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Coming soon!

FOBIF’s latest field guide, Native Peas of the Mount Alexander Region, is in the last stages of preparation, and will be launched in the next couple of months. Similar in format to our guides to moss, eucalypts and wattles, it’s … Continue reading

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Things we don’t need [1]

FOBIF has written to Bush Heritage Australia questioning advice it offers in its leaflet, ‘Beautiful grasses for every garden’. This leaflet promotes the planting of Swamp Foxtail grass [Pennisetum alopecuroides] across Australia. There’s a problem here. According to Agriculture Victoria, … Continue reading

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Things we don’t need [2]

We’ve had the following response from Bush Heritage on the above problem: ‘We understand your concern and appreciate you highlighting that the Swamp Foxtail is classified as an invasive species by Agricultural Victoria. The purpose of the leaflet was to … Continue reading

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That was the year…

FOBIF had a successful AGM last Monday night. The text below is the President’s report, given by Marie Jones. Below it is the new committee elected on the night: ************** The effects of COVID-19 had an impact on what FOBIF … Continue reading

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A bit of care, and everyone wins

They’re out: snakes, we mean. Which means: look out. It’s important to be careful when in areas likely to be frequented by snakes, for obvious reasons. This is virtually an annual preoccupation, so, at the risk of repeating ourselves, we … Continue reading

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The cost of deer

The Victorian government’s Deer Control strategy was at last released on October 30. You can find it here. The strategy contains some quite frightening info—with photos— about the damage increasing deer populations are doing to the agriculture sector and protected … Continue reading

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Kalimna Park co-management: an update

As we’ve previously reported, work is under way to produce a new management plan for Kalimna Park, in the Balak Kalik Manya (Walking Together) project. A progress report by Harley Douglas, manager of the project, is published below. It’s worth … Continue reading

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Disasters (1): ‘the outlook is alarming’

The Royal Commission into national natural disaster arrangements has released a report nearly six hundred pages long scoping the scale of natural disasters in Australia, and what can be done to avert the worst consequences of such events. You can … Continue reading

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Disasters (2): we have a report. What action can we expect?

The Commission has made over a hundred recommendations.  The question is: how many of them will actually be implemented? This will depend on how much political pressure is put on to Government: but you can get a sobering clue from … Continue reading

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Another hunting riddle: the state government and duck shooting

A couple of years ago we expressed surprise at the apparently supine attitude of the state Labor government before the hunting lobby. Its so called ‘deer strategy‘, for example,  was ‘more concerned to gratify the hunting lobby than to respond … Continue reading

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