August 2005 newsletter

In this edition

  • Exciting news on Project “Dragonfly”: FoMM received Environment Grant
  • Dragonfly meeting: Thursday 1 September; Project presentation: Wednesday 21 September
  • Parks and Conservation Service commenced repair work on the track off Mackenzie Street
  • Last Winter Horehound Blitz, this Sunday 28 August
  • Next FoMM Action Committee meeting, Wednesday 14 September
  • Mt Majura Spring Wildflower Walk, Sunday 25 September
  • Latest update on FoMM Petition: Impact of a dragway on the nature reserve

Exciting news on Project “Dragonfly”: FoMM received Environment Grant

I am extremely pleased to inform you that Friends of Mt Majura have received a 2005-2006 Environment ACT Grant to rehabilitate the Majura Dams. The project has been named “Dragonfly” as our indicator of success will be the emergence of the first dragonfly.

We will have a meeting on Project Dragonfly to discuss the next steps:
Thursday 1 September 7.30 pm at 11 Taylor Place; enquiries Tim on 62625374

Please come along and get involved in this fascinating project

Work to improve habitat and to rehabilitate the degraded areas around the two dams will begin this Spring with landscape works and planting. We invite volunteers to help with planting, watering and measuring the progress of the project. If you would like to get involved please contact or Tim, our project manager, on 6262 5374.

Find out about the project at FoMM’s website or come along for a
PowerPoint presentation on Project “Dragonfly”, Wednesday 21 September 7.30 pm at Holy Cross Anglican Church Annex, Corner Phillip Ave and Antill St, enter through Antill service road P & C repair work

Parks and Conservation Service commenced repair work on the track off Mackenzie Street
I am also pleased to inform you that Parks and Conservation rangers began work to repair the walking track that runs from near Mackenzie Street Park entrance to the dams. The top section of the track from the upper dam to the management road near the pine plantation entrance will be permanently closed for rehabilitation and the remaining part of the track will be repaired to walking standard. There will be a walking access only to the dams from the lower part of the track.

Last Winter Horehound Blitz this Sunday 28 August, noon to approximately 4.00 pm

This will be probably your last chance to participate in a pleasant horehound massacre. We made much headway during the last couple of months. I would estimate that a further 20-30 hours work is required to clean up the remaining horehounds from the old sheep camp. So please come along and help to finish the work. Walk up the Casuarina trail until you hit the summit track. Bring (leather) cloves and sturdy boots.

FoMM Action Committee meeting

Our next FoMM Action Committee meeting will be on Wednesday 14th September, 7.30pm, at 7 Prell Place, Hackett. Please rsvp Margaret on 6247 0354 or
Mt Majura Spring Wildflower walk on Sunday 25 September.

Wildflower Walk

Join a Parks and Conservation Ranger for a woodland walk through Mt Majura. Look for the early wildflowers and shrubs that form valuable members of this woodland community. This is an opportunity for new FoMM members to get involved and learn a bit about the environment you have chosen to help take care of.

Date: Sunday 25 Sept
Time: 10 am – 11.30 am
Places are limited and booking is essential at 6207 2113 during working hours.

New FoMM members are encouraged to participate.


Latest update on FoMM Petition: Impact of a dragway on the nature reserve
Over 1500 residents of Hackett, Ainslie and the wider community including many nature reserve users have signed the Friends of Mt Majura petition. The petition requests the Government to seek expert advice on the impact of a proposed International Dragway in Majura Valley on the Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie nature reserves. Chief Minister and Minister for Environment Jon Stanhope presented the  petition as an out-of-order petition to the Members of the Legislative Assembly on the 16 August. Please contact me if you are interested in more information on the petition including some statistics.

Friends of Mt Majura Co-ordinator
ph/fax 6247 7515

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