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The committee gratefully acknowledges  the Anglesea And District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank‘s generous sponsorship of the “Roaming Reptiles” appearance at the Wildflower Weekend & Art Show.

Did you know that Grass Trees Park, 1430 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay was once a nightsoil site? Trust for Nature is inviting people to join them for a presentation and guided walk around this revitalised habitat, which is now a Community Parkland, on Sunday 14 October  between 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. The 25 hectare site is proudly managed  for conservation and the local community by the Surf Coast Shire.  RSVP:

Helen Tutt

Sedges, Rushes and Grasses Workshop

There are still a few places available for the Sedges, Rushes and Grasses Workshop. As advertised Geoff Carr will lead us in the study, over two days, into identifying monocotyledons in our region on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November. It is free but there are only a few places remaining. Ring Bill on 52633673 or email:

Bill Mckellar

Report on DSE Regional Fire Operations Meeting held on August 17

This meeting, at times very complex, outlined DSE’s approach to planning where and what to burn in the Otway National Park. They are required to burn about 7000 hectares this year.

The sites are governed by the need to protect people and communities, infrastructure, and biodiversity. For further information about the sites please refer to the plan for the next 5 years on the table in the Angair Office. Where it is required to protect communities the Department will have smaller dense burns around townships, the burns will usually be in the spring and about each 6 years. The larger burns, often mosaic, will be in autumn. These burns will be less frequent.

The conservationists at the meeting were concerned about the loss of fauna and flora, particularly kolas. The Department acknowledged this problem hence the mosaic burns. Research is being done by two units, one from the University of Melbourne, looking at the effects of burns on biodiversity.

We pointed out that the knowledge of regional voluntary groups about rare and endangered species was poorly considered in that contractors doing the burns either don’t listen or aren’t told about the need to protect certain areas. DSE agreed to put in place improved communications and mapping.

Bill Mckellar
Can you help at the Wildflower Weekend & Art Show?
The success of the Wildflower Weekend & Art Show depends on Angair members, and the assistance they can give in preparing and running the Show. We need help in the following activities and the Show Committee would appreciate any contributions members can make.
  • Setting up the hall and stage display on Thursday 20 September from 8.30 a.m. until late morning.
  • Setting up the Art show stands in the Senior Citizens Hall on Friday 21 September between 1.30 and 3.00 p.m.
  • Assisting in various functions on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September between 10.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. usually a 2 hour shift.
  • Helping pack up on Sunday 23 September from 4.30 p.m.
If you are able to help or have any queries please contact Helen on 5263 1227 or by email on
Chris Morrissey
Nature walks and bus tour booking
As in previous years, Angair will run nature walks and tours to enable people to see the wildflowers blooming in our area. Seats on the buses are limited, but this year we will be making some places available for pre-booking for those who are unable to get to the show early. These will be on a first come first served basis. Tickets must be claimed at least 30 minutes before bus departure time or forfeited. Full details of the show program including booking details are available on our website. Members without internet access wanting to pre-book can call the Angair office on 0352631085 and leave a message advising preferred time and type of walk. All applicants will be advised if they have been successful or not.
Roger Ganly
Second hand books for Wildflower Show stall
Books on natural history topics will still happily be received until  Tuesday 18 September.  Don’t think you are too late!!  All contributions, one book or 50 will be welcome. We will find your books a happy new home. Please leave books at the Angair Office or on the veranda of 51 Harvey Street. I will be away for a week early in September but I can collect from you at other times if you prefer. My number is 9818 5868 – just leave a message and I will return your call when I can. Thank you.
Mandy Mitchell-Taverner