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October 10, 2021
The South Gippsland Conservation Society wishes to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands we meet and work in – the Bunurong People - and pays its respects to their Elders, past and present.

Conservation Society News

2021 AGM Report


We would like to thank everyone who attended our recent Annual General Meeting. It was an interesting affair with Covid restrictions meaning we could have no more than ten people present in the Discovery Room, with the remaining members attending via Zoom.

Our guest speaker, Simon Woodland, Manager Sustainable Environment at Bass Coast Shire Council, gave an excellent presentation on his role, that of his team, and Council's Environmental policies and strategies.
The annual election of Office-bearers and Executive Committee members went smoothly. Many thanks to Returning Officer Aileen Vening for handling the complex hybrid live and online election. These are the results:
President: Ed Thexton
Secretary: Alison Brewster
Treasurer: Ed Jensen
Education Group representatives: Cat Bevan-Jones and Nigel Murray
Projects Group representative: John Cuttriss
Shop Committee representative: Linda Senhenn
Advocacy Group representative: Gerard Drew
Communications Group representative: Yvonne Kidd
Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project representative: Philip Heath
Sincere thanks to the outgoing members of the committee:  Annette Read, former President/Vice President; Rod Webster, former Education Working Group leader; and Bronwyn Teesdale, former Executive Committee member. Their contributions to the South Gippsland Conservation Society over the past years are greatly appreciated.

We still have vacancies for Vice-President and general committee members. If you are interested, please leave a message at the Bunurong Environment Centre (03) 5674 3738 or email

Position Vacant: Centre Manager

Online event: Connecting Community for social resilience and action in changing times

Wednesday 24 November, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.


Bass Coast Landcare is hosting this online event which aims to reinvigorate and re-engage volunteering in our local communities as we re-emerge from our Covid cocoons. Five local organisations, including SGCS will showcase how being involved with their organisations has had huge benefits for local people. We will demonstrate some of the many things we do and explain how you can get involved. 

Each group will host a modified ‘Pecha Kucha’ style presentation of 10 photos in 10 minutes. This visual storytelling style is a great informal way to hear stories about what each group does, why local people love being involved with them, and how you can join in on the action.

The online presentation has been made possible as part of the ‘Future Farms, Homes and Festivals project’ supported by the Victorian Government through the Supporting our Regions to Adapt program, and the Bass Coast Shire Council through the Climate Change action plan 2020-2030.

Project Updates

Final working bee for 2021


Screw Creek - Sunday 21 November, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Parking:  Coastal Way, opposite Estuary Place to the highway. Parking is limited so car share and park on the outgoing side. 
Wear: Sturdy footwear, gloves, long sleeves.
Bring: Water and a mask 
Covid requirements: Participants must be double vaxxed. Although Covid restrictions have eased, you are still required to wear a mask when you can't socially distance.

We will be hand removing the South African Orchid and Pittosporum, cutting the stems and applying chemical with a dabber, removing the plantation fencing and old tree guards.

Any enquiries please ring or text John 0407 743397

Hope to see you all there!

A big thank you to those who participated this year. You helped put 3500 plants in the ground at Ayr Creek Reserve, and 500 at Thompson Reserve. They are now enjoying being well watered with plenty of rain! And a fantastic effort to significantly reduce the pittosporum invasion throughout all our reserves. Looking forward to next year's work to establish and reinforce habitat in our open space areas.
- John Cuttriss, Projects Working Group

Other News

This week is FrogID Week!

FrogID Week is Australia’s Biggest Frog Count, held annually for everyone to help record frog calls through the free FrogID app, to better understand frog distributions and frog population health across the continent. It aims to monitor Australia's frogs over time, helping us to understand how frogs and their ecosystems are responding to threats such as climate change, habitat loss, and disease.

From 12th - 21st of November, listen out for frogs, and record their calls with the FrogID app. Even if it's the same frog, from the same pond, dam, or stream every day, every call submitted during FrogID Week helps contribute to our annual 'audioshot' of Australia's unique frog species.

If you haven't already, download the FrogID app and start recording!

Cosy homes event coming up


Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre - Saturday 27th November, 10 am-1 pm   

The Energy Innovation Co-op has received a grant from the Victorian Government through the Regional Climate Change Adaption Strategy to expand the Cosy Homes project.

The project will assist 30 low-income households in Bass Coast and South Gippsland to reduce their energy use. Local volunteers are training to do free household energy audits & recommend improvements to householders, as well as helping get them the best energy supplier for their needs. 

They will also assist all eligible households to apply for the one-off $250 energy saving grant from the State Government, which ends in January 2022.

Cosy Home volunteers will make a second visit to the householder, to carry out improvements as recommended by the audit. 

Pictured above: Venus Bay Community Centre members show off free draught-stoppers and low energy lights for the Cosy Home event on 13th November.

Jessica Harrison, Cosy Homes Co-ordinator

Dates for your Calendar

Sunday 21 November          Working Bee - Screw Creek, Inverloch - 10:00am

Monday 22 November          Centre Manager position: Applications close

Wednesday 24 November    Online event: Connecting Community.... 7:00 - 8:30pm

Saturday 27 November        Cosy homes - Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre - 10:00am

Deadline for contributions

We would love to share your photographs and stories in the newsletter. Please send your contributions by Friday 26 November. Email to

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