Planting Days

General Events Information

Past events - 2013

Past events - 2012

Past events - 2010

Contact Details

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442


Diary of events in 2014:

December - Saturday 6th

Christmas BBQ and games (annual event)

Live background music, door prizes, gingerbread biscuit decorting for children plus the usual Wellie toss, Egg toss, great food and company. BYO drinks and salad or dessert for the shared table. BBQ items provided by Landcare (veggie / meat options)

At Wesley park, Newham Mechanics Institute from 6pm

RSVP Penny Roberts by email or 0418396837

November - Saturday 15th

Grasslands Field day with Paul Foreman

Paul of Blue Devil Consulting will guide Landcare members on flora identification, ecology and restoration management. BYO water bottle, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen. Morning cake provided.

Hanging Rock Reserve - meet in centre of Racecourse Grasslands, 9.30-12.00.

RSVP Penny Roberts by email or 0418396837

October - Friday 31st

"Healthy Farms for Healthy Waterways" talk

Adam Logan (Rural Land Management, Melbourne Water) will talk about a program designed to improve water quality by working with landowners to address off-stream sources of pollution, specifically sediment and nutrient.

Adam has a background of working in agriculture on efficient use of resources. He has managed a soil nutrient testing laboratory, worked with graziers on weed control, and worked with horticulture and grazing industries on soil conservation and efficient fertilizer use.
His main technical strengths are farming systems and soil health, and he enjoys working with farmers to achieve practice change.

Newham Mechanics Institute, 7pm drinks and nibbles, 7.30 start, cake and coffee/tea to follow.

RSVP Penny Roberts by email or 0418396837

October - Friday 17th

"Fish for Farm Dams" talk

Andrew Clarke, Manager Aquaculture, Fisheries Victoria will present on the opportunities to stock your farm dam with fish both for environmental and harvesting outcomes.

Newham Mechanics Institute, 7 for 7.30. Supper provided

See poster

Supper to follow. RSVP Hilary Roberts 5427 0120 or Nick Massie 5427 0065

August - Friday 29th

Paul Mahony will talk on Agriculture and Climate Change

Newham Mechanics Institute, 7 for 7.30. Supper provided

August - Friday 8th

Annual General Meeting

From 7.00 pm for 7.30, at Newham Mechanics Institute.

Speaker - Brigid Kny, on The secret lives of Deep and Garden Hut Creeks.

See poster

Supper to follow.

June - Sunday 22nd

Hanging Rock Winter solstice hands-on session

Hanging Rock Reserve, SW corner, 9.00-11.30. BBQ lunch provided

Preparation for Spring planting (cut/paint/pull weeds, marking rabbit warrens, rubbish removal checking plants in guards).

June - Saturday 14

Trivia night (in lieu of Winter Dinner)

As this is a fundraiser for Newham Mechanics Institute, Landcare will sponsor the cost of $25 per person for members wishing to attend BUT you must ring Fran on 5427 0661 or email her.

BYO a plate to share. Food and drinks (no BYO) for sale at venue.

Newham Mechanics Institute, 6.30 pm start.

May - Friday 23rd

Farm dams as habitat for wildlife - floating islands and much, much more

Presented by Tania Begg

Newham Mechanics Institute, 7 for 7.30. Supper provided

May - Sunday 11th

Hanging Rock Autumn planting

Hanging Rock Reserve, 9.30-12.30. BBQ lunch provided

Follows previous revegetation events at Hanging Rock with plants; second stage "Communities for Nature" grant.

March - Saturday 22nd

Newham Pig Festival

O, Pig! A community arts project with grunt

More here

March - Sunday 2nd

Clean Up Australia Day

Nick Massie has established a Clean Up site for Newham.

To register, go to Clean up Australia Day/Newham, > "click the "Join this Site" button on the right.

Meet at Wesley Park, Newham

February - Saturday 23rd

Picnic at Hanging Rock

From 11 am at the main oval, bring a picnic (and remember your exit fee of $10)

Hosted by the Hanging Rock Action Group.
Speakers from 12: Anne-Louise Lambert (Mirandaaaaaa.)
Wild Action Zoo at 1.30pm
Live music all day.

See poster

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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