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!

 

 

 

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!

 

Stream bank grassland planting – “Christmas Party” 2016

Sunday 18 September 2016, 1-3pm (“Christmas Party”)

Planting: Stream bank grassland restoration at the rock wall area east side of the Gooseneck Meander.

Hosted by the FoEC, Planting funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant, Christmas celebrations funded by the FoEC

Meet at the Gooseneck Meander, access via Danthonia St, North Coburg (Melways Map 18 A9).

Project description

This project aims to extend the revegetation of a regionally significant ‘Gooseneck’ meander. Since September 2007, the Friends of Edgars Creek (FoEC) have undertaken works to restore and maintain stream bank shrub land and tussock grassland along the Creek meander. Fast-growing indigenous riparian species have begun to over-shade the stream to reduce eutrophic effects on the water quality, consequentially reducing the impact of aquatic weeds in the stream and improving aquatic habitat. Selection of plant species and locations at this site will be made with consideration of easement restrictions that apply to this area (SPAusNet – overhead high voltage powerlines).

This project proposal is seeking an extension of the re-vegetated and maintained area of Creek line Tussock Grassland (EVC 654) to the currently barren east bank on the south side of the meander. This will help stabilise the Creek bank and extend on our significant previous re-vegetation work. This will improve the longer term maintainability of the site by extending on the fully contained inner bend of the meander with a re-vegetated strip downstream of the Gooseneck, including both the east and west sides of the creek.

Plant list

Scientific name Common name Sep 2016
Acacia acinacae Gold dust wattle 12
Acacia verticillata Prickly moses 6
Acacia paradoxa Hedge wattle 6
Acaena novae-zelandiae Bidgee-widgee 6
Allocasuarina verticillata Drooping sheoak 6
Austrodanthonia caespitosa Common wallaby-grass 36
Bursaria spinosa Sweet bursaria 3
Callistemon sieberi River bottlebrush 6
Dianella longifolia Pale-anther flax-lily 30
Dodonea viscosa Wedge-leaf hop bush 12
Einadia nutans Nodding saltbush 18
Eucalyptus camaldulensis River red-gum 12
Goodenia ovata Hop goodenia 6
Juncus usitatus Club rush 30
Leptospermum lanigerum Wooly tea-tree 6
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed mat-rush 108
Melicytus dentatus Tree violet 3
Rhagodia parabolica Fragrant saltbush 6
Rubus parvifolius Small-leaf Bramble 6
Poa labillardieri Common tussock grass 108
Wahlenbergia communis Tufted bluebell 24
Total 450