Move Beyond Coal

Move Beyond Coal is an Australia wide movement following on from the Stop Adani campaign.  A major strategy is to focus resources onto a selected actor, in this case Whitehaven Coal, which has proposed 4 new coal mines across NSW and Queensland. One of Whitehaven’s key investors has been the NAB and the aim is to pressure the high profile NAB not to invest in this new coal expansion program and in this way also deter other investors. 

 60 action groups have been created to target NAB branches across Australia with 2 new ones in Eastern Melbourne; one targeting the Camberwell and the other the Kew branches.  Actions include meeting with branch managers and messaging bank employees, shareholders and customers.

 In early November there will be demonstrations outside the NAB branches. to coincide with the  UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt. 

For further information see the above Move Beyond Coal Website. For updates, click on the JOIN button on the home page and select the receive message updates option.

To Join or contact the most local action group (targeting the Camberwell branch) you can join their WhatsAp chat group by scanning the QR code below.

For further info contact John by email via    john.ingamells8@gmail.com

Scan QR code to join or contact the local action group via their  WhatsAp.

Maroondah Council Bioblitz

The Great Southern Bioblitz is part of a global movement to encourage everyday people to practice citizen science all whilst enjoying their nearby natural areas. Maroondah City Council is encouraging you to participate in the Bioblitz by heading outside into your local areas to capture the range of biodiversity you can find during the southern hemisphere spring.

For more details, visit the the Maroondah council website: https://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/Explore/Whats-on-in-Maroondah/Events-calendar/The-Great-Southern-Bioblitz?fbclid=IwAR3DGpiiE3m355e9JtU7py7mBbN58oHLg7m54RjlWbRv_zUHaV_2qig5j1c

Wanderslore Sanctuary Open day

Sunday 23rd October, 10.00am to 3.00pm

Once a year the delightful Wanderslore Sanctuary at Launching Place is open to the public. Photographers are especially encouraged to visit this bushland property on the Open Day, Sunday 23rd October, 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Donated to Trust for Nature by prior owner-artist, conservationist and teacher Constance Coleman, the property supports many species of Yarra Ranges flora and wildlife, including a koala, lyrebirds, and Satin Bowerbirds.

Everyone is very welcome!

A Win for the Local Environment

In an extraordinary community effort, the area known as ‘The Goat Enclosure’ near HE Parker has been planted out with over 3000 indigenous species plants in the last two weeks.

Beginning on Friday 29th July, Cabots employees weeded an area of the goat enclosure and planted 2000 little grasses in record time. Then last Sunday 7th August, Heathmont Bushcare, along with many enthusiastic volunteers and the 3rd Heathmont Scout Group, continued the weeding and planting. Together we chopped down Pittosporums and other woody weeds, pulled out Blackberries and dug up Watsonia bulbs whilst planting another 1100 grasses. By next spring, the enclosure should look completely different and vastly better than the weedy rubbish dumping pit it was until very recently. In the meantime, the goats will be back from time to time eating the fleshy invasive weeds as their preferred diet whilst only nibbling at the hardier indigenous grasses.

Many people contributed significantly to this wonderful outcome. Heathmont Bushcare would like to particularly acknowledge the assistance of Cabots, the 3rd Heathmont Scouts and everyone who contributed to the funds raised by the Heathmont Bush Market. And of course, everyone who turned up to help weed and plant the area. Thank you!

Help Wanted!

On Sunday 7th August, beginning at 10.00am, we would love everybody who can make it to meet at the goat enclosure, on Heathmont Rd near HE Parker, to help revegetate this site. It has been wonderful seeing the goats there, on and off, over the past 18 months or so, but now it is time for the community to get involved to help re-plant this plot of land.

Altogether we hope to plant 2000 little plants in this area and will need all the help we can get.

If you only make it to one working bee this year, try to make it to this one.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Sunday 7th August

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Bring: Gloves and a trowel.

Heathmont History Group projects

Greetings to everyone from the Heathmont History Group. 

Two of our current projects involve the eleven Nature Reserves in Heathmont. Our orchard tribute decals on 150 bollards in the shopping strip encouraged the Maroondah Council to invite us to decorate the 25 new ones about to be installed on the other side of Canterbury Road, outside nos.  149-163, up from Active Feet to ex-La Porchetta. We accepted, and decided to base these illustrations on the natural flora and fauna of Heathmont, with at least one from each of the eleven Reserves.

Most of you know this already, and have offered us A3 or A4 portrait-format photos or sketches . Thankyou – many are very suitable, attractive, and indeed quite striking, so that selecting which ones to use is already a challenge. We are waiting to receive Images from a couple of the Friends groups and from invited artists.

Another of our projects requires a photo or sketch in landscape format, please. Heathmont was first named in 1923, andas part of the early celebrations of Heathmont Hundred 1923-2023, our History Group and Heathmont Bushcare are jointly producing a 2023 Centenary calendar. Here again the illustrations will feature the eleven Reserves, one for each and the twelfth for heath! 

For this project, we invite you to submit one or two of your favourite images.

Each of these projects needs printing soon, so if you can provide images within the next few weeks, that would be appreciated.

Heathmont History Group meets weekly on Tuesdays 10.15 – 12 noon at Food Coffee Friends café 151 Canterbury Road. 

There is an open invitation for anyone to drop in for a coffee/chat. We also hope to see you at the launch of the Centenary Calendar in October, where you will be able to purchase many copies of the publication to which you have contributed an image, and eventually enjoy your company at the “Walk in the Park” Centenary Reserves weekend, September 2-3, 2023!

Please contact me with any suggestions or queries about these and our other activities.

Cheers and thanks

Gerry Robinson  

Heathmont History Group     0418 867 255


gerryrobinson039@gmail.com

Working Bee at Dexter’s Bush

Hi everyone,

A reminder that Heathmont Bushcare’s next working bee is to be held this Sunday, 5th June, at Dexters Bush, 46 Dickasons Rd, Heathmont. 

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm.

​All are very welcome – please bring gloves and a mug for a tea or coffee afterwards.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Will Harper. ​– 
Heathmont Bushcare
email: heathmontbushcare@gmail.com
Website: 
https://heathmontbushcare.com/

STOP PRESS – YOUR FAVOURITE FLORA AND FAUNA PHOTOS WANTED URGENTLY – THAT IS THIS WEEKEND

The Heathmont History Group (HHG) has been invited by Maroondah City Council to provide the decorations for 23 bollards and 2 planter boxes outside the shops on Canterbury Road up from Active Feet.

HHG are seeking at least 2-photos representing flora and fauna (with more emphasis on flora) from:

·         Dexter’s

·         Uambi

·         Dandenong Creek

·         Heathmont Park

·         HE Parker

·         Plus one for heath or orchids

HHG have a meeting next Tuesday (24 May) at their usually gathering place, ie Food Coffee Friends between 10.30-2.00 – so all are invited to attend and/or offer opinions and suggestions.   Alternatively you can email your photos to Roger.Lord@maroonah.vic.gov.auand Roger will provide the photos to HHG.

City Nature Challenge 2022

THE 2022 CITY NATURE CHALLENGE IS ON AGAIN

Love nature and want to learn more about Maroondah’s local biodiversity? Be part ofthe 2022 City Nature Challenge from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May.

Maroondah is again participating in 2022 and invites you to help us make it bigger and even more successful than last year!

Even better, come along to our Heathmont Bushcare Open Day at Uambi on the morning of Sunday 1st May, and you can join us in our local Bushcare Nature Challenge!

And we can show you how – just bring your smartphone or tablet.

What is the City Nature Challenge?

The City Nature Challenge is an annual global citizen science event coordinated by the California Academy of Sciences and the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, that was first run in 2016.

This year Maroondah is collaborating with 20 other Councils from across metropolitan Melbourne, along with the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, the Entomological Society of Victoria, and Scouts Victoria, to represent Melbourne on the global stage as “Greater Melbourne”.

Participating cities “compete” to see who can make the most observations, find the most species, and engage the most observers in discovering the nature that lives in and around their city.

Watch the official 2022 City Nature Challenge video to view some of the amazing observations of wild plants and animals that people around the world have made in previous challenges.

For further information: 

Visit the Maroondah Council website at https://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/Explore/Whats-on-in-Maroondah/Events-calendar/City-Nature-Challenge-2022

Read more: City Nature Challenge 2022

Working Bee at Uambi

This coming working bee on Sunday April 3rd will be held at Uambi, beginning at 10.00am and concluding at 12.00pm.

We aim to remove some woody weeds and probably some asparagus fern.

Please BYO gloves and mug.

Change of venue for March working bee

Hi everyone, hope you are all well.

Please note that there has been a change to our working bee calendar; and our next working bee (March 6) will be held at the Goat Site near H.E. Parker instead of Uambi.

The purpose of the change is to  undertake some woody weed control  in preparation for planting (later this year) and relocate part of the fenced enclosure toward the H.E. Parker end – to extend the area of weed control.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Cheers

Roger Lord 
Team Leader Environmental Planning 

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2022 everyone! I hope you have all had a happy, safe and relaxing Christmas and New Year, and that this message finds you in good health.

The working bee plan for the year is attached to this post, and you can also find it on the ‘Calendar of Events’ tab on the Heathmont Bushcare website. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible as we resume our working bees for 2022. A reminder that everyone needs to be fully vaccinated to attend, and that we still need to maintain social distancing for the safety of all members. We would like to welcome as many new members as possible this year, so if you know of anyone who would like to attend our working bees, please feel very welcome to invite them along. The first woking bee of the year will be held on February 6th at the Lobelia Swamp. We will meet at the end of Pett Court at 10.00am.

Finally, it was very exciting to hear that Pam Catling, long time member of Heathmont Bushcare, was awarded the Bill Wilkins Volunteer of the Year Award by Maroondah Council. Pam has been a volunteer with Heathmont Bushcare for more than 27 years and it is wonderful to see that her efforts to enhance the local environment, as well as her volunteer involvement in other roles, has been recognised with this award. Congratulations Pam!

Final Working Bee 2021

Help Heathmont Bushcare celebrate another year of work dedicated to improving the local environment.

Place: Uambi

Date: Sunday 5th December

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm.

As this is our last working bee for 2021, the focus is less on working and more on tea/cakes!

Please bring your own mug and, if possible, a plate of something yummy to share.

And for the diary: Sunday 6th February 2022. Working Bee along the railway line. Meet at HE Parker Reserve Scout Hall, 10.00am.

NEWS FLASH!! Working Bee at Dexter’s Sunday 7th Nov

Heathmont Bushcare is back!

That’s right,

In light of the easing of restrictions as of Friday 29 October 6.00pm we are able to again gather and enjoy the delights of Heathmont’s bushland.  In this regard we are able to proceed with a working bee on Sunday 7th Nov at Dexter’s!  

Please note that Maroondah Council has issued a directive that all Volunteers satisfy the vaccination requirements described in the message below. 

In short, should you wish to attend on Sunday you will need to provide evidence of your vaccination status. 

If you wish to discuss this further please contact Roger on 0429 189 583.

Looking forward to catching up on Sunday 7th. 😊

Images of plants, animals and insects in Heathmont

Many thanks to Gwyn Davies for these gorgeous photos! Her notes on these photos are below.

1. House Spider, now that I have re-checked, looks like this is the Grey House Spider, Badumna longinqua – similar to the Black, but a bit different.

2. Acacia verticillata, back-lit in sunlight.

3. Bee Fly, family Bombyliidae. A bee mimic.

4. Bachelor native bees – the males hang about during the day, in small groups on the Poa flower stems. They might be Masked Bees but I can’t see their faces!

5. Probably a Geometrid Moth – the larva would be a ‘looper’ caterpillar.

6. Small orange spider in Bursaria bush.

7. Round-eyed Striped Noctuid Moth, Grammodes ocellata. It was on my gate rail – nearly ran it over!

8. The breeze bellying the web of this tiny orb spider.

9. Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos – 5 came in the early morning after my Blackwood snapped off. They are feasting on the beetle larvae which caused its demise.

10. Young Crimson Rosella.

11. Young King Parrot. If you sit still regularly in the bush (my garden) birds sometimes come up quite close – young birds especially are curious!

12. Fairy Moth, a Nemophora sp. probably N. sparsella. Only about 1-1.5cm long. Associated with, and feeds on, Bursaria spinosa.

13. Same species, but dancing in a little cloud above a Bursaria spinosa near the wetland ponds by Dandenong Creek, in Heathmont. The antennae of the males are about 2 1/2 times the length of the body, and they have some metallic patterning on the wings.

A successful working bee

Thanks everyone for a great effort last Sunday – 182 (goat resistant) plants were planted in the goat enclosure in record time! 

This effort was topped off with delicious home cooked cakes and slices!

Cheers

Roger

P.S. Next working bee is not until September 12th, at Uambi, Allens Rd, Heathmont.

Passing of Liz Dexter

Heathmont Bushcare is very sad to hear that Liz Dexter, long time member of Heathmont Bushcare, died yesterday. Many of us will have visited and worked on the Dexter’s property in Heathmont, and will remember Liz’s dedication to improving the environment, as well as her kindness and laughter very fondly. Our thoughts are with Mick and family at this sad time.

Working Bee August 1st.

Many people will be very pleased to see that, with the easing of Covid restrictions, we can have a small outdoor working bee tomorrow, August 1st. You will need to wear a mask and remember to socially distance at all times.

Meeting time: 10.00am

Place: On the railway line opposite the Greenway, Heathmont.

A Working Bee, a storm, a first and some Tawny Frogmouths wanted!

Hi all Heathmont Bushcarers,

It has been another unusual month with Covid shutdowns and the huge storm that smashed though large parts of Victoria recently. Heathmont was badly affected with lots of mature trees bought down by the wind, power cuts to many houses, and damage to property. The unusual direction of the wind, coming as it did from the south-east, was also a contributing factor, but apparently something we can expect more of given climate change. It is now more important than ever that we get as many people as possible to help to care for our local environment.

Working Bee date: Our next working bee is scheduled for July 4th at Heathmont Park, off Waterloo Street (car park near pavilion).

Storm damage to Uambi: The storm did considerable damage to Uambi but not, thankfully, to people or property. Six large eucalypts were blown over, as well as innumerable smaller branches and debris. Considerable time and effort has been spent since then clearing the tracks and making Uambi safe. The result is that Uambi is now open again, but all visitors are encouraged to take great care as trees can fall at any time.

A First: Congratulations to all who contributed to the City Nature Challenge held between April 30th and May 3rd. Residents of Maroondah recorded 2653 observations of 571 species which placed us first out of the eight council areas participating in Victoria, and contributed to Eastern-Melbourne being placed 41st out of over 400 cities participating world wide. Congratulations to all participants!!

Tawny Frogmouths: Have you seen or know where Tawny Frogmouths have recently been observed nesting and/or hunting around street, sports or garden lights?

If so, the BBC want to hear from you! See the attached below.