4pm – Weed Spotter Training

Community Weed Spotter Training in the Mural room at Brambuk . (Not a FOGGS activity, but one we feel is most important). Weed Spotters assist the Victorian Government through the Weed Alert program by keeping an eye open for and reporting new and emerging Weed Alert species. The Department of Primary Industries is holding an introductory information session at Halls Gap.

The session will provide information on:
* the role and importance of Weed Spotters
* what weeds to look for
* basic weed identification
* how to report suspected new weed infestations.

To register for this session please contact Chris Malins at DPI on 5362 0787.

Brush tailed rock wallaby community action group

Following the successful launch of the Brush tailed rock wallaby (BTRW) holding facility at Dunkeld last December Barry Clugston and Tony Corrigan have been considering ways for interested people to become involved with the brush tailed rock wallaby recovery project.

A number of individuals have expressed an interest in being more involved in the project and as a result of that interest it is proposed that a community based action group be formed.

Such a group could have a number of functions, some suggestions are:

* Raise awareness of the plight of the species and the efforts to conserve it. This program has very broad benefits for the ecological communities in BTRW habitat – for example the control of foxes has shown to have extensive benefits for small native mammal populations and fire management regimes that benefit BTRWs can also be used to conserve landscape values.

* Raise awareness of the Grampian’s reintroduction project and its benefits for the greater environment, the community and tourism. The project has opportunities for many sectors and members of the community and has tourism potential.

* Monitoring. There are a series of monitoring sub projects associated with the program. These include: Habitat monitoring including vegetation survey; Monitoring of native competitor species prior to and post release and; Direct monitoring of brush tailed rock wallabies back in their environment post release

* Fund raising. The program is highly reliant on the sponsorship provided by the private sector as well as government funding. The future success of conservation efforts for the species is dependant on successful fundraising.

* Newsletter/Website/Communication – editors, writers and desktop publishers

* Installation and maintenance of technical equipment including radio telemetry, weather stations and field survey equipment.

We propose to convene a meeting to further this idea at 2 pm on Saturday 8th September at the Mural Room at the Parks Victoria offices at Halls Gap. Please contact Tony Corrigan on 5361 4021 if you are interested in attending.

VEAC Draft Proposal for River Red Gum Forests

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council recently released for public comment its draft proposals for future conservation and use of public land in the River Red Gum Forests area. VEAC has been investigating the River Red Gum Forests since April 2005 across an area in the Murray River corridor from Lake Hume to the South Australian border.

The draft proposals include five new national parks (Barmah, Gunbower, Lower Goulburn, Warby Range-Ovens River, Leaghur-Koorangie and a significant addition to Murray-Sunset) and five new regional or other parks. It is proposed that the Murray River Reserve and a number of existing regional parks including Echuca, Tocumwal, Cobram, Yarrawonga and Wodonga be consolidated into a new Murray River Park. The total area of national and state parks is proposed to increase from 62,000 hectares to 152,000 hectares. There are also significant proposals for increasing the environmental water allocation along the Murray, increasing Indigenous involvement in public land management, and reducing grazing and timber extraction.

A summary and full version of the draft proposals is available at VEAC’s website: www.veac.vic.gov.au/riverredgum.htm

Thin Green Line premiere

Around 30 people attended the Halls Gap premiere of the Thin Green Line on July 31st.

Sean Willmore wanted to thank everyone in Halls Gap who attended. The money donated will go to the People and Parks foundation.

All the stories and photos for premieres from around the world on July 31st will be uploaded to the website very soon. There’s some inspiring stories there. Check it out soon, and keep checking the website for new developments.

7pm – Film Night in Halls Gap Community Hall

Film Night in Halls Gap Hall sponsored by FOGGS and GNP. Entry by gold coin donation.

This is part of a worldwide simultaneous premiere of a DVD, The Thin Green Line – International Ranger Documentary. Up to 50 countries and 500 locations in one night – for one planet!

‘The Thin Green Line’ is a documentary and conservation project started by a Park Ranger that takes a unique look into the committed and passionate fight to protect our planet. You’ll see the fight through the eyes of the men and women who make up the Thin Green Line – Professional Park Rangers.

*What are we trying to achieve?* This is a not for profit project. 100% of the profits raised through the world premieres, documentary sales and sponsorships will be returned to support rangers, including the International Ranger Dependency Fund, which supports the families of Rangers who are killed in the line of duty.

For more information go to “http://www.thingreenline.info”:http://www.thingreenline.info

Welcome to FOGGS

The Friends Of Grampians Gariwerd has around 80 members. Of these members, there are about 20 locals with the remaining members coming from other parts of Victoria and some from interstate.

We work in close co-operation with the local staff of Parks Victoria. FOGGs came into existence in 1984, the same year as the Grampians was declared a National Park. Over the years we have created many joint projects we can look back on with pride.

Please feel free to explore our site to see the types of activities we undertake.

Our “Flood Recovery Works page”:http://www.foggs-online.org/articles/grampians-flood-recovery-update will provide information on the works being undertaken in the Grampians National Park to recover from the floods.

Cynthia has sent us another image – let’s let Cynthia explain:

bq. Here’s an autumnal bee for the newsletter. When looking up what the local bee species are I was utterly charmed to discover blue-banded bees and their habit of sleeping in groups, clinging with their mouths to little plant stems; and also found a scientific paper saying that using blue-banded bees as tomato pollinators results in 11-21% larger tomatoes. So this is Amegilla chlorocyanea with a tomato flower. This is the first time I’ve drawn a bee, so hopefully it’s up to snuff and doesn’t horrify any entomologists. 🙂

!http://www.foggs-online.org/images/38.png (Amegilla chlorocyanea with a tomato flower)!

This image of a Long Nosed Potoroo was donated by Cynthia Clark. You can see her motivation for this donation in our “news section”:http://www.foggs-online.org/articles/web-page-news


For some ideas on what to do while visiting the Grampians please have a look at the ==Visit Grampians You Tube Channel==.