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Meet DELWP staff/Victoria's Biodiversity Future

Posted by Barrie Taylor on April 7, 2016 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Register for Bendigo Information Night run by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning where you can HAVE YOUR SAY about the future for Biodiversity in this State and/or locality.

Presentation Starts at 4.30pm on Thursday 14th April To register click on the link below

For more information and other nights click on the link below


Posted by Barrie Taylor on March 31, 2016 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Two member residences received visitors this week. Donald and Gayle Sutherland were visited by Jacky Dragon

'Originally he was on the inside of our back security door chasing flies and we took him off so the dogs wouldn’t harm him but he persisted to try to get back in. We eventually got him to drop to the ground and scurry off. Appeared to be quite tame and wasn’t concerned with us being close to him'.

Robin and Gordon Sharp describe their visitor as follows

'The first Robin for 2016. He arrived this morning and visited around 3 times catching insects etc. Will send more photos when I take them as we have taken down the summer shade cloth on the west side of the house, I can now see out of the window.'

Malleefowl Sighting

Posted by Barrie Taylor on February 3, 2016 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

While out and about around Wedderburn on Saturday evening one of our members   ...Diane Henderson ... was surprised and delighted to observe a very healthy looking malleefowl. 

And if you happen to see a member of this very small remnant population please report it as all records are important 


Posted by Barrie Taylor on January 13, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks again to Robin Sharp for this contribution

Photo 1 – Shows Dad trapped between the fence and house, he could not spread his wings to fly.

Photo 2 – Shows Dad, 2 fledglings and Mum, Dad died not long after this was taken.

Photo 3 - Shows the young male on our door step asking for help.

Mum could not look after the 2 young and as Charlie was the youngest he was kicked out.

Photos 4 & 5 – he had recovered enough to fly back to his trees.

Photo 6 – He was back again, so we sent him to the wild life carer.

He came back again about a week later much fatter.

Being released from the card board box he had been in all day, as we had to let him go at dusk.

Photo 8 – Charlie and his mate, Charlotte.

Photos 9 & 10 – shows his first family, 2014.

Photos 11 – 12  Shows this years family, 2015.

Charlie & Charlotte on their own at last.

Mount Korong Wildlife

Posted by Barrie Taylor on December 13, 2015 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Robin Sharp for this description and photos

When showing my brother visiting from Qld. we took him to the Mt Korong area where we were lucky to see a Southern Boobook Owl, a Tree Goanna and Bearded Dragon

Mount Korong Group Crowdfunding Initiative

Posted by Barrie Taylor on November 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Join this exciting long tem project of the Mount Korong Eco-Watch members and landholders. Click on the link below for details and to watch the video

Many townspeople of Inglewood and Wedderburn have memories of days at lovely Mt Korong – climbing to the summit, having a picnic and even swimming in the old days.

In recent years over 1000 hectares of granite foothills beside Mt Korong has been direct-seeded with local trees and shrubs, to complement the bush of the Mount and improve the habitat for some of our threatened species, such as Hooded Robin, Painted Honeyeater and Powerful Owl. Extensive rabbit and weed control has also been carried out and is ongoing.

This regenerating country is known as Korong Ridge Conservation Estate, and the families who have bought blocks there are committed to restoring the biodiversity of the grassy woodlands and getting the bush ready to eventually be home to animals that were once found there, including Bettongs, Bandicoots, Curlews and Quolls.

Mt Korong Eco-watch is a grassroots, community group, made up of Korong Ridge families and other local people who want to enhance the health of the bush at Mt Korong and its surrounds. The group meets each month, plans ways to improve the bush and has working bees to remove weeds, undertake further revegetation and prevent erosion. 

‘Rewilding’ is a concept that involves removing feral pest animals like foxes, cats and rabbits and creating a safer habitat for threatened native animals and plants. Rewilding helps restore the natural balance. 2016 will see the creation of a volunteer-run nursery at Korong Ridge, to grow understorey plants, to improve habitat and local biodiversity, but just as important will be the removal of pest species.

It is estimated that approximately 15 million feral cats kill about 75 million native animals every night across the whole of Australia. 

Mt Korong Eco Watch has just entered a partnership with Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning’s Threatened Species Protection Initiative.  DELWP have agreed to match funding, dollar to dollar (up to $25,000), for any money raised from a Crowd-Funding campaign launched last Tuesday. The group hopes to raise $12,000 to install a network of remotely operated, wireless trail cameras. These will be located across the conservation property’s 1000 hectares, to provide ongoing monitoring of both feral and native animal numbers and locations, and then create an action plan for the group to continue to remove pest species and protect our threatened species effectively. 

How exciting it will be to one day hear the cry of the Curlew again and see some of our small nocturnal marsupials return to Mt Korong!

The Crowdfunding deadline is 15th December.

Relive/View the Korong to Kooyoora Walk

Posted by Barrie Taylor on October 11, 2015 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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A walk from Mt Korong to Mt Kooyoora jointly hosted by Mt Korong Ecowatch, Wedderburn CMN, Trust for Nature and Nth Central CMA.

Filmed by Kathleen Lee, edited by Kate Lee. Music by Kevin Macleod.

Can you name these birds?

Posted by Barrie Taylor on September 8, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Robin Sharp and Joy Hick for these 3 species of small birds which were photographed in and around Korong Vale. Can you identify the scarlet robin, red-capped robin and mistletoe bird?

Eastern Barn Owl harassment

Posted by Barrie Taylor on August 31, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Robyn Sharp for the following photos and description.

We were alerted by a couple Council chaps that an owl was being attacked by Ravens & Maggie's.

 We tried to chase off the attackers and catch the Owl but had a lot of difficulty they were going to kill it.

 The Owl managed to go into the paddock out back and the council boys caught it, and took it to the wild life person, Denise, and she took it home to recover.

 Phoned her last night and she will check it again this morning to see if any injuries, then she will hold it for a couple days then release it.

It is true that owls need to find somewhere secluded to roost during daylight as most owl species will be attacked by other birds if they are found on their daylight roost. This Barn Owl is an Australian bird but it also occurs on every continent except Antarctica. 

What do you know about Gazania?

Posted by Barrie Taylor on August 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)



Help make Wedderburn a Gazania-free town!


Gazania plants are a common sight around Central Victoria, including in and around the Wedderburn district. While many people appreciate it for the attractive daisy-like bronze, yellow and orange flowers that appear in Spring and Summer, Gazania is a serious environmental weed and we need your help to stop it spreading in our town.


Native to South Africa, Gazania was originally brought to Australia as an ornamental plant. However, it soon escaped from private gardens to infest roadsides and native bushland where it suppresses and replaces native plants. According to the CSIRO Jumping the Garden Fence report, it is among the ten most serious invasive plants still being sold in Victorian nurseries.


Gazania is extremely hardy, withstanding coastal conditions and sandy soils. It produces abundant seeds that are transported by wind and water, and also spreads vegetatively via continuously growing underground stems known as rhizomes. Seeds and plant fragments of Gazania are often spread in garden waste, and through roadside disturbance such as grading and mowing.


Small infestations can be removed by hand or by spraying a registered systemic herbicide into the centre of the leafy rosette. A broadleaf-selective herbicide can be used where there is a risk to native grasses or lawn. When hand pulling Gazania, make sure that the roots are removed and flower heads are bagged. Clean mowers and other machinery after working in infested areas.


Native plants that are suitable replacements for Gazanias in the Wedderburn district include:


•Daisies from the Sunray (Leucochrysum species), Everlasting (Xerochrysum species) and Brachyscome genera;



•Scaly Buttons (Leptorhynchos squamatus)



•Showy Podelepis Podolepis jaceoides



•Low growing Parrot Peas (Dillwynia species) and Bush Peas (Pultenaea species)





Blood, K 2001, Environmental Weeds: A Field Guide for SE Australia, C.H. Jerram & Associates Science Publishers, Mt Waverley, Victoria, Australia.

Faithfull, I (ed.) 2006, Weed Watch Warning – Gazania spp, in Under Control: Pest Plant and Animal Management News, No. 33, March 2006, Department of Sustainability and Environment and Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia.

Groves, R.H, Boden, R & Lonsdale, W.M 2005, Jumping the Garden Fence: Invasive garden plants in Australia and their environmental and agricultural impacts, A CSIRO report for WWF-Australia, February 2005

Harris, G 2012, Weed Watch – Gazania, Connecting Country, viewed 8 November 2012

The University of Queensland 2011, Gazania (Gazania linearis) Fact Sheet, Weeds of Australia, Biosecurity QLD Edition, Queensland, Australia.


 Thanks to Karly Learmonth for supplying this article