NEWHAM & DISTRICT LANDCARE GROUP

Events

Planting Days

General Events Information

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Past events - 2013

Past events - 2012

Past events - 2010

Contact Details

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442





Events

Diary of events in 2017:

December - Saturday 2nd

Christmas BBQ and games (annual event)

Great food and company, plus the usual Wellie toss, Egg toss BYO drinks and salad or dessert for the shared table. BBQ items provided by Landcare (veggie / meat options)

Flier attached

At Wesley park, Newham Mechanics Institute from 6pm

RSVP to Penny Roberts by email or tel.5427 0795, with numbers and special dietary requirements.



November - Friday 24th

"What can we learn from listening to nature?"

Evening presentation by Andrew Skeoch of Listening Earth, on birds and birdsong.

Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Supper follows

See flier

RSVP to Sue Massie by email or tel.5427 0795.



November - Wednesday 22nd

Native Grassland reconstruction

10am - 3pm, Newham Mechanics Institute.

Workshop with Dr Paul Gibson-Roy, Greening Australia's lead scientist, about native pastures for grazing.
Includes lunch and a field trip

Book at MRSC here



November - Sunday 19th

Wildflower Walk

10am, Conglomerate Gully, Riddells Creek.

NDLG Roadside Management Group invites members and guests to spend a couple of hours in the morning to discover the wildflowers in a contrasting environment to that typical of the Macedon Ranges.

The walk will conclude with tea and cake. Dogs are welcome on leads only. Sturdy footwear is essential.

See flier

Please indicate if you are interesting in attending by contacting Sue Massie by email for directions.



November - Saturday 11th

Chilean Needlegrass workshop

Carlsruhe CFA, Three Chain Rd. 10am-12pm.

Learn how to identify this high impact agricultural and environmental weed from an agricultural scientist. Presented by Macedon Ranges Shire Council in partnership with Carlsruhe and Newham & District Landcare Groups.

Bookings through Council website



October - Sunday 22nd

Hanging Rock Planting

Hands-on session at Hanging Rock Reserve. Tasks on offer are planting, planting, planting on the 'island' and some maintenance in areas planted over the last couple of years - removing hardware, a bit of hand-weeding. For anyone with a grudge against blackberry and Broom there will probably be seedlings that can be pulled by hand.

9.30 - 12.30, BBQ lunch provided.

RSVP to Penny Roberts by email or tel.5427 0795, with numbers and special dietary requirements.



September - Friday 8th

Create a Frog Pond or Turn your Dam into Habitat

Free evening presentation and discussion with Damien Cook, Rakali ecological Consulting

Damien is a recognized expert in wetland, riparian and terrestrial ecology, particularly in the factors affecting the establishment and management of aquatic and wetland plants.

A selection of water-loving plant species will be available to purchase on the night.

Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Supper follows

See flier

RSVP to Penny Roberts by email or tel.5427 0795.



September - 3rd to 10th

NDLG display in Woodend Library for Landcare Week



August - Friday 18th

Annual General Meeting.

Guest speaker is Sophie Bickford, Executive Director of Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance. Her talk - "From Islands to Networks - linking landscapes for conservation at a time of climate change", will show how Newham Landcare and Hanging Rock are part of a large-scale biolink project.

Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Speaker at 7.45. Supper follows

See flier AGM 2017

RSVP to Helen Scott by email or tel. 0412 582 526.



May - Sunday 14

Hanging Rock Planting

Continuing our program undertaken annually since Autumn 2012 of maintaining and enhancing riparian zone works.

9.30 - 12.30, lunch provided.

RSVP to Penny Roberts by email or tel.5427 0795.



March - Friday 31st

Hanging Rock Environmental Management Plan: building habitat for wildlife

Evening presentation and discussion with Katherine Smedley of Practical Ecology, author of the plan. What is it? How is it to be implemented? Learn how to make your place more wildlife friendly.

Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Speaker at 7.45. Supper follows

RSVP to Penny Roberts by email or tel.5427 0795.



March - Sunday 5th

Clean Up Australia Day

Nick Massie has established a Clean Up site for Newham.

If you would like to volunteer please click the "Join this Site" button on the right - Clean up Australia Day/Newham

This is a great way to do something good for our local environment. Meet at Wesley Park, Newham, 9.30am -12.30pm.



February - Thursday 23rd

Community BBQ at Newham Primary School

You are invited to a community BBQ to welcome new students and parents.
There will be plenty of kids activities and the school's parent information sessions begin at 6:00pm.

BBQ meat/options provided by Landcare, please bring a salad or dessert to share.

To be held at the BBQ and Bush Bird Hide area next to the multipurpose court, which was a project completed as part of the continued partnership between Newham Primary School and Newham & District Landcare Group. It has developed a previously underutilised section of the school into a creative and practical space for students and the community to enjoy.

Please RSVP to newham.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au for both the BBQ and Parent Information session for catering purposes.




General events information:

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

1. SOCIAL

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

2. EDUCATIONAL

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.

3. 'HANDS-ON'

  • 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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