Increased utility and other operating costs have caused the Committee to increase ANGAIR subscriptions to $25.00 for single/family membership, and $15.00 for a pensioner.
The Surf Coast Shire has been given a grant to examine possible conflicts between the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission recommendations and Shire Environmental Policies. The report is now open for comment until 15 October.
A Surf Coast representative informed us that the report effectively recommends “that we prioritise the protection of human life over other policy considerations in planning”, and that, “Any biodiversity and environmental objectives specified in the planning schemes are to be compatible with planned bushfire protection measures”. This means that environmental objectives are ranked second.
The most obvious, longstanding confusion is between the amount of replanting required when plants are removed from properties during building, and the recommendation of retaining 10 metres of defendable area around houses. The clearing of blocks is likely to cause severe degradation of habitat for birds and animals, particularly the Bristle bird. The 10 metres of defendable area applies to new or renovated houses, and it is interesting that few owners of older houses have taken up the clearing options.
The Committee has been notified of two talks that may be of interest to members:
Janet Stephens and Patrick Flanagan have generously invited us to Pomonal again, near the Grampians National Park, for camping and walking over a weekend. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, 24 & 25 November. We are aware that there is a MSO Concert in Geelong on the Friday night, so we have delayed the start of the long walk until 11.00 a.m. Saturday. Detailed information will be in the next newsletter.
Wildflower Weekend and Art Show Chris Morrissey
The Wildflower Weekend and Art Show is over for another year, as everyone heaves a big sigh of satisfaction and relief. Visitors seemed to enjoy themselves, and there were lots of young children with their parents, enjoying the many activities designed for them. We give a huge “thank you” to everyone who helped, before, during and after the event.
Special thanks to Robyn Lucas, for the eye-catching flyer and poster, and to Rebecca Hosking and her helpers, who put on a picture show about the local environment. This was a new event, which was greatly appreciated by those who attended. The visit from the Roaming Reptiles was both popular and informative, and we thank the Anglesea and District Community Bank Branch, Bendigo Bank for their generous sponsorship.
Show Book Stall Mandy Mitchell-Taverner & Barbara Leavesley
Huge thanks also, to all who contributed books, or volunteered time to help with the second-hand bookstall at the Show. Another excellent result – more than $850 – made the effort very worthwhile. All proceeds go directly to ANGAIR, there are no expenses, and your lovely books have found new homes where they are again wanted and valued! Thank you all so much.
After such a result, we guess we'll have to do it again next year! So start looking critically at your bookshelves once more, and talk to friends and family during the year ahead, about their surplus books!!