406, 2024

Understanding our Land workshop: How do we care for Country together?

June 4, 2024|Categories: Events, Workshops|Tags: |

Understanding our Land goes beyond the here and now and all the worries of tomorrow; beyond those day to day and season to season practical concerns about soil, water, livestock, weeds and harvest. Understanding our Land is also led from the heart, from the soul. It involves slowing down and learning to listen to what our senses want to share about the world around us. It’s about learning how we are connected to deep time, to ancient knowledge, and to the Gadubanud people of the Otways. Past. Present. Future

This is an invitation to learn how we can care for Country together and learn how to Understand our Land by walking on Country with Traditional Owner Richard Collopy. It’s an opportunity to ask questions, to share knowledge and to gain insight into the incredible place that we live in and the people who tended to it for generations untold.

Please join us on Sunday 16 June at the Hordern Vale Hall and we will begin our journey from there.

  • When: Sunday 16 May
  • Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
  • Where: Meet at Hordern Vale Hall for tea and coffee , then car-pooling to the site.

The walk will be followed by lunch back at the hall.

Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.


Thanks to Landcare Victoria for their assistance in funding the workshop series.

2304, 2024

Restoring and repairing ecosystems with Dr. Sacha Jellinek

April 23, 2024|Categories: Events|

Join Southern Otway Landcare Network for a FREE public seminar discussing the restoring and repairing ecosystems with Dr. Sacha Jellinek ( Melbourne Water & The University of Melbourne).

FRIDAY 26th APRIL, 4pm.
Apollo Bay Community Hall, 4 Whelan Street, Apollo Bay.

Sacha has a particular interest in restoration ecology and the role that local communities play in natural resource management. He has worked as an ecologist for WWF-Australia, Greening Australia and the South Australian Government and in 2021 won the Ecological Society of Australia Members Service Prize.

Sacha will talk about considerations for land managers/stewards undertaking re-vegetation projects, the importance of monitoring sites with meaningful tools, and how climate change is impacting on re-vegetation of our landscapes.

See for more details.

Supported by Colac Otway Shire Council, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, and Barwon Water, and brought to you by Southern Otway Landcare Network

1504, 2024

Bonsai Workshop

April 15, 2024|Categories: Workshops|

Ever wanted to learn how to make a bonsai but not sure where to start? Come along and learn how to make your own bonsai hosted by local Bonsai master Barry Woods. The workshop will teach you all about how bonsai-ing works with demonstrated examples, followed by the opportunity to start two of your very own bonsais with expert guidance from Barry.  Attendees will receive two plants, pots, soil and wire and a comprehensive 2 hour learning experience.

Tickets are $40pp (all materials, training and tea/coffee and biscuit inclusive).

For those who attended last years events please bring your plants along and we’ll also go through pruning and repotting with the option to do another one or two for those whose plants didn’t enjoy the dry weather as much as we did.


1:30-3:30pm, Wednesday 24th of April or

3pm-5pm, Saturday 27th of April


Shrub Club Community Nursery, Piggery Lane, Apollo Bay

204, 2024

Mammals of the Otways

April 2, 2024|Categories: Events|

Sun 7 Apr 2024 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Marrar Woorn Neighbourhood House, 3233

Did you know we have over 50 different species of mammals in the otways? Can you tell a long nosed potoroo from a long nosed bandicoot? Or that during the breeding season, male antechinus engage in frenzied mating sessions, sometimes lasting for up to 14 hours straight and normally die shortly after? Come along on Sunday evening and learn all about our incredible mammals and then join us for a spotlighting walk to see what we can find!

Mammal talk, cake and questions and spotlighting session.

What: a one hour presentation followed by coffee cake and questions and a walk around Paradise to see what we can spot and identify.

When: 6:15pm (for a 6:30pm start) – 9pm, Sunday the 7th of April.

Where: Marrar Woorn Neighbourhood House, 6 Pengilley Ave, Apollo Bay, followed by the spotlighting walk at Paradise

Thanks to Parks Victoria for their assistance in funding the workshop series.

Guest speaker

Local ecologist and PhD student Tamika Farley-Lehmer, fire ecologist and mammalogist at the Conservation Ecology Centre and Melbourne University.


Marrar Woorn neighbourhood house, 3233

To book a spot please click here

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