Newsletters – Friends of Mount Majura
Sep 072017
 

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the September edition of the FoMM newsletter. Did you know that a FoMM Committee meets occasionally to discuss and plan the group’s activities, and what we want to focus on in the year/s ahead? Do you have some ideas and suggestions? Are you interested in contributing more to the Friends of Mt Majura? If so, you are invited to the next FoMM committee meeting to be held this Monday 11 September at 9 Selwyn St Hackett. We would love to see you there. If you can’t make it, don’t worry, just reply to this email and we will put you on the contact list for future meetings, and/or you can put your thoughts in the email. Your contribution would be greatly appreciated!
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch, FoMM Secretary

Working Party @ The Fair and Aboriginal Aspects of Land – Sunday 17 September 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Come along to a special working party at the National Tree Day planting area east of The Fair. Hear about the importance of Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie to the local Aboriginal people from Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell who will be joining our working party at 2.30pm to demonstrate working with the environment in a culturally aware way, and will talk about the significance of the area to Aboriginals for thousands of years.
Where: Meet at the nature park entrance, intersection Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, The Fair, North Watson.
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, long sleeves and pants and garden gloves if you have them. Tools and afternoon tea will be provided.
Enquiries: Email
Click here for more information

Aboriginal axehead found on Mt Majura. (Photo: Waltraud Pix). Further info here

Wildflower Walk – Sunday 15 October 2017, 2pm to 4pm
Explore the wildflowers that are blooming this season on a stroll with local ecologist Michael Doherty. Enjoy the beauty of the Mt Majura reserve, its grasses, trees, and views whilst you go and learn about the different species found in the grassy woodlands and open forest of Mt Majura. An updated plant species list of Mount Majura / Mount Ainslie will be available for a gold coin donation.
Where: Meet at the Antill Street Nature Park entrance opposite Carotel, south of The Fair in North Watson.
Bring: Sun protection, a camera and magnifying glass if you have them. Wear suitable clothing for the expected weather, and comfortable and appropriate footwear.
Enquiries: Email
Click here for more information

Scrambled Eggs, Goodenia pinnatifida. (Photo: Waltraud Pix). View Mount Majura’s Floriade – Visit FoMM Flickr galleries with pictures of flowering orchids, forbs, shrubs

Bird Walk – Sunday 22 October, 8am to 10am
Walk through the woodlands with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, and learn about the amazing variety of Mt Majura’s birds in Spring. With over two hundred recorded species, Canberra and the surrounding region has the richest bird life of any Australian capital city. Roughly half of these – 112 species – have been recorded on Mt Majura!
Where: Meet at the nature reserve entrance Tay St / Ian Nicol St, in The Fair, Watson
Bring: Sun protection and wear appropriate clothing for the weather and a Gold Coin donation for a Mt Majura bird species list.
Recommended: Binoculars, a bird guide or app* if you have them. *See for instance Michael Morcombe & David Stewart apps for Android and Apple. If you have an interest in our feathered friends (and some foes) check out the website of the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) which has heaps of information on the distribution, seasonal occurrence and breeding of birds, brilliant photographs taken by COG members and even records of bird calls of several species.
Enquiries: Email
Click here for more information

Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus. (Photo: Harvey Perkins)

Other news and events:

Woodlands & Wetlands Trust Community Open Day for Threatened Species – Saturday 9 September 2017, 12pm to 4pm
Open afternoon to celebrate Threatened Species Day, at Forde Community Centre (entry off Zacharov St, Forde, Gungahlin, behind Frankies café). Drop in to learn about threatened wildlife and the Trust’s work at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. Nature displays, information, meet a Bettong, artist-in-residence. Twilight tour for families and bird walk in Sanctuary. Bookings for tour/walk required here.

Environment, planning and sustainable development issues in the ACT – Tuesday 26 September, 12pm to 2pm
Do you have any questions on the ACT Government’s work on environment, planning and sustainable development issues? This is your chance to ask Director-General of the Environment Planning and Sustainability Directorate, Ben Ponton in person. This Environment Exchange held by the Conservation Council ACT Region will be held at the Renewables Innovation Hub 19-23 Moore Street Turner ACT. Click here for more information and to register.

Biodiversity Offsets: are they working in the ACT? Tuesday 31 October 2017, 12pm – 2pm
How do we measure outcomes? Are they adequately reported? Who is accountable? Case studies and discussion. This Environment Exchange held by the Conservation Council ACT Region will be held at the Renewables Innovation Hub 19-23 Moore Street Turner ACT. Click here for more information and to register.

Aug 172017
 

Working Party @ The Fair – Sunday 20 August 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Join the Friends of Mount Majura working party at the planting area behind The Fair and give the seedlings planted on National Tree Day a head start for spring. Help direct seeding native grass, spreading wood chip mulch and placing debris of cut Cootamundra wattle around the plantings to protect them from grazing. Come for an hour or more. Tools and afternoon tea will be provided.
Where: meet nature park entrance intersection Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, The Fair, North Watson
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, long sleeve and pants and garden gloves if you have them.
Enquiries: Email or 6247 7515
Click here for more information


Caring for young plantings. (Photo: Steve Bittinger) 

10th National Tree Day on Mt Majura a great success!

Over 90 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages turned up at the nature reserve east of The Fair to plant 200 local native trees, shrubs and wildflowers on Sunday 30 July 2017. A big thank you to all our volunteers and helpers for a very successful and enjoyable planting event! More than any words, these great photographs and the time-lapse video taken by Steve Bittinger convincingly show that people had a great afternoon helping out. Click here to view the species planted. There were two distinct planting sites: Lilies and Everlastings planted at a Majura Mountain Scouts dedicated grassy woodland site and a mix of local wattles species and native box thorn planted along a gully where volunteers had carried out erosion control work over the past two years. In addition 20 eucalypts were planted in a widely scattered pattern at these two sites. Thank you to the Molonglo Catchment Group for the grant to buy the seedlings and some tools, and a big thank you to Shane Rattenbury, MLA for a great demonstration “how to plant” which was enjoyed by everyone. Read more here.


Silver wattles and other wattles were planted along the eroding gully. (Photo: Steve Bittinger)


Scouts planted Everlasting daisies and Bulbine lilies in a separate area. (Photo: Steve Bittinger)

Sugar Glider leap at half speed
FoMM walks organiser, Jenni Marsh, recently videoed a sugar glider preparing to and leaping between two tree trunks. It happens lightning fast so she has halved the speed. You can see it preparing to jump on the trunk on the left.

Other news and events:

Biodiversity Offsets: are they working in the ACT? 31 October 2017, 12pm – 2pm
How do we measure outcomes? Are they adequately reported? Who is accountable? Case studies and discussion. This Environment Exchange held by the Conservation Council ACT Region will be held at the Renewables Innovation Hub 19-23 Moore Street Turner ACT. Contact Ph: 02 6229 3208 or Email

Wild whirlybirds!
Something to make you smile, from FoMM’s Convenor, Jochen Zeil – Corellas in Caversham, WA turned a rooftop into a playground when they found this whirlybird!

Jul 152017
 

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the July edition of the FoMM newsletter. Thanks again to everyone who voted for the location of the 25th ParkCare Anniversary bench on Mt Majura. See the photo below of the newly installed bench on Majura ridge (the old sheep camp) with Chris Lampert (left) and Phil Selmes, the rangers who installed the bench for us. Thanks guys! Check it out next time you are on the mountain.
Jo Lynch, FoMM Secretary

Working Party @ The Fair – Sunday 16 July 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Give our native plants a head start! Come and help us prepare for National Tree Day 2017. The plan is to mix water crystals with the soil at the bottom of the planting holes (they have been dug already) and back fill some soil to provide a good growth environment for the seedlings (root / soil contact is crucial). Give as little or as much time as you can. No previous experience required, just an interest in making a difference!
Where: Meet at The Fair, nature park access Tay St, North Watson.
Bring: Sun protection, long sleeves and pants; garden gloves if you have them. Tools and hot drinks will be provided.
Enquiries: Email or 6247 7515
Click here for more information and read about assisted regeneration of native diversity and planting at The Fair.


Blue Devil, (Eryngium ovinum) planted @ The Fair. This species is intolerant of heavy grazing when the young leaves appear in spring. (Photo: Waltraud Pix) 

National Tree Day 2017 – Planting on Mount Majura – 30 July 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Join FoMM to celebrate National Tree Day 2017 and help with the planting of local trees, shrubs and flowering ground-cover plants! This will be our 5th National Tree Day community planting in the nature park behind (east of) The Fair and the 10th consecutive mass planting of trees, shrubs and wildflowers in the Mt Majura nature reserve on a National Tree Day. The planting holes will be dug prior to the event and water delivered so all we need are volunteers to help with planting, watering and mulching the seedlings. Volunteer registration opens at 12.45pm. Please come early for a demonstration on “How to plant”. What we will plant: List of species with photos.
Where: Mount Majura nature reserve behind (east of) The Fair in North Watson. Access park entrance at the intersection Tay St and Ian Nicol St close to the volunteer registration point or via nature park entrance Antill St roughly opposite Carotel for a 5-10 minutes walk to the planting site.
Car parking: along Antill Street opposite the nature park entrance; limited car parking space at The Fair and along Aspinall Street / Solstice.
What to wear: Garden gloves, appropriate clothing and foot wear, wrap up warmly.
What to bring: Bucket, trowel or small mattock if you have one. Important: please label your items with your phone number so that we can reunite any left-behinds with the owner.
Enquiries: email or Ph. 6247 7515. Contact number during event: 0435 357 172
Download: How to plant: 10 steps to help your seedling survive
A big thank you to the Molonglo Catchment Group and EnviroAg for providing funds from the 2017 Small Grants Program for FoMM to purchase tube stock (from Greening Australia) and equipment for this planting event! Also, on Friday 14 July a group of 16 university students, school students and staff will come to the Fair to undertake 2 hours of erosion control works at the gully and spread more mulch before planting, which will further help the revegetation of the site!

The joy of planting together. (Photo: Steve Bittinger from National Tree Day 2016)

ParkCare Clothing survey
Alison McLeod, the Community Programs Coordinator, has put together this very quick (only two questions) survey to get an idea of which hats and jumpers you would like her to include in the next clothing order for ParkCare volunteers. Everyone has one vote for a hat and one vote for a green jumper. Download this PDF document to see what the different options look like, then click here to select your preferences!

Other news and events:

Fringe Forum: Grassland Habitat Research – Thursday 13 July 2017, 5-6pm
Come and listen to Brett Howland- research and monitoring officer as he shares the latest information on kangaroos, biodiversity and grassland habitats. Ground Floor Function Room- Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street Dickson. RSVP: Alison McLeod (Community Programs Coordinator).

2017 ParkCare/ Landcare Forum survey
Parks and Conservation Service will be delivering another ParkCare/Landcare Forum later in 2017 and they’d love your input. To collate your ideas and deliver a forum which is designed for the volunteer community, complete this survey and tell them what you want! The results (along with feedback from the last forum) will be taken to the committee which will be tasked with delivering the 2017 Forum. There is also an opportunity in the survey to register your interest in joining the committee.

Native Bee and Pollinator Workshop – Friday 28 July, 9am – 3pm
Are you interested in learning about native bees and pollinators? Learn about their importance, how to support native bee populations and build bee hotels. To be held at Riverside Oval Clubhouse, 14-20 Carinya St, Queanbeyan. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

19th NSW Weeds Conference 2017 – Armidale, 16 – 19 October 2017
Registrations are now open! More than $1,200 worth of prizes to win when you register. With the introduction of the new  Biosecurity Act 2015 and proposed Regulation in 2016 that  provides a framework for the prevention, elimination and minimisation of biosecurity risks posed by pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants to the economy, environment and communities of NSW, coupled with the Invasive Species Plan 2015- 2022 objectives, there has never been a more important time for weed professionals to be able to meet the challenges of the practical implementation of these changes within the industry. Our theme of ‘Experience the highs – working smarter together’ looks to build on the successes of the past whilst looking to the future as we transition into this new era in weed management and control, an approach that must be based on regional cooperation as well as providing a common focus for the actions of the numerous land managers across all tenures. With this in mind Session themes will broadly revolve around Biosecurity in Action; Technology & Innovation; Community, Extension & Social Marketing; Collaboration & Case Studies with a special feature being the Open Debate. Read more and register here.

2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference – Albury, 25 – 27 October 2017
The 2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre. The Conference is being hosted by Landcare NSW and Murray Local Land Services, and is being coordinated in partnership with local Landcare and community groups. The theme for the Conference is ‘Sharing our Stories’. Conference topics will focus on agriculture, biodiversity, water and Aboriginal Landcare. Renowned science communicator, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. This conference is the premier event to showcase sustainability, Landcare and volunteering across NSW and includes the annual Landcare Muster and the NSW State Landcare Awards. Don’t miss this chance to gather with around 300 people from Landcare and community groups, farmers, Aboriginal groups, industry and government representatives from across NSW and Australia. Click here for more information and to register.

Jun 132017
 

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the June edition of the FoMM newsletter. Hope you have all been enjoying the clear and crisp winter weather lately to get out and about on Mt Majura. We had a fantastic work party last month removing around four cubic meters of Japanese honeysuckle and some English Ivy from the bottom part of the drain line off the lower Hackett reservoir. Participants even spotted a fox and a frog! Read more below. Many woodland birds have also recently been seen at The Fair including Golden whistlers, Scarlet robins, Speckled warblers and more. We highly recommend a ramble here but don’t forget to take your binoculars! And if you get a good bird photo, please register it on Canberra Nature Map.
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch, FoMM Secretary

Working Party at The Fair – Sunday 18 June 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Give a hand and help transform Mount Majura’s weedy woodland east of The Fair into native wildlife habitat, enjoy the little woodland birds foraging amongst the planted trees and shrubs and learn about the work of volunteers to reclaim grassy woodland in the area. Help with spreading wood chip mulch (this reduces erosion and works as a soil conditioner that helps native plants to establish), direct seeding Kangaroo grass and installing protective wire mesh guards around existing plants. Much of the native ground layer has been lost and replaced by herbaceous weeds as a result of overgrazing and other degrading activities. The reintroduction of native grasses and local wildflowers complements weed control, increases plant diversity, reduces erosion and provides habitat for local invertebrates, lizards and birds. Give as much of your time as you want; please come early for an introduction if you can.
Where: Meet at the Nature park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Streets, The Fair, North Watson.
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes and appropriate clothes; tools and afternoon tea will be provided.
Enquiries: Email

Click here for more information.


Speckled Warbler, Chthonicola sagittata spotted recently in the nature reserve. (Photo: Dusty, Canberra Nature Map)

Tree Walk – Sunday 25 June 2017, 2pm – 4pm
Join ecologist Michael Doherty for an information-packed walk on the slopes of Mount Majura and Mount Ainslie. Learn how to identify local woodland trees, see where they occur and hear how they survive fire and drought. Tree guides will be available at the walk. Gold coin donations are welcome to support FoMM’s conservation work. No booking required. Read about The Eucalypts and Wattles (Michael Doherty, August 2012). View some features of eucalypts and other trees in this Picture Gallery.
Where: Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie nature reserves; meet at the Kellaway Street entrance near the end of Phillip Avenue.
Bring: Sun protection and wear sturdy foot wear and appropriate clothes for the weather.
Enquiries: Email

Michael Doherty will be leading an information-packed tree walk.National Tree Day 2017 Planting on Mount Majura – 30 July 2017, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Join FoMM to celebrate National Tree Day 2017 and help with the planting of local trees, shrubs and flowering ground-cover plants! This will be our 5th National Tree Day community planting in the nature park at “The Fair” and the 10th consecutive mass planting in the Mt Majura nature reserve on a National Tree Day. The planting holes will be dug prior to the event and water delivered so all we need are volunteers to help with planting, watering and mulching the seedlings. Volunteer registration opens at 12.45pm. Please come early for a demonstration on “How to plant”. What we will plant: List of species with photos. The Majura Mountain scouts and parents will again be on board to extend their planting from last year on National Tree Day. We still need a few more volunteers to help out on the day as ‘planting buddies’, to welcome and direct volunteers, ensure sign on sheets are completed, or help out on the Sunday morning or Saturday beforehand.
Where: Mount Majura nature reserve behind (east of) The Fair in North Watson. Access park entrance at the intersection Tay St and Ian Nicol St close to the volunteer registration point or via nature park entrance Antill St roughly opposite Carotel for a 5-10 minutes walk to the planting site.
Car parking: along Antill Street opposite the nature park entrance; limited car parking space at The Fair and along Aspinall Street / Solstice.
What to wear: Garden gloves, appropriate clothing and foot wear, wrap up warmly.
What to bring: Bucket, trowel or small mattock if you have one. Important: please label your items with your phone number so that we can reunite any left-behinds with the owner.
Enquiries: email, Ph. 6247 7515  Contact number during event: 0435 357 172
A big thank you to the Molonglo Catchment Group and EnviroAg for providing funds from the 2017 Small Grants Program for FoMM to purchase tube stock (from Greening Australia) and equipment for this planting event!

The joy of planting together. (Photo: Steve Bittinger from National Tree Day 2016)

Honeysuckle goes at the May work party!
On a perfect Canberra late autumn day, 10 volunteers helped remove four cubic meters of Japanese Honeysuckle from the lower part of the drainage gully close to the lower Hackett reservoir. A big Thank You to Grace, Lani, Sam, Felicity, Chris, Tanja, Margy, Max and Jochen for this wonderful and very satisfying massacre. It was particularly encouraging to have so many engaged young people and Margy’s delicious cake was a truly earned treat for everyone. Participants were startled by a fox hiding in the thickets! All weeds were pulled rather than cut and sprayed with herbicide. The drain line is known habitat for long necked turtles and frogs, and participants of the work party were delighted to spot a little frog of which Max took this photo! All Hackett residents can help by refraining from dumping garden waste in the reserve.
 
Grace, Lani and Sam having fun removing Honeysuckle at the May FoMM Working Party. (Photo: Waltraud Pix).


Can you spot the little frog? (Photo: Max Pouwer)

New Mount Majura ParkCare bench
In the April edition of the FoMM newsletter, we announced a survey for voting for your preferred location of a new commemorative park bench on Mt Majura as part of the 30th ParkCare anniversary celebration. The results are in – the favoured location from the five suggested locations for the new Mount Majura ParkCare bench, at 41.7%, is the old sheep camp at the bottom of the summit trail, on the saddle along the Casuarina Trail. Thanks to everyone who voted and to Aaron for conducting the survey. The new bench will be installed very soon!

Other news and events:
Fringe Forums
20th June 2017- Social Media for Volunteers

Did you know that 69% of Australians are on social media, and that the average user spends 12.5 hours a week on Facebook? Volunteer groups are starting to get in on the action and it’s a useful way of recruiting new members, promoting your events, retaining younger volunteers and to help the broader community understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Come along and learn how it all works, how to post text, photos and events, how to tag and interact with other pages and how to work collaboratively with other volunteer groups by using tagging, hashtags and sharing.
13th July 2017- Grassland Habitat Research
Come and listen to Brett Howland- research and monitoring officer as he shares the latest information on kangaroos, biodiversity and grassland habitats.
Fringe forums run from 5:00pm- 6:00pm (on the specified date)
Ground Floor Function Room- Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street Dickson
RSVP to either of these forums by sending an email to Alison McLeod (Community Programs Coordinator) with your name and any questions you’d like answered.

The Colour of Eucalyptus – An exhibition of eucalyptus colour specimens and artworks by Sally Blake – ANBG Canberra, 26 May – 25 June
Sally Blake’s solo exhibition at the Australian National Botanical Gardens Gallery, The Colour of Eucalyptus will feature textile, basket and paper-based works that have arisen from her eucalyptus dye research undertaken at the Gardens. Trained in the textiles workshop at the ANU, Blake uses her sensitivity with materials to create artworks that explore these dyes on a range of natural fibres and threads. During the project she recorded the colours from the leaves of 230 and the bark from 100 eucalypt species. The leaves which create these wonderful dyes are also highlighted in pressed leaf arrangements on paper. Small baskets, Hidden Mysteries have been made using a range of threads, each woven from the colours of one eucalypt species. Blake is also exhibiting her Eucalyptus Mantle works. She came to think of eucalypts as a mantle cloaking the country, their roots holding the soils and their leaves and branches providing habitat and shade. The Mantle works are made from the thousands of colours created on linen, wool and silk dyed during the project. The pattern references weave structures that might be used for a cloth mantle. Sally Blake will run 3 eucalyptus dye workshops in conjunction with the exhibition at the ANBG on the 7, 11 and 18 June.

Bushfire Management: Balancing the Risk – Friday 21 & Saturday 22 July
Community symposium discussing research, strategies and expectations for fire management in the ACT in a changing environment, with the National Parks Association ACT, Conservation Council ACT Region, Parks and Conservation Service and Emergency Services Agency. You can obtain more information here or just go straight to bookings which are available now.

Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Field Trip and Award – Broken Hill, 22-24 August 2017
Many interested people from all over Australia are converging on Broken Hill in early Spring to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the world’s earliest restoration projects: the Broken Hill Regeneration Reserves. This will mark the inauguration of the Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Award hosted by the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Greening Australia and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. Read more here, watch this video about the upcoming event and read the special Broken Hill issue of AABR News.

May 082017
 

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the May edition of the FoMM newsletter. The latest big news is that another new orchid species has been recorded for Mt Majura! A population of Little Dumpies (Diplodium truncatum) was recently found, the first record of this orchid for Mt Majura! See the photos here. Mt Majura sure is a special place for plants, making our restoration work even more important. So we appreciate any help you can provide to protect this wonderful reserve, whether this is volunteering at our working parties, keeping dogs on leashes, riding mountain bikes on formal trails only, contacting us if you see an unusual plant or animal, reporting any illegal activity like firewood collection, or spreading the word to other locals. It all helps!
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch, FoMM Secretary

One of the Little Dumpy (Diplodium truncatum) orchids found on Mt Majura. (Photo: Petersan on Canberra Nature Map)

Working Party – Sunday 21 May 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Join FoMM’s weeds working party and help remove Japanese Honeysuckle and other woody weeds growing in and around the drainage line close to the Hackett reservoir. Come early for an introduction and give as much time as you want. You need no experience to attend this event; instructions and tools will be provided on site.
Where: Meet at ParkCare notice board opposite of the water reservoir off Rivett Street and French Street intersection, Hackett.
Bring and wear: Sun protection, body covering garden clothing and sturdy shoes; if you have them bring your gum boots.
Enquiries: ph 6247 7515 or Email

Click here for more information.


The drainage line in November 2013 after many volunteer hours over the years. The continuous supply of seeds from nearby gardens requires annual removal of woody weeds and vines from this area. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Walk through the woodlands with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, identify and learn about the amazing variety of birds on Mount Majura. We are particularly interested in the Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang. If you spot a Scarlet Robin please take a picture and register on Canberra Nature Map or let us know. The Scarlet Robin is declared a vulnerable species in the ACT and NSW – read this Canberra Times article.
Meet at nature reserve entrance Mackenzie Street, roughly opposite Grayson Street, Hackett.
Please bring: Binoculars, a camera if you have one, walking boots and a Gold Coin donation for a bird list.
Enquiries: 6248 8955 or Email
Click here for more information.

A male Scarlet Robin, Petroica boodang. The species is at risk of extinction and declared vulnerable in the ACT and NSW. (Photo: Canberra Nature Map, taken on Mt Majura)

Watch this great video where local Steve Bittinger takes us for a walk on Mount Majura and shows us some of Mount Majura’s wide variety of habitats and historical points of interest!

Other news and events:

Conservation Council ACT World Environment Day Dinner – Saturday 3 June
Join the Conservation Council annual dinner at the National Arboretum where Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering will cook up a treat using local, seasonal produce. A three course meal plus champagne and canapes to start and your ticket includes wine. The MC is Lish Fejer who is entertaining, energetic and environmental all in one. Book your ticket now.

Open Art Competition – ‘People Caring for the ACT Region’s Lands and Waters’
ACT Region Catchment Groups Art Exhibition and Prizes. Entries close 9 June 2017. Exhibition 22-30 June 2017, Fitters Workshop, Kingston Art Precinct. Exhibition open 10am to 5pm daily. The three catchment groups in the ACT see this as an opportunity to show other people how Parkcarers, Rangers and Waterwatchers care for the ACT Lands and Waters. Click here for more information.

Bushfire Management: Balancing the Risk – Friday 21 & Saturday 22 July
Community symposium discussing research, strategies and expectations for fire management in the ACT in a changing environment, with the National Parks Association ACT, Conservation Council ACT Region, Parks and Conservation Service and Emergency Services Agency. You can obtain more information here or just go straight to bookings which are available now.

Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Field Trip and Award – Broken Hill, 22-24 August 2017
Many interested people from all over Australia are converging on Broken Hill in early Spring to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the world’s earliest restoration projects: the Broken Hill Regeneration Reserves. This will mark the inauguration of the Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Award hosted by the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Greening Australia and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. Read more here, watch this video about the upcoming event and read the special Broken Hill issue of AABR News.

Volunteer opportunity available at the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) Inc. office
Do you have an interest in plant conservation? Are you looking for volunteer work while studying, searching for a job or during retirement? A volunteer position at the ANPC’s National Office is now available one day a week on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. The office is based in the Crosbie Morrison Building at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Volunteers receive a free annual parking permit for the Gardens and free ANPC membership. Specific Duties: office administration; marketing and promotion; website updating and maintenance; membership – assisting new and existing members, updating database etc; editing and production of Australasian Plant Conservation; and helping to organise conferences and workshops. What the position offers: an opportunity to increase skills, confidence and employment prospects; valuable experience working for a national non-profit organisation; experience in using various computer software packages; administration and organisation skills; scientific writing and publishing skills; and exposure to Australian plant conservation issues and projects. Click here for more information and to download the position description.

Apr 192017
 

Many thanks to everyone who helped recently to remove the St John’s Wort seed heads at the Fair. Many were in a lovely native regeneration area where there were lots of native flowers and Yellow box seedlings, which now won’t have to compete as much with this aggressive weed. However, the recent rain has triggered new growth of Paterson’s curse and Thistles around the plantings at The Fair, so please let us know if you can help out on Fridays, even just for an hour. It all makes a difference.
See you on the mountain.
Jo Lynch
FoMM Secretary

Follow-up working party to remove Japanese Honeysuckle – Sunday, 30 April, 9am – 12noon
FoMM will be hosting this working party to remove Japanese Honeysuckle from a gully in the nature reserve behind Mackenzie Street, Hackett. This follows up work to remove the bulk of Honeysuckle from the gully in Spring 2015. Follow-up work is crucial to remove all stems that potentially develop into new plants. Make a difference: give an hour or more of your time and help remove this invasive plant.
Where: Meet at the nature park access close to Mackenzie Street intersection with Russell Street and Hull Place (south of 85 Mackenzie St)
Bring and wear: Sun protection, body covering garden clothing and sturdy shoes.
Inquiries: this email
Contact during event: 0435 357 172
Click here for more information and to learn more about Japanese Honeysuckle.


Honeysuckle invades bush and smothers native plants (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

New commemorative park bench on Mt Majura – vote for your preferred location!
As part of the 30th ParkCare anniversary celebration, each nature reserve will receive a commemorative park seat bench. ParkCare groups can nominate the preferred location in the reserves. We are asking for your valued opinion to select your favourite location(s) for the new Mount Majura ParkCare bench from the five suggested locations given in this survey.

Parson’s Band orchids spotted flowering this autumn!
FoMM volunteer Jenni discovered some special looking leaves years ago and it turned out that they were the leaves of the Parson’s Bands orchid (Eriochilus cucullatus) and the first discovery of this rather rare orchid on Mt Majura. Canberra Nature Mapper Aaron has revisited the site several times and in late March found them flowering on Mt Majura! See his photo here on Canberra Nature Map.

Parson’s Bands orchid on Mt Majura. (Photo: Aaron Clausen)

Jacky Dragon spotted at The Fair for the first time!
FoMM volunteer Joseph photographed a Jacky Dragon at a Fridays @ The Fair work session a few weeks ago. See his photos here on Canberra Nature Map. He spotted this cute Dragon among the logs and woody debris which we have placed along the gully uphill of our planting site to control erosion. This is the first recorded sighting of a Jacky Dragon in this area. We’ve also spotted Shinglebacks and Bearded Dragons in the area too, all making use of the habitat we have created by planting and spreading woody debris. This is all very encouraging!

Jacky Lizard on a log at The Fair on Mt Majura. (Photo: Joseph Stapleton)

FoMM table at Hackett Community Contact Day – Saturday 29 April 2017, 9am – 1pm
Can you help? The Hackett Community Association (HCA) is sponsoring another Community Contact Day at the Hackett Shops, Madigan St, Hackett. This is a great way for FoMM to engage with the local community and to sign up new members. If you can help us ‘man’ the table, please email here.

Other news and events:

Kangaroo Count for 2017
Melissa Snape, Fauna Ecologist with Conservation Research, is asking for assistance from people interested in helping out with the kangaroo count. Many volunteers have been doing this for a few years, but often only the volunteers of the Reserves being surveyed. This is an opportunity for those volunteers where counts haven’t taken place to get involved and learn a new skill. Lunch will be provided on all of the counts (except possibly Mulligans which doesn’t usually take that long). Local research has demonstrated the impacts of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity. Learn more here about the local research that demonstrates the impacts of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity here. The dates this year are:
Gungaderra 12th April (this one is fast approaching)
Pinnacle 23rd April (the biggest count)
Aranda 26th April (this date has changed from the 27th)
Mulligans Flat Exclosures 28th April
Mt Painter 10th May
If you’re interested or would like to learn a bit more about this activity, please contact Dr Melissa Snape, Fauna Ecologist, Conservation and Research w +61 2 6205 0001     m +61 418 693 723  Email
Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested

Draft ACT Native Grasslands Conservation Strategy – Community consultation open now
Native grasslands are unique ecosystems that warrant our care and attention. The revised draft ACT Native Grasslands Conservation Strategy is now available for community comment. The draft strategy guides the conservation of ACT native grasslands and their resident species with a vision of supporting a diverse flora and fauna for now and the future. It outlines an approach to conserving native grassland species through:
·         managing threats and maintaining and improving ecological connectivity and biodiversity
·         undertaking monitoring and research programs
·         partnering with the community
·         enhancing the resilience of grasslands to a changing climate.
The draft strategy includes action plans targeting the protection of seven individual species including: Grassland Earless Dragon, Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, Perunga Grasshopper, Button Wrinklewort, Ginninderra Peppercress and Baeuerlen’s Gentian and the Natural Temperate Grassland endangered ecological community. Click here for more information.

Invitation to the launch of ‘Friends of Black Mountain Heritage Project’ – 11am Thursday 20 April 2017
On behalf of the Friends of Black Mountain, you are invited to the official launch by Mick Gentleman, Minister for Environment and Heritage, of the new interpretative flora signs and e-brochures for the Woodland Walk in Black Mountain Nature Reserve, on the lower ground floor of the Telstra Tower, Black Mountain. RSVP: 12noon Tuesday 18 April 2017 Ph. 62961936 Email.

Conservation Council ACT Region – World Environment Day dinner, 7pm Saturday 3 June
To be held at the National Arboretum Canberra, this is the major fundraising event for the Conservation Council. Early bird rates closes by COB Friday 28 April. A three course meal plus drinks and canapes.

Mar 022017
 

Woody Weeds (Follow-up) Working Party – Sunday 19 March, 9am – 12noon
Please give a hand and help remove woody weeds in the nature reserve east of The Fair using the cut & daub method. This working party follows-up extensive work carried out in 2016 to remove English Elm, Briar Rose, Hawthorn and other woody weeds at the northwest corner of Mt Majura nature reserve. English Elms are hard to control due extensive suckering. Follow-up control work is crucial to remove this invasive weed. Give as much of your time as you want. No experience required however novice weeders are requested to come early for an introduction.
Where: Nature park east of The Fair, North Watson; access nature park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Streets
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, body-covering clothing; tools will be provided.
Inquiries: contact this email
Click here for more information, including a map of the work site

Suckers of English Elm, Ulmus porcera, on a dug-out root. Suckers develop from root buds. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Chemcert training course for volunteers – Saturday 1 April 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Are you able to help FoMM with the spraying of weeds during our working bees? If so, we would love to hear from you. Run by ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) for volunteers involved in herbicide application weed treatment on ACT Government managed land, this training is required by the ACT Government before you can assist. The one day course is paid for by PCS and includes safe use, storage and handling of herbicides. The accreditation lasts for five years. There are 15 positions available. Please email us by COB Thursday 9 March if you are interested!
Where: Parks and Conservation Depot, 500 Cotter Road, Weston Creek
What to bring: a pen and your lunch. All course materials, tea and coffee will be provided.

Other news and events:

National park proposed for Canberra’s Mount Ainslie and Mount Majura recreation area – Canberra Times, 9 February 2017
The ACT government has announced a feasibility study which will look into the proposal to establish a new national park covering Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura, Mulligans Flat and Goorooyaroo reserves, to consolidate and further protect the critically endangered Yellow Box – Red Gum Grassy Woodlands. The North Canberra Community Council has nominated FoMM convenor Jochen Zeil as its representative for the National Park Feasibility Reference Group, so stay tuned.

Photographer captures baby goannas digging their way out of termite mounds on Mt Ainslie – Canberra Times, 25 October 2017
Canberra historian and conservationist Matthew Higgins captured the moment a rare Rosenberg’s monitor poked its head out of a termite mound after hatching on Mt Ainslie.

Invasive Species Council fire ant forum – 21 March 2017, 6.30-7.30pm
Hear US fire ant expert Robert Puckett, who has a clear message for Australians – failure to eradicate the current infestation of fire ants in Queensland will eventually have devastating consequences for Australia. FREE.
Location: ANU Commons Room 1, 26 Barry Drive Canberra

Public consultation on the Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Draft Controlled Native Species Management Plan
The ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna has released this draft plan for public comment. It does not propose any changes to the goals or overall approach to the management of kangaroos in the ACT as described in the 2010 ACT Kangaroo Management Plan. The timing of the kangaroo culling season, and implementation requirements for accreditation of shooters are also not proposed to change. The draft plan provides updated information on the local research on the impacts of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity conducted since 2010 and amends policies to make reference to the current codes of practice and the Nature Conservation Act 2014. The draft plan is available for public comment here until 24 March 2017.

Nomination of Threatening Process: Loss of Native Hollow-bearing Trees
The Conservation Council ACT Region along with Friends of Grasslands, Australian Native Plant Society Canberra Region, Canberra Ornithologists Group and Field Naturalists Association of Canberra have nominated ‘Loss of Native Hollow-bearing Trees‘ as a threatening process. The Nature Conservation Act 2014 states: ‘”threatening process” means a process that threatens, or may threaten, the survival, abundance or evolutionary development of a native species or ecological community.’ As the explanatory statement says: ‘Once a threatening process has been listed on the key threatening processes list an action plan must be prepared to set out proposals to minimise any effect of the processes on threatened species and ecological communities with targeted management and monitoring.’ Among reasons for seeking the listing is that the loss of hollow-bearing trees is a direct threat to four listed threatened species (species declared threatened under the Nature Conservation Act 2014): Superb Parrot – Polytelis swainsonii (Vulnerable); Swift Parrot – Lathamus discolor (Vulnerable); Brown Treecreeper – Climacteris picumnus (Vulnerable); Glossy Black-Cockatoo – Calyptorhynchus lathami (Vulnerable). The nomination will be considered by the ACT Scientific Committee (formerly the ACT Flora and Fauna Committee).

ACT Conservation Council – Save the dates

  • Saturday 1 April (note change of date) 9.30-4.00pm — Being an Effective Voice for the Environment Symposium
  • Saturday 3 June 7pm — World Environment Day Dinner
  • Friday 21-Saturday 22 July — Bushfire Management Balancing the Risk — a symposium with the National Parks Association ACT, Conservation Council, Parks and Conservation Service and Emergency Services Agency.
Feb 142017
 

Happy new year to you all. Was one of your new year’s resolutions to do more for your local environment? If so, then we would love to see you at one or more of our working parties this year, held on the third Sunday of the month and every week at Fridays @ The Fair. Our numbers on the ground dropped considerably last year, so please help if you can. We need many hands to protect and restore Mt Majura’s threatened woodlands and the animals that live there, like the rare Rosenbergs Goanna mentioned below.
See you on the mountain
Jo Lynch
FoMM Secretary

Working Party @ The Fair – Sunday 19 February, 8am – 12noon
Help tackle St John’s Wort and other herbaceous weeds at the FoMM Working Party. Work will include cutting-off and bagging seed heads of St John’s Wort, very satisfying work! Come early for a cool start and stay as long as you like.
Where: Nature park east of The Fair, North Watson; access park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Sts.
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, secateurs or heavy duty scissors if you have them. Bags and some tools will be provided.
Please RSVP: to this email
Click here for more information, including on St John’s Wort

Clustered Everlastings thriving and spreading at The Fair in late December 2016 (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Rare Rosenbergs Goanna sighted recently on Mt Majura!
A Rosenbergs Goanna was seen in late January on Mt Majura, and a couple of weeks before that tentative dig marks on a termite mound were spotted (see photo below), around the time when the females lay eggs. The digging is distinct from Echidna digging because it is higher above ground level and tends to be as tall as it is wide. More than one mound may receive shallow exploratory digs as in the photo. Eventually the female chooses one mound and makes a bigger hole with a chamber 70cm deep in the termite nest and at the bottom it would be 30cm x 10cm but at the entrance it is only about 10 x 12 cm.  However these are filled in as soon as she is able. Rosenbergs Goannas are listed as a threatened species in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and they are considered rare in the ACT, with just a handful of sightings including within Namadgi National Park in the far south. See also this fascinating ABC News story about the sighting of Rosenbergs Goannas on Mt Ainslie in November 2016. If you see either goannas or diggings, ACT Government ecologist Dr Don Fletcher would love to hear from you – just email us here. Please note: foxes, dogs and other monitors are the main threats to baby goannas, so please keep all dogs on leads!

Tentative dig marks by a Rosenbergs Monitor on a termite mound on Mt Majura. (Photo: Don Fletcher)

Other news and events:

New weed alert: Ox-eye daisy
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) are becoming increasingly concerned about the risk posed by a number of ‘new’ weeds that they are seeing more of. One of these is Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). There have been few incursion sites so far including near Mt Clear campground in Southern ACT, Sutton Road and Mt Franklin Road, but they are now seeing it in many more areas. This is a highly invasive weed which is able to colonise intact native vegetation and farm pastures, so we do not want it established in the ACT. Obviously the more people on the lookout for this weed the better so it would be appreciated if you could keep your eye out for this one. Report any sightings to http://canberra.naturemapr.org or phone: 13 22 81. Click here for more information, photos and download the poster.

Public consultation on the Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Draft Controlled Native Species Management Plan
The ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna has released this draft plan for public comment. It does not propose any changes to the goals or overall approach to the management of kangaroos in the ACT as described in the 2010 ACT Kangaroo Management Plan. The timing of the kangaroo culling season, and implementation requirements for accreditation of shooters are also not proposed to change. The draft plan provides updated information on the local research on the impacts of kangaroo grazing on biodiversity conducted since 2010 and amends policies to make reference to the current codes of practice and the Nature Conservation Act 2014. The draft plan is available for public comment here until 24 March 2017.

Changes to ACT Pest Animals Declaration
At the end of last year some changes were made to the Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005, s 16 (Declaration of pest animal). Click here for more information on these changes. An important point to note is that only an authorised officer can undertake compliance. Most of the Ranger positions in PCS have the authority to carry out compliance. So this means that members of the public, such as ParkCare and Landcare volunteers, who see a breach of the Act, would be best to contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to report it rather than getting involved themselves. Here is a summary of the changes to the Pest Animals Declaration:

  • An additional 130 exotic fish species/groups from the National Noxious Fish List are newly declared as prohibited from supply or keeping.
  • Redfin Perch has been newly declared as prohibited from supply or keeping.
  • Weatherloach and Gambusia, already declared as pest animals, are now also prohibited from supply or keeping.
  • Exotic fish species in the Tilapia group, already declared as prohibited pest animals, are now also notifiable to government within 2 days of detection.
  • All genera of deer with established wild populations in Australia are now declared as pest animals (ie, Rusa and Axis species, as well as the previously declared Cervus and Dama species).
  • The European Red Fox and European Wasp, already declared as pest animals, are now also prohibited from supply or keeping.

2016 edition of ‘Scribbly Gum’ is now available 
Published by the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, this publication highlights the work of many ParkCare and Landcare groups in the ACT.

Latest news on the ParkCare positions in the Parks and Conservation Service
The Community and Visitor Programs team has recently finalised recruitment for two positions: Alison McLeod has just started as the Community Programs Coordinator (previously known as the ParkCare and Volunteer Coordinator) and Philip Selmes is now the ParkCare Support Officer (better known as the ParkCare Ranger who is responsible for supporting ParkCare groups with initiating, planning and implementing on-ground community and conservation projects). Alison has experience in coordinating NRM and community projects in rural ACT and NSW. Phil’s previous experience working with ParkCare and his long-term personal commitment to Landcare will put him in a good position to continue the great work undertaken by Craig Wainwright in this role.

ACT Conservation Council – Save the dates

  • Saturday 16 March 9.30-4.00pm — Being an Effective Voice for the Environment Symposium
  • Saturday 3 June 7pm — World Environment Day Dinner
  • Friday 21-Saturday 22 July — Bushfire Management Balancing the Risk — a symposium with the National Parks Association ACT, Conservation Council, Parks and Conservation Service and Emergency Services Agency.
Dec 152016
 

Many thanks to everyone who has helped recently with the weeding at The Fair site. We have now made some headway with the hand weeding of flowering and seeding Paterson’s Curse, however there are still scattered plants particularly in the northern parts of the planting site and a few other weeds to tackle – see below notice of the special Weeding Party which is on this Sunday. Please help if you can, we need many hands!

Bagged Paterson’s Curse @ the Fair, the outstanding result of joint efforts by FoMM volunteers and the Majura Mountain scouts! (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Sometimes with all the weeds it is easy to forget about the little Majura gems like the beautiful Fringe Lily (Thysanotus tuberosus) and the field of Hoary Sunrays (Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor) featured below. It would be fantastic if you could take photos on your Christmas walks on Mt Majura and register them on Canberra Nature Map – after all the rain it is such a rich year for our native plants (as well as the weeds!). Merry Christmas everyone.

Looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year for the Fringe Lily on Mt Majura. (Photo: Steve Bittinger)


Hoary Sunrays at Mount Majura recorded on Canberra Nature Map recently. (Photo: Matthew Frawley)

Weeding Party @ The Fair this Sunday 11 December, 9am – 12 noon

Please help us collect Paterson’s Curse and hand weed Saffron thistle and St John’s Wort. Join in for an hour or more. Paterson’s Curse is still flowering i.e. visible but is starting to develop seeds – it will be too late in 2 weeks! There are only a few Saffron thistles which are developing flower stems (this is good news considering the large amount of Saffron thistles present when we started work at the Fair and the wet winter/spring) so it would be great to remove them all! The other task is to hand weed as much of the flowering St John’s Wort growing under or close to the planted Bursaria spinosa and Acacia genistifolia shrubs as possible, as we can’t spray in these areas. The idea is to remove the flowering stems now and spray the new flat rosettes in the autumn. Since it hasn’t started to develop seeds yet, any flowering plants can be left on the ground (no need to bag). The rest of the St John’s Wort is due to be broad sprayed in the next week or so by a contractor.
Meet: Meet at Tay Street park entrance, The Fair, North Watson.
Bring: sun protection and long sleeves. Bags and gloves will be provided.
Inquiries: email here
Also, please feel free to help with this work in your own time over the next week! Please bring gloves and pick up a bag at the Tay Street entrance.

Flowering St Johns Wort (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Other news and events:

ParkCare and Landcare Christmas Party 2016 – Tuesday 20 December, 5.30 to 8.00 pm
All ParkCare and Landcare volunteers and their families are invited to attend the ParkCare and Landcare Christmas Party, 2016. Many Rangers and other staff will be attending to help celebrate another year of a successful partnership. There’ll be a trivia quiz and prizes so bring your thinking caps. BBQ dinner, dessert and drinks.
Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands Offices 2 Dairy Flat Road Kingston
RSVP: by Friday 16 December to Phil Selmes Ph. 62057384 or this email.

Carping at Christmas – A Community Conversation – Friday 9 December, 3.30-7.15pm
Did you know that carp is the most commonly eaten freshwater fish around the world, and at Christmas is it is a special dish served in many European countries? While the rest of the world finds Australia’s hatred of carp difficult to understand, they have not seen the negative impact this fish has had on our waterways, making it difficult for our native fish to survive and thrive. We need to do something… and this ‘Rivers of Carbon community conversation’ is about efforts in the southern tablelands of New South Wales to bring back native fish, as well as updating us on the potential release of the carp herpesvirus, and what this might mean for our waterways. This event should be extremely popular. Bookings are essential. Click here for more information and to book. Please pass this email onto interested fishermen you may know as well. Where: Hall Pavilion, Hall Showgrounds, ACT
Times: 3.30 pm: how to fillet and cook carp; 4.30–6.30 pm: speakers; 6.30–7.15 pm: refreshments

Dec 062016
 

FOMM Late Spring Working party @ the Fair – Sunday 20 November, 9am – 12pm.

Help with removing protective guards that have been outgrown by their plant inhabitants or go on weed patrol to tackle Paterson’s Curse, Saffron Thistle and other weeds. Give as much time as you can spare.
Meet: at The Fair entrance gate, corner of Tay/Ian Nicol Streets, The Fair, North Watson.
Enquiries: Ph: 6247 7515
PLEASE email an RSVP for your participation to this email. Contact Person: Max Pouwer. This helps in organising equipment etc.
Bring: Sun Protection, water bottle, and garden gloves if you have them. Tools and tea will be provided.


The spring wildflower displays on Mt Majura are stunning this year after all the rain. However the weeds are also currently exploding so we need your help to keep the wildflowers blooming! (Photo: Jo Lynch)


Local plant ecologist Michael Doherty leading the successful FoMM Wildflower Walk on 23 October 2016. New populations of the Canberra Spider Orchid have been found this year! (Photo: Max Pouwer)

Grass ID Course
Steve Taylor, Senior Weeds Officer with ACT Parks and Conservation, has organised a number of Grass ID courses for staff, contractors and volunteers to attend. The trainer is Harry Rose from NSW Department of Primary Industries. The day will consist primarily of learning the parts of a grass in order to be able to distinguish between the many native and exotic grasses. The day will begin inside but progress to the field for hands on ID work. ParkCarers and Landcarers have been offered a limited number of places to attend the course:
When: Thursday 1 December
Time: 8.30am to 4.00pm
Where: The Ron Reynolds Training Centre, Strangways St, Curtin
What to bring: hat, sunscreen, outdoor walking clothes, morning tea and lunch, water bottle
There are also a few places left for the course on Wednesday 30 November if you cannot attend Thursday. This will be held at PCS Stromlo Depot in Weston. If you would like to attend this course, please contact Philip Selmes, ParkCare and Volunteer Coordinator, Phone 02 6205 7384  Email