Thanks to all who attended the Working Bee on 26 November
Another successful day working along the Biolink
Have you seen the nesting boxes installed along the Biolink by GULLGs President Rod Sewell?
Your Guide to the Grasses of Central Victoria is an easy reference guide for beginners to be used in the farm paddock or bushland to identify common grass species in the Central Victorian region.
This booklet was prepared by Macedon Ranges Shire Council as part of the Healthy Landscapes program which is supported by City of Greater Bendigo, Hepburn Shire Council, Melbourne Water, Coliban Water, North Central Catchment Authority and Upper Campaspe Landcare Network.
A dozen interested residents attended Glenlyon Landcare’s community information event held at Glenlyon Hall on Monday evening 18th September 2023.
Perhaps 9:00 am was simply too early a start – such was the dearth of members who attended the 2023 AGM.
GULLG are happy to announce that this year's Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) grant application has been very successful – with 6 landowners receiving financial reimbursement to support gorse management works on their properties.
The VGT community grant funding program supports communities in reducing gorse in their local area by offering financial support of up to $1,500 to land owners who are prepared to undertake gorse management projects.
VGT Grants can only be accessed through community groups - GULLG submits an annual application on behalf of multiple landholders. More information can be found on the VGT website, or you can ask us for more details.
If you have a gorse control project that you are planning, you could be eligible for grant funding assistance.
The next VGT grant program will be open in mid-2024.
Any landholders interested in funding for gorse control projects should send an email to email@example.com and we will organise a time to discuss this with you.
On behalf of Jill & John and the GULLG Committee A BIG THANK YOU to all who attended the recent planting at Greenlion.
Eighteen friends and GULLG members enjoyed a beautiful sunny morning and managed to complete planting some 300 plants supplied through UCLN along the Loddon River bank and adjacent cliff areas.
Led by John Walter - President, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) - all volunteers quickly sprung into action creating holes, laying plants and adding guards.
John Walter and Evan Davis even managed to wade across a cold and flowing river to plant high up on the adjacent cliffs.
On completion, the group made their way back to the house and enjoyed a typical GULLG sausage sizzle.
On Sunday, 30 July 2023 Glenlyon Landcare hosted their 2nd annual National Tree Day event.
The sun was out and a group of 30+ members and guest volunteers joined in to plant 71 native trees, shrubs and grasses along the Loddon River in the Glenlyon Biolink.
Several new nesting boxes were installed along the corridor which were kindly provided by Hepburn Shire Council.
Huge thanks to Wombat Native Plants for supplying the plants for the day which were funded by The Seedling Bank, and also to Istra Smallgoods for the delicious sausages for the BBQ we held afterwards. A great day was had by all and some amazing work done.
More hands-on days are planned for the rest of the year. Head to www.glenlyonlandcare.org.au/events for more information.
An exciting indication of a pristine environment, and good to see - on 6th July, Ian Fliescher spotted a Water Rat crossing the Loddon River below the footbridge near the Pavilion.
The Australian water-rat, or rakali, is our largest native rodent - classified as a very attractive animal weighing up to 1.3 kilograms – as big as a medium-sized platypus.
Friends of Kangaroo Creek Wheatsheaf will be holding a weed workshop on Saturday 11 November between 2 pm - 5 pm at Glenlyon Recreation Reserve. Meet for a BYO BBQ at the Pavilion at 1 pm. The workshop will run from 2-5 pm.
Come and meet ecology and botany specialists Stephen and Ben (a botanist) from Southern Ecosystems Management (SEM). We’ll walk around the GlenlyonBiolink, identifying weeds and flora, and discussing the best treatment methods. We’ve asked Stephen and Ben to explain and demonstrate the cut and paint method, using dabber bottles, which is a great method for landholders to use. We will supply free dabber bottles to creek residents who are interested in using them, one per household. These are usually $10 each at bulk-buy price, with a couple of spare sponges included.
Stephen and Ben will also explain the methods they’ll be using to deal with the rather large blackberry problem along Kangaroo Creek, in summer when the creek bed is dry. SEM are also skilled in weed burning - unfortunately the scale of the infestation in most of the creek makes this too dangerous at the moment, but we have some residents along the south of the creek who have used this method carefully, at an appropriate time of year, and they have done a great job. Stephen and Ben are happy to answer any questions we may have about what they’ll do in summer. And the Friends of Kangaroo Creek coordinators can hopefully explain any others.
And just to clarify - the mulching we mentioned earlier was reserved only for large dense infestations of blackberry that are accessible by trailer. We would not mulch any native vegetation, including bracken. There will be no mulching done along the actual creek, where the ground is too soft, and even where it is firm, we would use the smallest possible remote-controlled mulcher to avoid soil compaction. We are not finding many areas that qualify for this treatment, as we will absolutely not damage any native vegetation in the process.
All are welcome, although priority will go to residents who live along Kangaroo Creek in Wheatsheaf.
The workshop is made possible by our storm recovery grant from Emergency Management Victoria and Hepburn Shire Council, and our auspice body, Wombat Forestcare.
Any queries contact Sarah Smith on 0410 911 238
See Draft Minutes of Meeting at www.glenlyonlandcare.org.au/downloads
President Adam Rowe reported on what was a resoundingly successful year:
Treasurer Justin Rowe reported on an improved bottom line and outlined the successful grants received over the past year.
With few members present the election of office-bearers and committee members became problematic. President Rowe, who had earlier advised that he would be standing down, declared all positions vacant and called for nominations. Nominations were advanced for the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two committee members – leaving the elections short a president and two committee members.
The following were duly elected:
Following discussion on this sad outcome, Adam Rowe agreed to fill the role of President on a casual basis until October – a move gratefully received on behalf of all GULLG members. The Committee will continue the search for a President and two Committee Members.
To lessen the demands on committee members time and provide clear event dates for members it was advanced that the annual GULLG timetable comprise the following:
The meeting also approved equipment hire costings – see www.glenlyonlandcare.org.au/equipment