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Mighty mountains? Rushing rivers?

Mountains and Waterways is the title of the latest photo exhibition of the Friends of the Box Ironbark Forests. Don’t expect shots of mighty snow capped peaks or Amazonian streams—though there is one intriguing shot of Mount Alexander under snow, and … Continue reading

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Chewton mines and bushlands

The August FOBIF walk attracted 17 walkers despite the extremely cold early morning temperatures. Fortunately it soon turned out to be a sunny winter’s day which was perfect for a leisurely bushwalk along the Poverty Gully Reservoir Track and water … Continue reading

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Fire consultations start

Fire Management officers are holding ‘open house’ sessions in our region in the next couple of weeks. Want to ask questions about about fire operations plans, project firefighter recruitment, firewood, pest plants and animals, traditional burning and related matters? Rock … Continue reading

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Superb local resource launched

Wild Plants of the Castlemaine District by Ern Perkins had just been made available online! The guide gives identification, locations, preferred habitats and history of hundreds of native and introduced plant species found in Castlemaine and surrounding areas. It can … Continue reading

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Good news! You’re getting a pay rise–something between $0 and $1 million!

Parks Victoria has released the results of its engagement activity,   ‘Strengthening Parks Victoria’. FOBIF had a go at this process last year [see our posts here and here]. As is the way of these things, a lot of energy … Continue reading

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Mystery garden: who was the gardener?

At the junction of the Old Coach Road and the Fryers Ridge Road there’s an old fenced area, about 200 metres square. The fence isn’t in bad shape, but has been knocked down in a couple of places by falling … Continue reading

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Comeback

It’s always good to have an excuse to mention Silver Banksias. This time it’s the fact that they’re flowering on the Campbells Creek track right now. Readers will remember that the once abundant species was almost wiped out in this … Continue reading

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FOBIF mosses go to China

FOBIF’s guide to mosses of dry forests in south eastern Australia is being tabled at the International Bryological Congress in China this month as a model of public education efforts to bring scientific knowledge to the wider community. The presentation … Continue reading

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Monster meeting site gets heritage recognition

The site of the 1851 Monster Meeting near the junction of Golden Point Road and the Pyrenees Highway has been placed on the state heritage register. The Monster Meeting is recognised as the first time workers had stood united in … Continue reading

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Cultural burning returns to the region

This week the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio joined Aboriginal Elders from the Dja Dja Wurrung community to hold a ceremony celebrating the return of traditional burning to their lands. Cultural burns were conducted in two … Continue reading

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