Please bear in mind that changes may need to be made, and some dates couldn’t be settled before going to print. Changes will be emailed to those who have provided us with a current address and also put up on the website. But please also ring the listed contact person to find when it is on and to let them know you are coming.

MAY Tuesday 27th at 12 noon: We are having a joint tree planting at Zumsteins with the Stawell Secondary College. Katherine Dyson has arranged for our ‘Healthy Parks Healthy Peoples’ grant money to be shifted to works at Zumsteins, since the McKenzie Falls area was so badly burnt. Contact or further information from Wendy Bedggood phone 53825830 or 0429932065 or Katherine Dyson 53614063 or 0428553040

JUNE 6 – 9 Long Weekend Fauna survey. This replaces the activities which were planned for the Australia Day weekend and had to be cancelled because of the fires They are adjusting their activities in the light of the fire damage. The Field Naturalists Fauna Survey Group have asked if any FOGGs members would like to participate. The aim is to ascertain the presence of the endangered Squirrel Glider at sites with historical records and provide species lists (and relative abundance where possible) of nocturnal mammals and owls in poorly-surveyed areas. If you are interested in participating please contact Margo by email or Wendy by phone.

JUNE Wednesday 11th 4 to 6 pm Mural Room Halls Gap Parks Office. Presentation by Glen Rudolph and other DEPI staff on the background and decision making around ecological and fuel reduction burns. Contact Wendy Bedggood 53825830 or 0429932065.

Also, Project Platypus Plantout at Pomonal Saturday 5th of July.


The celebration of 30 years of the GNP, and of FOGG will be held in September. The postponement is due to the workload on park staff after the fires.



FEBRUARY 8 Two short walks in Halls Gap, looking at the flood recovery work.

10.30 start (after the jazz festival parade).Meet at the tennis court car park on School Rd to walk up to Venus baths. Return and drive round to Silverband Rd to walk there. Return for picnic lunch near Lake Bellfield. Contact: Margo 0429 201139

MARCH 2 Clean up Australia day. Site yet to be confirmed. Contact Wendy 0429932065 and watch newspaper ads.

APRIL 4? (to be confirmed) Meeting with Dave and Ryan at park office 4.30 pm.

 In MAY or JUNE, PARKS are organising a celebration of 30 years of our Park. Details next newsletter.


 Maybe a presentation by DEPI staff about the decision making behind the ecological planned burns.

Talk by a ranger during July school holidays.

September: AGM

October,November: Threatened Species surveys

December: Social lunch somewhere





Please bear in mind that changes may need to be made, and some dates couldn’t be settled before going to print.. Always ring the listed contact person to find out any changes and to let them know you are coming.


July 4: Bioscan report at 5.30 Mural room , Parks Office Halls Gap. Ryan Duffy, Team Leaser Natural values will talk to us about the recent Bioscan, and projects arising from it. This is in the school holidays and we plan to advertise it to the public. Contact Margo. (5356 4524 or 0429 201139 or ).



July : Fungi Frolic (date yet to be fixed after it had to be postponed ). We are planning to combine with Jallukar Landcare for an afternoon excursion led by Bruce Fuehrer, followed by a meal then a talk with photos. If you wish to be informed as to when it is on please contact Margo. (0429 201139).



August: no FOGG activity planned at this stage.



September 14 AGM Details next newsletter.



September 22 Zumsteins celebration




January 14 9.30 am Cooinda Burrong. We will count our Featherheads only in the exclusion plots, do maintenance work on the fences and discuss the year ahead.
Contact: Margo S 53564524 0429 201139

February 21 5:00 pm: meeting with Dave Roberts at the Park Office, then dinner together somewhere. All members welcome.

March 4 10 am start: Clean Up Australia Day. We may be spread out for this one, covering different ends of the Park. Contact: Margo S 53564524 0429 201139 closer to the date.

CALENDAR DATES 2 Threatened Species Group

Wednesday 7 Spiral Sun-orchid Annual count Grampians NP
Tuesday 13 Brilliant Sun-orchid (Black Range)
Tuesday 27 Williamson’s Bush-pea and Grampians Bitter-pea Northern end of GNP
Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October
Grampians Threatened Flora Display
Grampians Wildflower Show Halls Gap

Thursday 13 Pomonal Leek-orchid Southern end of GNP
Monday 17 Pomonal Leek Orchid and Fitzgerald’s Leek Orchid Deep Lead Nature Conservation Reserve
Thursday 27 Grampians Rice-flower
Mount William, Grampians National Park

Wednesday 2 Grampians Bitter-pea
Hut Creek / Honeysuckle Creek GNP
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 Grampians Pin-cushion Lily. Overnight hike along the Victoria Range, GNP
Saturday 26 Grampians Duck-orchid Northern end of GNP.

All TSG activities need an RSVP and may change at short notice. More info and RSVP for Threatened Species Group :
Pauline 0437 463 378.
or Jacinta Williamson 5361 4001



Saturday September 10, 10 a.m. Waterbugs activity with Joel Boyd of the Wimmera CMA. Meet at the Tennis Courts beside the school in Halls Gap. After the activity we’ll adjourn for lunch in the Brambuk cafe and have our AGM there. Contact Margo 5356 4524.

Wednesday November 16 Mural Room 5.30 pm. Meeting with Ryan Duffy to learn about the priority components of our natural and cultural values program in the coming year. It is hoped that FOGG may be able to assist in this work. We may also hear about the results of the post Mt Lubra fire small mammal monitoring within the Grampians, if the student involved has done the final report by then. Followed by a meal together. Contact Proo 5383 6222.


Please bear in mind that changes may need to be made, Always check in with the listed organiser.
Saturday July 16: Note change of date!
Fungi Frolic in the Wartook valley. Meet at the Wander Inn at 10 a.m. Then we’ll car pool from there to sites. Return to the Inn to buy our own lunch and look at some specimens, while warm and dry. Last year it was a wild and woolly day but the indoor session was excellent. Please bring any interesting specimens from your place as well. Contact: Ewen Johnson 5383 6294.
Friday 12 August: 10 am. Meeting with Dave Roberts and other staff to discuss: the new fire zones and this year’s proposed fire operation plan, Jill Reid’s work on fire and the environment, update on the proposed long distance walk, and suggested projects for us. To be followed by lunch and a committee meeting to which all interested members are invited. Please bring along your ideas for activities next year. Contact Proo: 53836222.
Saturday September 10: Waterbugs activity close to Halls Gap with Joel Boyd of Wimmera CMA . Followed by our AGM at the Park Office. Contact Kathy McDonald (5356 4679) closer to date for precise location.
Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October
Grampians Wildflower Show
(Not strictly a FOGG activity but one where our support is vital) Contact Margo on 5356 4524 or

Date yet to be announced:
Repeat of Geology talk and excursion with Ross Cayley. Contact Margo on 5356 4524.

Then there are the TSG & other DATES
All Threatened Species Group activities RSVP direct to Pauline Rudolph 0437 463 378 or
Thursday 1: TSG Tawny Spider-orchid (Caladenia fulva) (this is also the Wimmera biodiversity day so I expect they will change it.)
Thursday 1: Annual Wimmera Biodiversity Day.
This year to be held at Natimuk with the theme Past, Present and Future. Contact 53821544.
Friday 2: 10 am. Orchid lecture at Halls Gap by Gary Backhouse, organised by the wildlife art group, .
Wednesday 7: TSG Spiral Sun-orchid (Thelymitra matthewsii) Annual count.
Tuesday 13: TSG Brilliant Sun-orchid (Thelymitra mackibbinii)
Tuesday 27: TSG Williamson’s Bush-pea (Pultenaea williamsonii); and Grampians Bitter-pea (Daviesia laevis)

Thursday 13: TSG Pomonal Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum subbisectum)
Monday 17: TSG Pomonal Leek Orchid and Fitzgerald’s Leek Orchid (and Prasophyllum fitzgeraldii)
Thursday 27: TSG Grampians Rice-flower (Pimelea pagophila)

Wednesday 2: TSG Grampians Bitter-pea (Daviesia laevis)
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 : TSG
To Be Confirmed Grampians Pin-cushion Lilly (Borya mirabilis) Overnight hike along the Victoria Range, Grampians National Park
Saturday 26 TSG Grampians Duck-orchid (Paracaleana disjuncta)

This winter again other environmental groups, including local Landcare group Project Platypus and the Victorian National Parks Association, are conducting tree planting weekends in our area.
July 2, 9,17,24 and 30 are the days for Project Platypus across five sites from Moyston to Dadswells Bridge. Register online at or phone 5358 4410.
19 -21 August is VNPA’s 14th Project Hindmarsh Weekend, planting trees shrubs and grasses in various areas to connect remnant pockets of native vegetation. . Register online at


We have received flyers for several workshops to be held in Halls Gap.
Grampians Brushes 10 to 15 September
“a unique opportunity for artists to develop their passion of expression in one of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments”. For more information:
or ring 0428 825 971

Grampians Wildlife Arts Festival
August 30 – September 4, 2011, Halls Gap, Victoria.
“The Grampians Wildlife Arts Festival is a workshop-based event for artists and lovers of nature and art to experience and study Australia’s unique environment, its plants and inhabitants with unprecedented intimacy. Renowned orchid specialist Gary Backhouse will also present a public lecture. Visit for details, information about flora and fauna and special artists’ tips.”

Grampians Texture 25 February to 1 March 2012
“ a myriad of workshops ranging from felting to printing, stitching to dyeing, jewellery to box making are offered under the inspiring direction of local, national and international tutors.”
or 0428 825 971

Ross Cayley visit Friday 3 June 9:00 – 11:30

As promised, FOGG members are invited to learn more about the geology of landslides. We are able to join in with his presentation to staff.
Please RSVP to Jacinta at 5361 4001.
9:00 – 9:30 Visitor Safety Induction (Fulton Hogan / VicRoads)
To be conducted by Jacinta Williamson prior to entering Silverband Road worksite (beyond gate)
9:30am – 10:30:
Presentation and discussion on landslides – world-wide examples and Grampians specific
10:30am – 11:30:
Field trip along Silverband Road to discuss the newly exposed rock and mineral profiles / and to look at an on ground example of a landslide
I suggest we car pool up Silverband Road to the old Silverband Falls car park and walk up from there. For anyone who may not be able to walk up hill can go in a Parks Victoria car to the site.

There is a possibility that the talk will be repeated at a later date, so if you can’t make this Friday watch for a further date.