ANGAIR is continuing to be included in discussions with Greenearth Energy about a suitable site to develop their geothermal exploration project. They are very aware of the importance of the Anglesea Heath, and are sensitive to its values.
The South East Australian Naturalists’ Association (SEANA) Camp was hosted by ANGAIR from 25–28 March. 110 were registered, 50 staying at the Anglesea Recreation Camp, with the rest staying in other accommodation around the area.
On Friday 25, most of the people attended a dinner at the camp, which was followed by two illustrated talks, one about ANGAIR, and the other given by Margaret MacDonald on the flowers of the district. This really made them keen to discover some of the flora over the next three days. Although we were concerned about the timing of the camp – autumn, not spring – the plants were looking good, thanks to the cool, damp summer.
Over the weekend, the naturalists had a choice of two full-day walks, and nine half-day walks. Areas of interest covered included marine rock pools, birds, geology and flora. After dinner on both Saturday and Sunday, we enjoyed illustrated talks on the local marine environment, hooded plovers, orange-bellied parrots and frogs of the area, presented by people who are experts in their field.
On Monday morning, 60 people divided into four groups for walks in the Ironbark Basin area, which was followed by lunch and farewells at Point Addis. We had many positive comments on the success of the camp, the expertise of the leaders and their willingness to share their knowledge.
The organizing committee of Ros Gibson, Evelyn Jones, Margaret MacDonald and Lynne Rayner worked for over twelve months to ensure that the camp was well run; they deserve huge thanks for their dedication and efforts. Many other ANGAIR members assisted during the camp, acting as leaders and facilitators. We thank them sincerely for their help, and congratulate them on their enthusiasm and patience with the participants.
A Date For Your Diary: ANGAIR’s Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, 25 June at the Anglesea Golf Club. Details and a booking form will be in the June newsletter. The speaker will be Paul Thompson, a landscape gardener who designed the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens.