A wrap up of the 2018 planting season

Thanks to everyone who attended the final planting day for the year and then celebrated at the party afterwards. We planted 870 plants!

Our President, David Pavone outlined our achievements for 2018 and what’s ahead for 2019 and beyond. 

Here’s a wrap up of David’s speech.

Plantings

2018 was season 12 where we planted 7,000 indigenous trees, plants and shrubs. We are considering downsizing the number of plants we plant per planting activity. Rather than around 700-800 plants per activity, in order to allow more on-the-day maintenance, we are considering reducing that to around 400-500 plants.

Committee meetings

Committee meetings are open to all who are interested to attend, so please come along. 

It’s important for us to share the knowledge. For example, if you would like to learn how to write a grant submission, update the website, learn about plant names or anything else, we are more than happy to pass this knowledge on. And likewise, from our volunteers, you all have so much knowledge, so please share it with us! We would really appreciate it.

For 2019 you may also be interested in providing assistance in the following areas:

  • Become an event host – meet and greet volunteers (more information here).
  • Letterbox drops

The FoEC trailer needs a home

Our Works Manager Rob is moving house and unfortunately cannot accommodate the trailer anymore. If anyone has room in their backyard or commercial property or knows of anyone who may be able to store the trailer, please let us know.

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Thank you to the Elizabeth Street Cafe for providing delicious fruit and baked goods for our party. Their support is so valuable to us and we really appreciate it. Please drop in to the cafe and enjoy a coffee and / or delicious meal. 

Change of Treasurer

At the next AGM to be held early in 2019, Stephen Northey will be handing over the Treasurer role to our Website Manager, Lisa Davis

Donations

Please continue to donate as much and as often as you can as all proceeds are welcome and go towards catering and other operational items we use throughout the year. If you can make a direct deposit, please let us know or alternatively, make a donation at any of our planting days.

Thank you

Thank you to the many dedicated and passionate volunteers who help make FoEC so successful. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

David Pavone, FoEC President speaking to our 50 volunteers at the final planting for the year. David mentioned we planted 870 plants on that day and over 7,000 plants for 2018.

 

End of 2018 planting season celebrations.

 

Preparation of the planting site

 

 

Finished – 50 volunteers, 870 plants planted!

 

 

 

Plant guards we use

We usually use two types of plant guards

  1. Corflute guard plus 1x stake
  2. Bag guards (soft plastic) plus 3x stakes

Plant protection

The guards protect the plants from rabbits, dogs, foot traffic and weed spray drift.

When mulch is not present, we use a weed mat to aid in preventing weed growth.

As a rule, all guards remain on the plants for a minimum of 12 months.

The guard we choose to use depends on the type of plant and ground condition eg., for most shrubs we use bag guards.

Your assistance…

We welcome our Edgars Creek friends to reapply the guards if you see they have been blown over by the wind.

We welcome everyone to our monthly activities, so please download our calendar of events and come along to our next activity. Our team of volunteers will offer advice, guidance and all tools such as mallets and gloves are provided. At the end of each activity, which is only around 2 hours, we have afternoon tea for all.

We look forward to seeing you!

LEFT: Corflute plant guard with 1x stake. RIGHT: Bag guard (soft plastic) with 3x stakes. Purple weed mat also shown.

Before and after boxthorn removal

Our May 2018 planting has made a huge difference to the shrub and grassland extension at the Silurian Cliff extension, up the escarpment on the west bank of the creek.

The photo on the left was taken in September 2017 and in May 2018 look what we have done!

Drop by and have a look at the improvement our work has made to the area.

 

Annual General Meeting 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting for 2018.

Our President, David Pavone outlined the activities and successes we achieved in 2017 and the planned activities to come in 2018. We also elected our committee members.

Elected officials:

  • President: David Pavone
  • Treasurer: Stephen Northey
  • Secretary: Robert Urquhart

Appointed officials:

  • Works Manager: Rob Burnett
  • Website / Media Co-ordinating Manager: Lisa Davis
  • Catering Co-ordinator: Julie Brown
  • Water Testing Co-ordinator: Irene Baker
Posted in AGM

Edgars Creek Master Plan

The Edgars Creek conservation and development plan seeks to establish a clear strategic direction for future integrated planning and management of open space along Edgars Creek between Merri Creek and Edwardes Lake.

The plan aims to protect and enhance the unique geology, cultural heritage and environmental values while achieving a sustainable balance between conservation and public access and use of open space along Edgars Creek.

Access the plan here.

Bird Walk and Talk with Stuart Dashper

On Sunday 15th October, Stuart Dashper, a committee member of Victorian Birdlife Australia led our group of 15 for a very informative Bird Walk and Talk.

We met at the Gooseneck site at midday with our cameras and binoculars and walked for over an hour up to the Sheoak Woodland area and back down the hill to enjoy afternoon tea and a recap of the walk.


We saw 31 species 

We saw an outstanding 31 species of birds in just over an hour. Some of the species included:

Bird Walk and Talk Group

Bird Walk and Talk Group

Tawny Frogmouth with two babies

Pacific Black Duck


About Stuart

Stuart has always been interested in wildlife, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from La Trobe University in 1981. He has been an active member of Birdlife Australia and its predecessor Birds Australia for over a quarter of a century and was the convenor of the Victorian regional group of Birds Australia for five years.

He lived near the Merri Creek in Brunswick East for 15 years where he was a leader for the Merri Creek bird surveys. Stuart has birded extensively in Australia and Asia and has had the pleasure of seeing such iconic Australian Summer birds as Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird and Channel-billed Cuckoo in their wintering grounds of Indonesia. He is still looking forward to finding a really rare bird along the Merri Creek or its tributaries.

Stuart Dashper, Birdlife Australia

 

Annual “Christmas in September” planting

Well, we have put another planting season behind us! Go FoEC!

Today we are hosted our annual “Christmas in September” with a planting and follow-up celebration of another great years work (though I hasten to add that we still have two maintenance activities scheduled for 2017).

This event was hosted by the FoEC, planting funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant and Christmas celebrations funded by the FoEC.

A big thank you to The Elizabeth Cafe (Coburg North) who kindly donated the delicious food. Thank you Hannah!

Be sure to visit The Elizabeth Cafe for great coffee and food – 130 Elizabeth Street, Coburg North. 

We planted 800 plants!

We planted 800 plants at the stream bank grassland restoration site around the remnant red gum at the Silurian cliff site.

We have some patches of boggy area that we planted very thick with Juncus (a rush, we plant it “rice paddy style” in some boggy patches).

Plant: Juncus

Thank you to the volunteers

A huge thanks to everyone who has helped in any way throughout 2017. It’s great see so many new faces too and a special thank you to the 1st Epping Scout Group who joined us today (and on previous occasions) as they work towards gaining their Environment Badge.

David Pavone (President) thanked all the volunteers who make Friends of Edgars Creek so successful. David also reminded us that this year we have planted 6,000+ plants. A great effort!

 

Calling for event hosts for 2019

Are you interested in becoming an event host in 2019?

For two hours at one or more of our events, our hosts are the go-to person. No experience necessary and we will give you all the details you need. And you won’t be alone as our committee members and experienced volunteers are there to help you.

The role of the event host

  • Greet volunteers;
  • Get volunteers to sign in (sign in book provided);
  • Ask them to highlight email address if they want to get on the mailing list;
  • Outline safety precautions which are: be careful with tools, wear gloves, take care on uneven ground, beware of snakes/spiders etc, sunscreen and sun hat;
  • Point out the first aid kit is available (in the FoEC trailer);
  • Mention donations are welcome via the platypus;
  • Give them an outline of plans for the day;
  • Pair them with an experienced volunteer if they need to be shown what to do; and
  • Get them started on a suitable job.

The hosts can also explain project aims and objectives based on general background information provided. They can also provide calendar of events, facebook and website details if desired.

If this is something you would like to do, please send us an email at: edgarscreek@gmail.com.

Sheoak woodland extension and consolidation

Another successful planting with 50 volunteers and more than 800 plants planted at our August 2017 planting event. This sheoak area is starting to really take shape now.

Sheoak woodland

A breakdown of the plants we planted.

Scientific name Common name
Acacia acinacae Gold dust wattle
Acacia verticillata Prickly moses
Acacia implexa Lightwood
Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood
Acacia paradoxa Hedge wattle
Acaena novae-zelandiae Bidgee-widgee
Allocasuarina littoralis Black Sheoak
Allocasuarina verticillata Drooping sheoak
Austrodanthonia caespitosa Common wallaby-grass
Astrodanthonia racemosa Stiped wallaby-grass
Austrosipa  bigeniculata Kneed Spear-grass
Bursaria spinosa Sweet bursaria
Calocephalus lacteus Milky beauty-heads
Chloris truncata Windmill Grass
Correa glabra Rock correa
Dianella longifolia Pale-anther flax-lily
Dodonea viscosa Wedge-leaf hop bush
Einadia nutans Nodding saltbush
Enchylaena tomentosa Ruby saltbush
Eucalyptus camaldulensis River red-gum
Eucalyptus melliodora Yellow box
Eucalyptus leucoxlyn Yellow gum
Eucalyptus microcarpa Grey box
Goodenia ovata Hop goodenia
Grevillia rasmarinifolia Rosemary grevillea
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed mat-rush
Melicytus dentatus Tree violet
Rhagodia parabolica Fragrant saltbush
Rubus parvifolius Small-leaf Bramble
Themeda triandra Kangaroo grass
Poa labillardieri Common tussock grass
Wahlenbergia communis Tufted bluebell

 

World Environment Day 2017

Today we celebrated World Environment Day at the new Edgars Creek parkland wetlands: an event with Moreland City Council and other local ‘Friends’ groups; Celebrating World Environment Day.

Connecting People to Nature

Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017, ‘Connecting People to Nature’, urges us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.

Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate full well their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil. They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation.

Nature’s gifts are often hard to value in monetary terms. Like clean air, they are often taken for granted, at least until they become scarce. However, economists are developing ways to measure the multi-trillion-dollar worth of many so-called ‘ecosystem services’, from insects pollinating fruit trees to the leisure, health and spiritual benefits of a hike up a valley.

Learn more about this year’s theme.

(extracted from the World Environment Day website).