Planting Days

General Events Information

Past events - 2017

Past events - 2016

Past events - 2015

Past events - 2014

Past events - 2013

Past events - 2012

Past events - 2010

Contact Details

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442


Diary of events in 2018:

December - Saturday Ist

Christmas BBQ and games (annual event)

Expect fantastic food and all the usual fun, plus the usual Wellie toss, Egg toss. BYO drinks and something savoury or sweet for the shared table. GF BBQ items provided by Landcare. BYO drinks / chair / picnic rug / plates & cutlery etc / an egg for the toss

At Wesley park, Newham Mechanics Institute from 6pm

RSVP to Penny Roberts by email(numbers, special dietary requirements) by November 28th.

November - Friday 16th

Newham Primary school working bee 4 - 6pm

Maintenance in the native vegetation area adjacent to the creek - much needed!

The school has scheduled a whole school working bee for general maintenance and work on the frog pond that was started recently. NDLG is funding Sam Harrison to run activities for children during this session.

October - Sunday 14th

Hands-on session at Hanging Rock

The reserve has a very large population of kangaroos, along with wallabies, and residual rabbits, making it a real challenge to establish under-storey and ground layer plants. Come and see how our plantings have faired, look at alternative protection methods and give a hand with some planting and maintenace along the creek.

9.30 - 12.30, BBQ lunch to follow.

September - Saturday 8th

Cobaw Biolink - information session for landowners

This presentation by Dr Jim Radford will include: Benefits of restoring rural landscapes; Principal approaches to planning landscape restorations; Guiding principles at both individual property and landscape levels; Q & A on the Cobaw Biolink; Funding support and the Expression of Interest process. (UDCN facilitator Tim Read and Penny Roberts.)

9.30 - 12.30, Newham Hall

August - Friday 17th

Annual General Meeting.

Hear Mark Bachmann from Nature Glenelg Trust speak - "Bringing back the Brolga: 'Walker Swamp & other wetland restoration projects underway in the Southern Grampians"

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

RSVP for catering purposes to Penny Roberts by email or tel.0418 396 837

See flier

May - Sunday 13th

Hanging Rock Planting

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

9.30 - 12.30, lunch provided.

Please RSVP to Penny Roberts by email for catering purposes.

May - Sunday 6th

Raptor display by Martin Scuffins of Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary

Martin Scuffins is an environmental scientist with a lifelong interest in birds and, with his wife, he set up the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary to help injured birds almost 2 decades ago. Over the years they collected 12 birds of their own (species: Peregrine Falcon, Barking Owl, Nankeen Kestrel, Barn Owl, Little Eagle, Southern Boobook Owl and Wedge-tailed Eagle) all captive-bred stock from other zoos or wildlife parks, and over recent years have shifted their focus from rehabilitation of injured wildlife to raptor demonstrations and education. This will be an informative and inspiring display with an elite team of trained birds.

11.00 - 2.00, lunch provided.

159 Dons road, Newham


RSVP essential to Penny Roberts by email by May 4.

April - Friday 20th

What is the future for Newham Landcare?

Jim Sansom is putting together an exciting tableau to be presented by students of Newham Primary School: WE WILL REVIEW with some sense of satisfaction our past achievements. BUT MORE IMPORTANT will be our look to the future. Several young members of our community - pupils from Newham Primary School - will be helping us to set the challenge: WHAT GREAT THINGS CAN WE ACHIEVE TOMORROW? Come along and help set the AGENDA

Newham Mechanics Institute, 6.45pm. Supper to follow.

Please RSVP to Penny Roberts by email for catering purposes.

March - Sunday 4th

Clean Up Australia Day

Nick Massie has established a Clean Up site for Newham and would like to encourage you to join him for a few hours.

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 - Friday 23rd

Climate change- how forestry can help save society

Kal Kny discusses global and regional forestry and timber trends and the implications and opportunities locally.

Karl has been managing pine and eucalypt plantations and native forests for conservation across Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand for the past 18 years, and is curently Vice President of Newham & District Landcare Group

Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for 7.30. Supper to follow

See Flier

Please RSVP to Penny Roberts by email for catering purposes.

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.

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 has been ongoing, 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. Since then thousands more indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses have been planted, and much weeding and maintence work undertaken.

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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