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October 10, 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

Annual General Meeting

Sunday 31 October at 11:00am


We hope you can make it to the Annual General Meeting. Our guest speaker is Simon Woodland, Manager, Sustainable Environment at Bass Coast Shire Council. He will speak about his role and the Bass Coast Council's policies and activities related to the environment.

We are still hoping that the meeting can be held in person at the Bunurong Environment Centre, but COVID restrictions may force us to shift to a Zoom event. 

The following documents can be accessed here:

AGM Agenda
Draft Minutes
Financial Report
Proposed Rules Changes
Nomination Form
2021 AGM Proxy Form
Please RSVP here so that we can plan catering.

Project Updates

Ayr Creek and Thompson Reserves 2021

Thanks to all who attended our planting days at Ayr Creek and Thompson Reserves 2021. A special thanks to Ed, Dallas and Melissa who gave their time with the preparation for the planting days.
In all we had 24 people volunteer their time at the two sites, keeping ourselves compliant within the COVID guidelines.

Ayr Creek has had 3500 plants installed in two planting days which will greatly increase and support habitat for the local birdlife.

Thompson Reserve has 500 plants at the Tennis Club entrance to replace the pittosporum and agapanthus we had previously removed. 

In 2022 we will be planning future plantings at Ayr Creek, North to the highway, and targeting other open space areas that can be infilled to reinforce habitat for wildlife in Inverloch.
Thompson Reserve planting day, 26 September 2021. The happy smiling team of no more than ten people to a site for COVID compliance.
- John Cuttriss, Projects Committee

Thompson Reserve Working Bee


Sunday 17 October, 10:00am


Meet: at the Tennis Club carpark. 

Wear: Sturdy footwear, a hat, long sleeves

Bring: Your own water and gloves. COVID restrictions have presently eased regionally, but please remember to bring your mask.

Tasks: Removing Western Australian Bluebell throughout the reserve; cutting and painting herbicide to larger plants; hand pulling smaller plants and any Pittosporum you might find.

Please call or text John Cuttriss (0407 743 397) with any enquires.
- John Cuttriss, Projects Committee

New video: Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project

Have you seen the new video on our ICRP webpage?

Professor Rodger Tomlinson discusses the influence that the position of the main channel into Andersons Inlet has on Inverloch Surf Beach erosion. He also identifies a range of measures that could assist with managing further beach erosion, ranging from nature-based, dune enhancement options through to structural measures such as offshore reefs and groynes.
The video is provided as further input to the Victorian Government’s Cape to Cape Resilience Project.

View the video here.

Cape to Cape Resilience Project

Summary Report on Round 1 of the Community Engagement

The Cape to Cape Project team have released the Summary Report on the first round of community engagement, run over six weeks in August and September this year.  The results of this engagement are being used to inform the Community Values Study which will soon be completed. The study is a key piece of work for the project. 

Read the report here.

Bunurong Coast Education

Education Working Group update

The Education Sub-Committee wishes to acknowledge the work done by Rod Webster in leading the ESC. Unfortunately, Rod will be unable to continue in this role due to ongoing health concerns. In his place the group will be co-led by Catherine Bevan-Jones and Nigel Murray and to reflect greater participation of members, the ESC has been re-named the Education Working Group (EWG).

A small group comprising Sue Smith, Linda Sennhem and Michelle Ward has done a great job of tidying and brightening up the Discovery Room and refreshing the displays. Please come in and have a look when lockdown restrictions permit.

Meanwhile, our Education Officer, Mike Cleeland, has been working as a guide in the lava tubes at Undara in Queensland over winter. Unfortunately, September holiday Eventbrite activities all had to be cancelled due to Mike being in Qld and a lack of interest from the public under lockdown restrictions. In a further blow, Coastcare will not be supporting a face-to-face Summer By The Sea program; meaning there will be no free activities in the Bunurong Coast Education program we are planning this summer.

The EWG is developing a policy on COVID vaccination for presenters and participants in BCE activities to accord with current government guidelines.

- Nigel Murray, Education Working Group

Bunurong Environment Centre

New look for the Discovery Room - Can you help?

The Discovery Room Refurbishment Team is looking for some help with the following:
  • An old door or similar that could be repurposed into a tabletop, it would need to be flat, no decorative panelling or glass.
  • A keen birder who could identify some beautiful bird eggs that have been donated to the society that we would love to use as a display.

If you can help please contact Sue (0419 512 135)

- Linda Senhenn, shop committee

Other News

Save Western Port Woodlands - a walk through the Gurdies

Over the past month the SWPW have been conducting very popular walks through the 
Western Port woodlands.

It's not too late! The last walk - through The Gurdies is scheduled for 10:00am, Wednesday, 13 October.

It is to be led by Gil Smith, president of Bird Life Bass Coast. Last time out his group saw and heard 16 species, including a pair of scarlet robins. This is a very gentle walk, 1-2 hours.  

Email if you would like to join in.

Webinar: Planning and managing remnant vegetation and revegetation in a changing climate

Are you interested in learning more about planning for and managing plant biodiversity on farm in a changing climate?  Join Bass Coast Landcare for this exciting webinar where you will find out more about:
  • Planning for revegetation on farms in a changing climate.
  • Remnant vegetation protection and management on farms in a changing climate.  
  • Native vegetation and fire on farms- planning for fire in a changing climate.
  • Creating a functioning ecosystem on farm – evidence of success.
Guest speakers include Simone Louwhoff from Federation University Australia supported by staff from Bass Coast Landcare Network. 

Date and time: Thursday, 14 October 2.30 - 4.30 pm.
RSVP and further information: Email by Tuesday, 12 October. 
A zoom link will be forwarded through to all those who have registered prior to the webinar event.  

Webinar: Farming under solar, wind and transmission lines 

As Australia transitions to a local carbon economy, what are the opportunities for combining agriculture with large scale energy infrastructure and generation?

Join Farmers for Climate Action to hear from Aussie and Canadian farmers, who continue to farm under solar panels, wind turbines and transmission towers. They’ll discuss their operations, benefits and challenges.

The webinar will be held at 10:00am on Thursday 14 October via Zoom.

More information, and RSVP here.

Mirboo North Forest Report


Preserve our Forests Steering Committee (PoFSC) has announced the release of their Mirboo North Forest Report 'Conservation Values of the Mirboo North State Forest Immediate Protection Area'.

The report highlights a community-led campaign including citizen science field surveys and research into forest biodiversity, socio-economic values and amenity, other forest values encompassing the water catchment, and forest governance.

Read the report here.

Dates for your Calendar

Wednesday 13 October    SWPW Walk through the Gurdies - 10:00am

Sunday 17 October           Working Bee - Thompson Reserve, Inverloch - 10:00am

Sunday 31 October           SGCS Annual General Meeting - 11:00am

Deadline for contributions

We would love to share your photographs and stories in the newsletter. Please send your contributions by Friday 22 October. Email to

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