The Current Calendar (below) includes FoG and related activities. To be kept fully up to date with FoG activities, become a member, get the newsletter and if you have email access you'll also get the FoG E-bulletin with all the latest news and information. If you have queries about any of the activities below, contact the person nominated, or Contact Us.

FoG visits many private or public properties during the year to assist in plant identification and management issues. These visits usually do not appear in the FoG program because we may not know what to expect at such sites and because they are usually arranged at short notice. If you are interested in participating in property visits, Contact Us.

Please advertise this information amongst your friends and networks and support our activities.

Non FoG members are welcome to participate in FoG events.

For any FoG activity you should register with the indicated contact, who can assist with directions and possibly car pooling. By registering you assist us to organise any catering and provide you with any other information that you may need, including late changes.


Saturday 28 April, Wetlands field day at Maffra Lake TSR, near Dalgety, NSW

You know that part of the paddock that goes under water certain times of the year? Or that boggy patch that has different plants growing in it? It’s a wetland!

SELLS, FOG and K2C invite landholders and others interested to visit Maffra Lake Travelling Stock Reserve on Saturday 28 April, 10.30 to 11.45 am. Come and find out more about Monaro lakes and the values that these kinds of wetlands have - for you and the environment. After the field walk, we will move to Dalgety pub for (free) lunch, four speakers and discussion, 12.15 – 2.15 pm: Alie Cowood, Donna Hazell, Nicki Taws and David Eddy will speak about the plumbing of the Monaro lakes; the value of ephemeral wetlands; birds’ use of Monaro wetlands; and grassland and other plant values of the area.

RSVP essential for catering purposes. Contact or phone him on 02 6241 4065 by 5 pm Wednesday 25 April.

2018 Work Parties (Canberra)

We will be based under a shady tree inside the gate at the Forester Crescent - Empire Circuit intersection (same place as in March). We are making tremendous progress, and this work party aims to a) plant around 40 saplings, b) get small woody weed regrowth, and c) and spray weed grasses. Consequently there are a very diverse range of activities on offer, namely: cut and daub woody weed regrowth; plant around 40 saplings; water plantings; spray weeds; and rubbish collection.

Your help is needed and always welcome. Please register 2 days before the dates so enough tools and morning tea can be provided, and you can be told where to meet or advised of any cancellations. You need to wear protective gear (including hat) and footwear appropriate for scratchy gardening work and the weather, and bring your own drinking water. These are pleasant social occasions and the work is not hard. To register, email

Further FOG work parties and wildflower walk on national lands are proposed for 2018 as follows:

(SH = Scrivener’s Hut; SP = Stirling Park; YR = Yarramundi Reach. Held on Sunday mornings between 9am and 1pm unless otherwise stated)

Work parties will be cancelled if: (a) the forecast is for 35 deg C+, (b) it is a total fire ban day, (c) there is lightning, or (d) there is heavy rain.

Volunteer training

FOG needs a number of our volunteers to be trained in important skills to run our work parties safely. We have to keep an updated register of trained volunteers under our agreement with the National Capital Authority. Consequently, if you have a qualification in one of the following areas or would like training in one of these skills, please let me know - Jamie Pittock, FOG, m. 0407 265 131, The National Capital Authority provides FOG with funds for strategic training. The areas are:

Tuesday 1 May, 3–5 pm, ‘Spot that Tree Hollow’ in Tree Week

All are welcome to join in a walk through Campbell Park, ACT, looking for and recording trees with hollows and noting any birds we see. This is a Friends of Grasslands activity for ACT Tree Week. Bring binoculars, a camera (with GPS if you can), a pen and clipboard and drinking water, and wear bush-walking footwear and clothes. We will provide checklists and marking and measuring equipment, and some expertise on local fauna. At the end of the day, we hope you will know more about the kinds of trees that have hollows of various types that some fauna might use, and that you will be inspired to watch out for hollow-bearing trees from then onwards.

Register with by 30 April please.

Friday 4 May, 12.30–5.30 pm, Canberra Tree Week symposium, ANBG Theatrette

Two sets of four talks either side of tea. Topics include:

Free. Register at The program is at:

Wednesday 9 May, 5–7 pm, Aboriginal Agriculture Seminar, University of Canberra

Landcare ACT Chair Peter Bridgewater & Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell facilitate an evening conversation with guest speakers Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe (both eminent writers). It will focus on Aboriginal land management and Traditional agriculture. University of Canberra Theatre (Bldg 1 rm A21) next to Mizzuna Cafe in The Hub. Drinks and nibbles from 4.30 pm. Book at: by 7 May.

Sunday 13 May, 9 – 12.30, Getting to know your native grasses, at Golspie (between Crookwell & Taralga), NSW

Geoff Robertson (of FOG) will talk about native grasses and grasslands and their management in the Upper Lachlan, including helping you identify individual grass species. Free, with morning tea. Contact Ruth Aveyard to RSVP or for information, mob: 0447 242 474, From Crookwell head to Laggan. Turn left at Laggan; pass the pub and go on another 4 km. Turn right down the Golspie Rd, towards Taralga. Travel for about 17 km. Golspie Hall is a galvanised building on the left hand side (looks like a shearing shed). ).

16–17 May, Conference, Conservation in action: Research to reality

Bathurst NSW, organised by the Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance. Watch for details as they emerge.

Friday 18 May, 9.30am - 3pm, K2C FORUM

‘A Vision for Grassland Management & Restoration – Recent Achievements & Next Steps’ is a forum being organised by K2C, ACT Parks & Conservation Service and FOG, for organisations and individuals working in grasslands across the SE region of NSW and ACT. The aim is to share and celebrate efforts on the front line of grassland conservation, and to discuss next steps. The forum will include morning tea and a free light lunch, and is open to the public. It will be at Jerrabomberra Community Centre, NSW, on Friday 18 May, 9.30 am to 3 pm.

More information: Geoff Robertson (, 6241 4065 or 0403 221 117) or Maree Gilbert (, 02 6205 2842 or 0432 990 896).

Friday 25 May, Rural communities making a difference: Climate conversation, Yass NSW

This Climate Conversation is a forum on how land managers can contribute to limiting climate change and reap the benefits. Help unlock the potential of rural communities and enable them to make a difference. The forum is on Friday 25 May, 9 am – 4 pm, in Yass Memorial Hall with Genevieve Jacobs (MC), and guest speakers Dr Bradley Opdyke, Dr Charles Massy, Dr Christine Jones and Dr Siwan Lovett. The event is supported by a range of community and industry organisation stall holders and exhibitors, and by Yass Area Network of Landcare Groups, Hovells Creek and Boorowa Community Landcare Groups, supported by Local Land Services, Rivers of Carbon and others in SE NSW.

For booking information and more details contact your local Landcare group, call Linda Cavanagh on 0459 681018, or email

Saturday 2 June, 7 pm, FOG table at Conservation Council World Environment Day dinner

Make an earlybird booking before Thursday 3 May to join the FOG group attending this annual dinner at the National Arboretum Canberra. There will be a 3-course meal with table wine included, preceded by canapes and champagne, all catered by Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering. This dinner is the major fun and fundraising event for the Conservation Council. Guest Speaker is Stuart Barry, author of The Rich Greenie. Stuart is also a life-long environmentalist, a philanthropist and an award-winning financial adviser specialising in ethical investing.

Tickets: Earlybird $104 (or $99 if you are Active Transporting). Or after 3 May, $145 (or $135 if you are Active Transporting). ‘Active Transporting’ means travelling by bus, bike or foot, and gives you a free ticket in a special raffle for a $2,000 electric bike (donated by Switched on Cycles). Book at: Be sure to put FOG in the ‘table name’ box on the booking form.

Friday 8 June, closing date for submissions to 'Inquiry into the value of the natural environment to urbanising Canberra'

The ACT Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services invites submissions to its inquiry into the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra. “… This inquiry provides Canberrans with a great opportunity to have their say about nature in our city as our bush capital grows and I look forward to hearing people’s thoughts” (Committee Chair Suzanne Orr MLA). The Committee’s terms of reference and other materials are accessible via the ACT Legislative Assembly website: The Committee invites submissions from interested organisations and individuals to its inquiry.

Written submissions should be lodged with the Committee Secretary by close of business on Friday, 8 June 2018.

Wednesday 27 June evening & Thursday 28 June, ACT Grassy Woodland forum

Speakers at this forum, at the Anne Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra, will focus on ‘What is your vision for grassy woodlands?’ on the Wednesday evening. The theme for Thursday is ‘Managing grassy woodland in the ACT’, and the day comprises short talks & posters on new research, citizen science, and on-ground projects, ending with discussion of the ACT Woodlands Conservation Strategy. To register, go to Eventbrite, Free, places are limited.

Saturday 18 August, FOG mid-winter talks and tea

We have already invited two speakers to give interesting presentations on Saturday 18 August, at Mugga Environmental Education Centre, Narrabundah Lane, Symonston. Please save the date, noting this year the annual talks and tea afternoon is in August, not July. More details nearer the time.

Friday 24 August 9–4.30; Saturday 25 August 9.30–noon, Black Mountain symposium 2018, ‘The past 50 years informing the next 50’

Themed talks at CSIRO Discovery Centre on the Friday (themes: natural environment and cultural environment). Walks in Black Mountain Nature Reserve on the Saturday. Cost: $55 for the symposium talks, fully catered. Guided walks $5. To register and for program:

21 – 24 September, Narrandera, Exploration of grassy landscapes with Rainer Rehwinkel.

14 October, Sunday. Revisit Ballyhooly, SE of Bungendore NSW, when the flowers are out.

9–11 November, Revisit Nerriga NSW, when the flowers are out.

11 November, Sunday 2 pm. Annual wildflower walk at Stirling Park.

17–18 November, Hunt the Monaro Golden Daisy, around the Monaro (various sites).

1–2 December, Badja Swamps Nature Reserve, Big Hole & Marble Arch walk.

January 2019, Visit lower part of Mt Gingera ACT.

February 2019, Visit Charlies Massy’s property, ‘Severn Park’, Bobondara NSW.

March 2019, Visit alpine grasslands beyond Yarrangobilly NSW.

Please advertise this information among your friends and networks. Non FoG members are welcome to FoG events. For inquiries or if you have an item to include, please please Contact Us