00 p.m. for a chat & cuppa. Lecture commences at 7.30 p.m.
Geelong Botanic Gardens Meeting Room. Enter the car park from the intersection of Holt Rd and Eastern Park Circuit. Go through Gate 2 to your left. (Melways 252 G4)
RSVP Lorraine email@example.com or Dick 5243 3916
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Birds on Farms
Over the past 20 years, 10 million hectares of native vegetation has been cleared in Australia. This clearing has brought about the loss of an estimated 150 million birds. Over this same 20 year period Australia has witnessed the rapid growth of the Landcare movement. Today there are more than 4000 Landcare groups all committed to restoring farm sustainability in various ways; including re-establishing and maintaining native ecosystems.
Birds Australia commenced its Birds on Farm survey in 1995 to assess whether the environmental work carried out by organisations such s Landcare was drawing birds back into rural landscapes.
The survey addressed a number of questions with a view to producing guidelines for increasing bird diversity.
It looked at issues such as:
How much cover should I have on my farm?
Should the use of fertilisers and cropping be limited?
What effect does grazing by livestock have on birds?
What kind of tree and shrubs should I plant to encourage birds?
How do I attract birds to my farm?
Four hundred and thirty bird species were recorded over two years on 330 farms.
Excluding the 10 largest the average size of farms was 608 hectares and most were beef, sheep, or wheat sheep properties. Around 500 volunteers were involved in the survey.
A summary of the findings.
1. Local native vegetation should cover at least 30% of the total farm area.
2. Recreate local conditions by:
Protecting existing remnant vegetation
Allowing local trees and shrubs to regenerate by fencing off areas from stock
Plant native local occurring trees and shrubs.
3. Maintain native pastures and avoid heavy grazing.
4. Native vegetation should be in patches that are at least 10 hectares in size and linked by strips that are at least 50 metres wide.
5. Manage at least 10% of the farm for wildlife in a fenced area.
In managing this area concentrate on:
Having a mix of local trees and shrub species.
Including a farm dam or waterway.
Having a mixture of ages of the trees and shrubs present.
Leave fallen trees to decompose naturally.
Propagating native herbs and grasses and allowing leaf litter to accumulate.
Some specific findings were:
That bird diversity increased by 30% for every 10 large trees present on the farm.
The diversity of wood land hollow-nesting birds increased by 20% for every 10 large trees present.
Bird diversity seems to increase significantly between 5 and 10 years after plantations are began.
Grubb Road Vegetation Lost
The sub division east of Grubb Road that is south of the Bellarine Highway will require a large number of trees and other roadside vegetation to be removed to provide for an access lane to the new estate area.
The loss is occurring because Vic Roads has not duplicated Grubb Road which would have allowed the current remnant vegetation to be absorbed into a centre median strip.
The proposal has been approved and it will result in at least 80 trees (many of them mature) being removed.
This strip of native vegetation along Grubb road provides an important native vegetation corridor.
The Nursery e-mail address is:
The nursery is always looking for new volunteers, so if you looking (or know someone who is) for a way to help the environment, learn about our native vegetation and meet new friends give Fiona a call or come along
on Monday or Tuesday.
Stakes and Guards are available from the nursery:
Stakes: 10cents each and Milk cartons: 30 cents
Point of Contact:
Fiona Conroy (Landcare Nursery Coordinator)
on 0439 392369.
Nursery Times are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (by appointment) 10am—4pm.
Presentation and Q&A Session
Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan
Speaker: Euan Angus of BZE
Where: Springdale Centre Princes St. Drysdale
When: Saturday 4th June 11am-1pm
Autumn (late March, April & May)
May is the last month of Autumn which aligns with the European calendar. It is a time when migrations are complete for many species as they have either arrived in or departed the Southwest. Temperatures are still falling and rainfall becomes more frequent, the cool weather flowering plants like Heath are seen.
The following list provides an insight to various life stages for some of the native plants and animals in south-west Victoria in March. Please feel free to add to the list.
Australian Grayling Prototroctes maraena; spawning late May-June with larvae being washed downstream.
Brolga Grus rubicunda; last month of flocking season, pairing off begins.
Brush-tailed Phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa; start of mating season which lasts through to June.
Leatherback Turtle Dermochelys coriacea; migration from equatorial waters to temperate water feeding areas (January –May) nearly over. Highest numbers recorded in Bass Strait from April – May, before they commence a northward migration to equatorial breeding areas.
Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster; over-wintering along south-west Victoria coastal wetlands.
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua, commencement of breeding season late May – June with nestling period 8-9 weeks.
Southern Right Whale Eubalaena australis, migration from Antarctic waters to southern Victoria underway with first sightings off the Southwest coast in May.
Jumping-jack Wattle Acacia enterocarpa; flowering May - October.
Other native Flora and Fauna
Common Galaxias Galaxias maculatus; adult fish migrating downstream for spawning (April – June)
giving birth May – July.
Common Brushtail Possum; females give birth.
Calendar of Events
June 5th World Environment Day
June 17th BLG Community Planting Day
29th July Schools Tree Day
31st July National Tree Day
26th August Cotton On Planting Day
September National Biodiversity month
September TBD Landcare Week
September 1st National Wattle Day
September 7th National Threatened Species Day
September 18th World Water Monitoring Day
October 3rd World Habitat Day
November 8-14 National Recycling Week
BLG Equipment for Hire
Spray Unit $60/day for members,$35/half day
Bait Layer $40/day for members.
Fumigator $40/day for members
Grader Blade $25/day for members
Single Tyne Ripper $25/day for members
Hamilton Tree Planters Price on application depending on numbers
Wick Wipers as above
For details, rates and bookings contact:
David Lean (Equipment Officer) on: 0418 386165
Soursob (Oxalis pes-caprae)
Oxalis pes-caprae, also known as Soursob or Sourgrass, is an extremely invasive plant that once established can be very difficult to control. It has a main tuber-like root, with several small bulbs located on these roots, from which it reproduces. The flower is a yellow trumpet shape, and the leaves look similar to a clover leaf, due to its trifoliate heart-shaped leaf. This weed will tend to germinate in a 6 week period from Autumn to Winter.
Soursob is not only a major weed in many gardens, but it is becoming a serious issue in pasture and cropping paddocks as well. Whilst this weed is quite invasive, it also has the potential to cause oxalate poisoning if eaten by livestock.
It can take a number of years to control if the initial weed burden is quite high. For optimum control, determine to reduce its dispersal and distribution, and control any current infestations. Herbicides are one of the most effect ways to control this noxious weed, but the timing of spraying is critical.
For more information please call us.
Williams & Jacksons
Cnr Thompson Rd & Furner Ave
Mon- Fri 8am-5:30pm Sat 9am -Noon
Bellarine Landcare Group has made two submissions for funding in recent weeks.
The first was for a Second Generation Landcare Grant.
The second was prepared by Mark Rodrigue from Parks Victoria for the continuation of Bellarine Ark, the fox eradication program.
If successful Bellarine Landcare Group rather than Parks Victoria will coordinate this program for the next two years. Our thanks go to Mark for all his work.
Unless expressly stated the views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of Bellarine Landcare Inc., the editorial team, its committee members or members. The editor welcomes contributions from members and others but reserves the right to edit any contribution.
Editor Peter Berrisford
Gorse or Rabbit Harbour Requiring Removal
Bellarine Landcare Group has funds to part fund the removal or spraying of gorse or other rabbit harbour.
Contact our project officer Catherine Barham on 0457 333 727.
Landholders must make a cash contribution of 50% of the value of the job.
Landcare/Coastcare Coordinator’s Report Matt Crawley
Completion of LAL Citipower/ Powercor application. This grant provides for the NSC&BLN support and Queenscliffe Indigenous Nursery support, Indigenous fauna Brochure production, BCN stickers, Coastal Erosion at Curlewis. The last installment has assisted with upgrading the electricity supply to the tea room and office / shed. A seed collection course is planned for November / December 2011. This will be open to all groups with the hope that groups will assist the LC nursery and the QC nursery with seed collection.
Community Group Project Support and other Community Support
Planning for Community Biodiversity in your Backyard series.
Assist BLG with New LC Officer position and CFoC Revegetation Grant, and BLG BRT Planting day
Community works trailer new signage and BBQ to be added to it to allow for field day events etc.
Discussion with Bellarine Youth Development Network for a Secondary Schools Planting day on the Bellarine
Promotion of Parks Victoria Documentary project. Liaise with PV on appropriate schools day on the Bellarine. The site appears now to be Edwards Point with PV to choose the schools.
Planning and site prep for Edsall Reserve Reveg site
Cotton On Foundation – Volunteer Planting Day
Working on having a T shirt printed for all staff and all Landcare volunteers for the event.
The Cotton On Staff day is confirmed.
The BLG is continuing with a community day on the 17th June.
Organizing for Gordon Tafe CLM students to participate in the day as well as numerous other groups.
Caring For our Country and Coastal Tender
I have completed training and have been assessing sites over past two weeks and developing management plans, with more sites allotted to me over the next 2 months. I have assessed sites at Breamlea, Coastal Alkaline Scrub, Dune Scrub and Coastal Saltmarsh and this has been extremely valuable for species ID and how to look and benchmarks for EVC’s
I have visited a number of landholders and sites and directed them to funding sources such as the Coastal Tender, 2nd Gen LC Grant and the BLG CFoC grant. I am following up on these as needed and will now be assisting the new LC Coordinator with this process
2nd Generation LC Grant
Continue with rabbit proof fending of demonstration site at Curlewis working with landholder, AGJC
Support start up funding of new Ocean Grove Coastcare Group
Support funding for new Bellarine Inland and Coastal Flora Booklets
Coastal Moonah Woodland Project – Collendina to Point Lonsdale
I have a site assessment to do on one site and have been following up contacting other potential landowners / holders by phone
I have organised a steering group meeting and updated the steering group as to the progress of the project.
Australian Green Jobs Program
The AGJC have continued to be busy and productive.
Working with Sue on BoQ Narrows project
BLG with Cate at the BRT, weed control and site pre and fence removal