Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

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Friends of Forgotten Woodlands AGM

a bee enjoying a banksia flower

The Friends of Forgotten Woodlands Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.30 – 9.00 pm Monday 4 September 2017  Agenda. The location is the Ballarat Technology Park Central building which is Building T (hatched purple on Campus map -SMB).

Adam Miller will be speaking about Banksia Genetics.

Parking is off Armstrong St South, Ballarat, and the Conference room is located on Level 1 of the building.

RSVP to Aggie, Secretary FoFW by 31 August on 0435 537 443.

The subscription form and deductible gift recipient information are on this link

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Learn about VVP grassland geology, ecology and management

This 3 day course has a great line up of presenters and provides an opportunity to learn about Victorian Volcanic Plains grasslands, grassy wetlands, Aboriginal cultural heritage and geology and soils. Numbers are limited. Registration form GA VVP Grassland Event 2017

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Highlighting local government environment projects

The SWIFFT video meeting yesterday highlighted 3 very interesting projects being undertaken by local government. In a few weeks these presentations will become available from the SWIFFT website.

In the meantime if you work in local government or even if you are a ratepayer with an interest in seeing better environmental outcomes have a look at the ‘conserving our rural environment’  grant program run by Hume City Council. The grant program which aims to conserve and improve rural land and the natural environmental assets on private property arose from a sustainable rate rebate program but it was seen as better value for money to invest directly in onground works.
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SWIFFT – Local Government Conservation Management

The next SWIFFT video conference is at 9.45am on 27 July, at various State Government venues around the state. Here is the agenda which has been revised slightly from what was previously advertised.

Introductions  (9.45 am sharp) with speakers at 10am. (Allow time to complete the visitor sign process.)

  1. Pest Plant Local Law Education & Compliance Program –  Katherine Whittaker , Whittlesea City Council
  2. Conserving our Rural Environment grant program – Hannah Nicholas, Hume City  Council
  3. Burrowing Cray on a bed of clay, with crushed Amphipod and Slender Tree Fern” –  Marty White, Yarra Ranges Shire
  4. Biodiversity Response Planning  – Adam Muir DELWP

Anyone with an interest in this topic is welcome to attend, check the website for the closest venue. Details are on the website.

Volcano Dreaming Exhibition in Geelong

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is hosting the Volcano Dreaming exhibition from Tuesday July 4 until Friday July 28 in conjunction with the Corangamite CMA.

The exhibition captures an original perspective of the Victorian Volcanic Plains which spread from Melbourne across most of southern Victoria towards the border of South Australia. The exhibition draws attention to the precarious existence of one of the worlds more endangered ecosystems, the wildflower grasslands of the volcanic plains. It shows you something of the original world of the western plains, what has happened to it and what is being done to help preserve what remains of it.

Together with the exhibition there will also be a display of related books from the library’s collection, and a range of colourful information guides and resources to take home and learn more about the amazing Victorian Volcanic Plains.


Help build a national picture of ecological changes

CSIRO Land and Water and the Department of the Environment and Energy are undertaking an exciting project to collect stories and anecdotes that will help to build a national picture of the kinds of ecological changes that have been occurring across the country over the past 10-20 years, or more. We are looking for people with strong links to Australian environments (e.g. farmers, natural resource managers, ecologists, naturalists) to share their perceptions of recent ecological change in an area they know well, and how this might link with climate or other change. Continue reading