Christmas Hills Landcare email news - 27th November 2010

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Greetings Christmas Hills Landcarers

This newsletter is to update you with news and events related to Christmas Hills Landcare.

Included in this newsletter:

Next Landcare event - an evening with neighbours, art, chat and pizzas - Saturday, 11th December
2. CHills Lounge and CERAP launch - Friday, 3rd December
    3. Winneke Treatment Plant Open Day – Saturday, 11th December
CHLG Projects update
    5. 2010 - 2011 CHLG membership reminder


    6. Nillumbik thank you to environmental volunteers - Wednesday, 1st December


1. Next Landcare event - an evening with neighbours, art, chat and pizzas - Saturday, 11th December


The next Landcare event is the end-of-year get together for a sociable and informal reflection on the year, and for thinking about next year.

The group will be providing pizzas for all, and Margo Heeley (one of our many talented members) will be showcasing some of her botanical artwork.

We also expect to be able to show off the new tool trailer and all its contents, as well as some of the new fauna monitoring equipment.

BYO drinks and salad or dessert to share, and you can also throw in the bathers and towel if you feel up for a swim.



It all happens from 3pm to about 8pm at Pip and Doug's on Saturday, 11th December - more details in the attached flier


2. CHills Lounge and CERAP launch - Friday, 3rd December

CHills Lounge is on again from about 5:30pm this Friday, 3rd December at the Christmas Hills North Fire Station, corner Ridge and Muir Roads.


A project that offers our community a fantastic opportunity to create a shared plan for managing the land and local environmental values that we collectively share and care for will be launched at 7:00pm at the CHills Lounge this Friday, 3rd December.


The Community Environmental Recovery Action Plan (CERAP) project seeks to involve the people of Christmas Hills in developing a land management and bushfire recovery action plan for much of the Watsons Creek catchment. CERAPs for each of the Strathewen and St Andrews communities are also being developed.


This project seeks to take into account the Christmas Hills community's views on our local environmental assets, land management and bushfire safety, to develop a plan that provides clear guidance to landholders in Christmas Hills for land and environmental management and fire recovery actions.


You are invited to the launch of the Christmas Hills CERAP, and to meet the project's consultant team, to learn more about the project and to discuss opportunities for involvement. The launch will form a small part of the regular social gathering ‘CHills Lounge’ for December. In support of the launch, the Shire of Nillumbik is kindly providing pizzas from 6:30pm.


For further information on the Community Environmental Recovery Action Plan for Christmas Hills, please contact Kirraly Moran, Rural Extension Officer, Nillumbik Shire, on 9433 3328 or


3. Winneke Treatment Plant Open Day – Saturday, 11th December


Not a lot of detail currently available, other than the fact that Melbourne Water will be opening the Winneke Treatment Plant at Sugarloaf Reservoir to the public between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 11th December. They are also putting on a barbecue.

4. CHLG Projects update


  • Tool trailer - a new lockable, van-style tool trailer has been purchased, as well as a range of weed and pest animal control tools and equipment, and the trailer has been fitted out to accommodate its cargo.Still to do is decorating the trailer with some Christmas Hills Landcare Group badging, getting the trailer and contents insured, and documenting some lending protocols. A big thank you to Kevin Heeley for organising all this.
  • Rabbit program - the ferreting component of the program has been significantly affected by our recent run of wet weekends. At this stage we still aim to complete the ferreting component before moving onto the baiting and warren collapsing components, although further delays may mean moving on without completing the ferreting.
  • Community fauna monitoring project - our funding application was successful so we expect to see local landholders start using state-of-the-art monitoring methods to detect some of the harder to see species of native fauna that call Christmas Hills home sometime in 2011. We will be getting 50 nest boxes and other artificial habitat for Common Dunnarts, 6 motion-sensing cameras, and sound playback equipment for playing recorded calls to detect the presence of birds and frogs either by listening for return calls, or identifying species attracted to the calls. Participating landholders will take it in turns to use this equipment on their properties to see what fauna species they can detect. We plan to use a web-based community portal for landholders to record their findings for sharing with the wider community.
5. 2010 - 2011 CHLG membership reminder
Ongoing membership of the Christmas Hills Landcare Group is an important way to demonstrate your support and ensure you are kept informed of news and activities. Membership for the first year is $20.00 and gets you a group member gate sign, after that it is $10.00 per year. Memberships run from 1st July to 30th June each year, and this is the first call for membership renewals for the current year.

The current 2010/11 members are:

Peter and Jane Russ                                  
Doug Evans and Pip Charlton                   
Veronica Holland                
David Lang and Joan Stephens
Robyn Adams and Dianne Simmonds
Jo Hayter and Adrian Dyson
Jackie Hamlet
Douglas and Helen Bell
Mick and Suzanne Craine
Linda and Paul Melling
Neroli Merridew
Richard and Margie Forster
Noreen and David Evans
Kay and Rod Armstrong
Sarah Hammond and Rhys Morgan
John Devling
Judith Ellerton
Rob Shackleton and Linda Joyce
Darren Bennett and Vanessa Reid
Deb Wadsworth
Tony and Brigid Bell
Greg Bourne
Angie and Greg Macmillan
Paul and Jenny Mitchell
Joane Sharman and Tomas Clark

If your name is not on this list, please see this simply as a reminder that your membership renewal for the 2010/11 is now due.

Your continued support in the form of a $10 membership renewal payment (or $20 if it is your initial membership) is very much appreciated. Please pay Rob Shackleton if you see him, or send a cheque made out to "Christmas Hills Landcare Group" to P.O. Box 274, Yarra Glen, 3775.



6. Nillumbik thank you to environmental volunteers - Wednesday, 1st December


It may now be too late to get a spot at this free event, but if someone is keen feel free to try.


The Mayor and Councillors of Nillumbik Shire Council would like to invite you to come and celebrate the achievements of environmental community groups and volunteers in 2010

Date: Wednesday 1 December 2010

Time: 7pm-9pm

Venue: St Andrews Hall, Proctor Street, St Andrews

RSVP: by Monday 22 November to Environment and Strategic Planning Administration on 9433 3316.

Drinks and a light supper will be served.

Please note that there is a limit of 5 representatives per group