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Why didn’t we notice this before?

People travelling on Harmony Way south of Harcourt in the last few months have been intrigued by what seems to be a new kind of mistletoe on roadside Red Gums. Although maybe more prolific than in previous years, the mistletoe … Continue reading

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Highway safety: the talk goes on

Vicroads engineers met again with residents in Newstead last week to go over objections to tree removals along the Pyrenees Highway [see our previous posts]. Numerous objections to the basis of the project were raised. Some were accepted as legitimate—statistics … Continue reading

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Eltham Copper Butterfly awareness project

Connecting Country is preparing a grant application to Mount Alexander Shire Council for an Eltham Copper Butterfly project, working with local ecologists Elaine Bayes and Karl Just, seeking funding to monitor and protect this threatened species. FOBIF has agreed to … Continue reading

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Only read this if you’re feeling courageous

As we pointed out a few weeks ago, there’s increasing anecdotal evidence of a decline in local insect populations. The evidence is mounting that this is a world wide problem. According to the latest scientific review, ‘More than 40% of … Continue reading

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Forest management survey

DELWP is currently running an online survey to gauge community attitudes to forest management. According to a Department press release, ‘The Forest Reform Program is the bringing together of land and fire managers, Traditional Owners and Victorian communities to plan … Continue reading

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Pyrenees highway update: community group welcomes works halt

FOBIF has just received the following communique from Newstead 2021: Community group Newstead 2021 Inc today has been informed by Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards that VicRoads’ proposed Pyrenees Highway Safety Improvements project between Newstead and Muckleford South have been … Continue reading

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Another bargain

Mal ‘Jase’ Haysom has produced yet another useful map of our area: this time, roads and tracks in the Taradale Nature Conservation Reserve and [almost] adjacent State Forest. The map can be found online here, or a paper version can … Continue reading

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Pyrenees Highway: on the verge

UPDATE ON THIS POST: Please see the press release above relating to this matter Vicroads is planning to begin its tree clearance works on the Pyrenees Highway east of Newstead this week. Works were planned to start today (the 29th), … Continue reading

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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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