Past Events

Planting Days

General Events Information

Contact Details

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442


Events in 2010:

March   - Sun 7th

Clean Up Australia Day - Contact Nick 5427 0065

March   - Sat 13th

Newham Sustainability Expo - Contact Jim - 5427 0408

Four organisations in the Newham area, comprising the Primary School, the Hall Committee , the Community Planning Group, and the Newham & District Landcare Group are organising a one day seminar and exhibitor display on the subject of sustainability at the Newham Hall and the Primary School on 13 March 2010. It is hoped that this will become a regular event.

March - Sat 27th

Batty evening at Hanging Rock Reserve with Lindy Lumsden

This is a re-run of the highly successful evening we held in 2008. Lindy has been researching Australian bats for 30 years - find out about these fascinating creatures and see them close up.

5.45 - 9.30pm.
Cost $10 per adult, $5 children (7+), family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) $25.

Includes entry fee to the reserve, BBQ meal and tea/coffee/cake. BYO chair (or rug) and torch.

Bookings/payment via Penny 5427 0795. PO BOX 314, Woodend, 3442.

April - Friday 16th

Film night at Newham Hall

"Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi"

This is a 57 minute film that celebrates traditional food plants and the people that grow them. It addresses the problems the of globalized food based on hybrids that require pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and shows how individuals and small groups have solved these problems. A celebration of the seed keepers that stand at the source of humanity's diverse food heritage.

Screening at: Newham Hall

Time: 8pm

Supper to follow Members free, non-members $2

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 host landowner.
  • other sessions, on public land, may be organized on an ad hoc basis.
Over the past year the focus has been on Newham Primary school, with planting and maintenance along the creek zone followed by morning tea at the Newham Store.

In future we will plan these to coincide with the school parent working bees and join them for lunch. Wesley Park will be our next focus - Newham Garden group and Newham Landcare have joined forces to enhance this community asset. Plans have been prepared and a grant application is this space!- a couple of hours activity followed by lunch, again provided by the host.

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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