Planting Days

General Events Information

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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 2016:

December 3rd December

Christmas BBQ and games (annual event)

Live background music, door prizes, gingerbread biscuit decorating 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

Friday 14th October

Hanging Rock Reserve - Understand the new Hanging Rock Environmental Management Plan

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.

7pm for drinks and nibblies, 7.30 presentation & discussion, supper to follow.

See Flier

RSVP: Penny Roberts by email or tel.0418 396837. CANCELLED, to be rescheduled in 2017

Sunday 9th October

Hanging Rock Planting

Continuing our program undertaken annually since Autumn 2012 of maintaining and enhancing riparian zone works, this one will fill gaps and bulk out some areas along Smokers Creek.

9.30 - 12.30, lunch provided.

RSVP: Penny by email or tel.0418 396837 for catering purposes.

Sunday 2nd October

Explore, weed, and identify wildflowers

The Roadside Management Group, or "Weedies" invite all Newham and District Landcare members to visit our special roadsides of Shelton's Rd and Henneberg's Lane, explore the native wildflowers while helping to weed.

9.30am - 12.30pm. Morning tea provided

See Flier

To register attendance please contact Sue Massie by email or tel. 5427 0065

Friday 23rd September


Guest speaker Richard Akers will talk about the importance of frogs in the eco system, the frog census, frog identification, sounds, what we need to do to maintain a frog-friendly environment.

7 for 7.30pm start. Supper to follow

See Flier

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

Get involved in the Frog Census, a community frog monitoring program. The data collected through the program is used to help manage Melbourne and nearby regions frog populations and raises awareness of waterway health issues.

Friday August 19

Annual General Meeting. Guest speaker Professor David Karoly on "Climate change: Where are we now and where are we heading?"

David Karoly is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences, Melbourne University. Amongst other academic positions, he has held professorial postings at the University of Oklahoma (USA) and Monash University. He is an internationally recognised expert on climate change and has been a contributor to reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and as a member of the Climate Change Authority he advises the Government on climate policy.

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 Poster

A wonderful evening was had by all, with suggestions "What can we do about climate change" written on cards by audience groups. CLICK HERE here for a PDF of Professor Karoly's talk

Friday 20 May


Guest speaker Kylie Soanes.all about Gliders / animal road crossing structures. Kylie is a wildlife ecologist/conservation biologist interested in environmental management and restoration projects, and ways of figuring out whether or not they were successful. Her main area of expertise is in the field of road ecology and her phD research evaluated the effectiveness of road-crossing structures for arboreal mammals (think rope bridges on the Hume - perhaps you've driven under them?) Her work to date has focused the conservation of threatened mammals within the human-dominated landscapes of southeast Australia, using field studies and genetic approaches to address ecological questions. She particularly likes finding ways to strike a balance between agricultural/urban developments and nature conservation.

7 for 7.30pm start. Supper to follow

See flierGliders

RSVP to Penny by email or tel.0418 396837.

Sunday 15 May

Hanging Rock Planting

This will be another session planting into pre-drilled holes (read 'easy'). We have 500 + Tall Tussock Grass and Tall Sedge to stabilize the banks along with some shrubby species to plant in clusters, expanding on our last planting and then extending east along the creek.

9.30 - 12.30, BBQ lunch provided.

RSVP: Penny by email or tel.0418 396837.

Friday 18th March

Invertebrates - Presentation on Moths

Learn from Senior researcher Steve Williams about the biology of moth life cycles, food chains, interactions with other species and the impacts of fire and climate change.

Newham Mechanics Institute. 7pm for drinks and nibbles, for 7.30 start.

See flier Moths

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

March - Sunday 6th

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

February - Saturday 27th

Macedon Ranges Sustainability Festival

Newham & District Landcare Group is part of a joint display and panel discussions on Nature and Climate Change, featuring the Cobaw Biolink, rural roadsides and habitat.

Woodend Community Hub and Garden, 10.00am onwards

See the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group website for the 2-day Festival details.

February - Thursday 18th

Community BBQ at Newham Primary School

You are invited to a community BBQ to welcome new students and parents as well as launch the newly landscaped Bush Bird Hide area next to the multipurpose court. The project was completed as part of our continued partnership, with the help of Braemar volunteers and funded by a Local Landscape Enhancement Grant from DELWP. It has developed a previously underutilised section of the school into a creative and practical space for students and the community to enjoy.
There will be plenty of kids activities and the school's parent information sessions begin at 6:30pm.

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

RSVP to for both the BBQ and Parent Information session for catering purposes.

Newham Primary School from 6pm onwards.

January - Friday 29th

Join our Federal and State members with Newham Landcare to hear about preserving special roadside reserves

Federal MHR Lisa Chesters and State MLA Mary-Anne Thomas are visiting Newham to view some of our very special road reserves and hear our concerns about their preservation. Landcare members are invited to join us.
To appropriately manage the issues of road safety, fire control and biodiversity, it is vital that roads with remnant, diverse native vegetation are recognised, assessed, mapped and management plans formulated to protect them. Ask yourself whether you value such roadsides, or even think about them, and whether it is worth preserving one of the distinguishing features of the beautiful area we live in.

Newham Mechanics Institute, 2.45- 3.45pm

See printed handouts on the day 2page handout "Our Rural Roadsides" and "Roadsides protection is a State-wide issue"(3p)

"Vital habitat links need protection, say landcarers" - Media report on the visit in Macedon Ranges Guardian, 6 Feb 2016

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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