Help the VictorianEnvironmentalFriendsNET with their survey

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).

The survey can be accessed by the link and the 10 question survey should take about 10 minutes.

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 [preferred] or 0417 326 860.

Thank you for your participation in the survey, Bernie Fox on behalf of the Network Committee 4Mar 0428 178 747

Community Garden

You may have noticed the Community Garden that is on Allens Road (adjacent to the Uambi Site).

Its coming along nicely and there is even a lovely place for you to sit and reflect on the beauty that is Heathmont!.

Thanks to Will Harper and his girls for all the hard work.  It looks amazing.

If you would like to contribute any plants (perhaps a lemon tree!) please speak to Will Harper or contact us on our email.


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Working Bee: Sunday 7 July 2013

Hi All

Don’t forget our next working bee scheduled for Sunday 7 July 2013, at Uambi (Allens Road) from 10.00am till 1.00pm.

Please bring along any weeding tools that you have.  If you don’t have any tools that’s ok, as we will have spares. Dont forget your mug!

If you have any questions, please email us at heathmontbushcare[@]

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday :)

Mullum Mullum Festival: 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 April 2013

Dear All

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.

You can check out their website here:

Details of the festival are as follows:

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 or 03 9719 7661or 0409 519 829

Next working bee: 3 February 2013

I can’t believe we are already into the second month of the year and our first working bee has come up so quick!

Our next meet up will be at H E Parker Reserve – “Lobelia Swamp” & Alisma Swamp- (end of Pett Court) on  Sunday 3 February 2013 from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

As per usual don’t forget your tools and your mug.  We look forward to seeing you all next Sunday.

For any enquiries please contact us at: heathmontbushcare[at]

Community Investment Program 2012

Recently, the team at headquarters made an application for funding through the Community Investment Program offered by the Heathmont Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank.

Since 2003, the  Ringwood East & Heathmont Community bank branches have approved funding for various  community investments within the City of Maroondah.

For more information about the Heathmont Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank please go to:

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.