Grow West Community Planting Day

Common Hovea

Common Hovea

Here is a reminder to get the Grow West Community Planting Day Sunday 17July 2016 into your diary. This year it will be at Western Water Surbiton Park Melton.

Grow West is being funded by the 20 Million Trees Program (part of the National Landcare Program), and Friends of Werribee Gorge and Long Forest Mallee and Victorian National Parks Association are project partners. Information:

A bait station for rabbits

rabbitGetting rid of rabbits takes some effort. There are any  number of guides on how to tackle the issue, including this one from the Moorabool Landcare Network.

Connecting Country have recently made a video on how to build a bait station, if you decide to use pindone bait – link.

Many people are concerned that other animals such as wallabies may be attracted to the baited grain, so this bait station looks like a practical way to put the bait out and protect other animals.

It is a good idea if you are planning to do this to collect any dead rabbits and bury them so they don’t become food for scavengers and birds of prey. Getting rid of the rabbit harbour and the warren system is also a must do. Be aware that if you use machinery to rip warrens that you may damage cultural heritage sites. Consult your local landcare facilitator to seek the latest advice on how to deal with rabbit warrens.

Australian Plant Society Melton & Bacchus Marsh Annual Plant Sale

Correa reflexa Native Fuchsia

Correa reflexa Native Fuchsia

After a long dry summer you may be deciding to replace a few plants in your garden. The Australian Plant Society has groups around the state and many hold plant sales with a mix of indigenous and other native plants. Even small gardens may be designed to attract wildlife such as birds, lizards and insects.

Australian Plant Society Melton & Bacchus Marsh Annual Plant Sale 9am-1pm Saturday 7 May 2016 at the Bacchus Marsh Uniting Church [Mel 333J6]

This sale features genus hakea with large number of unusual species. A full sale list is available and pre-orders can be sent to The Secretary <>
Information: Julianne Diwell <>

Reminder – Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations

The Victorian Government has committed to reviewing the native vegetation clearing regulations to ensure that they sensibly protect sensitive native vegetation.

As part of the next phase of consultation, DELWP has developed a Consultation Paper that sets out proposed improvements to address key issues identified by stakeholders.

Have your say on the consultation paper… Comments and submissions will close on 29 April 2016 at 5.00pm

Lake Bolac Eel Festival

11th Lake Bolac Eel Festival
Friday-Sunday 8-10 April 2016

The festival theme for 2016 will be Aboriginal Land Management. Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe are keynote speakers. The Lake Bolac Eel Festival is a family-friendly music and art festival highlighting the environment and celebrating Indigenous culture.