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A happy new year!

The FOBIF committee hopes you’ve had a good start to the new year, and take good care not to melt in the coming week’s heat. The FOBIF monthly walks program for 2019 is now available, and can be found by … Continue reading

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A model project: Vicroads ready to start on Pyrenees Highway

A well-attended meeting in Newstead last Tuesday was told that Vicroads’ Pyrenees Highway tree removal and wire rope barrier project was about to proceed. The meeting was therefore a briefing, not a consultation: it was not going to change anything … Continue reading

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Not enough flies? How can that be a bad thing?

Do a few trees matter?The context of all the above is not only the preferences of a few tree lovers. It’s found in the map below: It seems that at every point in what passes for debate these days, we’re … Continue reading

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A new use for public land: free storage space

We’ve seen the margins of public land around towns sometimes used by residents to store their unwanted stuff—car bodies, machinery, etc. And we’ve seen residents encroach onto public land with garden extensions and attempts to expand their own properties. And … Continue reading

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Want to know where Grog Shop Gully is?

Castlemaine Historical Society has just published an excellent new map by Clive Willman: Castlemaine Diggings: historical and modern place names. It’s available at the Info Centre in Mostyn Street for $15.00. All the place names are modern, actually, since they’re … Continue reading

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A Killer Christmas bargain

This year has been the worst on record for drownings of native water rats, and the second worst for platypus. According to DELWP, an average of five platypus are drowned per week in Victoria, victims of illegal or inappropriate yabbie … Continue reading

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Snake and reptile workshop in January

Join Connecting Country and Muckleford Catchment Landcare on Saturday 19 January 2019 from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm to learn about snake ecology and behaviour. Snakes play an important role in healthy ecosystems, snacking on frogs and smaller reptiles and providing a food … Continue reading

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FOBIF breakup in Walmer

About 20 people gathered at Walmer last Monday for the FOBIF end of the year BBQ. It was perfect weather for a relaxed and enjoyable end of the year celebration. The FOBIF committee wishes all friends of our forests a … Continue reading

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Last weekend for nature photography show at Newstead

This weekend (22-23 December) is the last one for the Nature Photography in the Goldfields exhibition by Patrick Kavanagh, Geoff Park and Bronwyn Silver at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub. The ‘Hub’ will be open from 10am – 4pm.

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Highway matters

Vicroads has set up a community consultation on its plans to clear vegetation from the Pyrenees Highway between Newstead and Muckleford South. Readers may remember that FOBIF objected to some of these removals, arguing that the safety objective could be … Continue reading

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