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Updates from Friends of Kalimna Park, Castlemaine

Newsletter Writer Wanted!

Do you have skills in writing or communications? Would you like to be more involved with the Friends of Kalimna Park? The Friends are looking for a volunteer to write this newsletter for the group. 

If you think you can help, please get in touch with us through the email, or give Max a call on 0422 130 055. 

latest news:

Planned Burn Update

A planned burn is scheduled to be undertaken in Kalimna Park this Autumn. This burn is the same one that was planned for last autumn but didn't eventuate.

The Friends have a strong interest in the planned burns that take place in the park and are in regular contact with staff from the Department of Land Water & Environment (DELWP) about them. Our focus in these discussions is to try and ensure that the burns have the least possible impact on Kalimna Park's biodiversity and long-term regeneration. This includes preventing large old trees from being destroyed, rehabilitation of new track work, excluding high-value areas from the burn, and using treatments other than burning to achieve the desired bushfire mitigation outcome - such as mulching woody weeds and maintaining existing fire breaks. 

Simon Brown, who is one of the DELWP staff overseeing the burn has informed us that there will be an 'information station' set up on the day of the burn. He is encouraging anyone with an interest in the burn to go along on the day to observe what is happening. The location of the station will be made available about a week before the burn.

The timing of the burn is weather-dependent and no date has been set yet. 

Upcoming Activities

There are no working bees planned at the moment. All members and supporters are welcome to attend our bi-monthly meetings.
Where: The Dove Cafe
When: Saturday 7th April 
Time: 10am - 11am


Survey Results

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.


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Kalimna Park
PO Box 464
Castlemaine, Vic 3045

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