Burn Postponed Until Autumn 2019
The Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning (DELWP) has confirmed that the burn which was planned for Kalimna Park this autumn has been postponed until autumn 2019.
This is the second time that this burn has been postponed - it was originally scheduled for autumn 2017.
The postponement appears to be in response to community concerns about the burns impact on habitat for the nationally endangered Eltham Copper Butterfly (ECB), which lives in the proposed burn area.
The department has a challenge in working out how to achieve their bushfire mitigation objectives, which many residents living adjacent to the park are concerned about, without damaging habitat for the endangered ECB.
The Friends of the Box-ironbark Forests have a good article on the subject here: http://www.fobif.org.au/2018/05/kalimna-park-burning-postponed-what-now
New Weed Brochure for Castlemaine Ward
What do you think are the nine worst weeds in the Castlemaine ward?
That was the difficult question asked by the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group when they set about making a new weed brochure for each of the five wards in the Mount Alexander Shire.
The answer, according to the landcare and friends groups surveyed (including us), can be found in a new brochure published earlier this year titled 'Weeds and your Responsibilities in the Castlemaine Ward, Mount Alexander Shire'.
It includes pictures of nine noxious weeds, their legal status, a description, and suggestions for how to control them.
The brochure is available online HERE, but you can pick up a hardcopy at our meeting at the Dove Cafe on Saturday 26th May from 10am - 11am.