Public plans and information for the environment feature in this report.
Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) is developing a new Corangamite Waterway Strategy in consultation with a range of stakeholders, and several Angair members have participated in a Waterway Strategy Workshop. The strategy will provide the direction for waterways management in the Corangamite region for the next eight years
The Anglesea River Estuary Management Plan 2012–2020 has just been released by the CCMA. A copy is available for consultation or loan from the Angair Library
The Trust for Nature launched last month, the Statewide Conservation Plan for private land in Victoria. It was pleasing to see the nationally recognised Anglesea Heathlands included in the important natural asset list. The Trust for Nature’s conservation plan is described by the Minister for Environment and Climate, the Hon. Ryan Smith, as ” a landmark document that supports the importance of managing and protecting all land in a co-ordinated way” The plan can be accessed on the internet at www.trustfornature.org.au/conservation/statewide-conservation-plan/
EstuaryWatch has produced an instructional video “How to measure a berm”. The term “berm”, as used in coastal systems, is a raised ridge of pebbles or sand found on a beach, above the water level at high tide marks, as a result of the deposition of material by low-energy waves. The video is primarily for EstuaryWatch Volunteers, to assist in recording the estuary berm measurements when the estuary is closed, but it makes interesting viewing, generally. The video can be accessed from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority YouTube channel.
Earn Money for Angair
Do you shop at the Anglesea IGA? Did you know they have a loyalty program, where 1% of your purchase is donated to the organisation of your choice? Ask at the checkout next time, and they will give you a password. You then go on-line and enter your details, nominating Angair. You will then receive a card in the mail, which can be scanned at the checkout, thus helping Angair with our conservation work.
Wildflower and Art Weekend
A huge “thank you” to everyone, and there were many, who helped make the Wildflower and Art Weekend for 2013, such a success.
Visitors from two to ninety-two came, individuals and families, parents with young children, grandmothers with adult children and grandchildren. Many expressed their enjoyment of the wildflower display, and the other activities and offerings at the show. The indigenous plant display was greatly popular, with visitors examining the specimens in detail, and smart-phone cameras often in use. It is pleasing that there seems to be an increasing awareness of the benefits of planting indigenous in local gardens, as evidenced by the sales from our stall.
This year, the stage display featured a slide show of the flora and fauna of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet, complementing the delightful wildflower display.
Roberto, the Connie, attended again, enthralling and informing, constantly surrounded by young upturned faces, handing out cards with information and exquisite images of flora and fauna. Among this year’s collection of cards, were two specifically designed for Angair. Copies of these two cards are available from the office, or from an Angair market stall.
Approximately 200 children came to the Show, and were able to make Hooded Plover badges, echidna hats, insect ‘homes’, bird houses, and a lot of cheerful mess. Many plants were potted and taken home, many faces were painted. Angair is very grateful to Bunnings Torquay, and to Birdlife Australia, both for the smiling hard work of staff and volunteers, and for their provision of materials. By general consensus, a very successful weekend for young people interacting with Angair.
The Art Show
The Art Show attracted a good number of entries, with a pleasing increase in the works entered in the secondary student competition.
This years prize winners were:
Best Exhibit in Show: Ray Woods
Best Student exhibit: Meredith Anderson
Best Australian Flora/Fauna Study: Margaret Muffet
Best Australian Natural Environment Study: Louse Price
Most Creative Work: Jill Giles
Angair thanks the Anglesea and District Community Branch, Bendigo Bank, for the generous support in providing the Best Exhibit Awards for both the open and student sections.
Show Book Stall
Wow!! How can I thank you all enough. Your pre-loved books have gone to new, happy homes, and as they passed through our book stall, they raised a bit over $1000! Last year, the second hand books raised about $800, so this is a really great result.
The money is used by Angair to continue the work protecting our beautiful, precious environment.
Thank you all so much, for generous contributions of books, and thanks to Barbara and Dennis Leavesley, and all the other fantastic helpers, for your contributions of time, preparing and working on the stall. It is a great result, well worth the effort.
One donor, who lives in Lorne, deserves special thanks for a tremendous contribution of wonderful old books. They were a draw card, a talking point, a delight to read, and a reminder to us all of our childhood reading, and the contribution of early naturalists to Australian natural history. Thank you.
A kind member donated an almost complete bound set of The Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) magazines, Volume 2, 1961 to Volume 24, 2008, including an index. This is still available, and still needs a welcoming home! Can you help? Call Mandy on 0403 136 670.