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Geelong Landcare Network update

Where do the koalas live?
Help improve our knowledge of koalas and where they are located in Victoria by taking part in the Great Victorian Koala Count on Saturday 7 November.

All Victorian citizens are being invited to participate in this event by taking a walk on Sat 7th Nov to look for koalas and reporting whether you see any or not. An app is available for reporting koala numbers via your smart phone. Or there is a survey form you can fill out. 

To participate, you need to first register online at where you’ll also find tips about spotting koalas and other information.

Out-smarting the bunnies – potential release sites for new K5 virus
The new strain of Calicivirus - K5 – is due to be released in Australia in Autumn 2016. Landholders have the opportunity to offer their property as a potential release site to test the effectiveness and spread of the virus.

This would involve:
•  monitoring the spread and effectiveness of this disease (shooting rabbits and taking samples) 
•  methodical spotlight counts to assess rabbit population before, during and after release, and
•  working in a coordinated way with your neighbours. 

Does this sound like you? If so, please ring the Landcare Network (contact details below). 

Serrated Tussock – crunch time
Serrated Tussock has started forming seed heads and it’s now urgent to get out and spot spray or chip or at least slash the Serrated Tussock to prevent the seed heads from maturing and being spread by the wind. Remember, one plant of Serrated Tussock may produce about 100,000 seeds. Please get in touch if you have any uncertainty about identifying Serrated Tussock or if you’re not sure what to do about it. 

Geelong Landcare Network celebration
We are holding our annual end-of-year celebration on 11th November at a local winery in Sutherlands Creek. All are welcome. Guest speaker Dr Jennifer Anson, Wildlife Ecologist will share her experiences looking after an endangered population of long-nosed bandicoots and re-introducing locally extinct species at a nature sanctuary in North Head, Sydney. 

Arrive at 5.30pm for a walk in the winery before the event. Supper and drinks will be provided. RSVP essential to Elissa on 0438 525 502. (Location details etc will be provided on receiving RSVPs.)

Get in touch
If you’re interested in information about landcare issues or activities, please get in touch (contact details below). There is a landcare stall at the Bannockburn Farmers Market each month - drop in and say hello. 

See also the articles in this newsletter by the Maude & District Landcare Group and the Batesford Fyansford & Stonehaven Landcare Group.

Elissa Ashton-Smith, Facilitator, Geelong Landcare Network
23 High St, Inverleigh, 3321

Ph 0438 525 502