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Updates from Friends of Kalimna Park, Castlemaine

The next Friends meeting is on Saturday 26th May at the Dove Cafe from 10am to 11am.

Our meetings are very casual and members and supporters of the group are encouraged to stop by for a coffee and a chat. 

It's a good opportunity to connect with other members of the group, ask questions and tell us what you've seen happening in the park.

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:

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.


Funding Announcement to Improve Biodiversity in Kalimna Park

An article in the Bendigo Advertiser on 1st May this year announced that Kalimna Park will share in $2.05 million of funding to '...improve the biodiversity of the parks with intensive land and resource management, which will also include the recruitment of Traditional Owner Rangers.'

The funding, which is to support the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, will be shared between Kalimna Park and Greater Bendigo National Park.

It's an exciting announcement for Kalimna Park and we look forward to seeing how it develops.

The article can be viewed here -


Wattle Guide Launched by FOBIF

If you're standing anywhere in Kalimna Park - or most of the Australian bush for that matter - chances are you're within cooee of a wattle. They're everywhere. Sometimes they're trees, often they're a shrub, and they're all members of the genus Acacia.

Like eucalypts, their incredible diversity of form (Kalimna Park  alone has 12 species!) can make them hard to identify. 

Thankfully, a new publication from the publishing arm of the ever-industrious Friends of the Box-ironbark Forests (FOBIF) makes the task much easier.  'Wattles of the Mount Alexander Shire' by Bernard Slattery, Ern Perkins and Bronwyn Silver, includes photographs and illustrations of all of the wattles found in Kalimna Park. Along with the descriptions are chapters on the general ecology of wattles, suggestions for garden plantings and even some quirky wattle trivia.

It can be purchased at Stoneman's Book Room for $10. 

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Kalimna Park
PO Box 464
Castlemaine, Vic 3045

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