The Friends of Werribee River through Bacchus Marsh have been putting in a lot of effort to improve the riverbank with extra plantings. There are paths beside the river that are easily accessed from the Bacchus Marsh train station. Yesterday it was great to see a cormorant sunning itself on a dead branch and wood ducks looking for a nesting hollow. The works around the Hallets Way extension are blocking the full walking option but the new road extension is due to open soon.
This week I had a walk in the Canadian Regional Park and after the rain everything was looking fresh. The park is on the edge of Ballarat and has some lovely patches of grass trees. In the spring there are masses of wildflowers. It is a favourite place for those who ride mountain bikes and many people use it for walking and exercising their dogs. If you visit you will probably see a Parks Victoria Ranger, as the park is under new management.
After coming across someone who was on a cycle trip between Ballarat and Daylesford recently and who was without a proper map or a clear idea of the forest tracks, I would like to highlight The Great Dividing Trail site.
The Great Dividing Trail Association was established in 1992 by a small group of volunteers to develop and promote walking track linking the gold cities and townships of central Victoria. They also have a range of walking trail publications that may be downloaded or GPX files to add to your GPS device. It is a lovely time of the year to get out into the forests.
Saturday July 25th will be the Friends of Bannockburn Bush 18th Yellow Gum Festival. Come and enjoy a walk and talk. Bring camera and binoculars.
There will be pumpkin soup and gourmet damper on a stick as well as some fine (BYO) wine. We will begin inside the main entrance off the Bannockburn-Shelford Road at 10:00am. Enquiries to Stuart McCallum on: 0438 904 961
While it may seem a bit dreary outside there is still plenty of interesting things to see in our local bush. There are lots of fungi and orchids if you dare to brave the cold.
The Canadian Forest on the edge of Ballarat East is about to be made into a park. If you know the area and would like to make an online submission, the process is still open and will close on the 30th April 2015 link to the survey.
The online submission also contains survey questions which will give the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) a clearer picture about how people use or want to use the forest. This will be the last chance to have your say about the boundaries, the establishment of the park and your use of the park.