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.


  • 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


  • 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


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

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Meeting Minutes February 2015

Native Planting

Beyond Bolac has been supporting the efforts of the Eel Festival Committee to educate the local community on the value of our native grassland vegetation.On the volcanic plains there is less than 1% of the native grassland vegetation remaining. Most of that is on the roadsides, with very little in paddocks.The lake-side plantation was planned to make an amenity area of a space that was difficult to maintain (very steep for mowing). Its in a public area, so likely to expose the public to the diversity and attractiveness of the local vegetation. It has also been an effective trial on how to establish a diverse grassland from first principals, since there were no native species to start with.Similarly there has been the establishment of a ‘seed orchard’ of local provenance at the East Beach, with good survivorship of the first planting. This consists of local shrubby species that have all but disappeared from the local area.The aims of these plantations are to:

1) educate the local community about the aesthetic value of native vegetation
2) encourage local people to undertake similar plantings

The planting was done by Eel Festival goers and students from Lake Bolac College in 2011 and 2102.

The grassland planting at the edge of the lake contains a number of local wildflowers:

Pink Bindweed: Convolvulus erubescens
Yam daisy: Microseris lanceolata
Running postman: Kennedia prostrata
Austral Bluebells: Whallenbergia spp.
Common Everlasting: Chrysocephala apiculatum
Bulbine Lilies: Bulbine bulbosa
Chocolate Lilies: Arthropodium strictum

Lakes and Blooms of Algae

algaeLake Bolac is more than just a basin containing water. In a social sense it is a place of recreation and scenic beauty, and occasionally a water supply in the past.

However, in a biological sense, it is habitat for a huge diversity of birds and fish, invertebrates, plants and algae.

Most people only see the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in relation to the living things that occupy the lake: the fish and birds. The rest of the ‘iceberg’ are the things that fish and birds eat: invertebrates (critters, worms and bugs in the water), and what they eat: plants and algae. Click here to read this one-pager – Lakes and Blooms of algae

Birds Feeding on Lake Bolac

As Lake Bolac dried down in 2008 it became a feeding place for a huge number of water birds. It looks like the Lake is currently in the same state. (Photos by Michelle Casanova)

Birds feeding on Lake BolacBirds feeding on Lake Bolac



Meeting Minutes January 2015