The purpose of our group is to enhance the natural environment of Castlemaine and Mount Alexander Shire and increase community enjoyment of our natural assets. We aim to restore the urban waterways of Forest and Moonlight creeks, to provide a healthy aquatic environment and create thriving habitats for local flora and fauna. We have regular working bees to prepare for planting and manage weeds. Depending upon annual conditions, we plant from late autumn to early spring. We plant indigenous species from local native plant nurseries with a view to survival under a changing climate.

Plan for 2022

This year will include (again) heaps of activity. Our main areas will be the Indigenous Food and Fibre (IFF) site for Year 3 of the Landscape Partnership Program using Council Funds and Moonlight Creek, where we have a DELWP Victorian Landcare Grant to replace Phalaris with grasses and other weeds with food-and-shelter habitat on both our public land and parallel sections of adjoining private land – we will be working with our two neighbouring landholders and with our partners DELWP, Dja Dja Wurrung and Mount Alexander Shire Council to build a bio-link between Forest Creek and the upper parts of Moonlight Creek.

We have scheduled two working bees a month throughout the year, knowing that no-one can come to all of them.  So take note of the ones that might suit you, and pop them in your diaries.  Obviously we will put out a notice for each closer to the time and tell you if the plan changes.

Working bee dates (all on Sundays):
Jan 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13, 27; Apr 10, 24; May 8, 22; Jun 12, 26; Jul 10, 24, 31; Aug 14, 28; Sep 11, 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov, 13, 27; Dec 11.

Other important dates:

AGM 12 May

National Tree Day 31 July

Year-end lunch 11 December