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.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERING

Attention all Heathmont Bushcare members and non-members.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERING

Help shape the future direction of environmental volunteering programs in Victoria

Victoria’s environment doesn’t thrive on its own. Our native plants and animals need every chance to adapt and survive in a changing climate.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is working with agencies, businesses, and the community to stop the decline of our native plants and animals. We encourage every Victorian to value and to connect with nature, to ensure that our natural environment is healthy and actively cared for.

We would like to hear from everyone who is contributing to this goal, or has ideas to increase participation in environmental volunteering.

If you already volunteer, we want to better understand your motivations, as well as the challenges you face.

If you have never or rarely volunteered, help us better understand the barriers that have limited your participation, or prevent you from volunteering.

To help us collect the data, we are also asking that you forward and share this survey with friends, family, colleagues and other volunteering or environmental contacts. The feedback and ideas you share will help shape support for environmental volunteering in Victoria.

The online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey closes Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Click on the link below to get started.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EVP2018

Kind regards,

Environmental Volunteering Project Team
Environment & Community Programs| Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Level 2 /  8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

Heathmont Bushcare’s Open Day at Uambi

What a glorious morning it was for a gathering of dedicated Heathmont Bushcarers, friends and family. In contrast to last year’s cold and wet day, this year we were treated to bright sunshine and warmth. During the course of the morning a great deal of activity was undertaken. In addition to the usual tree planting, weeding and mulching activities, this year we had decided to create a frog habitat in the old creek bed. To do this required the clearing of weeds, removal of logs from the area, digging the pond, laying the plastic and then reconstructing the natural look of the pond. This really was a great effort and involved some heavy lifting from those involved in its construction.

After more than an hour of work, it was time for a delicious and well earned morning tea, the raffle, guess the number of lollies in the jar competition, perhaps a sausage courtesy of the Heathmont 3rd Scouts, and two guided walks. We were again privileged to have Dr Graeme Lorimer conduct one of the guided tours. His knowledge of the fauna, flora and geology of Uambi and far beyond is extraordinarily valuable and his willingness to share it is valued greatly by all who have heard him talk. As an additional treat this year, a representative of the Wurrundjeri people also very kindly agreed to host a walking tour with little notice and gave us a fascinating account of traditional land management practices as well as uses for a variety of plants indigenous to the area.

My thanks to all who contributed to the success of the day, and especially a huge thank you to the organising committee who devoted considerable time and energy in preparing for it. Uambi is the beneficiary of the work of many people.

Now we just need some frogs!