Planting Days

General Events Information

Past events - 2012

Past events - 2010

Contact Details

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442

Hosted By VICNET


Diary of events in 2013:

December - Sunday 7th

Christmas BBQ and games

At Wesley park, Newham Mechanics Institute.

November - Sunday 10th

Walk and talk reviewing native grasslands, bushland conservation and revegetation.

Presented by Paul Foreman of Blue Devil Consulting, at "Kolora" 279 Sheltons Road, Newham.

Paul has particular skill in vegetation science, grassland ecology, conservation management and plant/grass identification, and will take great pleasure in sharing his knowledge of the region's flora and discussing conservation management through the prism of "Kolora", a beautiful bushland property owned by the Kny family on Garden Hut Creek, between Newham and Lancefield.

Time: 9.30 am start till lunch, which is provided.

RSVP Penny Roberts, 0418 396 837 or

See poster

October - Sunday 13th

Spring planting at Hanging Rock Reserve

Join us to continue rehabilitation efforts along Smokers Creek, to the West of the entry road.
600 forestry tubes to go into the ground
BYO gloves.

9.30am - 12.30ish or 1pm, depending on how efficient we are

BBQ lunch to follow. RSVP to Penny by October 11th on 5427 0795 or

Water and morning snacks provided. Please let Penny know of any special dietary needs.

Picnic at Hanging Rock 12.30

Following Spring planting, come and enjoy Hanging Rock with a picnic on the main lawn, bring some lunch and share your experiences (and hopefully some sunshine) with those who love the Rock as much as you do. Members of Hanging Rock Action Group, associated community groups and, we hope, a MRSC councillor or two will be there to meet, talk and savour all things Hanging Rock. Everyone is welcome.

Please note, Hanging Rock Reserve has a $10/car entry fee (unless you were planting with Newham Landcare in the morning).

May - Sunday 26th

Annual General Meeting

Speaker- Dean Platt on waterways and stream frontages

From 7.00 pm for 7.30, Newham Mechanics Institute.

Supper to follow

June - Saturday 29th

Winter dinner - 70s theme dress and decorations

Free. BYO drinks and food for common table. 70's dancing led by so-called experts!

Newham Mechanics Institute. 6.30 pm

RSVP by 26 June to Penny Roberts 5427 0795

See poster

May - Sunday 26th

Hanging Rock Autumn planting and weed control

Hanging Rock Reserve, 9.30-12.30. BBQ lunch provided

Follows previous revegetation events at Hanging Rock with plants via a grant.

RSVP to Penny Roberts 5427 0795. (Follow-up: 600 tubestock were successfully planted)

May - Friday 10th

Indigenous plant and land use in Victoria

Newham Mechanics Institute, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Supper provided

Speaker Dr Beth Gott, Adjunct Research Fellow at School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, is an ethnobotanist who specialises in the relationship between Aboriginal people and plants, and is widely published.

This is an opportunity to learn how plants were traditionally used by the Indigenous people of south-eastern Australia, for food, medicine, fibre, tools ..., and how biodiversity was created by Aboriginal management of land with fire.

Cost: Free to members. Gold coin donation for non-members.
See poster

April - Saturday 6th

Design and planting for bushfire mitigation

Newham Mechanics Institute, 7.00 for 7.30pm.

Presentation by Terry Ouramis, CFA Vegetation Officer.

March - Sunday 3rd

Clean Up Australia Day

Nick Massie has established a Clean Up site for Newham.

To register, go to Clean up Australia Day, > "join a clean up site "
> insert postcode 3442 > fill your details and send.

Registering ensures we have sufficient gloves and bags for all on the day

February - Tuesday 19th

Weeds for Food

At the Newham Mechanics Institute. 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Newham is brimming with an abundance of wild edibles and so are its gardens.
Many of Newham's weeds are edible - not just edible but nutritious, tasty and free!
Learn where to find these foods, how to identify them and how to prepare them in the kitchen.

Topics include:

  • Hands-on plant identification
  • Preparation of foods
  • Edible landscaping

Your guide Doris Pozzi is a keen food gardener and a graduate of the Permaculture Design Course. She is the author of 'Edible Weeds and Garden Plants of Melbourne'. Doris is an enthusiast and entertaining speaker who inspires people to see the plants all around them in a new way. Doris will also present to Newham Primary School in the afternoon.

RSVP by Friday 15th February, Fran Spain 54270661.

Hello Little Weed is Doris's website.

January - Saturday 19th

Hands-on Weeding session along the creek on the Western side of Newham Primary school.

9.30am to 11.30pm, followed by refreshments at the general store.

BYO favourite secoteurs and gloves. Landcare box will have plastic gloves, glyphosate, spray bottles, some secoteurs, loppers etc.

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 Landcare group, or the host landowner when undertaken on private land.
  • other sessions, on public land, may be organized on an ad hoc basis.
Initially the focus was on Newham Primary school, with planting and maintenance along the creek zone followed by morning tea at the Newham Store.

Follow-up sessions for additional planting and weed management are now scheduled to coincide with the school parent working bees and we join them for lunch.

Wesley Park was the next public land focus: Newham Garden group and Newham Landcare have joined forces to enhance this community asset. Preparation of a plan and the initial planting of indigenous natives was undertaken with financial assistance from Macdon Ranges Shire Council. Maintenance and additional planting will be undertaken in 2013, funded by the Landcare group.

In 2012 Hanging Rock Reserve became the focus for our two 'official' planting days. Removal of woody weeds along the creek was undertaken by a contractor and volunteers then planted 1200 indigenous native under-storey plants, funded by a grant obtained by the Landcare group. The plan for 2013 is to extend the area further West along the creek, planting another 1200 under-storey plants over two mornings.

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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Past events - 2012
Past events - 2010