Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater 30th Anniversary celebration

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Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater 30th Anniversary celebration
Saturday 25th May: Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are celebrating 30 years of working to secure the future of the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater with a symposium from 8.30 to 4.30 in the Lilydale Senior Citizens Centre, 7 Hardy Street Lilydale. 

For more information, click on this link:

https://mailchi.mp/bigpond/friendsnet-99-june-1431409?e=2306a9f53d

 

Working Bee at Uambi

What a beautiful morning it was for our working bee at Uambi on Sunday 15th May. A good turnout of members saw us plant 75 indigenous species plants in the north-western corner of Uambi in an area which, until very recently, was dominated by asparagus fern. Thanks largely to the efforts of Brian, a significant area is now effectively free of asparagus fern, and now that the pine-trees have been ringbarked, it was a great opportunity to begin the revegetation of this area.

It was great to see representatives the 3rd Heathmont Scout Group turn out to help again, and as always, there was much cheerful banter as we planted and weeded before enjoying a refreshing cup of tea and coffee, along with a delicious selection of cakes and biscuits, at the conclusion of the working bee.

Thanks as always to everyone who turned out on the day.  The results of our collective efforts can readily be seen in the improved natural environments in all of the areas in which we work.

 

Community Recognition night at Bunnings

Community Recognition Night at Bunnings Ringwood

Wednesday,  22 May, 7.00pm – 8.00pm

 

 

Dear Community Group members,

 

We would like to invite you to attend our Community Recognition Night, to recognise all the volunteers & community groups for their hard work and commitment.

 

This is an opportunity for community groups to network, discuss Bunnings’ commitment to Community Involvement and how we can work with you and your organisation in the future.

 

  • Short information sessions, questions and feedback
  • Guest Speakers to talk about their experiences with Ringwood’s Community involvement
  • Light refreshments
  • Door prizes

 

Kids activity table available (bookings required)

 

Please RSVP by Friday May 18 for catering, via email to Cass and Crysta at ringwoodao@bunnings.com.au or phone 9871 0000.

 

Kind regards

 

Crysta Healey & Cass Groves

Activities Organisers

 

Bunnings Ringwood

Ringwood Square, Charter St

Ringwood Vic 3134

Ph: 03 9871 0000

Fax 03 9871 0099

E: ringwoodao@bunnings.com.au

Website: www.bunnings.com.au

Big Working Bee at Uambi

Hi everyone,
Hope you have all had a happy and relaxing Easter break!
Our next working bee will be held at Uambi on Sunday May 5th. Whilst it won’t be an ‘Open Day’ as we have had in the past few years, it will be Heathmont Bushcare’s biggest working bee for 2019. As such, it will be a great opportunity to visit Uambi, see how previous years’ plantings are progressing, take the guided walk, and to help out with further plantings and weeding. Not to mention a great opportunity to touch base with other members!
Morning tea will be held at 12.00pm on the lawn of David and Margaret Harper, so bring a cup and, if you can, a plate of something yummy to share.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the main entrance to Uambi (opposite the northern end of ‘The Boulevard’), at 10.00am. Please feel free to bring along any friends and potential new Bushcare members!

Help wanted, please

Heathmont Bushcare has been invited to participate in the Heathmont Easter Bush Market, to be held at Uambi, on Sunday April 14th. The market will run between the hours of 10.00am to 2.00pm, but we will need help in setting up from about 9.00am, as well as packing up.

If you can help out on the day to promote the wonderful work that Heathmont Bushcare does, hand out flyers, sign up new members, chat to people or collect gold coin donations from people, that would be wonderful.

The Open Day at Uambi will not be held this year, so this is our big chance to spread the word and sign up new members.

Please reply to heathmontbushcare@gmail.com if you are able to help out.

Thank you.

Easter Market at Uambi

Mark the date in your diaries! Sunday April 14th from 10.00am to 2.00pm is the date of the inaugural Easter Market to be held at Uambi.

Join us for a pre-Easter weekend under the gum trees at Uambi.

Heathmone Easter Bush Market

https://www.facebook.com/events/349426065650372/

Heathmont Easter Bush Market in conjunction with Provincial Makers Market will showcase some wonderful local businesses and their amazing products and fresh seasonal produce.

In a variation from the Christmas market, this market will feature more food stalls as well as some of your old favourites.

And this time, we are joined by local artist Jacinta, who will be doing traditional aboriginal art face painting for the children.

There will be:

  • jams, chutneys, sauces and marmalades
  • Uambi honey
  • coffee
  • delicious cakes, slices and caneles
  • skincare and aromatherapy
  • jewellery

and much more!

Join us for a picnic under the gums and and bring your shopping bags to take home all the wonderful locally grown and made gifts and produce.

 

VEFN 2018 BEST FRIEND AWARD

NOMINATIONS FOR VEFN 2018 BEST FRIEND AWARD CLOSE WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE.

There are less than three weeks left to complete nominations for this year’s VEFN Best Friend Award.The award acknowledges the outstanding contribution made to the environment by volunteer members of Friends groups.

The Department of Environment, Land Water & Planning has again generously provided VEFN with a grant of $5,000 in support of the Best Friend Award. As in previous years, VEFN will provide a grant to award recipients’ groups. In 2017, Friends of Tyers Park used its grant to upgrade walking track signage. See the story (page 2) in the May edition of FriendsNET here.

If there is someone in your Friends group, who you believe shows personal dedication above and beyond the usual expectation, nominating them for this award is one way of showing how much your group values their efforts.  Nominations are assessed by an independent judging panel and will be presented at the award ceremony on 25th August. The awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne.

The criteria for the Best Friend Award and a nomination form can be downloaded here. Nominations are due by 5 pm on Wednesday 27th June, 2018.

Poster Competition
In conjunction with the Best Friend Award, we will again run a poster competition.  Friends groups are encouraged to submit their posters for a prize to be awarded at the Best Friend Award ceremony in August.

Humphrey Law & Co – Sock sale!

Greetings!

Our next Clearance Sale is coming up, and you have the chance to get some nice warm wool socks for winter, and others for later in the year!

We will be open for sale of discontinued, sample and seconds socks on:

Tuesday 15 May from 9am to 5pm

Wednesday 16 May from 9am to 5pm

Thursday 17 May from 9am to 5pm

And, Friday 18 May from 9am to 5pm

We have not moved (of course!) and are still at 22 Armstrong Road, Heathmont.

Humphrey Law & Co
22 Armstrong Road

http://www.humphreylaw.com.au

Enhancing Dandenong Creek

What ideas do you have to help revitalise Dandenong Creek?

 We would love to hear from you, your friends, neighbors and community with ideas for future works in the Enhancing our Dandenong Creek program.

 On World Water Day we launched a new interactive online mapping tool on, where anyone can provide suggestions for future improvements in the area. This will be used to inform what type of works we undertake next in Enhancing Our Dandenong Creek, commencing in the second half of this year.

 The map is available at:  https://melbournewater.mysocialpinpoint.com/enhancing-our-dandenong-creek#/

 Simply drag and drop a marker to the highlighted area, leave a comment or support another idea listed.

 You can also sign up (follow) at the YourSay page to get updates if you wish: https://yoursay.melbournewater.com.au/enhancing-our-dandenong-creek

First Friends of Dandenong Creek (FFDC) – Frog prsentation

First Friends of Dandenong Creek (FFDC) is pleased to invite you to a presentation by David De Angelis from LaTrobe University /Abzeco (Applied Botany, Zoology & Ecological Consulting).

David has extensive field experience working with frogs such as the Growling Grass Frog (see image), and will provide information and tips on observing native frogs, and other related information.

The presentation will be held in Room 4 of the Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood, 3134. Start time is 8:00 pm on Thursday 12th April. The Presentation will be preceded by a short FFDC Committee meeting starting at 7:30 pm.

Please RSVP to ffdc1999 at gmail .com if you are coming along.

Growling Grass Frog
(Litoria raniformis).Photo by Geoff Heard, University of Melbourne.

David has a Bachelor of Biological Science with Honours from La Trobe University. He has experience in flora and fauna survey, bushland management and education through involvement with the Mullum Mullum Festival, La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and the Field Naturalist Society of La Trobe University.

While with Abzeco, David has worked on a range of restoration projects and written several reports on land management, flora and fauna survey and Biodiveristy Assessments. He is particularly interested in the conservation management of reptiles and frogs, having surveyed for several threatened species including the Growling Grass Frog, Southern Toadlet, Striped Legless Lizard, Hooded Scaly-foot, Grassland Earless Dragon and Swamp Skink.

Much of David’s targeted fieldwork has been based in the Mallee and East Gippsland, and he has experience with a range of fauna monitoring techniques including radio tracking, camera trapping and mark-recapture.

EAFE (Eastern Action for the Environment)

Dear EAFE members and friends,
You are invited to an EAFE (Eastern Action for the Environment) social get-together on Sunday 29 April2-4 pm.
This year is shaping up as politically and environmentally challenging.
We’ve done some great work in the past. Now we need to power up towards some strong actions prior to the State Elections late this year (and who knows, a federal one too?)
We’d love to get together with you all, maybe welcome some new members, share some of the highs of the last year’s campaigns, and get energised towards the committed actions needed later in the year.
But primarily this is a time to relax, to chat, share a cuppa with like-minded people, and get to know each other better.
small plate to share would be appreciated, and a keep cup if you have one, but we’d especially like to see new faces, so feel free to bring along a friend or neighbour whom you think may be interested in what we do.
We do hope you can come.
Please contact Heathmont Bushcare for full details of the event.
Regards
Gwyn Davies
on behalf of EAFE (Eastern Action for the Environment)

CRIPS NEWS

Hi All

Just a reminder that there will be no volunteer sessions on Public Holidays so the nursery will be closed Friday 30th March and there will be no Monday Mornings in the Reserves on the 2nd April. We will be open Saturday 31st March for Sales 10am-1pm. Wednesday 25th is also a public holiday so there will be no volunteer session then.

We are in the process of producing the Autumn newsletter if you have anything that you would like to contribute please contact Linda –  lhibbs at ihug.com.au by April 7th.

Thursday 12th April 7:30 pm First Friends of Dandenong Creek (FFDC) is pleased to invite you to a presentation by David De Angelis from LaTrobe University /Abzeco (Applied Botany, Zoology & Ecological Consulting). 

David has extensive field experience working with frogs such as the Growling Grass Frog (see image), and will provide information and tips on observing native frogs, and other related information.

The presentation will be held in Room 4 of the Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood, 3134. Start time is 8:00 pm on. The Presentation will be preceded by a short FFDC Committee meeting.

Please RSVP to ffdc1999 at gmail.com if you are coming along.