Contact Details

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442

2011-2012 Activities report at 2012 AGM

We have seen a year of diverse activities, with emphasis on activities that support Newham Primary School or our major strategic goal of improving biodiversity within the Campaspe-Maribyrnong Headwaters Biolink area.

Membership has remained at 105 families, 30% of whom have young children.

Highlights of the year

Campaspe-Maribyrnong Headwaters Biolink

  • Hanging Rock Revegetation.
    A grant of $5310 for works at Hanging Rock Reserve was obtained by Nick Massie and Fran Spain. Half the plants - 600 - were planted in Autumn through the efforts of over 30 volunteers who mustered at short notice. As usual there was a great BBQ afterwards. This planting was our 1st at Hanging Rock Reserve, but it will be at least an annual event in the future.

  • "Northern Hotspots"PPWCMA-funded project works were completed. A surplus of funds will allow additional planting and weed management on the five properties involved.

  • Newham primary School Propagating group has supplied over 10,000 plants to local Melbourne Water Stream Frontage program recipients and projects managed by the Landcare group. Organised by Penny Roberts, with parents and grand-parents from Newham Primary school providing man-power, this group raised $2533 in 2010, $6922 in 2011 and $4338 to June 2012 - a total of $13,843 to be used for landscaping the school grounds.

  • TreeProject- over 2000 plants were distributed to members at the price of materials.

  • Member plantings were held on three properties.

  • Newham Primary school revegetation had been supported by funding of weed management along the creek and attendance of Landcare volunteers at school working bees to do weed maintenance and additional planting.

Roadside management group continues to map roadside weeds for MRSC, to facilitate spraying, and also undertake removal of weeds from local roadsides.

Clean Up Australia Day efforts, organised by Nick Massie, was again well supported by our members.

Educational activities

  • Honeybee Blues, a remarkable insight into bees behaviour and environmental threats to them.

  • Platypus day with Geoff Williams, from the Platypus Conservancy, was remarkable, with presentations at Newham and Hesket Primary schools in addition to an evening session at Newham Hall.

  • Koala Day - Deborah Tabart from the Australia Koala foundation did presentations at Newham and Hesket primary school in addition to a session at the hall.

  • Wild Action Zoo Day was funded by a PPWCMA 25th anniversary grant. Two presentations at Newham Primary school and 600 plants in the ground.

  • Visit to Ceres in Brunswick by students at Hesket Primary school - Landcare paid 50% of the costs.

  • Water watch, Jenny Waugh continues to lead the testing and analysis program at Newham Primary as part of their environmental curriculum.

  • Ian Hunter, aboriginal elder, spent a day at Newham Primary school telling stories and demonstrating instruments and weapons.

Social and Communication

  • Winter dinner. the Bollywood theme was a popular choice

  • End-of-year BBQ. This very special Newham event was supported by over 100 attendees as usual. Great food, Wellie throw and egg toss exciting.

  • Newsletter produced quarterly by David Bonsall

  • Updates and reminders irregularly from Penny to keep members informed of events, ours and others of interest

  • "A Little Bush Magic" performed by Vox Bandicoot in Wesley Park. This was a delightful show for littlies and younger aged primary children. Enjoyed by all, as was the BBQ that followed

  • Website has been modified and updated - a work in progress.


Thanks to our 2011-2012 committee for its initiative and drive to accomplish goals and provide organization necessary to deliver a broad array of activities (Jenny Waugh, Hilary Roberts, Penny Roberts, Fran Spain, Helen Scott, Lorraine Rutherford and Nick Massie).

Thanks to some of our special contributors - Grant Godden at PPWCMA, Adam Barber at Melbourne Water, Lachlan Milne at MRSC, John Robinson at PPWCMA, Carolyn Robb at Newham Primary school, Cliff Palmer at Hesket primary. Without their cooperation and encouragement we would be unable to deliver on much of our program.

Above all thanks to our members for their participation and support, feedback and friendship - keeping our group vibrant, interesting and one we can be justifiably proud of for its community and conservation values over an extended period of time.