Calendar

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. For all FoG activities please supply your emergency contact person's details when registering.

Calendar

Saturday 1 June: World Environment Day annual dinner

Conservation Council ACT Region’s annual fund-raising dinner is on Saturday 1 June, at Gandel Atrium, National Museum of Australia. Former Senator Bob Brown is guest speaker. FOG will have a table (or two). Register with margaret.ning@fog.org.au to join the FOG group at this prestigious event. Buy your tickets from Conservation Council, https://conservationcouncil.org.au/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm%2Fevent%2Finfo&reset=1&id=112. The fund-raising auction (silent & live) held on the night is already in progress online at ALLBIDS. Around 90 items are ‘up for grabs’, with some items already sold (e.g. Midnight Oil tickets). https://www.allbids.com.au/c/charity-community-auctions/conservation-council-act-region#?page=1&count=50.

Saturday 1 June  10am – 12:30pm: Greening Australia tree planting, Monaro, , followed by a BBQ

World Environment Day planting to address eucalyptus dieback and create new woodland habitat on the Monaro. The planting site is on a gentle slope and is very easy walking. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, warm clothes, gardening gloves, sturdy boots/shoes and a water bottle. Free buses there and back from Civic or Calwell, 8am – 3.30pm. RSVP Essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/greening-australia-world-environment-day-planting-saturday-1st-june-tickets-61553436987, by 4pm, Wednesday 29th May. The link gives bus details. Registration gives you full details, including directions if driving there yourself. Numbers are limited. More info: cbr.admin@greeningaustralia.org.au or via 02 6253 3035.

Thursday 6 June, 7pm: Biodiversity conservation agreements in NSW, Murrumbateman

Dr David Freudenberger will tell Murrumbateman Landcare Group and guests about the many different types of voluntary conservation agreements that a landholder can enter. David is a Board member of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, appointed by the NSW Environment Minister. He’s a scientist and lecturer, with great experience in many aspects of land management and restoration in Australia. RSVP essential by 3 June, to Bob McColl bob.mccoll.bm@gmail.com. The meeting is in the back room of the Murrumbateman Country Inn. If you plan to eat at the pub first, please arrive by 6.30pm or sooner.

Sunday 16 June, 1.15 – 4 pm: FoG Eastern Broad Acre Winter Tour & Cafe visit afterwards

This will be an exciting winter event, so rug up. We plan to visit up to four sites which will include grasslands at Bonshaw, West Majura, Amtech, and East Fyshwick along the Molongo River. The tour will provide an opportunity to see some extensive Canberra grassland landscapes and learn about their likely inclusion (some as offsets) in an extended future grassland reserve system. It will be an opportunity to examine their quality and consider the work required to preserve and restore them. It will also assist FOG to provide more informed comment on their future development. Please register for this event with Maree Gilbert, to obtain more details including meeting place. We plan to carpool for the tour, to take a 1 km return walk at one site, and to adjourn to a nearby cafe for hot chocolate after the tour. Contact: maree.gilbert@fog.org.au.

Thursday 27 June, 9am: NSW Farmers Weeds Forum, Yass

Since the introduction of the NSW Biosecurity Act in 2015, roles and responsibilities surrounding weed management and consequences of general biosecurity duty are still not clear for many landholders and managers. This Forum aims to have landholders’ questions answered by those in positions directly related to the management of the Regional Strategic Weed Plan and the administration and enforcement of the Biosecurity Act as it relates to weeds.

Panel speakers include:

It’s at Yass Memorial Hall. To RSVP and for more info, contact Carolina Merriman (Chair, Yass Branch, NSW Farmers) on 0423 481 597 or cmerriman93@gmail.com.

2019 ACT workparties at Stirling Park and Yarramundi

Your help is needed and always welcome.

Tools are provided. You need to wear gardening clothes (including hat) and solid footwear appropriate for the work and the weather, and bring your own drinking water. The workparty convenor provides morning tea, making these into pleasant social occasions.

Please register by two days before the workparty so there are enough tools and tea for everyone, and so you can be told if the weather forecast has led to a cancellation. Workparties are cancelled if there is lightning; or there is heavy rain; or the forecast is for 35oC or more; or there is a total fire ban.

When you register, you’ll be sent more details about the workparty: such as tasks, targets, and where to meet for Stirling Park, Yarralumla. Yarramundi Grassland is at 245 Lady Denman Drive, ACT 2611.

Saturday 29 June, 9 – 12.30: Stirling Park Work Party. (This used to be Sunday ate Yarramundi Reach but has been rescheduled)

Our work party at Stirling Park - Gurubang Dhaura will be based along Haines Creek in Yarralumla. Work will focus on cutting Vinca / Blue Periwinkle along the creek in preparation for spraying, and a variety of other weeding and rubbish collection activities. Cutting will be undertaken by hand around trees and other obstacles or with mowers and a whipper snipper. There is also Purple Top and Ivy to hand pull.

Meet on the small hill just west of Haines Creek. Park near the intersection of Alexandrina Drive and Mariner Place (west) and walk up the hill to find our base. 

Register: Jamie.Pittock@fog.org.au, ph 0407 265 131.

Calendar for work parties later this year

Work parties will be held on Sunday mornings between 9 am and 12:30 pm:

Saturday 6 OR Saturday 13 July (tbc): FoG Mid-winter talks – in planning

FOG’s annual mid-winter afternoon talks and tea will be in July this year, on Saturday 6 or 13 July. Please pencil those into your diary.

Mon–Fri, 8–12 July 2019: FOG & friends to visit Rick Farley Reserve near Mungo National Park

Mick Kelly and Geoff Simpson, of Mothers Ancestral Guardians Indigenous Corporation (MAGIC), are inviting FOG members and other friends to visit Rick Farley Reserve, near Mungo National Park, on 8–12 July during NSW school holidays. People of all ages are welcome. “The opportunity to download, detox and connect with Country is endless at Rick Farley Reserve.” (Geoff Simpson).

The program will include:

This is our second visit. For a report of our fantastic first visit and a description of each of these activities, see article in News of Friends of Grasslands, May–June 2018, pp 11–12 (or http://www.fog.org.au/Newsletters/2018-05newsletter.pdf). For inquiries, bookings, etc., contact Margaret: margaret.ning@fog.org.au, or phone 0427 788 304 or 02 6241 4065).

Location: Rick Farley Reserve is 70km from the Visitor Centre at Mungo National Park. The latter is 147km from Balranald which in turn is 640km (7hrs) west of Canberra. We plan to meet at the Mungo Visitors Centre at 2pm on Monday 8th July and return there on early Friday 12th July. 4WD advised from Mungo to Reserve. Some car-pooling may be possible. Facilities: There is a very large outdoor kitchen with cooking equipment. Many camping sites are available, as are toilets and limited showers. Some tents and sleeping bags are available. Bring: Own camping equipment, food & supplies. Contribution to reserve: $35 per adult, $12 for school students and children aged 5+, & $0 for under-fives, or what you can afford.

Sunday 21 July, afternoon: FoG visit to grassy woodland in Griffith ACT

Early advice of another interesting visit, 21 July. You can read about the site in the newsletter. More details of our meeting place, etc., nearer the time. Register with ann.milligan@fog.org.au.

26–27 August 2019, Canberra: The National Biodiversity Offsets Conference. EIANZ – ACT and Victoria Divisions

See https://www.eianz.org/events/event/biodiversity-offsets-conference-2019-hotel-realm-canberra.

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 Contact Us