Winter Rural News now online

The latest edition of Rural News is now available to download from our Blog.

In this edition learn about running an effective integrated rabbit control program, financial support for rural landowners, ripping to break up compacted soil prior to revegetation, the dangers of grazing too heavily following autumn rains, and how you can be involved in shaping Whittlesea’s water future.

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All rural landowners in Whittlesea will receive a copy in the mail. Contact Mark Williams (mark.williams@whittlesea.vic.gov.au, or call 9217-2471) to receive a hard copy.

Demonstration Day: Blackberry Control Techniques

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 Whittlesea & Surrounds Blackberry Action Group (W&SBAG)

Present

‘Demonstrating Effective Blackberry Control Techniques’

 Date: Saturday 6th October- 9.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Eden Park

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Demonstration activities:

Drone spraying demonstration– Advanced UAV

Mulcher demonstration– Indigenous Design Environmental Services

Demonstrating the use of a spray rig– Chris Coburn –W&SBAG project officer

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Information on current weed programs

RSVP by the 3rd October. Essential for location and catering purposes.

Contact Barton Roberts 0409 332 258 / vbt@vicblackberrytaskforce.com.au

Bugged Out Festival October 14

On Sunday 14 October, head down with friends and family to City of Whittlesea’s FREE Bugged Out Festival (11am-3pm). You’ll get the chance to see some local bugs and reptiles up close, have a go at making traditional damper (and eat it with honey!), go on a nature scavenger hunt, hear different frog calls and even have the chance to win a FREE family pass to Museums Victoria. There will also be a $1 sausage sizzle hosted by Epping North Scout Group.

Council is moving towards waste free events and will be encouraging event goers to bring their own coffee cup and water bottle to use on the day. A water bottle refill station will be set up and you can grab a barista made coffee for $3! So don’t forget your reusables!!!

Hope to see you there.

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You’re Invited: Whittlesea Agribusiness Dinner

Dear friends,

The City of Whittlesea Agribusiness program is very pleased to invite you to the fourth annual Agribusiness Dinner, to be held Saturday 25th August at the Growling Frog Golf Course.

It’s again time to gather the City of Whittlesea farming community and its supporters together, celebrate a successful year and a fruitful Spring ahead. Come along and enjoy an evening of local food and wine, conversation and ideas.

This year, we are pleased to announce that Dr Charles Massey, author of the book “Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture, A New Earth” will be keynote speaker. Charles has managed Severn Park, a 1820 ha sheep and cattle property on the Monaro for 40 years. He is a leader in regenerative agriculture systems, a Research Associate of ANU and has been awarded an OAM for services to the Wool Industry and Community. He will introduce to you his vision for the future of agriculture.

The dinner will again be fully catered with locally grown produce, with a three course menu full of heart-warmingly traditional fare on offer this year.

Please join us for a fabulous evening of friends, local food and inspiration!

See the event flyer for details or go to Eventbrite to book. Tickets are strictly limited and sell quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Feel free to share amongst your networks.

For any queries or further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email annemaree.docking@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or phone 9214-2593.

Kind regards,

Annemaree Docking (Agribusiness Officer)

 

Whittlesea Landcare Meets the Minister

We had an exciting start to the day last Thursday when the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio and the Deputy Mayor, Emilia Sterjova braved the icy wind to come out and meet some members of the newly formed Whittlesea Landcare Group.

The Minister used this meet and greet to announce the latest round of Landcare grant recipients, which includes Whittlesea Landcare who were successful in their application for a $500 start-up grant. Click HERE for the state government press release which details the latest Landcare funding and makes a special mention of the new Whittlesea Landcare Group. If you’re interested in joining the group or would like more information, contact Council’s Landcare facilitator Jane Juliff jane.juliff@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

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Whittlease Landcare group members with Minister D’Ambrosio, Deputy Mayor Emilia Sterjova, and Kerry from Whittlesea Community House