Planting Days

General Events Information

Contact Details

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442


Diary of events in 2012:

December - Saturday 1st

Christmas BBQ and games

At Wesley park, Newham Mechanics Institute.

October - Saturday 14th

A very Special Spring Planting

At Hanging Rock Reserve. Planting from 9.30 - 12.30 with BBQ lunch to follow.

Barry Peters, musician and childrens entertainer, will be joining us and performing his latest show "Off We Go", in the area adjacent to the planting site.
Whilst all comers are welcome for the planting and BBQ, numbers of children for the show will be limited to a maximum of 35.
The Show is aimed at lower primary and 3-4yo children.
Spare places at the show will be offered to non-member Newhamites.

Queries and RSVP - Penny 5427 0795.

See photos

September - Sunday 16th

The Weedies Group working bee

9.30am to 12.30pm, followed by picnic lunch.

Join us to cut and paint weeds at Bolger's Lane and Shelton's Road intersection, Newham.
These roads of significant vegetation have many beautiful wildflowers in Spring. We are seeking the participation of NDLC members - please wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves/secateurs/lopping saws.

RSVP Sue Massie on 5427 0065 by 12 September.

August - Friday 10th

Annual General Meeting

From 7.00 pm for 7.30, at Newham Mechanics Institute.

Speaker - Brigid Kny, Living with Wildlife: the joys, problems, trivia and solutions, plus wildlife emergency care.

Supper to follow.

June - Saturday 30th

Winter Dinner

An Austrian/Bavarian theme

From 6.30 pm at Newham Mechanics Institute.

This is a free event, Landcare covering hall hire.
Attendees BYO drings and food to contribute to the shared table.

This year you will be in the running for prizes if you get out the lederhosen and frilly blouses.

Sound of Music songs look good, as do some waltzes.

RSVP: Penny Roberts, 5427 0795, by 19 June

See photos<

May - Sunday 27th

Hanging Rock Autumn planting

9.30 - 12.30 with lunch to follow, Hanging Rock Reserve

Our first revegation event at Hanging Rock with plants via a grant.

See photos

May - Saturday 26th

Friends of Hanging Rock spotlight walk

7pm, Hanging Rock Reserve

Meet at the Cafe about 10 mins prior for some cross-species encounters.

Wildlife is prolific in the Reserve, although the animals being on the wild side, may or may not be amenable, likewise the weather.

The event is free and open to interested members of the public. Hanging Rock Ranger Guido will be conducting the walk of about an hours' duration.

RSVP: Martin Joiner, 5427 0592

May - Friday 11th

Australian Koala Foundation

Newham Mechanics Institute, Dons Road, Newham. 7.00pm for 7.30pm, supper to follow

Cost: a gold coin donation for non-members.

An exposition of the life and times of Koalas including the growing threat to their habitat.

Deborah Tabart, CEO of Australian Koala Foundation, will discuss current issues and challenges for the survival of Koalas in Australia.

For further information and to RSVP, contact: Hilary Roberts, 03 5427 0795, email

Deborah has also very kindly agreed to further presentations at the
Newham and Hesket Primary Scools on Monday 14th May.

April - Thursday 26th

Wild Action Zoo

Newham Primary School.

As part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of Landcare, we have secured a grant to cover the cost of local 'Wild Action Zoo'. Some of you may have seen the owner of the zoo, Chris Humphrey, on TV last year with his wide range of Australian animals. He not only shows the animals to the audience, but also lets them hold and touch them after the show. He will concentrate on animals indigenous to this area- many well known, but also some lesser known such as quolls which used to be found on Mt Macedon.

As our contribution to the grant, students will also be planting several hundred indigenous plants on the school property. We hope that this will encourage and promote the next generation of Landcare members from the school and its community.

March - Sunday 18th

A Little Bush Magic

Wesley Park, Show starts 3.30pm.

Help Wobbly Wallaby and Wombus J Wombat return the magic to the bush! Designed for children, this interactive presentation is a celebration of the bush that gets everyone involved.

Presented by Vox Bandicoot performers Show starts 3.30pm. Followed by a BBQ tea provided by Landcare at 5pm. Free family event

Rsvp to Penny 54270795 or

See photos

March 4th

Clean Up Australia Day

Around Hanging Rock. Contact Nick 5427 0065

February - Friday 10h

Is there a platypus in my waterway???

7.30pm, Newham Hall. Learn about the life of the platypus, find out how to monitor them and how you can help them in your area.

Presented by Geoff Williams from the Australian Platypus Conservancy.

Preceded by a walk along Monument Creek, 5 - 6.30pm

General events information:

Events fall broadly into three categories, but there is considerable overlap..


Two major events in the annual calendar are the themed Winter dinner and the end-of-year BBQ. All events are sociable and fun!


Each year we aim to have at least three primarily informative events, with topics raised by members or driven by the interests of the organizing group.


  • two 'official' planting sessions per year, in Spring and Autumn, which we encourage all members to attend. These always include lunch, provided by the host landowner.
  • other sessions, on public land, may be organized on an ad hoc basis.
Over the past years the focus has been on Newham Primary school, with planting and maintenance along the creek zone followed by morning tea at the Newham Store.

In future we will plan these to coincide with the school parent working bees and join them for lunch. Wesley Park will be our next focus - Newham Garden group and Newham Landcare have joined forces to enhance this community asset. Plans have been prepared and a grant application is this space!- a couple of hours activity followed by lunch, again provided by the host.

If you enjoy our planting days, there are plenty of other opportunities - members may call for assistance with revegetation works on their property. You can expect these 'member plantings' to involve two hours of activity, followed by almost as long over lunch! Working as a group on each others properties is a most enjoyable way to get things done.
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