September Landcare Updates

Hello Friends and Landcarers All,


Thanks to everyone to attended, helped  and supported our  AWESOME ORNITHORHYNKIDS DAY or Platypus Festival at Belgrave Lake Park last Saturday.  It was a glorious spring day and we all had a great time.  Andrew Van Vloten, Parks Victoria Ranger who read the story of how the platypus tribe came to be was a huge hit, as was the Bones and Bodhran Bush Band, Cr. Sam Dunn’s environmental quiz,  Melbourne Water’s Dr. Tiana Preston who ran the science table,  YRC’s Gavin Prentice who arranged the plantings, James Frazer from Belgrave Platypus and Animals Of Oz where Jesse showed us some really interesting native animals including HUGE cockroaches!  Dozer the wombat even tried to eat Jesse's shoe!   Special thanks to the volunteers from Grill’d at Knox who helped all day, to the Belgrave Book Barn who donated prizes for the quiz and all of the other committed environmentalists who gave of their time - you know who you are!  Your blood’s worth bottling!


Onto business - Spring has certainly sprung and with vengeance!   There is just so much happening, especially this weekend.  Normally, many SDLG members and Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater  would attend the huge CLIMATE CHANGE rally in Melbourne on Sunday, September 21st but both organisations have other events scheduled.


It is Melbourne's big day on climate - Sun 21st Sep 11am at State Library 

Did you know Tony Abbott has declined to put climate change on the G20
agenda in Brisbane?   In response we are having a mass gathering this Sunday in Melbourne
 to say it's definitely still on our agenda.  Melbourne is one of many cities in the world hoping to have a big turnout

Hope to see you there. (We will be on the 9.22 train from Belgrave in the
last carriage)

Peter Cook

Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association



SDLG is having a Committee Meeting over lunch for our new members and Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are having a big planting and family fun day  - see below.  The event at Yellingbo will be a beauty!





SDLG, the Belgrave Traders Association, Belgrave Library and  Kym Saunders from Yarra Ranges Council’s Urban Fringe Weed Management Initiative are collaborating to make October WEEDBUSTERS MONTH in Belgrave.  This will be an annual event designed to rid our beautiful Dandenongs of weeds on public and private property so our glorious forests and remnant  bits of bushland can support the wildlife we all know and love.   There will be something for everyone including information sessions on environmental programs at the library,  street stalls on weed management, kids’ activities and a weed skip for residents on Sunday, October 19th at  Hayes Carpark in Belgrave.  So mark the skip date if you want to dump your environmental weeds such as wandering trad, agapanthus, ivy, pittosporum and sycamore maple saplings for FREE!  NB.  If you are sawing down weedy saplings, make sure you cut them off as close to the ground as possible and dab them with Glyphosate, the herbicide found in Zero and Round-up.  You can collect your FREE dabber bottle from any  Council Office or Community Link and purchase generic glyphosate from your local hardware - you don’t have to pay extra for the branded stuff.  Pour it neat into your dabber bottle and paint the surface of the weed stem you have just cut.  This is a very targeted use of a herbicide which is absorbed straight into the root system of the plant, killing it STONE DEAD! 




Fly, beetle, bug, thrip or lacewing! What is it? 


Learn to tell the difference between the various mini-beasties in your backyard.

Simple key available

Run by invertebrate expert, Annette Anderson


Saturday October 18th

10am - 3pm

Emerald Lake Park Environment Centre 


This is a pilot project. Only $10 to cover lunch, tea  and coffee. 

And only 10 places so book early. 


RSVP by October 10th


LOCAL BUTTERFLY PROJECT - a message from FoGVB President, David Moncrieff


Friends of Glenfern Valley Bushlands have a new butterfly project in the Glenfern Valley Reserve to identify the butterfly species found here. They will document all the butterflies to add to visitors' enjoyment of the reserve.

 This gentle activity will be led by Jennifer Scott who needs a small group of volunteers to collect the butterflies.  It is not clearhow many field trips will be required – but they need to be done over spring/summer when butterflies are about.   There are a limited number of butterfly nets and identification charts  to support the activity. No special skills are needed and most people will have not done it before – so it is a great chance to join in.

 Meet for the first butterfly field trip on Friday morning, 26th  September at 10 am up at the main gate on Glenfern Rd.   We will finish by mid-day. Best to be equipped with sturdy shoes and long slacks/ trousers and  a hat.  Bring a thermos for a drink and a chat.  

  If you want to be kept in the loop on this project – email back your interest and we will put you on the project email distribution list 



The Yarra Ranges Council’s draft Environment Strategy, is now available for public comment. This draft strategy has been developed through a consultative process that started in November last year.  Council has worked with the community, Yarra Ranges Environment Advisory Committee and our elected Councillors to shape the strategy.

The Draft Environment Strategy looks at the choices and influence we have as Council and as a community in relation to our natural environment.  The structure of the strategy is supported by six goals:

  •          Our iconic places and their natural character are actively protected
  •          Our water resources are improved and preserved
  •          Our native plants and animals are protected and their habitat is enhanced
  •          Our local economies are strengthened by environmentally sustainable activities
  •          Our communities are resilient in the face of a changing climate and extreme events
  •          All who live and work in the Yarra Ranges see themselves as stewards of our environment.

Council’s draft Environment Strategy is available for comment until 7 November. We are very keen to hear from as many members of our community as possible. Please let us know what you think and encourage those in your networks to have their say. It can be as simple as doing the quick poll online. For those with more time we have a discussion thread online, people can chat to us directly at one of the public consultation events we are hosting or people can provide a submission. The draft document and all the details are available now from our website at

If you would like a hard copy please give us a call on 9294 6215 or email us at


Cheerio Possums,


Vicki Boyle