SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams

SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams
SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams
SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams
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October is the peak month for Metallic Sun-orchid flowering which may occur from September to November.

See the October bio-calendar to see what some of our native plants and animals are doing this month.

Metallic Sun-orchid. Image: Nouska Reiter

Metallic Sun-orchid - Endangered

Listed under Victoria's FFG Act 1988


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Oct 2018

Events in October 2018

ONGOING | Habitat Conservation & Management Course

This course is presented by Greening Australia. It is a 16-week course (Tuesdays & Sturday mornings). The course presents and discusses the best planning tools and management techniques available and includes plant ID, bush ecology, weed control, soils and climate, use of fire, site assessment and planning, and many more. Cost: $1,500 (Plus GST, this includes course materials and light refreshments for the evening sessions).

Location: La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary
Contact: Danny Reddan | Phone: 0409 424 128

Monday 1st | Art Exhibition 'Across the waves'

10 South West printmakers explore migratory waterbirds. GALLERY HOURS WED-SUN 10AM- 4PM.

Location: The F Project Gallery, 224 Timor Street Warrnambool

Friday 12th | Grassy Plains Conference

A conference for the community, professionals and all who share an interest in conservation of Melbourne's Grassy Plains. Presented by the Grassy Plains Network: an alliance of community-based groups and organisations focused on seeking positive ways forward for the conservation of Melbourne's Grassy Plains and ecosystems. The Grassy Plains Network is working in partnership with Naturewest Inc. The conference will explore the three themes ‘Respect, Protect and Reconnect’ Melbourne’s Grassy Plains. Free event. Registration required. grassyplains.org.au/blog

Location: Wyndham Council Chambers, 45 Princes Highway, Werribee
Contact: grassyplainsnetwork@gmail.com

Friday 12th | Waking the Giants Mount Elephant

The Mount Elephant Community Management Inc. (MECM) presents; Waking the Giants. A celebration of the Victorian volcanic plains through music, art and story. The weekend is inspired by the landscape’s dramatic volcanic cones, its natural, Aboriginal and more recent settlement history, and by what we have today. Activities will centre around Mount Elephant, the highest volcano on the western plains. Full program and Tickets are available online at wakingthegiants.weebly.com (click ticket booking) or from Derrinallum Information Service Centre (DISC) at the Op Shop, Main Street, Derrinallum on Fridays 10am- 4pm.

Location: Mount Elephant, Hamilton Highway, Derrinallum
Contact: MECM Secretary Val Lang | Phone: 0407 054 823

Friday 26th | Bunanyung Landscape Alliance - Launch of Establishment Document and Strategic Plan

At the launch event, we will be sharing the journey of The Alliance to date, and how the draft Establishment Document and Strategic Plan provides a platform to support the next stage of our journey. We have also invited guest speakers (Prof. Andrew Bennett and Prof. Roger Jones) to share their experience and provide a broader perspective for the context in which The Alliance will be operating. Free event. Bookings required (see link).  

Location: Charlie Napier Hotel, Sovereign Hill
Contact: Peter Gell | Phone: 0427 870 280

Saturday 27th | Community meal and film night

The Lake Bolac Eel Festival is holding an AGM at 6.00pm followed by an open meal and screening of four short films – including two local stories starting at 7.30pm (Visitors welcome). Film 1.  'Ringbalin – Breaking the drought':  At the height of the Millenium Drought Major Sumner (Uncle Moogie) led 30 Ngarrindjeri dancers for a week of ceremony along the Murray and Darling Rivers culminating in a Ringbalin – a ceremony for healing waterways. Film 2.  'Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe':  A short documentary exploring the contribution Aboriginal people made in colonial times guiding people across river systems in south-eastern Australia. Film 3. 'The Willaura Yarn':  Recollections of Willaura Community elders with animation by Willaura Primary School students.  The result of an oral history recording day in 2015. Film 4. 'Fiery Creek – Connecting the Catchment': A look at the history and land management of the Fiery Creek catchment, highlighting the growing awareness of the importance of a healthy catchment being vital to ensuring the health of Lake Bolac.  Cost: FREE for all Festival sponsors and volunteers.    Gold coin donation – everyone else.

Location: Lake Bolac Boatshed
Contact: Una Allender, Lake Bolac Eel Festival | Phone: 0419 891 920