NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 2010
President: Terry Hubbard (5780 1489) Vice-president: David Wakefield (5780 1225) Secretary: Janet Hubbard (5780 1489) Treasurer: Jim Osborne (5784 9393)

Coming Landcare events : Saturday 6 . November ± Coonans Bridge Reserve working bee. With flood damage and the flush of spring growth, the reserve needs a good tidying-up, so come along with brushcutters, hoes, wheelbarrows and shovels for spreading mulch, etc. Also bring mosquito repellant! Meet at the Landcare sign on the Broadford-Flowerdale Road at 9am. Morning tea provided. Sunday 14 . November ± Wildflower drive/walk and picnic in Tallarook Forest. Meet at the Pioneer Reserve at 10.30am with picnic lunch, chairs, cameras, binoculars andany other essentials. Sunday 5 December ± End-of-year get-together. Join us at the Strath Creek Hall at 5.30pm to view a DVD of ³Parrots of Australia´, followed by a basket meal. Please bring a plate to share and your drink of choice. Let Janet Hubbard know if you are planning to come.
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Annual General Meeting ± Our AGM was held on 29th August and those present were treated to an entertaining and informative talk by Ian Temby on learning to live with wildlife. Several people bought Ian¶s excellent book entitled ³Wild Neighbours´. Perhaps we could entice him back to Strath Creek another time to talk about the tours he has led to South America and the Galapagos Islands ! The official business of the AGM was swiftly dealt with and all officer-holders were returned unopposed. A welcome innovation was the presentation of awards to younger members of the group ± we hope this will encourage them to keep up their good work ! Chemical users course ± A free 2-day course was st nd held at the Strath Creek hall on 21 and 22 August which qualified attendees for the Agricultural Chemical Users Permit (ACUP). The course was organised by the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network and was wellattended by local landowners/managers who received excellent tuition from the instructor, Kevin Chandler. Would anyone interested in doing a follow -up half-day 'Use of 1080 in Pest Animal Control' course please contact Terry Hubbard or David Wakefield. The UGLN is considering running such a course early next year, depending on numbers interested.

Landcare junior awards

Revegetation orders ± It is that time of year to think about and order what is required for any revegetation projects for 2011. Any direct seeding orders for 2011 should be pre-ordered through the Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank (Ph. 5833 9279) prior to November 2010. Tubestock orders should also be placed with nurseries early to allow them to plan for the range and quantities of species that are wanted. Waterway grants ± A reminder that the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) is offering property owners in the bushfire affected areas an opportunity for financial assistance along waterways burnt in the 2009 fires. Landowners may be eligible for assistance with streamside fencing, revegetation to re-establish riparian vegetation along waterways and subsidies for off-stream water points. Contact Kirsten Roszak or Sue Kosch at the CMA¶s Yea office on 5736 0100. Victorian Landcare Council ± Terry Hubbard has been appointed Chairman of the VLC which is a body set up to represent the interests of Landcare to the government and other relevant bodies.

Serious students at the ACUP course !

Membership fees, addresses etc ± Fees are now overdue and only about half have been received so far. If this item is highlighted, please forward $10 to Jim Osborne, Box 835, Seymour 3661, including your current postal address (not RMBs !) and preferably an email address as well. Community computer etc ± The Strath Creek CRC has obtained a laptop computer, printer and projector for the use of community groups. This will be invaluable for our Landcare group for newsletters, presentations etc. The equipment will be housed at Rosemary and David Ralph¶s place until a secure arrangement can be made at the Strath Creek Hall. Also the hall now has 100 new chairs, so we will now have meetings and presentations in comfort! Sustainable communities ± Mitchell Shire¶s Sustainable Communities program is running a series of workshops through October and November. Topics rd include: Creating a Waterwise Garden (Seymour 23 October); Edible Gardening and Keeping Chooks th (Kilmore 6 November); and Alternative Transport th (Euroa 27 November). For more info, and to register,contact Cathy Koning on 5734 6357, or email cathyk@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au Beef health management workshop ± The Yea River Catchment Landcare group is planning a 3-day accredited course on beef health management for March next year. It will be run by Dr. Rod Manning in Yea, and will cover a wide range of topics. Rod is well respected in the beef industry. Cost is fully refundable through FarmReady for eligible primary producers. The course will only go ahead if there is enough interest, so please register asap with Judy Brookes on 5797 2563. Wildlife reports ± John Foster and Bruce Jamieson spotted and photographed a healthy fat-tailed Marbled Gecko on Peter Griffin¶s property ³Ballandry West´. This sighting highlights the importance of leaving some fallen timber in paddocks - even burnt logs provide habitat for wildlife! We have had more reports of Barking Owl screams, although DSE researcher Natasha Schedvin showed a degree of scepticism when told of these reports. We need to get a photo, so rush out with the camera next time a dog or screaming woman is apparently up a tree!! For those who installed nest boxes after the fires, remember to check them occasionally ± you may find a box full of Sugar Gliders or be lucky enough , like Kate and Ron, to have a clear view of White-throated Treecreepers raising their young.
Marbled gecko

Treeplanter ± Someone out there is missing a Hamilton treeplanter, left behind after Fosters¶ planting. Please get in touch with David Wakefield to arrange its return. Chough-chat ± With our occasional newsletters it is not always possible to notify members of all upcoming events. For those interested in getting up-to-date information on field-days, workshops, environmental events, research, etc, to do with both natural resource management and primary production, you can subscribe to an email mailing list called ³Chough -chat´ run by Jim Castles at Goulburn Broken CMA. To subscribe go to: http://lists.vicnet.net.au/mailman/listinfo/chough-chat Native plants talk ± The Australian Plants Society Murrindindi is hosting a talk by Rodger Elliot AM in the th Yea Council Chambers at 7.30pm on Monday 25 October. Rodger is a celebrated and respected expert and author on Australian native gardens. His topic will be ³The diversity and beauty of Australian plants´. All are welcome ± supper will be served after. Enquiries to Doug Walter on 5774 7303. Fire restriction period ±Murrindindi Council has th declared an ³amnesty period´ until 25 October. During this period residents/landowners can burn off any vegetation material without requiring a permit and without fear of breaching Council¶s local laws. After this date the fire restriction period commences. See the Council website or contact the CFA for details. Horse properties need to be registered ± Every property with horses in Victoria now has to be registered with the State Government so horses can be tracked if there¶s another disease outbreak like the equine flu in 2007. If you don¶t already have a Property Identification Code (PIC) for livestock, you need to apply for one through the Department of Primary Industries (DPI). For more information call the Department's Free Call Livestock Identification Help Line on 1800 678 779. Landcare Coordinator ± Bridget Clarke has recently retired from her position in Yea and as a group we would like to thank her for her enthusiasm and tireless efforts over the past few years, particularly after last year¶s fires. The Upper Goulburn Landcare Network is looking to appoint a new coordinator to work with Landcare groups in the unburnt areas, alongside Chris Cobern, whose focus is on fire recovery. Rainfall report ± The rain just keeps on coming ± 118mm in September (compared with an average of 69mm), and a further 65mm to date in October (already exceeding the Oct. average of 59mm). The year¶s total stands at 885mm ± the wettest in nearly 30 years of records available. So it is quite possible we will exceed 1000mm for the year (that¶s 39.4 inches for those who like it like that !).