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Geelong Landcare Network Update


Superb effort by volunteers…
Although it was the dead of winter, some crossing of fingers brought a still, sunny morning for National Tree Day on 31st July. In Inverleigh, over 500 native trees and shrubs were planted by volunteers and members of the Leigh District Landcare Group in the parklands alongside the Leigh River. The tree planting crew then enjoyed a BBQ lunch, a cuppa and some scrumptious lumberjack cake supplied by local landcare members.

In Batesford at the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, a big mob of volunteers gathered and planted 1000 trees and removed boneseed. They were rewarded not only with morning tea, and not only with the gentle endorphin hit you get from planting tree seedlings, but also the discovery of Green-hood Orchids amongst the rock ferns and moss, Yellow Rush-lily, Chocolate Lilies, and flowering Sundews! 

Well done to all of the volunteers who took part. 

Assistance with weeds
In coming months, there will be a program in the Inverleigh-Teesdale-Shelford area offering one-on-one assistance to help landholders with the noxious weed, Serrated Tussock (Nasella trichotoma). This is a free advisory program, run by the VSTWP in partnership with local community groups, Golden Plains Shire Council, and the State Government of Victoria. For further information or to organise a free property assessment within the project area, please contact Tim Johnston (VSTWP Extension Officer), M: 0408 534804, E: timjohn4@gmail.com

Fencing Techniques - free practical demo – 12th August
The Leigh District Landcare Group invites you…

Where: 3839 Hamilton Highway, Inverleigh
When: Friday, 12 August 2016    9.30am – 1.00pm  
BBQ lunch will be provided

PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATIONS WILL INCLUDE:
• Alternative fencing solutions
• Labour saving ideas
• Tips and tricks
• Knot tying and straining
• Fencing without machinery

There will also be time for you to get involved in the fence building.

RSVP: For catering purposes please RSVP by Wednesday 10 August to Mark Wells on 0418 552 784 or  mark.wells@waratahfencing.com.au; or Sharon MacDonald on 03 5265 1247 or shazmullen@hotmail.com

 

Elissa Ashton-Smith, 
Facilitator, Geelong Landcare Network, 
23 High St, Inverleigh, Ph 0438 525 502, 

E: geelonglandcarenetwork@gmail.com