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The Wildflower and Art Show was held on the weekend of September 17 and 18.

The unexpected fine weather ensured that our outdoor catering arrangements were a very pleasant experience. Thanks to the Anglesea Primary School for selling a range of food options, with the coffee van also being well patronised.

Roaming Reptiles were a great success with the younger generation and we were very pleased to have a large cohort of children participating in all the activities. Surf Coast Shire provided “The Fire Game” which was a welcome addition to the CFA stall and Sally Sneddon (SCS) and CFA volunteers helped lots of participants work through their fire plan.

Environmental agencies with displays included Friends of Eastern Otways, Birdlife Australia (Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast), Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Geelong Field Naturalists, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and Geelong Environment Council.

A massive thank you to all those who helped to organise the displays, walks and other activities and who contributed to door entry, tour registration, publications sales, membership, children’s activities, propagation, book sales, tours, fauna displays, the weed display and, of course the Art Show. The wildflower tours and nature walks were in demand with many tours fully booked. A self-guided tour was also set up thanks to Neil Tucker.

Otways Indigenous Nursery and Angair provided a wide range of plants for sale.

The Art Show was sponsored by both Angair and Bendigo Bank and the theme was the natural environment. Jill Giles was very pleased with the strong interest registered by contributors. Five prizes were awarded: Best Exhibit – Louise Price; Best Australian Flora/Fauna study – Amanda Blake-Sutterby; Best Australian Natural Environment Study – Rosemary Harris-Arnott, and Pauline Dewar won both the Most Creative Work and the Best Botanical Work. Many thanks to Jill and her team for running the Art Show.

Thanks also to the Green Army for assistance helping to set up the hall with flower displays and other stands. Helen Tutt and Chris Morrissey are due special thanks for fulfilling that role for many years.

And now to our next challenge – constructing our propagation facility adjacent to the Angair office so that we can move in prior to summer and continue to provide a wide range of indigenous plants.

Peter Forster