Waring or Wombat Season, Wurundjeri Calendar, April-July. Deep Winter- June to mid July. Cool, rainy days follow misty mornings. The time of highest rainfall and lowest temperatures.This cold time of the year slowed down but did not stop plant growth. Animals such as echidnas were breeding, birds nesting. The flats near the rivers and creeks were often flooded; and the low lands generally were wet and cold, and unsuitable for camping, so people moved to the best sheltered spots on the uplands, where they were able to catch koalas, possums, and wombats, and to find grubs in the trees The leaves of the water plants had become dry and brown, but the small tuberous herbs were green and growing; the roots of both were good food. Fragrant nectar came from BURGILBURGIL, Honey-pots, Acrotriche serrulata, a small shrub which hid its flowers close to the ground. BULAIT- Cherry Ballart formed fruit. People constructed good bark WILLAMS (shelters) and kept fires burning for warmth. They wrapped themselves in rugs made from possum skins.
And on that note, The SAVE the DANDENONGS LEAGUE is having Alex Maisey speak at their AGM this Sunday - see the attached flyer. Jan Incoll and Alex recently gave a great presentation at the May Emerald for Sustainability meeting so if you missed this very popular event, you can catch it here. We are so fortunate have a local lyrebird population and to have the dedicated volunteers of the Lyrebird Survey Group monitoring their health. We are also fortunate to have the Save the Dandenongs League, a venerable organisation with an impressive conservation pedigree.
Please consider emailing the cross bench senators below and tell them this is definitely not a good idea. You can also email the shadow Environment Minister Mark.Butler.MP@aph.gov.au and the Opposition Leader Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au
NEVER FORGET THAT woodchipping was introduced saying it would only use 'waste timber' but it wasn't long before whole forests were being felled for woodchips. The same is likely to happen here with forest waste because policing of what is being felled in the forests is so inadequate that it cannot be prevented. Our forests are an important carbon store. If burnt their carbon will be released making climate change worse. We also need our forests as habitat, to filter rainwater and prevent erosion and dryland salinity.
The only timber that should be burnt for electricity generation is plantation timber like coppiced Mallee eucalypts planted on marginal farmland that regrow when cut for eucalyptus oil and power generation, but even though this is a ’sustainable’ use of timber, there are better alternatives for generating electricity.
John Madigan (03) 5331 2321 firstname.lastname@example.org
There is lots more happening so check out the SDLG facebook page for more info. Do yourself a favour and have a bit of a walk in your nearest bit of bushland to see a remarkable array of fungi - such diversity in shape, size and colour and so important to eco-system health, especially soil health in this, the International Year of Soils. The Field Naturalist Club of Victoria
www.fncv.org.au/ has a fungi group well worth investigating for those keen on outdoor photography.