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Conservation Society News

Planning Application update


2-4 The Esplanade, Inverloch


As members will be aware, the Society and more than 60 others objected to the proposed retail/accommodation development at 2-4 The Esplanade (adjoining the Bunurong Environment Centre). However, Council approved the Planning Application, with two of our three ward councillors dissenting, subject to a number of conditions (the most notable being removal of the proposed rooftop bar). 

As the required conditions do not alleviate many of the Society's concerns, our Executive Committee has initiated contact with the developers, hoping to engage with them to develop a mutually satisfactory outcome for the site.
However, if these discussions are not successful, the SGCS has preserved its rights by filing an appeal at VCAT to allow for a reassessment of the proposal's suitability for the site. This will probably be a lengthy process; we'll provide updates in future newsletters.

If you would like to assist with the VCAT appeal, please contact

Moonlit Sanctuary Animal Sponsorship


Last month we told you about our decision to sponsor a Swift Parrot for twelve months as a token of our appreciation for our personalised three hour behind the scenes tour of the Sanctuary. This donation contributes directly to their conservation and education programs. We are proud to support the Sanctuary, a private organisation that provides these important programs with no government funding.

Here is some information about the Swift Parrot.

Supporting the species

The Swift Parrot is one of Australia’s two migratory parrot species. They migrate down to Tasmania in late spring where they breed and then travel all the way back across the Bass Strait to spend autumn and winter in south eastern Australia. This is very impressive when you consider that they reach a maximum size of only 75grams. They are noisy, active and agile when feeding and often hang upside in the trees, they also have a very fast direct flight. Unfortunately, the Blue gum habitat that this species relies on for food and nesting is disappearing. In addition to this, predation on eggs and young by Sugar Gliders is negatively effecting populations sizes. A great way to help support this species is to plant a native flowering eucalyptus species in your backyard which provides food and shelter for the Swift Parrot in the future.


Swift Parrots are distributed across Tasmania and South eastern Australia. They occupy a variety of forests types but mostly box-ironbark forests. They also are found in parks, gardens and flowering eucalypts in paddocks.


Swift Parrots are a nectivorous species that feeds in the outer canopy of flowering eucalypts, eating mainly nectar, as well as some psyllids and lerps, and flowers.


Swift Parrots breed only in Tasmania and many pairs breed close together. Timing may vary with the flowering of the Tasmanian Blue Gum. They nest in a hollow in the trunk, branch or spout of a living or dead gum. Pairs often return to the same nest site each year.

Project Updates

Working Bee - Thompson Reserve


10:00am - 12:00pm Sunday 24 July

Meet: Park near 35 Inverloch Parade and enter through gateway.

Bring: Gloves, sturdy footwear, long sleeves, hat.

What we'll be doing: Site preparation work for a 1000 tubestock 
planting on National Tree Day Sunday 31July the following week. 


National Tree Day - Sunday 31 July



We have two planting sites to choose from on National Tree Day - Thompson Reserve, Inverloch and Carney's Road, Wonthaggi.  If the response is good we'll add a third site at Ayr Creek, Inverloch.

Click on the links to read all the event information and to register.

Thompson Reserve, Inverloch   9:30am - 2:00pm

South Gippsland Conservation Society are joining with Inverloch Scouts and local Ambulance Victoria Volunteers to plant 1,000 plants into Thompson Reserve in Inverloch. No prior experience required. You can come for some or all of the day. Entry to carpark via Cuttriss St. Please register so we know how many are coming and can contact you if we need to cancel.

Carney's Road, Wonthaggi  10:30am - 1:00pm

Stage 1 of the project was funded by the 2019 Victorian State Government ‘Pick My Project’. Stage 2 is funded by the Victorian State Government’s ‘Distinctive Area Landscape’ (DAL) project. This event will help support ongoing work to restore 11 ha of land to increase the extent and resilience of existing vegetation, providing increased habitat and biodiversity. The wetland has been created from the extension of an existing old farm dam to provide additional biodiversity for the many aquatic flora and fauna species that frequent the area.

Members News

Members Afternoon Tea


Bunurong Environment Centre, Saturday 20 August, 2:00 - 4:00pm 

Have you lost contact with the Society over COVID? Do you wonder about how the Society works, how it was established, what its aims are? Would you like to become part of a project at the Society but don’t know what is involved? 

These and other questions will be answered at an afternoon tea where we hope to meet as many members as possible and where there will be an opportunity to meet other like-minded people and make new friends. 

If you are not trying to escape the cold by going north, join us for this special member event. 

To book please contact Margaret Barnard

What can you do to make your home more energy efficient and cosy?


Friday 2 September, 4:00 to 6:00pm


Aileen Vening and members of the Cosy Homes team will address this question as part of their presentation to Society members on Friday 2 September, from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Bunurong Environment Centre.
Cosy Homes is an initiative of the Bass Coast Climate Action Network, which is auspiced by SGCS. Following a successful beginning, the Energy Innovation Co-operative received a grant from the Victorian Government through the Regional Climate Change Adaption Strategy 2021-2022 to expand the project in Bass Coast and South Gippsland. In the initial round, 30 houses were audited by trained volunteers and follow up visits carried out to do recommended retrofits.
On the evening, you will hear advice about reducing electricity bills and what government rebates are available. Speakers will focus on how we can make our homes more energy efficient and save money too.
Following the talk, drinks and nibbles will be served. We hope you will take this opportunity to better get to know members of the Society and make new friends. You will also have the chance to informally learn more about the Society.
For bookings please contact Margaret Barnard at


Public Consultations

Victorian Energy Upgrades


Engage Victoria is inviting us to have our say on these proposed updates: The links will take you to the Engage Victoria webpages where you can get all the details about how to participate. The closing date for both consultations is 1 August 2022.

News from other groups

Friends of the Prom


Tuesday 26 July:  Grazer monitoring project 

This activity takes place in the beautiful and remote open grasslands area of the northern Prom, where we fossick for animal pellets (dung).

We need volunteers to help out with the first count of pellets from all our survey plots. It takes place 6 weeks since we first cleared pellets from the plots and it will be another 6 weeks before we do the next count.
The pellet counts are part of a scientific research project to obtain data on the population trends of native and feral grazing animals on the Yanakie Isthmus in the Prom National Park – all part of the effort to restore the Coastal Grassy Woodland habitat. Our visits are generally spaced 6 weeks apart.

Details will be emailed to everyone on our mailing list closer to the date or check ParkConnect.

Sunday 31 July:  National Tree Day at the Prom 

This is our annual contribution to National Tree Day and is a collaboration between Parks Victoria and Friends of the Prom. It is open to the public and Park staff will put on a free BBQ lunch.

Details will be emailed to everyone on our mailing list closer to the date or check ParkConnect.

To be added to the mailing list, contact FOTP at

Deadline for contributions

We would love to share your photographs and stories in the newsletter. Please send your contributions to Yvonne at by Friday 19 August.

Newsletter archive

Read past copies of the newsletter in our archive.
The South Gippsland Conservation Society wishes to acknowledge that the Bunurong and Boon Wurring peoples of the Kulin nation are the traditional owners of this land, over which they have never ceded sovereignty, and we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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