Macclesfield Newsletter - The Landcarer - September 2020

Macclesfield Landcare Group 

pdfThe Landcarer September 2020.pdf

Hello and Welcome to the September 2020 edition of The Landcarer.

It has been another difficult couple of months with Stage 4 restrictions limiting much of what we can do as a group, however, we can still do things on our own properties if we can get the necessary materials. Our list of events has again been pushed back and possible that we will need to start using online activities.

The great news is that our request for additional people has resulted in three new members of the committee that gives us a strong committee with a broad range of passions and interests. Jules Vines has taken up the role as Secretary, Lou Thomas will take up the role of Treasurer when she returns from an extended trip north and Cathy Saint has re-joined the committee. Our committee has been meeting regularly on Zoom which has worked pretty well most of the time.

We will be trialling an online discussion on Sunday 20th September about weeds. This is intended to provide different ideas on identification of local weeds found in pasture and conservation areas, methods and treatment, provide an opportunity for people to get their mystery weeds identified. The workshop will open at 9:00am for people to sort out technical difficulties. A short presentation will commence at 9:30am with plenty of time for questions and discussion. A link to the Zoom meeting will be posted to our Facebook group or you can email me or any committee member to get it.

The Port Philip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority is engaging a team of workers to do environmental and agricultural work on public and private land. You can request assistance by filling in an expression of interest with Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA).

Strong winds following good rain have recently impacted the Dandenongs and Yarra Valley with loss of life, property damage, closed roads and extended power outages caused by trees blowing over. Many of these trees will never be replaced and the power companies are likely to react by increasing the devastation they cause. There are several things we ca do to arrest a massive decline in canopy and habitat. One is to lobby politicians and power companies to put powerlines underground, another is to revegetate with climate change in mind. Planting trees away from roadsides, buildings and powerlines.

We hope you enjoy your reading and look forward to seeing you in the paddocks in the not too distant future. Cheers.

Ron Sawyer
President – Macclesfield Landcare Group
0408 129 671

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