As a ‘Landcarer’ and a member of the FriendsNET mailing list, you are invited to participate in an online survey being conducted by the Victorian Environment Friends Network (VEFN). VEFN is re-assessing its purpose and approach and this online survey is an important input to their review.
The Network has been operating for over 25 years aiming to support Friends groups network and better achieve their aims. While it has achieved much over this time, Friends group activities, needs and opportunities have continued to evolve. At the Annual General Meeting of November 2015, it was agreed VEFN needs review its purpose and set new directions. As a part of this thinking about VEFN’s future, the Committee is seeking input from Friends, and as many related Landcare and fauna groups and individuals as possible. (In this survey these other interested parties are referred to as Environmental Volunteering Groups – EVGs).
You are welcomed, and encouraged, to send the survey link to as many members in your group and interested parties as possible.
The survey will be open until Monday 21st March. VEFN will collate the responses and provide a report to all who complete the contact information at the end of the survey. Please note responses are anonymous unless you provide this contact detail.
For more information please contact Stephen Derrick, Secretary of VEFN:firstname.lastname@example.org [preferred] or 0417 326 860.
Thank you for your participation in the survey, Bernie Fox on behalf of the Network Committee 4Mar email@example.com 0428 178 747
Mullum Mullum Festival is only around the corner so we thought we would give you some information of this great event.
They are also looking for volunteers, so if you are interested please contact the festival organisers! I am sure they would love the help. They are especially looking people who would be interested in accompanying a walk or being present at a presentation. For full details please contact us and we can forward you the information.
The festival is on 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 April, with the official Opening Day Festivities on Sunday 21 April 2013.
The festival will take on the format of the past festivals with the opening day providing a variety of events from the local Aboriginal community and other performers as well as environmental walks and talks for both adults and children.
The Festival will be held over two weeks at a variety of sites in the Mullum Mullum Valley, and will include environmental walks and talks and presentations about environmental, sustainability and climate issues at several venues in the Valley.
A copy of the brochure for the 15th festival will be available closer to the date of the festival.
You can add your name to our subscriber list to receive a brochure in either hard copy or e-mail format by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9719 7661or 0409 519 829
It is with great pleasure that we announce that we were successful in that application and we would like to thank the Heathmont Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank for their recent approval of funding. Special thanks to Gary Johnson (Branch Manager) and Faye Moye (Customer Relationship Manager) for all their support throughout 2012.
Hope you have all had a relaxing time with families and friends over the Christmas and New Year break.
We certainly did and are now looking forward to another year of Heathmont land care at all the beautiful sites we manage.
The Calendar of Events has now been updated with the dates of the working bees for 2013. As usual we will email all our members with the details a week before.
We are planning for a morning tea sometime early this year, hoping to engage some local groups/schools for community environmental programs, applying for funding and other small initiatives for the benefit of our members and community. If you have an ideas, please feel free to email us!
Excitingly, there will be two new little members joining our team. One is due around the middle of February and one in May. I am sure that their mums will bring them along to their first land care , even if they might just sleep through the working bee!
We need to get together to discuss our site calendar for 2013.
A meeting will be held as follows –
On: Wednesday, 28th November
Time: 8.00PM – 10.00PM
For venue address details please contact Roger Lord on Work ph: 9298 4422 or email us at heathmontbushcare[at]gmail.com. An email will be sent out later this week (however the writer is currently in Far North Queensland with limited internet access 🙂
The Environmental Film Festival is being held on Melbourne from the 4- 9 September 2012. There are some great films showing and some of the film nights also include panel discussions. All films are being shown at the Kino Cinemas in the CBD.
What a great turnout from fellow Heathmontians at our local park!
Heathmont Park is a mixed area. In some places there are lots of woody weeds such as pittosporum, Acacia longifolia, Acacia elata and cotoneaster. In other places, exotic grasses like kikuyu, panic veldt grass and sweet vernal are rampant. And of course there is the blackberry patch and the tradescantia.
Elsewhere, however, the indigenous vegetation is dense and effectively keeping weeds at bay. The many seedlings of correa and prickly currant indicate a healthy, thriving ecosystem. As well, Heathmont Park is noted for its stands of allocasuarina trees.
At this time of year the correas are in full bloom and orchid leaves are just emerging ahead of their flowers. Thanks to the good rainfall, fungi of many shapes and sizes, and in subtle shades of brown, tans, fawns and creams are flourishing. Hiding under the grasses are small puff balls with their delicate “petals” opening out like stars. A tree trunk is home to a cluster of tiny white parasols. Peeping from under fallen leaves are the glistening burnt orange caps of small toadstools.
Despite the threat of rain, a good number of volunteers arrived to battle the weeds. The massive pile of pittosporum, weedy wattles and blackberries, plus the many large bags of soft weeds, indicate just how much was achieved.
Thanks to everyone that attended the last working bee.
Just a reminder that our next working bee is to be held on Sunday 3rd June 2012 at Heathmont Park, Waterloo Street (car park near the pavilion, Melways 63 J1). It will be held from 10.00am till 1.00pm.
The weekend activities also coincide with World Environment Day (WED) which is to be held on the 5 June 2012. WED was created by the United Nations and raises awareness of environmental issues around the world. For more information about WED please see the link below.
The Wilderness Society is also hosting an event in the Melbourne’s CBD called “Think Outside the City Block”. For any of our readers who work in the CBD and are able to attend, check out the link below. It certainly does look like an amazing event.
It’s in our hands to make a difference, so I hope to see you all on Sunday for another inspiring day of bush care. Please email us if you have any questions.
Hello to all our readers. A very big thanks to you all for coming back to our little site!
Today’s working bee was spent at Dexter’s. It was another brisk Sunday morning, but at least the rain stayed well away. We spent the first part of the morning planting (about 50 plants) and also worked on weeding out the non native grasses. It was great to have such a big turn out and we thank all our latest members for your support.
Since we had a few new members, Mick Dexter took us on a bush walk. It is such an amazing property and has regenerated amazingly since the removal of the pine trees. There is a great walking track and if you are ever in the area we highly suggest you take a detour through the property. You will be amazed by the beauty of it and it will feel like you are in country Victoria, not the suburbs!
Keep warm and we hope to see you all at our next working bee. For further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us.
Maroondah City Council in conjunction with Hansen Partnership, is working on a Structure Plan for Heathmont. The plan “will aim to ensure long term planning decisions take into account Heathmont’s unique character, while still fostering growth and prosperity.”
On Wednesday 18th April 2012 an information session was held by Hansen Partnership. There were a number of residents in attendance. Discussions surrounded the sustainability/environmental issues of the plan, population growth of the area, car parking issues at the shops, safety of pedestrians crossing Canterbury walk to name a few. Further discussions included some brain storming ideas of what we would like to see in the plan.
It was clear from the information session that most residents were concerned with ensuring that the unique and village feel of the area was kept in tact. Concerns also centred on maintaining the leafy green aspect of the area.
If you want to be involved and want to have you say please contact the following people:
Anthony Diaferia, Strategic Planner
T: 9298 4596