Heathmont Railway Line

Hi all

The recent working bee was another success with everyone tackling Wonga Vine and Quaker grass along the railway line.

I will let the photos do the talking though! Enjoy!

Metro Trains destruction

Unfortunately we have been informed by one of our members, that Metro Trains has “massacred” the last stretch of remnant indigenous bush along the railway line between Bedford Road and Heathmont Station.  You will note the photos below, which were only taken recently, showing the beautiful spring flowers.  The second set of photos shows the destruction.

It is fair to say that Metro is concerned about trees which may fall across the railway tracks and also have concerns that their drivers may have for impeding vision of the railway tracks, but the total destruction of the area is a step too far.

Our member did make a complaint to Metro and they were advised that the area was cleared because of overhanging branches, signal clearance and bushfire risk!  (minimal at the least!)

However, importantly, Metro Trains went on to say that Keep Australia Beautiful may be able to maintain such a significant bush area (as they maintain other areas which Metro is aware of and keeps away from).

Perhaps this is something we as a group can consider to include in our working bees in conjunction with some assistance from either our local council or Keep Australia Beautiful.

Your thoughts on this matter would be appreciated so please contact us on our email address.

Uambi Working Bee

It’s after 7.00 pm and it’s still daylight! I hope everyone remembered to change their clocks! This is my favourite time of the year as its now moving quickly into summer.  Heathmont is bursting with flowers and everything is certainly awake after the hibernation of winter.

Hope your Sunday was as fabulous as ours.  We had a great morning out at Uambi and thanks to Roger for a great bush walk.  Its amazing what a couple of hours in the bush can do to your soul.

Thanks to all the locals who braved the elements this morning.  Unfortunately I forgot my camera, however Will Harper sent me these beautiful photos of  flowers currently blooming in Uambi. (click on the photos for a larger view)

See you all at the next meet.

Working Bee: Heathmont Railway

The sun was shining, the people were smiling, the flowers were in bloom and oh it was so good to be outdoors last Sunday.  I could have sworn I was deep in the Aussie bush and it was only the occasional train that would bring me back to reality and remember that I was actually in suburbia!

What an absolutely beautiful site it is.  Mother Earth certainly put on a show for us.  Can’t wait for the next working bee.