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October 24, 2021
The South Gippsland Conservation Society acknowledges the Bunurong people of the Kulin nation as the custodians of the land on which we meet and pays respect to their elders past, present and emerging.

Conservation Society News

Annual General Meeting:


Sunday 31 October, 11:00am


A big thank you to those members who have replied to our AGM invitation!

Unfortunately, the current Covid restrictions mean that we can have only ten people in the Bunurong Environment Centre Discovery Room. Those present in person will include our guest speaker Simon Woodland, the Returning Officer for the Executive Committee elections, the Zoom host, the Treasurer and Secretary, and IT support. 

Therefore, most of you will have to enjoy the AGM online from the comfort of your own homes (including BYO refreshments!).  We regret that we can't have the usual social gathering for our AGM, but we are planning a social get-together for members when Covid restrictions lift, so stay tuned...

If you have any queries about the AGM, or how to use Zoom, please contact Secretary Alison Brewster at or phone 0414 813 878.
Meeting Details

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 876 0691 4971
Passcode: 462123
One tap mobile:
+61871501149,,87606914971# Australia
+61280156011,,87606914971# Australia

Project Updates

With restrictions finally easing across Victoria, the ‘Rally Round Our Dunes!’ can finally proceed – we are looking to re-schedule the event in early January 2022. Further details will be provided future Newsletters.

The Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project exhibition that was staged at the Hub in 2019 is being refreshed and will be available for viewing by members and visitors in the near future, as part of the revamped Discovery Room.

The ICRP team is continuing to highlight the beach erosion that is occurring along the Wreck Creek and Flat Rocks coastline to the Victorian Government’s Cape to Cape Resilience Project team and the Inter-Agency Working Group. Delays recently announced to the Local Coastal Hazard Assessment study (see below) further emphasise the urgent need for short-term, dune re-nourishment works to ‘hold the line’ while the studies continue. Around 10 metres of vegetated dunes have been eroded since the study was announced in 2019.

- Philip Heath,  Research Projects Group

Cape to Cape Resilience Project 

The Victorian Government’s Cape to Cape Resilience Project team recently advised that the Inverloch Coastal Hazard Assessment, a key technical study, has been delayed until at least late-March 2022. SGCS expressed our disappointment with this at a recent Stakeholder Reference Group meeting. We also indicated our view that the study needed to place greater emphasis and urgency on identifying measures to address the shoreline erosion that has occurred at Inverloch Surf Beach since 2012. 

We also expressed disappointment with the recently-released Stage 1 Community Engagement Findings report which, in our view, seems intent on downplaying the seriousness of the current Surf Beach erosion situation.

If you have any comments on this document, please email them to me.
- Philip Heath,  Research Projects Group

Ayr Creek - Plant species notes

Here is the next instalment of Jim Robinson's notes on the plants in use at Ayr Creek.

White Correa (Correa alba)
Description: 0.5-2 m x 1-3m dense spreading shrub with oval to round grey-green leaves to 40mm long; waxy white stary flowers most of the year.
Interesting to note: Coastal plant that tolerates salt winds; prefers well drained soils; tolerates moisture or extended dry once established. Useful low screen - its dense foliage is good habitat for small birds, eg, wrens. The leaves were used by early settlers as a tea substitute.

Prickly Tea-tree (Leptospermum continentale)
Description: Upright dense or straggly medium shrub with prickly lanceolate leaves 12 mm long x 3 mm wide. Masses of white flowers in spring, Oct-Mar followed by woody capsule fruits.
Interesting to note: This bushy prickly shrub provides good nesting sites for small birds. Nectar in flowers feeds range of insects.

Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus ovata)
Description: Fast growing upright tree 8-30m x 8-20m with open to moderately dense canopy that prefers damp alluvial soils on flats and along watercourses; broad lanceolate leaves have wavy edges and uneven bases; white to cream flowers, usually March to June. Fruit funnel shaped and flat topped.  
Interesting to Note: Rough bark persists for some way up the trunk.   Useful shade tree for swampy areas and creek banks.  Nesting sites for larger birds. The leaves are eaten by koalas.Flowers provide nectar food for insects and birds.
- John Cuttriss, Projects Group

Bunurong Environment Centre

A November event at the Bunurong Environment Centre

The Shop Working Group is preparing an outside gathering for SGCS members interested in arranging native flowers and/or garden herb posies. As well, you can read about the language of flowers and find out about the origins of ‘Nosegays’ and ‘Tussie-mussies’.

Meet at the Bunurong Environment Centre at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 9 November 2021 and bring native flowers and or herbs from your own gardens or gather them from friends and neighbours.

As well as flowers/herbs/greenery, please BYO:
  • bucket
  • string & scissors
  • secateurs
  • brown/other paper
  • ribbons
  • paper doilies
If you are interested, please register your name and contact details at the BEC shop
Feel free just to come and socialise, if you prefer
- Linda Senhenn, Shop Working Group

Calls for Submissions

Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy

We have been invited to nominate one representative to attend the Forums for Environmental Groups scheduled during October and November 2021. 

Are you interested in attending these forums as a representative of South Gippsland Conservation Society?

The forums will provide an opportunity to share information about the discussion draft of the Strategy and ask questions. They will be held on Zoom, hosted by an independent facilitator, with an option for participants to use a mobile phone (and no video) if preferred.  

Forum one (general overview): (1.5 hours) – Tuesday 26 October 11:00am – 12:30pm 
Forum two (detailed discussion): (2 hours) – Tuesday 16 November 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

If you can't make it to the forums, you can still provide feedback by completing an online survey (five minutes), writing a submission, or commenting on our proposed directions on the interactive map.

Let us know if you can help. Email or call Alison (0414813878). 

Land Management Strategy

The stage two consultation of Engage Victoria's Land Management Strategy is now open. In this stage you are invited to share your feedback on the draft Land Management Strategy and Outcomes Reporting Framework
You can have your say by:
  • Completing the survey, or
  • Uploading a submission

Other News

South Gippsland Sustainability Festival

In place of one big event day this year, the Sustainability festival has been reimagined to allow it to continue in a Covid safe way. The Sustainability Festival 2021 Program of Events is a collection of over 60 online and in-person events from groups, organisations, businesses, and individuals over an exciting six weeks until Sunday 5 December.

Webinar: Integrating native grasses into today’s farming systems

This webinar will answer the questions you might have about the native grains that grew across Australia, whether they could be integrated into our production system, and their role in the shift to a low carbon future.
Join Farmers for Climate Action with researchers from Black Duck Foods, an Indigenous social enterprise committed to traditional food growing processes that care for Country and return economic benefits directly to Indigenous people. Chris Andrew, Black Duck Foods General Manager, and Jacob Birch, lead researcher, will share some of their knowledge and experience in native grains.

The webinar will be held at 12pm (AEDT) on Thursday 28 October via Zoom.

Dates for your Calendar

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

Wednesday 9 November    Be Frivolous with Flowers - BEC, Inverloch - 1:30pm

Deadline for contributions

We would love to share your photographs and stories in the newsletter. Please send your contributions by Friday 12 November. Email to

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