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SOLN eNewsletter 19/11/2010

Cellermate Wine Specials for all  Landcare Members!!!

Great news for Landcare members. We have negotiated exclusive savings for members with Cellarmasters wines. Cellarmasters are a major Australian direct delivery wine retailer and offer a huge range of great value wines, a 100% money back guarantee and convenient delivery straight to you.  As an introductory offer we have secured a $50 discount voucher for each of our members. You just need to spend at least $120 and then you can take $50 off!! SOLN receives a minimum donation of $10 for each order and up to $30 for special wines. Go to www.cellarmasterscommunity.com.au/soln  and start ordering for the upcoming festive season.

Calling for Expressions of Interest for Landcare Projects 2011

Are you interested in improving the environmental health of your property? We are currently accepting expressions of interest for 2011 projects. Typical projects may include; fencing off a waterway and providing off-stream watering to exclude stock and improve water quality; revegetating a steep gully to stabilise a site of erosion; direct seeding with indigenous seed to create a biodiversity corridor; fencing off remnant bush; removing environmental weeds to protect native habitat or topping up existing Landcare project to include greater diversity. Please contact our office for an EOI form.

Having Trouble Controlling Your Blackberry? Or know someone who needs a hand? Get in quick !!!

SOLN has employed a Blackberry Officer for 6 weeks to assist targeted Landholders in the Southern Otways with Blackberry Management plans for their properties. We are currently registering potential properties for our officer to visit, map the infestation and in consultation with you, develop a three year plan with proposed management actions and monitoring timelines to control your Blackberry infestations. So, if you are having difficulty controlling Blackberry on your property, or know someone who does please register your interest with our office ASAP!!!!

Blackberry control time again!!

While Blackberry plants provide great tasting fruit they are highly invasive and capable of forming dense thickets that crowd out native vegetation and provide a harbour for rabbits and foxes.  Blackberry becomes dormant over the winter months and will not take up systemic herbicides during this period.  However, as the temperature is warming up this noxious weed is becoming active and entering its growth phase.  As such, the next few months are a great time to apply herbicide as a control measure for this plant. 

Wongarra & Wye Landcare Group Xmas party and AGM

Wongarra and Wye Landcare group are having a Xmas gathering and short AGM Saturday 20th November 2pm onwards Wongarra Heights. Contact Leanne 52370257.


Townies for Wednesday 24th of November will be at the Barham Backwaters Revegetation site. Meet at the small bridge at the Recreation Reserve. 2-4pm bring gloves and mattock. All Welcome.

Undaria Dive a Great Success

35 divers and snorklers helped scour Apollo Bay Harbour in search of the invasive marine pest plant Japenese Kelp Undaira pinnatifida. Department of Sustainabilty (DSE) Marine Policy Officer John Barker said it is great to see the community taking an active role in tackling this marine pest and helping to increase awareness of its presence in Apollo Bay. A BIG thankyou must go out to all volunteers, the CFA, the CWA and Apollo Bay Sailing Club we cleared two pontoons of Undaria and are keen to continue into this important work in the future.

If you have aspirations to make a contribution to improving habitat and conservation in our area, talk to Landcare!

 Kristen Lees, Dianne Inglis, Luke Hynes

69-71 Nelson St. Apollo Bay. (PH) 5237 6904

~ by SOLN on November 19, 2010 .

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