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.

MULLUM MULLUM FESTIVAL

Dear Festival Supporter,

We hope you can join us to celebrate the Aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental values  of the Mullum Mullum Creek Valley at the 18th Mullum Mullum Festival.

Over two weekends in April and May, the Festival will once again present to you an exciting selection of over twenty expert-lead walks and presentations that will leave you with a greater understanding and appreciation of our beautiful native bushland.

The program will start off this year on the night of the 28th of April with a spotlight tour in search of nocturnal wildlife.

This will be followed by the opening of the Festival with a celebration of Aboriginal culture on Sunday the 29th of April at Yarran Dheran Reserve.

This day will also include nature walks in English with Mandarin and Arabic interpreters, a guided walk on aboriginal use of indigenous plants, Aboriginal craft workshops and talking circle, music performances, displays and food.

We are looking forward to hosting eighteen experts on the 5th and 6th of May who will present and lead walks on a range of topics.

Full Details found here – Mullum Mullum Festival

Help Wanted – Maroondah Bushland Treasures

Dear Heathmont Bushcarer – Your assistance required.

 As part of Maroondah’s Bushland Treasures Day (Saturday, February 17 at Maroondah Access Gallery – Federation Estate – please see Ruth Jackson Flyer) Heathmont Bushcare has been invited to set up a display table.  This is a great opportunity to promote the group and our good work!

 NB The display table needs to be set-up before 10.30AM and there is one free invite available to the event, although the catch would be staffing the display table during the lunch break.

 Please call us via our email address

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Maroondah’s Bushland Treasures

Exhibition Details:  NOTE ONLY 2 SATURDAY OPENINGS

 Friday 19 January to 9 March 2018
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 

Saturday 3 February 10am to 2pm

Saturday 17th February 10.30pm to 3.30pm                          

Come and see this significant collection of over 90 original works featuring native varieties of orchids, lilies, wildflowers and fungi, offering viewers an insight into the beauty of the natural world. This is a ‘not to be missed’ exhibition.

 Some of the exhibition feedback so far

“Exquisite!!”

“Wow!! What a fantastic show”

“Fabulous, never knew we had so many incredible species in Maroondah”

“A wonderful eye opener to the splendours of nature captured by one who obviously has wonderful vision”

Maroondah’s Bushland Treasures Day!

Saturday 17 February
10:30am to 3:30pm
Maroondah Access Gallery
32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood

FREE and open to all ages
As part of our current exhibition Drawn from the Collection: Maroondah’s Bushland Treasures by botanical illustrator Ruth Jackson we welcome you to join us for what will be a fascinating series of talks about Maroondah’s Bushlands. Hear from the experts about the fascinating plant life of native orchids and the ecology of our local environment while learning from local conservation groups about what measures can be taken to protect our bushland treasures.

Speakers:
10:30am Maroondah’s bushland management
Derek Ashton (Bushland Management Officer, Maroondah City Council)

11:30am Orchids through history: what can we learn from them?
Dr Graeme Lorimer, local environmental scientist with a specialisation in the flora, fauna and ecology of Maroondah and surrounding areas.

12:15-1:15pm – Lunch  available at Maroondah Federation Estate Café

1:30pm Wildlife in Maroondah
Peter Rogers, Ringwood Field Naturalists 

2:30pm Threats to Maroondah’s bushland: keeping ecosystems healthy 
Peter Goegan, specialist in Maroondah’s local natural environment

For Bookings and more information please contact:
gallery.attendant@maroondah.vic.gov.au / Ph: 9298 4553

 

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Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

To all our members we wish you all the best for the Festive Season.

Thank you for all your support over 2017, its been a great year for Heathmont Bushcare.

Our website will take a break over December and January and we will be back in February 2018 with our Calendar and Events scheduled for 2018.

 

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AGM – Wednesday 20th December

Further to our AGM please note that Rhys Coleman  (Waterways and Wetlands Research Manager, Applied Research,  Melbourne Water) will be talking on Melbourne Water’s “Threatened Native Fish Project”. This has seen the recent introduction of threatened native fish into the Dandenong Creek catchment.

 Also BYO drink and nibbles!