Posted 12/5/14

 

MRSC ENVIRO-EMAIL BROADCAST:  APRIL, 2014

MRSC's monthly Environmental eNews provides a range of information about local projects, environmental updates and local events in the Macedon Ranges.  We are also keen to provide the community with a voice on environmental issues in the region. If you are interested in submitting an article, or would like to promote an event, contact William Terry at wterry@mrsc.vic.gov.au

 

EOI: Chemical Users course

Expressions of interest are sought from members of Landcare and Friends of Groups in the Macedon Ranges who may be interested in an Agvet Chemical Users Course (Certificate 3).

 

At this stage, names are being taken for people interested in participating in the two day course that will be held over a weekend later this year.

On successful completion of this course, participants will be eligible to apply for the Agricultural Chemical Users Permit (ACUP) from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries which allows them to purchase chemicals to treat problem weeds on private and public land.

 

If you are interested in participating, please contact William Terry on 5421 9674 or email wterry@mrsc.vic.gov.au.

Help wanted:  Volunteers required for fire recovery work

The recent fires destroyed the native vegetation along the Jackson's Creek river side of Knox Bridge.

 

The Jacksons Creek Eco Network has been working with its members to organise a tree planting exercise at the site. 

 

The group would like to hear from interested locals and Landcare members interested in joining their activities to revegetate the area. Planting and mulching will occur in May. You can register your interest with Julie McDonald via paloolie@yahoo.com.au

 

More information:  http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/agriculture-and-food/farm-management/chemical-use/agricultural-chemical-use/licenses-permits-and-forms/agricultural-chemical-users-permit

 

Hawkweed alert

People who have recently purchased plants or flowers at markets in the region are being asked to check their purchases after a State Prohibited Weed, Orange Hawkweed, was being offered for sale.

 

This pretty looking flower has demonstrated itself to be a highly invasive species that thrives in cooler climates. It can be identified by its hairy leaves and stems. The flower has vibrant golden petals with orange tips. 

 

It is illegal to trade, display, transport, or propagate any State Prohibited Weed.

 

If you do find this weed, do not dispose of it yourself, officers from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries must be contacted to conduct the removal.

CinNamon Fungus: Advice

Cinnamon fungus, (Phytophthora cinnamomi), is a disease that damages plant root systems and can eventually result in the death of the plant. 

 

Areas of significant foliage dieback can suggest the presence of the disease that is spread through soil. A particular plant that is susceptible to the pathogen are Grass Trees, (Xanthorrhoea). The pathogen can cause large communities of this species to completely disappear. 

 

A number of areas in the region have shown the presence of this damaging pathogen and its impact on grass trees. Strategies are being investigated to minimise the impacts and reduce the spread.

 

There is no cure for the disease, however, further spread can be restricted by reducing the removal and transfer of soil in which the micro organism is spread by: 

 

       Ensuring vehicles are clean on entry and exit to a site.
 

       Cleaning footware of any loose material prior to entering a site.
 

       Staying aware and educated about this damaging pest.

Climate Adaptation 2014 conference

When:  Tuesday 30 September to Thursday 2 October, 2014

Where:  Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre


Climate Adaptation 2014 is a national conference focused on the information needed to ensure Australia is adapting well to climate change. The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and decision makers to share knowledge and research approaches that inform policy and practice in planning for climate change.

 

Climate Adaptation 2014 will showcase the contribution of adaptation science to planning and policy making across Australia, and how robust adaptation decisions can be made in the face of uncertainty.

http://www.nccarf.edu.au/conference2014/

William's flower facts

Once common in the area, Silver Banksia, (Banksia marginata), is now restricted to only isolated patches of temperate woodland. 

 

This significant species is often grown in local gardens. Its large flowers can attract a range of native birds and marsupials which feed on the rich nectar reserves.

 

This plant is easy to indentify with its large yellow cylindrical spikes often referred to as a bottle brush. The common name Silver Banksia refers to the underside of the leaves which appear silvery.

 

Local indigenous people soaked the flower in water to create a sweet drink. The dry cones were able to be used as strainers for filtering drinking water.

 

 

Events

 

Gisborne Oaks market

Sunday 4 May

9am-2pm

Brantome Street, Gisborne

 

Victorian Weeds Conference

The Weed Society of Victoria
13-15 May
Geelong

http://www.wsvic.org.au/node/97