Thank you to everyone who filled out our online survey at the end of last year. It was great to get so much feedback on what the group does.
The top three activities that members indicated they would be interested participating in were: 1. Surveying for animals; 2. Working bees to control weeds; 3. Propagating indigenous plants. Other popular activities were weed identification training, cultural awareness, flora monitoring and social events.
The committee is currently looking for people to help turn some of these great ideas in to a reality. If you are interested in learning more, or just want to meet the group, please come along to our next meeting at the Dove Cafe on Saturday 7th April at 10am.
Return of the Plaques
Two commemorative plaques were recently handed over to Parks Victoria to be re-installed at Kalimna Point after long absence from their original locations.
The first plaque, commemorating the building of the ‘Harris Rotunda’ at Kalimna Point was recently uncovered by Castlemaine local George Morgan.
The history behind the plaque involves an arson attack on the Rotunda in the summer of 1965 which destroyed it completely. George Morgan’s father, also called George, went up to the charred ruins of the Rotunda and rescued the brass plaque.
It remained in the family until this February, when George Morgan the younger, came up to Kalimna Park and officially handed it over to Parks Victoria Ranger, Brendan Smith.
The second plaque has been held in safe keeping by long-time Friends of Kalimna Park committee member, Geoff Hannon, for about 15 years. This too was handed over to Ranger Brendan Smith who acknowledged its transfer on behalf of the State of Victoria.
This plaque commemorates the gift of a gate at the Doveton Street entrance to Kalimna Point by Sir W.A. Zeal, a former mayor of Castlemaine, member of the state government and senator. He also has his name on the bridge at the beginning of Colles Road.
Both plaques will be re-installed by Parks Victoria in the coming months.