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Southern Otway Landcare eNews May 9 2012

Hopetoun Falls by Laurie Gallagher, one of the beautiful entries to our "Landscapes of the Southern Otways" Competition

Southern Otway Landcare Network secures Biodiversity Funding

Southern Otway Landcare is pleased to announce that it has secured significant funding support from the Federal Government’s Biodiversity Fund for a Weed Buffer Project in the Great Otway National Park (GONP).  Five high biodiversity areas have been identified within the GONP. Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustainability and Environment established these biodiversity asset areas in an attempt to focus weed management in areas of high value. A suite of weeds threaten the largest of the asset areas by reducing the overall diversity of flora and changing the habitat. The 4 year project aims to preserve these biodiversity values, protecting GONP by reducing the spread of priority weeds across private and public land and into areas of high asset value.

We would also like to congratulate the Geelong Landcare Network, the East Moorabool Landcare Group and the Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway, who have also had major projects funded.

Biodiversity in YOUR Backyard

Do you have a passion for the natural world? Have you been recording frogs, charting the tides or observing birds? Would you like to sit down to a hot meal on a cold Winter evening and learn more about our amazing natural environment?  Southern Otway Landcare and Parks Victoria are seeking keen amateur naturalists to participate in a Biodiversity in YOUR Backyard evening. All you need to be able to do is stand up for 10 minutes and share your passion and knowledge.

We hope to be running the event in the last week of May or the first week of June but we need YOU!

Please contact Libby Riches at the Southern Otway Landcare Network on 5237 6904 or email solnlibb@vicnet.net.au.

Hellos and Goodbyes

Southern Otway Landcare farewells Co-ordinator Jack Pascoe this week. Jack has been in the role of Support Centre Manager and Pest Plant and Animal Co-ordinator and leaves us to take up a position with the Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway. Jack has made a significant contribution to Landcare in the 10 months that he’s been with us. Much of his work has focused around management of the seed bank, including viability trials and organisation of seed storage and management. This means our seedbank is in great shape and ready to take more stock. We also thank him for his contribution to management of species such as Wandering Trad, Cape Ivy and Sweet Pittosporum. We look forward to continuing to work with Jack in his new role at CEC. This will be an exciting time to work at the CEC, given the recently confirmed sighting of a Tiger Quoll in the Otways.

We also welcome Paul Simmons, who joins us as our Support Centre worker. Paul has a nursery background and in his non-Landcare life is a grower and seller of organic produce. Those of you with Landcare plantings will doubtless be meeting Paul soon when you take delivery of your trees.

Upcoming Events

The Landcare calendar continues to be busy. Please make a note of the following upcoming events in you calendar:

  • May 19: Fungi Workshop with Alison Pouliot. The Workshop is now fully booked and has a substantial waiting list. The day will start at the CFA meeting rooms in Pascoe St at 10.30 am and conclude at 4.30pm after a fungi foray into the forest. Lunch is included. Sponsored by Landcare Australia Limited.
  • May 20: AGM of the Apollo Bay Landcare Group. The ABLG AGM will be held at Wildgate (corner Great Ocean Road and Wild Dog) Road from 2pm. The meeting will feature guest presenter and Traditional Owner  Richard Collopy. BYO Plate and Drinks.
  • May 25 – 26: Southern Otway Sustainable Agriculture Forum. This weekend is shaping up really well and we strongly encourage participation from Landcare members.

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