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 15 July, 2–5 pm: FOG mid-winter talks & tea, Mugga Mugga

Come to the annual gathering of FOG people at Mugga Mugga environment education centre, 129 Narrabundah Lane, Symonston, ACT, opposite the gate to Therapeutic Goods Administration, to hear interesting illustrated talks and to network over tea.

Presentation speakers are Ms Karen Retra ‘Getting to know native bees and other pollinator insects’ and Dr Lydia Guja ‘Ex situ seed conservation at the National Seed Bank’.

Karen Retra is a ‘neighbourhood naturalist’. She encourages and observes native bees in her suburban garden and surrounds, taking photos and videos, and doing a lot of sitting around and watching! Karen says she is inspired by the diversity, roles and habits of the many, many species of beneficial insects that we often overlook. Karen is co-founder of the Wild Pollinator Count, a national citizen science project encouraging awareness of pollinator insects each spring and autumn (see After this talk, you may be inspired to join the count by watching a flowering forb for 10 minutes and reporting the insect visitors helping it set seed.

Dr Lydia Guja is Seed Conservation Biologist at the ANBG Seed Bank. Her staff profile (online) says: ‘With a focus on Australian native seeds Lydia investigates seed conservation biology, threatened species conservation, endangered species and communities, seed ecology, seed dispersal, seed physiology, ecophysiological germination thresholds, stress tolerance, and landscape restoration.’ That includes the effects of environmental stress on seed dispersal, germination, and establishment; and conserving Australia’s plant diversity, including rare and endangered species of the Australian Alps, ACT region and Commonwealth Terrestrial Parks, through ex situ conservation methods, namely seed banks and living plant collections; and much more.

Both speakers will be fascinating and generate plenty to chat about over the usual splendid afternoon tea.

We will also be awarding life membership to Edwina Barton and Naarilla Hirsch.

It is essential to register with soon, for catering and seating.

Friday 21 July: K2C forum about achieving success in community engagemente

9.30–3.15, Friday 21 July, Jerrabomberra, free with teas (am & pm) and lunch provided.

This K2C workshop/forum will be presented by Debbie Hunt and Alison Whealing of the Office of Environment and Heritage. They will be showing forum participants how to create a formula for success in community engagement. To register: contact Geoff Robertson by email to or phone 0403 221 117 or 02 6241 4065. Details at:

Friday – Saturday 21–22 July: ‘Bushfire Management: Balancing the risks’ symposium

Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue, Civic ACT. $110 for 2 days; $60 for 1 day; Sunday field trip free. Includes teas (am & pm) and lunches.

A community symposium to discuss research, strategies and expectations for fire management in the ACT in a changing climate. Desired outcome: an informed ACT community able to contribute positively to ACT Government policy, goal setting and strategic directions of fire management.

Draft program:


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Sunday 30 July, 9:30am to 12:30pm: Greening Australia planting, Urambi Hills NR

 Followed by a free BBQ at Urambi Hills NR (entry at corner Learmonth Dr and Meredith Circuit, Kambah). Buses return by to City West or Woden bus stations by 2.30 pm.

This planting will help provide habitat for woodland animals and improve connectivity between the Murrumbidgee River corridor and remnant vegetation in Urambi Hills. For those keen, there will be short guided walks to talk about the flora and fauna in the area. Bus pickups: 8.30 am at City West, cnr Marcus Clarke St and University Ave; 9.00 am at Woden bus station bay 18.

RSVP essential, including your choice of transport, to: or 02 6253 3035.

Weekend 23–24 September: 'Showcasing weeding  tools, methods and ideas'

10 am Saturday  till after lunch Sunday, at Mt Oak, near Bredbo NSW.

We have a great opportunity to thoroughly investigate weed-control methods in grassland at a 1–2 day visit to Mt Oak, near Bredbo in mid–late September. Our hostess will be Gidja Walker who has huge experience in weed control; see and

This is a weed-focused activity: talking about, demonstrating and trialling implements and ideas for eradication (see pic below). Gidja is full of ideas and methods.

This FOG activity is limited to 15 people (members of FOG or Mt Oak have priority). We shall arrive around 10 am on Saturday 23 September, stay overnight in a camping situation (some non-camping may be available locally), and leave on the Sunday 24 September after lunch. Water and toilets are available for campers. 4WD vehicles would be helpful, as would carpooling.

Contact for more details and to register.

14 October, 9.30 am (sharp) – 12 noon or later: 46th Black Mountain spring wildflower ramble

At Belconnen Way entry just before Caswell Drive turnoff (look for balloons)

16–19 October: 19th NSW Weeds conference, Armidale NSW.

For details, see

25–27 October: 2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference, Albury NSW.

For details, see

Stirling Park workparties in 2017: 27 August, 29 October, 26 November.

Yarramundi Grassland workparties in 2017: 24 September, 26 November.

Annual wildflower walk at Stirling Parkrk: 12 November 2017.

Other Things

Friends of Great Southern Forest (SE NSW) are seeking support and endorsement for their proposal and recommendations about the management and logging of public native forests. See their website,, which includes a useful summary accessible via the ‘BRIEF’ option in the menu line atop their front page.

Help the Conservation Council

Can you help the Conservation Council by donating? They have lost their federal funding, as of May 2014, which provided 20% of their budget. To donate, the Conservation Council asks you to phone them on 02 6229 3200 with your credit card details, or visit visit


An ALERT… Fireweed is now at large across the ACT, as well as in much of eastern NSW. ACT Government media release, on 24/07/2014: Canberrans are again urged to report infestations of the pest plant Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) after it was discovered growing in the ACT suburb of Coombs. "Fireweed was discovered on Monday at several locations around a pond in Coombs," Stephen Hughes, Biosecurity Manager, Territory and Municipal Services said. "Unlike the Fireweed infestations found last week on public and private land in Forde, Franklin, Chisholm, Casey, Lyneham and Crace, the recent incursion in Coombs is not associated with imported couch turf. We would like to stress to residents to look beyond areas with couch turf for Fireweed infestations.” It is important that we control Fireweed in ACT, and also in NSW where possible. It is a Class 3 Noxious Weed (must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed) widely across SE NSW too. Make sure you know it when you see it! The website at has good photos and more details. Fireweed has daisy-like bright yellow flowers that usually have 13 petals (or 20 green bracts on unopened flowers). Plants can produce thousands of viable seeds, which are fluffy and wind-borne. To pull Fireweed out by hand, first enclose/cover the plant with a strong plastic bag to prevent mature seeds bursting out and flying away. Wear gloves to avoid skin irritation. Double-bag the weed and dispose of the bag with your regular rubbish (NOT in the recycled or green waste). Do NOT spray it with glyphosate. Please note the exact location and report the plant and its condition as soon as you can by email to Include a photo of the plant for confirmation, and report what you have done (pulled it out/left it there, etc).

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