Heathmont Bushcare is turning 25!

Hold the date!!

Come celebrate 25 years of Heathmont Bushcare at Federation Estate (Ringwood) on Sunday 15 December 2019 between 12.00 – 4.00PM.

Lunch and drinks will be served.

To mark the occasion, please think about sharing your Heathmont Bushcare story(ies) and photos (if you have any).

 

RSVP: Please email Roger.Lord@maroondah.vic.gov.au to confirm your attendance and advise of any special dietary requirements before the 9th December.  Also, please email me your photos before this date.

 

Roger Lord

 

Bunnings Community Fun Day

Hi everyone,

This year on October 20th, Bunnings are running a Community Fun Day at their store in Bayswater from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

It would be good for Heathmont Bushcare to have a presence at this event in the form of a table with some information flyers and some people who would be willing to talk to people about the work Heathmont Bushcare does. Bunnings has given the following information:

 ‘As you know, Bunnings has a strong community involvement, and our Community Fun Day is a great way for you to let others in the community know what your group is all about. It also allows you to catch up and network with members of other community groups. Participation in the Community Fun Day is as simple as setting up an information table and talking to people about your community group. We have a capacity to allocate additional space if you would like to run demonstrations or performances, but this will be limited, so please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this’

Could I please call for volunteers who would be able to spend some time helping out on the day?

If you can help, please email me at the address below.

Heathmontbushcare [at] gmail.com

Will.

Congratulations to Heathmont Bushcare for their Landcare Award nomination

Last Friday, 30th August, six representatives of Heathmont Bushcare gathered in excitement at Government House for the presentation of the 30th annual Landcare Awards. Heathmont Bushcare was nominated for the work we do in the Heathmont area, not only in regenerating the natural bushland, but for our engagement with the broader community through our association with Heathmont 3rd Scouts and all the valuable work done by our volunteers.

Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in gaining a prize, but it was inspiring to hear of the wonderful work being done by other environmental groups. It was heartening to hear that the necessity of taking better care of the environment, starting with the local environment, is getting through to more and more people. We are inspired to strive even harder in our efforts to manage and improve the local bushland, and to encourage more people to join us in our efforts.

Improve Dandenong Creek – your input sought!

Great opportunity to continue improving our Dandenong Creek – your input sought!

 Melbourne Water is commencing the next round of Enhancing our Dandenong Creek (EODC) and is developing a project/program list for the next 5-years.

So far and based on the balance of community values and stakeholder input, this comprises:

Pollution Reduction

  • Monitoring and citizen science
  • Enforcement and compliance
  • Pollution treatment (WSUD)

Parklands, Floodplains, Billabongs and Wetlands

  • Billabongs, wetlands, parks and floodplain improvements focusing on biodiversity, ecology and habitat
  • Geomorphology, form and naturalisation (potential daylighting projects)

Amenities and Access

  • Access review and masterplan

Enhanced Traditional Owner Values and Activities

  • Initial scoping with Traditional Owners. Activities likely to fall across other themes, but may include specific activities or actions that come about from engagement

Sewerage management

  • QMRA
  • Screening
  • Improve reporting – ie with Council

Communications, engagement and behaviour change activities

  • Foundational program than runs across and supports all of the above projects,
  • Specific activities, initiatives (particularly for education)
  • Coordinating and driving engagement

Kicking off Parklands, Floodplains, Billabongs and Wetlands!

The Parklands, Floodplains, Billabongs and Wetlands project was the top opportunity which emerged, and one with a lot of potential to deliver significant outcomes for Dandenong Creek.

It encompass a number of opportunities and actions that have been previously identified:

–      Wetland and billabong rehabilitation program (Winton, Scott St, Koomba Park, exploring new wetlands etc)

–      Floodplain and parkland rehabilitation program (focusing on VicRoads and Parks Vic areas in particular, in particular the Dandenong Valley Parklands)

–      Improving amenity and physical form by reinstating natural features

–      Weed control and revegetation along Dandenong Creek and tributaries

Please look over this and identify any specific projects you want to further explore or provide other project ideas (preferably with specific locations).  Please add your ideas to the attached “…Ideas List: document  or email Roger at Roger.Lord@maroondah.vic.gov.au
 
Looking forward to hearing from you and just letting you know we already have a project scoped and identified by Brian for Bungalook Creek (refer links below).
 Roger Lord
Coordinator Environmental Planning

Melbourne Water project proposal

Improving Dandenong Creek ideas