Volunteers Required

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Beyond Bolac CAG is seeking help to weed the Native Grass Plantation on the Foreshore at Lake Bolac. The weeds, particularly the dreaded silver grass, have grown rapidly following recent heavy rain and we are looking for assistance to have the site presentable for the expected influx of summer visitors.

The plantation is really starting to fill out and develop well. Many of the natives are flowering and it is a treat to wander through the slope and have a close up look at the variety of locally propagated wildflowers and native grasses.

Many groups have worked hard at the site this year. In August, the Drought Relief Crew from Ararat spent a day weeding, preparing the site for LBC Yr 7 & 8 students to continue assisting with the planting schedule. The Green Army has also assisted twice this year. Thanks also to Ron Hogan who has spent many hours quietly chipping away, enjoying the beautiful setting beside the lake.

We are looking for local volunteers to put in two hours per week from 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Monday mornings until the beginning of December. Many hands make light work, and it will be a good opportunity to learn about the natives in our region and enjoy some social interaction.

Please phone Nolene Fraser on  0438 502 268 if you can help; the day and time can be altered to suit.

 

Beyond Bolac Biodiversity Blueprint

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The Beyond Bolac Catchment Action Group have developed a Biodiversity Blueprint for the H11 H12 catchment which was funded by The Norman Wettenhall Foundation’s Landscape Restoration Project over the last 12 months. The Biodiversity Blueprint provides a snapshot of the current health of the catchment, a strategic plan and project wish list for the group to work towards over the next 5 years as well as a series of biodiversity maps.  The document will enable BBCAG to make decision on where to invest future funding and resources to achieve large scale, landscape restoration of the H11 H12 catchment area together with its many stakeholders. The Blueprint was launched at the premier of the Fiery Creek- Connecting the Catchment documentary by Beth Mellick from The Norman Wettenhall Foundation. Please contact Jileena to request a copy of the Beyond Bolac Biodiversity Blueprint.

New Date for Beyond Bolac AGM

The date for the upcoming Beyond Bolac Catchment Action Group AGM has been changed, the meeting will now be held on Monday 31st October, from 10am to 12 noon at the Lake Bolac Information and Business Center, 2110 Glenelg Hwy. Please let Jileena know if you will be attending by emailing beyondbolac@outlook.com or phone her on 0428 341 869.

Latest Newsletter is out

Here is the latest Beyond Bolac newsletter – Beyond Bolac newsletter Sept 2016

Meeting Minutes August 2015

Upper Hopkins News

Project Worker Wanted

Beyond Bolac Catchment Action Group is a landscape restoration project covering the catchments of the Fiery Creek, Lake Bolac and Salt Creeks – bringing together our farming communities and natural resource management groups.

With funding from The Norman Wettenhall Foundation, the group is looking for a Project Worker.

Requirements:

  • Current vehicle licence
  • Ability to work effectively and communicate with others in a co-operative environment
  • Field work and attend meetings
  • An interest and some experience in natural resource management
  • To implement the current Work Plan

Skills:

  • Good computer skills, especially mapping
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Tertiary qualifications an advantage

Please send CV and 2 references to:

David Allen, Boorook, 1731 Mortlake- Ararat Road, Mortlake Vic 3272

Applications Close Friday 7th August

 

Native Grass Planting and Working Bee

Here are photos from the Native Grass Planting and Working Bee on the Lake Bolac Foreshore, June 2015.

David Franklin of Grasslands Flora talking to yr 9 students about propagating native grasses and wildflowers, Lake Bolac Foreshore

David Franklin of Grasslands Flora talking to yr 9 students about propagating native grasses and wildflowers, Lake Bolac Foreshore

Energetic work on a cold day

Energetic work on a cold day

Volunteers spreading tan bark

Volunteers spreading tan bark

Working together, lots of fun

Working together, lots of fun

 

 

 

Careful planting

Careful planting

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Lake Bolac College students working alongside Yr 9 students from Gnurag-Gundidj Leadership School, Glenormiston Campus, spreading tanbark on the slope.

 

 

Native Grasses on Lake Bolac Foreshore

Native grasses on Lake Bolac foreshore that are regenerating after a hot burn in December 2014.

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Hand weeded and tan-barked section of the native grass and wildflower plantation on Lake Bolac foreshore. The bare section of slope in the distance is the area that was burnt in December 2014 to control the weed problem.

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Native grasses regenerating after the hot burn.

An Evening with the Birds

yellow-faced honeyeaterAn Evening with the Birds on April 14th 2015, starting at 6.30 for dinner at the Ararat Hotel. Guest speaker Rob Drummond will talk on bird photography and bird monitoring, followed by the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group’s AGM. This is a free event. Click here to download the flyer for more details AGM Flier

Upper Hopkins LM Group Newsletter

Meeting Minutes February 2015