Victorian Mobile Landcare Group

Conservation Driven

September 2019

Newsletter #3 Spring 2019


Hi All,
This is the third newsletter for the year and will bring everyone up to date with happenings within the
group.

Presidents Report


The spray trailer has been handed over to the Greendale - Wombat Landcare group. This group has only been operating for a short period in an area just north of Ballan. The Board thought because this group was new and they are trying to get equipment that will assist them to become more established, and give them some extra funds by hiring the unit to farmers in the area. The unit was presented to the group representative, Shane, at the Grow West planting day on 21st July 2019 in front of around 200 people that attended another very well run planting day.

Trips have been run to Nanya, with another 3Kms of fencing was removed in the northeast section of the station. Part of this fence transverses one of the salt lakes and had become a bit of a driving hazard when approaching the lake from each direction. Several of us broke the trip to Nanya this year by stopping at Ruffus River and spending 2 nights camping. We had a great campsite beside the river with toilets, shower and some good times were had by all with a visit to several river locks nearby. We then proceeded to Nanya via the back roads instead of using the Silver City Highway. A great little side trip had by all that attended, thanks Dave for changing the direction of our arrival to the station this year.

As mentioned earlier we attended the Grow West Planting Day, held this year on private property overlooking the Werribee Gorge. A very steep drop to a small creek, and some tricky little tracks kept us busy all day. Part of our task was to recover the owner’s Land Rover, which he had successfully bogged down to the axles several days before the plant out. The team had and some serious thinking to do, we were able to extricate the said vehicle to the surprise of the landowner.

We have also attended and assisted Brimbank City Council at their Environment Day in June and World Tree Day in July.

A display shelter has been purchased to allow us to setup a display at our public events, or bus shelter when involved with projects or even a control/operations area should a large project be requiring this need.

Currently working to produce new identification stickers to indicate who we are.

Treasurer's Report



The treasurer’s Report indicated that we are in a solid state for our membership numbers with $11,800.00 held in our accounts.

2019/20 Memberships are now due

In the next few weeks, you should all receive notification about your renewal. The membership fees are the same as last year as indicated below. You will be able to direct deposit to the club account please use the BSB and account numbers supplied to make your payment. Include the family name in the reference line.

  • $30 family membership (all adults living in one household), including student up to 25
  • $10 student membership (for those without parents as existing VMLCG members)

Please contact Julie Parke if you require new or replacement badges. Julie’s contact email julieparke@me.com

Technology Report


Doug, as chief technical quoll, has been slack on the web site but in his defence, has had to deal with a few technical problems and solve them.. He has been able to locate a new hosting partner at a good price and the new VMLCG web site will be up and running shortly (Doug: and here it is!). It's the same URL - vmlcg.org.au.

Keep an eye out for it and enjoy a new experience.

Please check into the VMLCG SLACK workspace for the latest information and respond to the events-calendar notification if you intend to attend any events.

If anyone is still having trouble using Slack or are not getting regular messages from us through this platform please contact Doug at doug.parke@me.com for assistance.

Upcoming Events



  • West Mooroolbool fencing project scheduled for the 13th October the weather, expected to be better and the ground will have dried out a little. We will then return in 2020 to plant out some trees. Please go to slack and indicate your attendance if available.
  • This year’s VP lunch will be an activity theme. We will start with a Segway tour of the Geelong Waterfront and Botanic Gardens. Tim, our guide is an excellent instructor, and they are dead easy to drive, really all you need to do is step on, then be able to stand and lean. Really is that easy. More info at http://segwaygeelong.com/ . Tour will be followed by lunch at Little Creatures Brewery in South Geelong. See this link for a menu. https://dyz9zp8etlgrb.cloudfront.net/app/uploads/2019/02/20085941/Canteen-Menu-19.02.19-web-version.pdf Expected cost for the Segway tour including the Botanical Gardens is $50.00 and lunch around $30.00 depending on personal choices. Whilst the brewery does cater for tours this will be left up to you if you feel a tour is warranted. Please rsvp to the calendar on slack so we can have an indication of numbers. There may be a limit due to availability of machines. You can RSVP via https://vmlcg.slack.com/messages/CMTK5268N Please note: Tentative date is 10th November, standby date could be 17th November. See also the slack event for updates.
  • Finally, the 2020 AGM will be held early in 2020 as it was this year and will take a similar format to the meeting in 2019. The date will be advertised as soon as the board makes its deliberations.

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