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August 30, 2021
The South Gippsland Conservation Society wish to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands we meet and work in – the Bunurong People - and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Conservation Society News

Project Updates

September working bees


Ayr Creek, Inverloch - planting date to be announced

We are awaiting the highly anticipated Regional Victoria COVID lockdown announcement which we hope will allow us to breathe life into the Ayr Creek Reserve. We don't know what to expect, or when, but we have hundreds of plants that would rather be out of their tubes and into the ground. Because changes to the lockdown requirements are changing at short notice, we also need to act at short notice. If you'd like to help with the planting, email John, he'll contact you to make arrangements.

Thompson Reserve, Inverloch - date to be announced

We need to prepare the site and spread mulch in preparation for Spring planting on Sunday 26 September. But given the difficulties surrounding lockdown requirements we are not sure when this will be. Look out for details in the next newsletter, and on Facebook.
- John Cuttriss, Projects sub-committee

Ayr Creek Restoration 2021 - Plant species notes

Over the next few months we will be sharing some background detail to our revegetation, ecological rehabilitation restoration projects. Society member, Jim Robinson, has prepared these notes on the plants in use at Ayr Creek:

Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon)
Description:  Fast-growing upright tree, 5-30m high x 4-15m with dense dark-green foliage and pale creamy flower heads, Aug-Oct, followed by twisted coiled pods in summer.
Interesting to Note:  This long-lived Wattle tolerates dryness once established. Good for furniture-timber, its wood was also used by First Australians for weapons and medicine whilst its fibre was used to make fishing lines. Dense foliage ideal nesting sites; seeds eaten by parrots.
Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii)
Description:  Quick growing spreading with blackish bark and angular branches and dark green feathery (bipinnate) ‘leaves’.  Pale yellow flowers in late spring followed by clusters of dark pod fruits in summer. 
Interesting to Note:  Bark, seed pods, leaves & flowers used for dyeing; wood used for First Australians’ weapons, bark for twine & medicine, gum source of food, adhesive; gum exudate from bark is favourite food for arboreal mammals such as Sugar Gliders in winter; white arils on seeds are eaten by ants which attract echidnas; also attracts seed-eating birds including rosellas, cockatoos and pigeons; food plant also for caterpillars of native butterflies and moths.   
Prickly Moses (Acacia verticillata)
Description:  Variable open prickly shrub 3-5m x 3-5m preferring wet or damps sites, it has profuse yellow flower columns/spikes in spring followed by thin seed pod fruits in early summer.  
Interesting to note:  Prickly habit is useful refuge and for nesting by small birds.  Bark fibre used as fishing line by First Australians.

Bunurong Coast Education

School holiday activities

We still have vacancies in our school holiday program. With a bit of luck we'll be out of lockdown by then. Information and bookings at Eventbrite.

Bunurong Environment Centre

Discovery centre news

The shop committee has great plans to refresh and reopen the Discovery Room at the Bunurong Environment Centre. With Covid restrictions coming and going we have had to keep it closed, but with a bit of luck we'll be able to open up again soon. Time to dust off the cobwebs and give it a bit of a facelift. Stay tuned for more information!

- Linda Senhenn, shop committee

Other News

Parliamentary Enquiry into Eco-system decline in Victoria
On Friday Conservation Society member Gerard Drew spoke to Mim Hook on ABC Gippsland Radio about his presentation to the Parliamentary Enquiry into Eco-system decline in Victoria. You can listen to the interview here. Gerard's interview begins at 37:35.

Cape to Cape Resilience Project community engagement extended

Engage Victoria has decided to extend the engagement period until Sunday 5 September 2021. This means there is another week to provide your input if you haven't already. The virtual community sessions have finished but you can still complete the survey, mapping and story activities.

Bass Coast Council 20 year vision statement 

The Bass Coast Council is inviting feedback on their draft Council Plan 2021-25.

The draft Council Plan 2021-25 brings together feedback they've received through community engagement and identifies their priority focus areas over the next four years. A copy of the draft Plan is available to download below.

You can download the draft Council Plan and provide feedback via the online survey on their webpage.

Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail: Public Consultation

The Council's Dinosaur Trail Master Plan is still open for public consultation until 31 August.

The drop in sessions have finished, but the masterplan document is available on the Bass Coast Shire Council webpage, where you can also access the link to the online survey.

Holden Proving Ground is back on the market

18 months ago Bass Coast group Save Western Port Woodlands campaigned unsuccessfully to get the State Government to buy 877-hectare property to ensure its preservation. The bushland was sold to Vietnamese car company Vinfast, but is now back on the market. SWPW fears it could be sold for sand mining. Read the full story in the Bass Coast Post.

National Tree Day at the Prom rescheduled again

Organisers had to cancel again due to changes to the lockdown rules for regional Victoria. As it is
volunteers living in regional areas are not permitted to travel to the Prom and the park is effectively closed.
However, they are now looking ahead to their next scheduled activity on Saturday 9th October. They hope to be planting trees at Tidal River, building tree-guards at Yanakie and weeding Sea Spurge at Squeaky Beach.

Please pencil this weekend in your diary and keep a lookout for more details.

Deadline for contributions

We would love to share your photographs and stories in the newsletter. Please send your contributions by Friday 10 September. Email to

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