Next working bee - Saturday 14 October.  

Meet at the Wonthaggi Lifesaving Club at 9am.  All welcome.

Weather Forecast

Poorneet Tadpole Season [Sep-Oct]

Temperatures are rising but the rain continues. Pied Currawongs call loudly and often.

Flax-lilies are flowering.

The flowering of plants such as Myrnong, (Yam Daisy), indicates the tubers are ready for eating.

Bulen-bulen (Superb Lyrebird) males have finished displaying.

Days and nights are of equal length.

Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria

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Look out for Myrtle Rust

Myrtle-rust-100The fungus Uredo rangelii (myrtle rust), recently found in Victoria for the first time poses a threat to Victoria's nursery, forestry and beekeeping industries, as well as to public parks and gardens and native forests. It can potentially attack all species of the Myrtaceae plant family.

As at 2-Feb-2012, DPI has detected myrtle rust at 23 sites in Victoria, mainly at production nurseries and wholesale outlets in and around metropolitan Melbourne (see map)...

 

Myrtyle-rust-IPs-2Feb-smallMyrtle rust was first detected in Australia on the central coast of New South Wales (NSW) in April 2010. In December 2010, the Myrtle Rust National Management Group agreed that it was not technically feasible to eradicate this disease.

The majority of these detections resulted from DPI tracing the movement of myrtle rust host material from infected premises.

Five of the detections are on private properties. The infected plants have either been removed or treated as required and monitoring of the properties will continue.

DPI is also taking regulatory action to ensure affected nurseries correctly deal with the infected material. This involves safe disposal, or treatment and reinspection, of the infected material and treatment of all Myrtaceae plants in the nursery before release.

MR-on-melaleucaMyrtle rust on Melaleuca paperbarkThis containment strategy will assist in slowing the spread of the disease to the environment.

Tracing has also shown that there are more than 100 properties which are linked to infected premises and need to be inspected.

DPI is also continuing its survey program to determine how far the disease has spread and at what point containment is no longer practical.

Meanwhile, Victoria is maintaining import restrictions on myrtle rust host material from other states where the disease is present.

(Source: DPI website)

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Whale Watch

There are many whales seen in our area but few sightings are formally recorded - so there is no evidence of these. So, if you see a whale, please:

- Take a photo and/or note the fin and tail shape, plus any markings

- Note the time/day/location

Then e-mail this info to our local Whale Watcher by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Our Hoodies

    Hooded PloversWe have two valuable Hooded Plover breeding sites at Undertow Bay and 2nd Surf Beach.  Hoodies are endangered species with breeding success currently very low.  To protect them you must:

      - Read and follow signage

      - Only observe them from a distance of 80-100m

      - Keep your dog on a lead and well away from the birds.

          To find out more about our Hoodies, click here