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This newsletter is all about the AGM - but there is other stuff at the end of the email. Scroll on through!

This year we are going to try to meet face to face, but we are doing it on the Deer Farm, so we will be able to have a hybrid zoom/in person meeting for those that cannot or do not want to attend in person. Covid is still present in the community, so we perfectly understand if you want to ‘zoom it in’.

Our meeting agenda along with nomination and proxy forms can be found here - (sorry mailchimp shortcut links are not working, you have to have the whole untidy thing) https://nerrenatarwinvalleylandcaregroup.rocketsparkau.com/site_files/3734/upload_files/AGMagenda,nominationandproxyform2022(1).pdf?dl=1

The AGM will be held at 70 Caithness Road Koonwarra 3954 (my place) on Friday 9th September at 6.00pm.

As mentioned we will be holding the meeting with zoom capabilities so please RSVP and let us know if you need the links. The zoom bit will be held at 7.00pm.

I will fire up the pizza oven and cook some venison, but the meal will be BYO everything else. So food - BBQ and pizza oven available for cooking - and BYO drinks.

We hope you can come along and enjoy (is that the right word for an AGM?) meeting your fellow Landcarers.

We will be voting on our Action plan that we worked on via the survey. It is not a lot different from the last one, but we did make some changes as suggested by our respondents. Thank you to all who participated. The link is here - https://nerrenatarwinvalleylandcaregroup.rocketsparkau.com/site_files/3734/upload_files/2022-2027actionplandraftammended(1).pdf?dl=1

Sue’s president’s report is here - https://www.nerrenatarwinvalleylc.org.au/site_files/3734/upload_files/NTVLGPresidentsReport2022.final.pdf?dl=1

AGM RSVP

Bird monitoring on Wednesday 17th

Our bird monitoring walks are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, but we wont be going if it is hot, smoky, super windy, stormy or extreme or above fire danger - so check our FB for updates if it looks squiffy.

Everyone is welcome to join our bird monitoring walk. Meet at our Bird Monitoring project sign on the rail trail at the Black Spur Creek bridge. Check the calendar on the home page for more details. Times depend on daylight saving, and sunset times. We try and give ourselves enough light to see the birds for proper I.D. purposes. If you have them, bring your binoculars, camera, smart-phone with the the Birdata app installed and appropriate clothing, water, sunscreen etc.

This is a kid friendly activity and is suitable for people with excellent bird knowledge or none. Everyone welcome. If you cannot make our Wednesday outings, you are encouraged to take part independently, using the shared sites on the Bird Data app.

This request from SGLN

last week SGLN had a briefing with Sth Gippsland Shire Councillors to develop a closer working partnership in areas common to both parties such as pests & weeds, revegetation, biodiversity plan and the Rail Trail.

To identify and progress our combined aspirations for the Great Southern Rail Trail (i.e. what's been done and what you want to do more of) we'd like to invite you to a half-day workshop in Leongatha on Wednesday 7th September at Leongatha TAFE (starting 9.30 and including lunch).

We'd ask that up to 3-4 from each Landcare group attend this workshop. Chris Rankin from SGSC will also be attending. Workshop outputs will be used to inform a possible MOU and budget submission to council to fund future activities on the GSRT.

Any queries/ questions please feel free to call Nick Stephens 0499 271 251 or let Sue know you are interested in participating.

Our regenerative and carbon farming field day

We will be holding a Regenerative Farming workshop on October 15th this year so put it in your diaries and watch this space. I should have all the deets in next months newsletter.

Meeniyan Bicentennial walk working bees

Our next working bee is this Wednesday 10 August ( I know that this has passed - but if you want to go to the next one, remember every second Wednesday) at 3 pm meeting at the entrance to the Bicentennial Trail sign.

Followed by the last Sunday of the Month 28 August at 10 am. After this working bee you are welcome to join us for coffee at one of the local cafes.

Please bring along gardening gloves, digging tools, secateurs, loppers and saws if you have them.

Look forward to seeing you there

Regards Robert, project leader.

Contact Robert via the email link below.

National Landcare conference

The National Landcare Conference will take place from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 August, at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

You can also register as a virtual delegate to attend the conference online for free (that’s what I have done)

For more information and to register, please visit:
https://nationallandcareconference.org.au/

Landcare champion and ABC TV presenter Costa Georgiadis will host the three-day conference event at the International Convention Centre Darling Harbour in Sydney

Threatened species bakeoff 2022

Each year we try an highlight a local threatened species to raise awareness. We then enter our cake masterpiece in the Facebook competition. This year we will be doing Broad Tooth Rat cupcakes. Yummy! This will be our dessert at the AGM. Landmark rediscovery of endangered native rodent at Victoria's Wilsons Promontory - ABC News

See last years Strzelecki Burrowing Crayfish cake below. Because of Covid I had to eat it for you. You’re welcome.

Amazing Spider Crabs of Nairm tour launch at National Science Week

This event is run by our friends Remember the Wild

Discover the Great Spider Crab aggregation through a guided virtual tour and find out how you can help scientists unravel its mystery!

Every winter, in the heart of Port Phillip Bay and parts of the Great Southern Reef, a truly amazing natural phenomenon takes place: the gathering of thousands and thousands of Great Spider Crabs.

Snorkellers and divers from around Australia brave frigid winter waters to catch a glimpse of this world-famous spectacle.

Yet, despite global attention, the aggregation is still shrouded in mystery.

Now, you can experience the event from the comfort of home, without getting wet, and help scientists unravel the mystery of this annual phenomenon.

Tune in for the launch of Remember The Wild's new 360° underwater virtual tour "Amazing Spider Crabs of Nairm" and you will

  • be treated to a guided tour,

  • meet the creators,

  • find out how scientists are studying the aggregation to protect the crabs in their most vulnerable moments,

  • learn how YOU can help unravel the mystery, and,

  • find out how you could win great prizes in our art competition and spider crab survey!

Join RTW on Tuesday 16th August at 7:30 PM AEST!

Can't attend? Grab a ticket anyway and they'll send a recording and follow up resources to everybody after the event.

This event is being held in partnership with Dr Elodie Camprasse from Deakin University and the team at the Victorian National Parks Association.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/amazing-spider-crabs-of-nairm-tour-launch-national-science-week-tickets-398668356787?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR32KXL8THI5yyc77q-27NtyQBO3oVfVRt7zEWf3vo0xxHmvIT5a6CDpeu8