The DSE are planning to burn the Taradale Conservation Reserve this spring.
The reason for the burn off has been stated as ecological. This makes no sense in an
area set aside for conservation. You only have to the end of the month to state your objection.
On Sunday 2nd September we will be planting and tidying at the Aboretum.
Meet there at 10:30am to get everything done then we can all relax and enjoy
a catered lunch. Yes the BBQ is off come on down.
RSVP to Beth.
Ill see you there .
ELMA held its AGM on Thursday 17th May 2012 at the Elphinstone Hall. The office bearers voted in are as follows:
President: Robyn Fearey
Secretary: Jill Smith (replaces Christa Kuhne)
Treasurer: Bill O’Reilly
Guest speaker was Ern Perkins from the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club who gave a presentation on grass identification. Free copies of the CD rom are available down at the shop.
Here are some photos of the Blackberries that were poisoned by Council along Sarah Court in West Elphinstone. Thanks to Sue, Landcare member and Sarah Court resident for sending in the photos. ELMA will monitor the effectiveness of this control
ELMA President, Robyn Fearey, found the Mount Alexander Shire Council contractors out on the Old Calder Highway with their bulldozers on the morning of Tuesday 13th March. They were pushing fallen trees away from the roadside. They have pushed the trees onto our plantings, as well as scalping the roadside area. The scalped area will now be infested by weeds. We are hoping to have this issue resolved and until that happens, works have been halted.
The Old Calder Highway has had considerable money spent on it to restore and maintain remnant vegetation. Hundreds of hours of volunteer labour has been spent on weed control, planting, and nest box monitoring. Although there are a number of trees down, they don’t pose any more of a fire threat than acres of weeds on private land, or the nearby State Forest.
ELMA presents Shane Howard at the Elphinstone Hotel on Saturday 19th November. Support band Two Feet of Tofu start at 5pm, get in early. Gold coin donation. Information will be available about Landcare, as well as a range of publications to take home. ELMA membership is half price on the night – only $10. Gold coin donation gets you in to the gig and in the raffle.
Enquiries to Beth on 5473 3335 or 0431 219980
Supported by the Department of Sustainability and Environment