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August food swap plants some fruit trees

planting our fruit trees

planting our fruit trees

Our small orchard was planted today comprising apple and plum trees in our community garden.

We also enjoyed leftover Ferguson Plarre cake donated to the Empowering Moreland Forum plus fresh coffee and tea and sharing winter produce, mainly winter greens and lemons.

Victoria brought along some exquisite sticky date pudding with warm caramel sauce that simply melted our tastebuds.
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Threat to Merri Creek Path with Sale of Lakeside Secondary College site

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Merri Creek forms an important parkland for the north-south length of Fawkner and Reservoir. It is also an important corridor for wildlife and for users of the Merri Creek Shared bike path which winds its way along the creek sometimes on the east and sometimes the west bank.

The path uses the east bank of the creek behind the Department of Education site in Reservoir, where Lakeside Secondary College once stood. The title to the this site at 31 Radford St, Reservoir extends down to the creek verge. The Educational Department wants to sell the property and has requested the site to be rezoned for Industrial use.

Several hectares of the site lie outside the school fence on a bend of the Creek and have been planted and managed for about 30 years by Darebin Council, as part of the Merri Creek open space corridor.

If the creek frontage is sold without transfer of title to the Crown or Darebin Council, access to and use of the Merri Creek Shared pathway could be threatened.
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Autumn bird survey along Merri Creek

1. Friends of Merri Creek have an informative session on the birds of the Merri and northern Melbourne, on Tuesday 29 April. Please register (see details in flyer below).

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2. Friends of Merri Creek quarterly bird survey – 18 May 2014

IMG_1085_black_faced_cuckoo_shrikeA couple of Autumn events to do with local birdlife. Come along to observe and count cool weather avian visitors at the next Friends of Merri Creek bird surveys on Sunday 18 May, 8.45-10.30am.

The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 25 May, 8.45-10.30am. No need to register beforehand.

Beginner-birders are welcome to the surveys, as well as experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them, and drinking water, closed-in footwear and a sunhat. Preferably wear sombre colours. No dogs, please.

How about visiting a part of the Merri that you haven’t seen? – choose a site from the list below.

Survey meeting points:
Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
Phillips Reserve, Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
Hall Reserve- Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
Galgi Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway (Melway 180 E6).

The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 25 May, 8.45-10.30am. No need to register beforehand.
Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands): Meet outside the Istrian Social Club, Cooper St Epping (Melway 387K10).

Minibeasts and microhabitats – an illustrated Guide

Native Flax

Native Flax

Brian Bainbridge, President of the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association and also a member of Sustainable Fawkner, will present an illustrated guide to creating a habitat garden using local plants to attract a diversity of wildlife.

This is a Moreland Library service Readmore Event

Where: Coburg Library
When: 6.30 pm, Thursday 1 May 2014

Register for this event online

Chilling out at a hot February Food Swap

Inspecting the graden produce

Inspecting the graden produce

Come along this Saturday 8 February and share produce, commiserate over lost plants and frizzled vegies with the summer heatwaves, and make plans for Autumn.

We’ll retreat to the House if it’s too ridiculously hot. We have a volunteer offering to bring icy poles so we can chill out!

The Melbourne weather forecast for Saturday is for the temperature to reach 40C. “Hot and sunny. Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon.”

Temperatures overnight on Saturday are expected to stay high at 30 degrees, approaching the overnight minimum record. The record high minimum temperature of 30.6 degrees was set on February 2, 1902 and matched on January 12, 2010.

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Food Swap
Saturday 8 February
10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Fawkner Community House
CB Smith Reserve
Jukes Rd Fawkner

Remember in this hot weather to stay cool, drink lots of water and keep a look out for elderly neighbours who may be feeling the heat. Put out plenty of water for pets and bird life and other native animals, especially if you live near the Merri Creek nature corridor.

More information on health and heatwaves from Moreland Council, and Victorian Department of Health.

Next Merri Creek Bird survey 16 February 2014

IMG_1101_New_Holland_HoneyeaterInterested in seeing the Bababi Djinanang grasslands in Fawkner and the native fauna and flora of the area? Come along to the next bird survey on Sunday 16 February, 8.45-10.30am.

Bird surveys gather data which provides useful information for tracking bird species numbers and movements over several seasons.

Beginners welcome. Bring drinking water, and binoculars if you have them. Closed-in footwear and a sunhat would also be useful. No dogs, please. Be aware that snakes could be around.

In Fawkner: Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2) at 8.45am. The bird suvey provides an opportunity to explore the fenced off area of Bababi Djinanang grasslands area, an opportunity to see some of the rarer grassland plant species and the birds that make this part of Merri Creek their home. In recent months there has been a small mob of kangaroos in the grasslands.

Friends of Merri Creek run the bird survey on a quarterly basis up and down Merri Creek.

How about visiting a part of the Merri that you haven’t seen? – choose a site from the list below.

Survey meeting points for Sunday 16 February 2014 at 8.45-10.30am:

Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
Phillips Reserve, Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
Hall Reserve- Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
Galgi Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway (Melway 180 E6).

Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands): Meet outside the Istrian Social Club, Cooper St Epping (Melway 387K10). The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 23 February, 8.45-10.30am.

Solar PV Panel installations in Fawkner exceed 5 per cent of dwellings

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In my travels around the internet I found this site put together by the Australian PV Institute showing the level of installation of solar photovoltaic panel installation by postcode or Local Government area.

In Fawkner there have been about 246 solar PV installations. This amounts to approximately 5.4% of the estimated 4520 dwellings in our suburb with an installed capacity of 571kW.

This is lower than the Moreland average of 6.1%. Moreland Local Government Area (LGA) and is also below other municipal areas in Melbourne’s north. Maribyrnong has 7% solar installation, Moonee Valley is on 6.5%, Darebin is on 6.9%, Banyule on 6.7%, Whittlesea on 9.7%, and Hume on 11%.
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Greening Moreland Forum – Saturday 30 November

20131130-Greening-Moreland-ForumMoreland Energy Foundation in conjunction with Moreland City Council are holding a forum for residents, community groups and businesses to discuss and network on environmental sustainability issues, to make a greener Moreland.

It is a chance to catch up with the many groups and individuals across the municipality working on sustainability from many different angles.

The event will also provide an opportunity for ideas and input into the creation of the Moreland Community Climate Action Plan being developed by Moreland Council.

An introductory session will use a 2 minute market process, allowing every person an opportunity in turn to speak uninterrupted and explain what they or their organisation are doing regarding environmental or sustainability activities, or areas they are interested in working in.

When: 9.45am to 1.00pm Saturday 30 November
Where: Coburg Town Hall – Concert Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg (Entry at the back via Urquhart St)
Booking: Attendance is free but RSVP at MEFL website is required for Catering purposes
Lunch: Lunch Food provided free after the forum.
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Merri Creek Bird Survey at Bababi Djinanang November 2013

Red-browed Finch

Red-browed Finch

The quarterly bird survey along Merri Creek is on Sunday 10 November. In Fawkner the survey is at Bababi Djinanang. Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2) just before 8.45am.

Beginner-birders are always welcome to participate in surveys. Bring binoculars if you have them, and preferably wear sombre colours. Closed-in footwear and a sunhat would also be useful. No dogs, please.

Also on 10 November following the surveys, you are invited to a workshop on tackling Common (Indian) Mynas, an invasive pest bird.
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Come and join the Fawkner Festa 2013

SusFawkner-2013Fawkner-Festa-posterSustainability Fawkner have our regular Food swap on the Saturday 9 November from 10.30am to 12.30pm in CB Smith Reserve. Come along early with your garden produce to swap and stay and join the rest of the festivities for the afternoon.

Moreland council have a full list of activities on this week which includes:

  • Fawkner Postcards exhibition and other events at Fawkner Library – Wednesday to Saturday
  • Social Bowls and competition at Fawkner Bowling Club
  • Fawkner interfaith celebration
  • Live music and entertainment at Major Rd and Bonwick St shops from Wednesday to Friday 11.30am to 1.30pm

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