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Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project (BSCW) - Update 14

Rain came and the wetlands refilled just 2 days after 24 Friends of Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria visited the Black Spur as part of a South Gippsland Discovery Tour. Our landcare group executive hosted the morning activities and Luke described the work he and Mel are undertaking on their neighbouring property.Bunurong elder, Uncle Shane, welcomed everyone to country and shared the reverence, awe and excitement felt by his crew when artefacts from the past are salvaged. Archaeologist ...

June 12, 2019

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project (BSCW) - Update 13

It’s very humbling to contemplate the hundreds of generations of people who have lived and travelled through the Black Spur. Time adds another dimension to this place. The Bunurong, with archaeologists, have generously shared insights into this history with NTV Landcare members on three occasions as they work to retrieve artefacts from the proposed highway footprint. They explained their methods, demonstrated techniques, and showed us some of their finds so that we came away with new unde...

April 14, 2019

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project (BSCW) - Update 12

One of the really rewarding things about revegetation (or protecting remnant vegetation) is the way that the plants keep working for us ever after – growing bigger, sequestering green house gases, safe guarding water quality, enriching and stabilising soils, providing food and shelter for wild life, setting seed and growing suckers and regenerating, competing with weeds, and enhancing the environment with sights, sounds and smells to delight us.These rewards are complemented with weed control....

February 14, 2019

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project (BSCW) - Update 11

" In 40 years I have never seen a euc seedling under a (Sweet Pittosporum) canopy. If it is not controlled we lose the eucalypt forests."  Professor Roslyn Gleadow, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University.Following on from our Citizen Science workshop, Nerrena Tarwin Valley Landcare Group has developed our own website www.nerrenatarwinvalleylc.org.au/, established links with Birds Australia, and undertaken to have community bird monitoring days every 3 months. The concept we are de...

December 11, 2018

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project (BSCW) - Update 10

Recently I was delighted to see a platypus from the middle bridge over the Tarwin River. Did you know that the river provides water for Meeniyan and Dumbalk? During winter, water is also pumped from the Tarwin River to replenish Leongatha’s water supply.So it’s great to welcome the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve as a member of the Landcare group. They’ve been planting along the river and tending their bushland. The pretty blue Love Creeper, Comesperma volubile, is currently flowering there.O...

October 1, 2018

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project (BSCW) - Update 9

We are blessed with at least two important public wildlife corridors in Nerrena/Tarwin Valley – the Tarwin River and the Great Southern Rail Trail (GSRT). The fact that they intersect between Koonwarra and Meeniyan gives this area additional significance.I’ve met with the rail trail committee twice and appreciated the time they’ve invested to learn about our project. We discussed possible revegetation projects on the Peninsula (River Bends) and potential funding and I’ve sent a copy of o...

August 17, 2018

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project (BSCW) - Update 8

Car accidents happen very frequently along this section of the South Gippsland Highway and we are shocked and saddened by the recent fatality.Our June Landcare AGM was well attended. Thanks also to those who sent in proxies. Office bearers are Sue Miles President, Jill Vella Secretary, Coral Hughes Treasurer, and Kate Walsh BSCW coordinator. Jill leaves paid employment with the South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) at the end of June. With others from across the region, Coral and I attended a ...

June 22, 2018

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project - Update 7

The most significant event for me in the past 2 months was that my daughter, Addie, accepted a marriage proposal from Drew on one of the rail trail bridges.However there was plenty of other traffic along the rail trail at Easter and visitors enjoyed seeing a koala close-up on an over-hanging tree. Unfortunately it appears that trees on adjoining farmland may have been significantly impacted by aerial spraying.A small group of Landcarers met at Tanderra Park, Meeniyan for a Rail Trail walk follow...

April 8, 2018

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project - Update 6

I aim to provide 2-monthly brief updates of less than one page so I apologise for a longer version after more than 4 months gap – it was Christmas after all! Since Update 6, our landcare group has held two well-attended friendly events – a Christmas break-up barbecue at Coral and Kevin Hughes and a farm walk and barbecue on Melissa and Luke’s property. The latter is nestled in the bends of the Tarwin immediately adjacent to the Black Spur Creek Wetlands (BSCW) project. We all appreciated t...

February 23, 2018

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project - Update 5

The wetlands have been replenished with plenty of rain over September and a few more old trees were knocked over by high winds. The joyous frogs’ chorus along the vistas was silenced only when they were they were completely flooded over !To see the spectacular vimeo of drone footage “Tarwin River in Flood – September 2017: An aerial view of the river and Black Spur Creek confluence,” go to the Nerrena Landcare Group webpage or facebook page (Thanks Jill!). It is also posted on the Great ...

October 5, 2017

Black Spur Creek Wetlands Project - Update 4

At our recent Annual General Meeting, Nerrena Landcare Group agreed to merge with, and adopt the name of, the Tarwin Valley Landcare Group. Both groups have a proud history of community activity and share similar interests in caring for the land within the Tarwin catchment. Sue Miles was confirmed as the President and Coral Hughes the Secretary Treasurer. On behalf of Vic Roads, the Indigenous Design crew have been undertaking archaeological  surveys in the BSCW area. Both Bunurong and Gun...

August 15, 2017

Black Spur Creek Wetlands - Update for Nerrena Landcare Group & other stakeholders. May 2017

Next time you’re walking along the Rail Trail near the Black Spur Creek Wetlands (BSCW), take a look at the small patch of young forest with a sign on the fence:Friends of the Great Southern Rail TrailHigh Value Conservation Reservation SiteEucalyptus strzeleckii woodlandParks VictoriaIt’s a good example of revegetation and I know at least two members of Nerrena Landcare Group, Zoe and Richard Baillie, participated in the planting. Further work was postponed until there was some certainty ab...

May 31, 2017

Black Spur Creek Wetland Update 2. March-April 2017

It’s exciting to see the Indigenous Designs crew (on behalf of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority) working at poisoning willows in the Black Spur Wetlands Confluence and the Apple Tree Wetlands. Great work ! And thanks to the WGCMA and to the Great Southern Rail Trail Committee for providing access.It is also apparent that the GSRT Committee has had the blackberries sprayed. This complements the work on neighbouring private properties and provides a good base from which we can g...

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