Environment Events in Macedon Ranges Shire

If you live in or near the shire of Macedon Ranges then here is a link to the latest environment events calendar. There are lots of things happening. You may like to sign up to their enewsletter. Looks like the Lancefield Mega Fauna Festival will be a highlight with Tim Flannery as guest speaker.

Native Bee Habitat

There seems to be a lot of interest in making homes for native bees. Many of these bees are solitary and don’t require a hive like the introduced honey bee. Here is a link is case you are interested in constructing one. Like most artificial nest boxes you need to keep up the maintenance and prevent diseases from spreading, so giving them a good clean when they are not being used is important

Proposed Central West Forests Investigation

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change will ask VEAC to carry out an investigation into the values of forests in the central west of Victoria, including the Wombat, Wellsford, Mount Cole and Pyrenees Range forests within the area shown on the accompanying map. The purpose of the investigation is to:

  1. Identify and evaluate the condition, natural and cultural values and the current uses of public land in the specified area, and
  2. Make recommendations for the balanced use and appropriate management arrangements to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural assets.

Comments are invited on the attached terms of reference and area of the investigation and can be sent to proposed investigation.tor@delwp.vic.gov.au or
Director Land Policy
Proposed Central West Forests Investigation
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
PO Box 500
EAST MELBOURNE   VIC  8002
Comments close 5pm Friday 2 December 2016.

link to VEAC website 

link to map of Central West Forests investigation area

Mallee Plants of South Australia and Victoria

Mallee Plants of South Australia and Victoria By William Higham is a new app for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch is ideal for anyone wanting to identify and learn more about the beauty and diversity of the plants of the South Australian and Victorian Mallee. It is easy to use in the field without or with some botanical knowledge link