Administration

Flutter by Butter Fly

Swordgrass Brown butterfly

The butterfly pictured above was photographed at Kinglake last week and is the Swordgrass Brown Butterfly (Tisiphone abeona albifascia). Keep your eyes open for the many species active now the warmer months are here.

The Great Victorian Koala Count took place in early November. One Koala was reported by a member of our group and was added to the survey. This was Ted, (refer;  If you go down in the woods today ) who shows up every few months for a snooze in one of his favourite trees and then wanders off again. Ted hadn’t been seen since March and we feared he may have become road kill or died of old age- great to see him again. More Koala stories can be found in March is Koala month or Snippets or visit Great Victorian Koala Count

Flowerdale Landcare Newsletter, November 2015

Engaging with Our Community, Our Environment

Next event;

Sunday December 13th; Coonan’s Reserve, Flowerdale

Breakfast, Bird and Brook, End of year Celebration.

8:30 a.m.

Hi everyone,

There hasn’t been a newsletter issued for some 6 months, so bringing you up to date is well overdue. In case you missed our Annual General Meeting,-  the committee is now;

President – Derek Hall

Treasurer – Claude Baxter

Assistant Treasurer – Rick Wheeler

Vice President – Paul Michael

Secretary – Pam Watson

Ordinary Committee – Steve Brennan, Steve Joblin, Carol Stadelmann, Wayne Watson

We have since engaged in National Tree Day and Schools National Tree Day plantings as well as a successful Broom Busting day at Moore’s Reserve. These activities as always were followed up by a BBQ lunch and beverage. Since then a volunteer blackberry spraying day was again undertaken by the group. Thanks to Paul Michael, Derek Hall and Steve Joblin who put in around 20 hours on this project.

Flowerdale Landcare has now turned 3 years old and held the 2nd Great Flowerdale Duck Race last weekend. Last year we had a turnout of 23 people and a real fun day on both the Silver and King Parrot Creeks. This year the Landcare Group decided to have a Picnic on the Lawn at Flowerdale Community House in the hope of attracting locals as part of a Fire Awareness initiative.

Long time resident and CFA Fire education officer Judy Baker presented information on developing a family fire plan and staying safe through the fire danger period.

Our lunch was provided through grant support from Kinglake Ranges Foundation, which meant that any donations received on the day could be presented to the Flowerdale CFA. Thanks to Viv Phelan for the tasty sandwiches and cakes prepared for us. Flowerdale Landcare president Derek Hall was proud to present Judy Baker with a cheque for $115 which will assist our CFA community volunteers who put in many hours of training on our behalf. (By the way, Madam Secretary Pam Watson’s duck was first under the Bridge which gave her the prize of a meal voucher at the Flowerdale Hotel!). Thanks to our supporters and members Steve and Viv Phelan proprietors of Flowerdale Hotel , for their support.

Flowerdale Landcare years end will be officially celebrated again at the Coonan’s Reserve with a breakfast at 8.30 a.m. on Sunday December 13th. Come along and celebrate the achievements of the year, you might even be lucky enough to see a platypus or rakali as we did at lunchtime last year. This gathering will also be the opportunity to confirm events planned for the next 12 months.

In 2016 we will have access to 5,000 plants supplied by Fifteen trees  and we are grateful to our corporate sponsors for their continued support. In 2015, Flowerdale Landcare assisted in the planting of 4,250 seedlings which I believe was the greatest effort by any of the 16 groups in the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network. This effort was supported by Fifteen Trees and Pana Chocolate

Metamorphosis-we’re doin’ it

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Members of the King Parrot Creek Environment Group gathered for the 2nd annual general meeting last night in the congenial setting of the Flowerdale Hotel dining room. The meeting formalities were dispensed with economically with the meeting commencing at 6.10 p.m. and all over by 7.10 p.m. just in time for a dinner provided by our hosts Viv and Steve Phelan.

In the 23 months since foundation the KPCEG have been very active (see report on Activities page). One of the most significant happenings was the putting together of a Strategic Plan to guide us through the next couple of years.

At last night’s A.G.M., the current committee of Derek Hall (president), Steve Joblin (secretary), Claude Baxter (treasurer), Rick Wheeler (vice president) and committee members Carol Stadelmann and Paul Michael were returned with Wayne and Pam Watson added to the leadership group.

 

The most important outcome of the meeting was the unanimous vote by the members present to change the Group’s name to “Flowerdale Landcare“. This change reflects the desire of the group to identify with the area between Coonans Bridge and Wallaby Creek across to Yea Spur Road and the western end of Break O’Day Road which is regarded as ‘the Flowerdale Region’ of the Murrindindi Shire.  This region takes in several types of land custodian, from household blocks through to hobby farms and  farm businesses. The demographic includes ‘weekender’, tree changers and commuters to Melbourne suburbs for work. The area is slowly re-establishing since the catastrophic fires of 2009, with more new faces coming in. Our name change will enable us to promote ourselves and engage newcomers more effectively. The change also reflects the moving forward that is taking place in the community. There is growing sense of pride and renewal generally in Flowerdale. King Parrot Creek Environment Group is proud to have been a contributor to this growing sense of identity, and as “FLOWERDALE LANDCARE” will continue to make a difference by engaging people in the Flowerdale community with each other and the local environment.

Our President: Derek, noted in his address to the meeting that a particular challenge was to work with our young people who can feel alienated and lacking a strong sense of identity to reconnect with the land that sustains us and by doing so reconnect with a sense of self.

A movement activated camera provided with funding from the Murrindindi Shire was ‘unveiled’ at the meeting. This will assist in wildlife monitoring by members of the group.DSC_0009

A formal launch of  Flowerdale Landcare  will take place on Sunday, 26th of October (our second birthday) at 11.00 a.m. at the Flowerdale Community House.

Admin. matters 2

 

 

Planning our Future;

  • A Strategic Planning session for KPCEG takes place on Sunday at 10; a.m.  at Flowerdale Community House. This opportunity will be facilitated by Ian McKaskill, (Vice President of the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network), assisted by Judy Watts (UGLN Landcare Facilitator) and made possible with the support of a grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
  • All members and partners are welcome and contributions encouraged. It will be useful to reflect on “why are you in the group?” and “what is it that you want to achieve”?

First A.G.M.

King Parrot Creek Environment Group Inc., held its first AGM on 24th of May at the Flowerdale Men’s Shed. Lunch was followed by a presentation on ‘Permaculture’ by Derek Hall, with the usual formalities of an election at the end of the gathering. The Committee of Management for the current term are; Derek Hall (President), Claude Baxter (Treasurer), Steve Joblin (Secretary), Rick Wheeler (Vice President) and Carol Stadelmann and Paul Michael as committee members.

School Visit;

On the 16th of June, a school group of 73 grade 5/6 students from St. Francis de Sales at Oak Park, visited Flowerdale. These children were given an insight into natural disaster recovery with the assistance of the Flowerdale CFA, Community House and King Parrot Creek Environment Group. Our Landcare facilitator Chris Cobern gave the children an appreciation of the recovery of our local animals after fire and helped supervise the planting of seedlings in the Recreation Reserve.

Awards Night;

On the 27th of June our local Catchment (Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority) held its Natural Resource Management Awards night at Swanpool Cinema. Our neighbouring Landcare Group was awarded for the work it has done over the years including the Strath Creek Biodiversity Project which has been the focus of Steve Joblin (secretary of KPCEG) as Project Officer for the last 2 years. Steve and partner Heather have been active members of the Strath Creek Landcare Group for 17 years out of the @22 years that Strath Creek Landcare Group has been operating. The King Parrot Creek Environment Group at only 19 months of age hopes to contribute to the community and the environment of Flowerdale in the way the neighbouring groups have to their respective communities, as it continues to develop. Congratulations to Strath Creek Landcare Group and particularly Terry and Janet Hubbard, who encouraged many of us to begin the journey with Landcare.

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