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.
Gwyn Davies
on behalf of EAFE (Eastern Action for the Environment)


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.


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

Ruth Jackson flyer-page0001


Maroondah’s Bushland Treasures


 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


“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.

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



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.



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!

Heathmont Xmas Bush Market – Sunday 10 December 2017 @ Uambi

We are back again this year hosting our VERY popular Heathmont Christmas Bush Market. With a collection of local creatives and small businesses supporting ‘Uambi’ in conjunction with Heathmont Bushcare.

You will have the opportunity to walk amongst the gums and purchase some fantastic unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas including:

+ Candles & Soaps
+ Jewellery
+ Desk Calendars & Prints
+ Gift Tags & Greeting Cards
+ Skincare & Aromatherapy
+ Heat Packs
+ Jams & Chutneys
+ Kids Clothes
+ Local services including dog training and landscaping

A new additions to this years market is a CHILDRENS MARKET where local children will be having their own stalls. EXCITING!!!

There will also be a sausage sizzle and face painting – for a gold coin donation

Hamper Competition Terms & Conditions

Entrants must RSVP to the event by selecting ‘Going’ in the Heathmont Christmas Bush Market event. The winner will be selected at random and drawn on Friday 8/12/17 at 8pm AEST. The winner must collect the hamper on the day of the event and show some form of identification to collect their prize. 



Maroondah’s Bushland Treasures – Exhibition

Save the Date

CRIPS has we  been working with the Maroondah City Council Curators – Exhibitions & Collections Team on an exhibition  “Maroondah’s Bushland Treasures”   original watercolours by Botanical Illustrator Ruth Jackson. The exhibition will be open at the Maroondah Access Gallery

Maroondah Federation Estate 32 Greenwoood Ave


Friday January 19th – Friday March 9th 2018

Official opening

Thursday January 18th



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Hi All

Our Annual End of Year Celebration BBQ for members, volunteers and supporters will be held on Saturday 2nd December from 12pm – 3pm. We will be meeting in the picnic area at the nursery. If you are planning on attending please let us know for catering purposes. If you would like to bring a salad or sweet to share it would be appreciated. BBQ and drinks will be provided.

 Our next Monday Mornings in the Reserves Outing will be on Monday 27th November. We will be meeting at Cherry Tree Reserve, Mullum Mullum Creek, end of Strathfield Parade Croydon (Mel 50 E1) at 9am and continuing work on the mulch beds and exploring upstream to the source of the Mullum. If you would like to join us please bring your own gloves, all tools and morning tea will be provided.


Our next Monday Morning in the Reserves outing will be Monday 13th November. We will be meeting at the end of Teak ave along the Tarralla Creek ( MEL 50L 11) and weeding the revegetation bed that we have been planting in previously. If you would like to join us, please bring your own gloves and wear suitable clothing and footwear for the bush. Morning tea will be provided.

 Maroondah Festival is being held on Sunday Nov 12th at Town Park, Norton Rd Croydon from 10am to 4pm. CRISP will be having an information stand within the community area, if you are at the Festival, call by and say hello.


Each year, the Maroondah City Council recognises outstanding contributions to the Maroondah community by presenting Awards to individuals and groups at the annual Australia Day celebrations held at Ringwood Lake Park.

Council encourages a wide range of groups and individuals to nominate for the awards

§ Citizen of the Year

§ Young Citizen of the Year

§ Community Event of the Year

Nominations close on Friday 17 November 2017.

Further information relating to the Awards process is available on Council’s website


or from the Councillor Support Officer on 9298 4462.

We are currently looking for articles and items of interest for the next newsletter. If you have any contributions please send them to the editor Linda Hibbs at lhibbs@ihug.com.au;

Our end of year celebration BBQ will be held on Saturday 2nd of December. This is a good chance for our members, volunteers and supporters to catch up and celebrate this years achievements. We will be providing the BBQ and drinks if you are able to bring a salad or sweet to share that would be appreciated. Meet in the picnic area at the nursery at 12pm. If you are planning to join us please RSVP as soon as possible for catering purposes.

Planting Session – 5 November

Join Roger Lord, President of Heathmont Bushcare for an exploration of the Dexter’s beautiful one-hectare garden. Features of the garden include its Silver-leafed Stringybark and Cherry Ballarat trees as well as a wide variety of orchids, sedges, and grasses. Hear about the significant trees that mark this area and get involved in planting some native species, to help create new homes for local wildlife.

Date: Sunday 5 November, 10am to 12:30pm
Venue: Heathmont
Cost: FREE
Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/RSDX

Maroondah Festival – Sunday 12 November 2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

  • Children
  • Community
  • Council
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Music
  • Seniors
  • Youth

Maroondah Festival will take place in Town Park, Norton Road Croydon on Sunday 12 November, 2017 and is presented by Maroondah City Council in conjunction with EastLink.
Girl painting at Maroondah Festival

Maroondah Festival website

This year’s Maroondah Festival will include:

  • Main Stage attractions
  • Kids Kingdom
  • Youth Space
  • Health and Wellbeing Expo
  • Eco Village
  • Community Expo
  • Artisan Market and Stage
  • Plus food, market stalls, amusements, stage and roving entertainment

Date and Time

  • Sunday, 12 November 2017 – 10.00am to 4.00pm

Join the Compost Revolution!

Council is offering Maroondah residents 60% off the purchase of a compost bin, worm farm (including worms) or a Bokashi, plus free delivery.  Each Maroondah residential property is eligible for one subsidised system each year.

You can learn more about how to set up and maintain your compost bin, worm farm and Bokashi system at one of our free upcoming composting, worm farming and Bokashi workshops on Monday 13 November and Thursday 16 November.

How do I get a discounted system?

  1. Go to the Compost Revolution website and complete an online tutorial based on the type of system you’d like to purchase.
  2. Complete the quiz.
  3. Order your system.
Product  RRP Discounted price
 Eco Polo Compost Bin  $99.00  $39.95
 ‘Revolver’ compost aerator  $39.95  $16
 Wormfarm  $109.95  $39.95
 1000 Worms  $48.50  $19.45
 Bokashi  $75.00  $29.95
 1L enzyme spray  $18  $11
 Scrap smasher  $7.95  $2.95

For further information on the available products, including product dimensions visit http://compostrevolution.com.au/maroondah/products/

Why should I compost?

Up to half of the rubbish that Maroondah households create is organic waste such as paper, food scraps and garden waste. By composting, we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by up to 50%.

Composting has many benefits for you and your garden:

  • creates a rich fertiliser for your garden
  • adds important minerals, nutrients, bacteria and micro organisms to soil
  • increases the water retention of soil
  • makes more space in your bin You can downsize to an 80l garbage bin and save $42.50 a year.

How can I learn more?

Learn more about composting your food waste by attending one of our free composting, worm farming and Bokashi workshops.  To register your interest in a future workshop please call EnviroCom, Council’s waste education providers, on 9703 5288.