Members will be delighted to know that a second colony of the endemic Angahook Caladenia, Caladenia maritima, has been found on a local private property.
The orchid, listed as endangered at national and state level, was first recorded in 1998 in Anglesea on public land.
At the recent Alcoa Community Consultation Network meeting there was also good news, with preliminary studies commissioned by Alcoa indicating that it may be possible to have good quality water outcomes in both the lake and Anglesea River following mine site rehabilitation.
The Committee has pledged funding support for ANOS (Australian Native Orchid Society Victorian Group) funding for Scented Orchids research. The Saving Scented Orchids Campaign, https://pozible.com/project/205451, is raising funds to return the sweet scented endangered orchids Sunshine Diuris, or Fragrant Doubletail, Diuris fragrantissima, and Small Golden Moths, Diuris basaltica, to Melbourne’s western grasslands. This project will improve grassland habitat condition through weed control, provide pollinator food by planting grassland herbs, and grow more grassland orchids to return to the wild. Native orchids are in decline; they are seriously threatened, by weeds, rabbits and development, especially in native grasslands and the volcanic plains.
The Royal Botanic Gardens has developed a digital Victorian flora list, VICFLORA, which is a complete and current guide to the wild plants of Victoria, with plant profiles, identification tools and illustrations. The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria provides this resource free-of-charge for land managers, scientists, students and indeed anyone with an interest in Victorian plants. The link is https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/.
The Painkalac Project ... Sally White
The Painkalac Project, which has been investigating the possibility of raising funds to buy the Painkalac Valley land to place it in public hands and restore its wetlands, has been put aside because the largest of the three blocks advertised for sale is under contract to an individual purchaser.
The Painkalac Project members, however, still believe that the concept of putting the valley into public ownership has considerable support among many in the Aireys Inlet community.