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

Summary of upcoming FOG Events

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

National Lands Group. Register: jamie.pittock@fog.org.au

Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve). Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Summary of Notices


Details of FOG Events

Sat 29 June 9-3pm, morning visit to Goulburn Wetland and afternoon visit to Gundary TSR (south of Goulburn).  Gundary TSR is long known as home to Australia's largest Button Wrinklewort population.  It is a quality grassland, albeit not without its issues, so join us for a wander where we shall discuss the management options. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Wed 24 July, 2 -4pm, Circumnavigate Parliament House's native garden perimeter. Come for a Winter Wander through the nine hectares of native gardens surrounding Parliament House with Matthew Kent, a native plant enthusiast with knowledge of local and cultivated native plants. There are over 4000 trees and a mixture of over 135 000 shrubs and groundcovers. The wander around the gardens should take between 1.5-2 hours. It is paid parking so try and car pool to the site if possible. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sat 3 Aug 2-4.30pm  Mugga Mugga mid-winter slide afternoon and short General Meeting. Join us for presentations by Jamie Pittock (grasslands and the new Cwlth Nature Repair Act), Rainer Rehwinkel (South African grasslands) and Andrew Zelnik (FOG’s January Tasmania grasslands trip). In the General Meeting we'll ask members to vote on a couple more changes to the constitution following those made at the AGM. Watch for the special bulletin in early July. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

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Events and dates are indicative and may be subject to change. Details will be advised as more information is available.

Details of FOG work parties

Registration

Participants need to register for these events at least two days before the event, to confirm details of the starting locations or any last-minute changes. Note: work includes weeding, planting and rubbish removal. Herbicides are often used so these events are not suitable for young children. 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 work party convener may provide morning tea, making these pleasant social occasions. Events will be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable: a) the forecast is 35 deg C+, b) it is a total fire ban day, c) there is lightning, d) air quality is hazardous, or e) heavy rain.

National Lands Group - Inquiries and registration: jamie.pittock@fog.org.au

FOG’s National Lands Group is responsible for work on National Lands (Gurubung Dhaura /Stirling Park, Scrivener’s Hut, State Circle, Blue Gum Point & Yarramundi Grassland) managed by the National Capital Authority and Blue Gum Point managed by ACT Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS). Work parties with 10 to 30 participants held on Saturday mornings between 8:30 am and 1 pm unless otherwise stated:

Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve) - Inquiries and registration: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

The Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve) Parkcare Group is organised by FOG and ACT Parkcare. Work parties have largely focused on plant identification and removing weeds, and some planting of grasses and forbs is planned. We are working closely with Ranger Stephen. This is a great opportunity for participants in the group to learn about grassland plants and weeds and their management, and more generally how to restore our precious grasslands, including selecting, growing and reintroducing plants.  Work parties are from 9-11.30am on the first and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Hall Cemetery - Inquiries and registration: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au

FOG has held regular work parties at Hall Cemetery since 2009, aiming to remove weeds and restore the native grasses and wild flowers that were once present. Work parties are held from 9am-11am. You need to bring your own working tool, and dress sensibly.

Top Hut TSR, near Cooma, NSW.  Contact: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Scottsdale Monitoring.  Inquiries & contact: linda@xamax.com.au

Details of Notices

2024 Tax-deductible donations to FOG. From Jamie Pittock, President, FOG. In the past year, FOG funds have been used to conserve the Top Hut Travelling Stock Reserve that is home to the Monaro Grasslands Earless Dragon (GED) and hold a major workshop with government and community organisations to identify how to better conserve natural temperate grasslands (NTG) in NSW.  In the coming year we need to seize the opportunities offered by new conservation measures proposed by the ACT, NSW and Commonwealth governments to advocate for conservation of endangered NTG. We need to secure biodiversity conservation reforms proposed in NSW, a network across land tenures in the ACT, and that Federal Government reforms benefit grasslands. The endangered Canberra GED needs our ongoing protection against the Canberra Airport Group’s road building plans. You can help in two ways:

1.  Join me in making a tax-deductible donation by 30th June for this critical conservation work. Direct debit: account name “Friends of Grasslands Public Fund”, BSB 633000, a/c 153493960 (Bendigo Bank). Include your name and notify our treasurer - treasurer@fog.org.au – to receive your tax-deductible receipt and to advise your preference for use, if any. Cheque: payable to "Friends of Grasslands Public Fund". Mail to Treasurer, Friends of Grasslands Inc., PO Box 440, Jamison Centre, ACT 2614. Include your name and postal address to receive your tax-deductible receipt and also include your preference for use, if any. Please give generously to help conserve the grassland flora and fauna that we cherish.

2.  Renew your membership now. Membership costs $30 for individual, family, or not for profit organisation, $10 concession for student or pensioner, and $60 for other corporate bodies. Membership is on a calendar year basisDirect Debit: BSB 633 000 Account 124770835.  Include ‘M’ship’ and your name in the reference. Cheque Payable to Friends of Grasslands, include your membership details and send to: FOG Membership, PO Box 440, Jamison Centre ACT 2614.

Environmental Participation Wellbeing Survey. ANU Researchers are conducting research into the wellbeing outcomes of people actively working towards a more sustainable future. The aim of the research is to help those who act pro-environmentally to attain better mental health. You are invited to participate in an online survey about how environmental actions relate to wellbeing.  Your input will help researchers and others build their understanding for a better and happier future. Survey linkhttps://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_07EHFfsNxiFmJue

Temple Daily until 30 June at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). Originally commissioned for VIVID Sydney, Temple pays homage to the expressive and idiosyncratic native cockatoo. Slow-motion visuals play across towering screens, with a shallow pool of still water extending the dramatic impact of larger-than-life Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Galahs and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.  Admission is free. Detailsnfsa.gov.au/temple

16 Jul 9-10am 2024, FOG members Andrew Zelnik and Margaret Ning on 2XX, (98.3FM) Radio Landcare. FOG members Andrew Zelnik and Margaret Ning will join Queanbeyan Landcare’s Tom Baker and FOG member Margaret Piper to discuss what is happing in the FOG world, including activities and issues.


Please advertise these events 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