Thursday, August 21, 2014

southern dandenongs landcare – another active year working hard for our environment

I was delighted to be able to chair the Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group Annual General Meeting and preside over their elections for 2014/15.

The range of activities of this group is phenomenal, they have environmental fingers in many pies and I’m inspired by the amount of activity this group undertakes to protect, enhance and preserve our local environment.
Vicki Boyle was resoundingly re-elected as
President of the Southern Dandenong
Landcare Group. Vicki is a human dynamo
and was awarded Yarra Ranges Environmental
Achiever of the Year 2012.

The President, Vicki Boyle, gave an extensive report of activities, some of which included:
  • Participation in CWAD – Community Weed Alliance in the Dandenongs
  • Partner is SREA – Southern Ranges Environment Alliance working on the Green Tracks program, an environmental program focused on the Puffing Billy rail corridor
  • Targeted community engagement re weed removal with property owners abutting Moores Break, Ferny Creek.
  • Works along the Belgrave bicycle track to remove blackberries
  • Participation in the Minak Reserve biolink projct
  • Assisting with the Green Army project to target Wandering Tradescantia
  • Working with the Belgrave Traders Association for Weedbusters week and Clean Up Australia day
  • Monthly stalls at the Kallista Market
  • Working with the BEEGEES, Friends of Trestle Bridge, focusing on a stationers group (metro station), food growing and biodiversity improvements in the VicTrack rail corridor
  • Participating in Selbyfest and Selby Community House, developing community indigenous plant garden
  • Assisting Cardinia Creek Landcare Group with signage project to raise awareness of the local platypus population
  • Partnering in the Yarra Valley Landcare Landcare for Singles event
  • Partnering with Selby CFA for event catering and as a Clean Up partner
  • Enhancing relationship with Selby Primary School and the Minibeast festival
  • Working with the Selby Men’s Shed group (who build nest boxes for SDLG)
  • Coordinating the local nest box program
  • Recognising the contribution of long time locals who sadly passed away, the Beers, for their efforts in the enhancement of the local Selby environment.
  • Running the Minibeast Festival and Awesome Ornithorynkids (Platypus Day)

It’s an amazing array of activities, an enormous contribution by all involved, volunteers working hard to enhance our environment and raise awareness about environmental issues. I am truly thankful for their tireless efforts.
Pictured from left to right: Mike, Leslie, Helen, Cr Samantha,
Jackie, Catherine, Darcy, Merinda, Frank, Vicki, Robert
and Catherine.

I’m delighted to announce the election of the following people to the committee for 2014/15:

President – Vicki Boyle
Vice President – Darcy Duggan
Secretary – Jackie Glenn
Treasurer – Mike Clarke
General Members – Navila, Catherine, Helen, Merinda, Frank, Robert, Catherine, Jenny and Leslie.

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