Red Gum Festival in Cavendish

We were recently contacted  by the committee organising a red gum festival  in Cavendish next year. FOGGS of course have the red gum walk in the Victoria valley, and many of us have a love affair with this iconic tree.

Following a couple of very successful community meetings where the festival concept was enthusiastically explored, the township of Cavendish, a small community in Victoria’s Western District, nestled on the Wannon River in the heart of the Red Gum Country, undertook to host an inaugural celebration.

The Red Gum Festival Development Group are currently working toward a unique festival in 2018, and would be delighted to hear from any individuals, groups, clubs or organisations
who are potentially interested in participating.

Please contact the Secretary, Nathan Bastock, via email,

The festival is but one of a number of exciting proposals within the ‘Celebrating Red … Read the rest

Posted in 2017 Winter Newsletter, Miscellaneous Snippet

Lake Bolac Eel Festival

March 23-24-25th – 2018

We have received a request for help from the committee organising this ancient tradition of gathering, learning and celebration , now held every second year.

Certainly one of regional Victoria’s most significant indigenous, environmental, music  and arts focused festivals.

More information on these two links:

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Grasslands Seed Project

WAMA and Jallukar Landcare  have joined together to create a seed bank for restoring grasslands on the edge of the Grampians. Recently over 20 volunteers from WAMA, Grampians Australian Plant Society and staff from Greening Australia met in Pomonal. Our task was to sort, classify and plant seed collected over the past 6 months as part of the Grasslands Seed Project.

Expertise and knowledge was shared by local horticulturist Phil Williams, Botanist Neil Marriott and Ecologist Jess Gardner. Under their guidance, we learned how to de-construct the pods, locate the seed and place into labelled bags, weighed and ready for planting.  As part of this exercise we also had the opportunity to take a close up look at each seed pod with the aid of a macro lens.  How exciting this was to see the beauty and intricacies of nature – the patterns and symmetry unfolding under a macro lens … Read the rest

Posted in 2017 Winter Newsletter, Miscellaneous Snippet