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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. It’s so called ‘deer strategy‘, for example,  was ‘more concerned to gratify the hunting lobby than to respond … Continue reading

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Zoom in to the FOBIF AGM

FOBIF has decided to have a Zoom AGM on Monday November 9 at 7.30. Members and supporters are cordially invited to attend. You’ll need to register to do this. Those who register will be sent a log in link, in … Continue reading

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New from old: an indigenous management plan for Kalimna

A new management plan for Kalimna Park will be released for consultation before the end of the year. The plan, part of the Balak Kalik Manya (Walking Together) project, is part of ongoing indigenous co management  in the park. Not … Continue reading

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Supermarket objection

FOBIF has submitted an objection to the planning  permit application for a new supermarket in Duke Street Castlemaine. Our submission is essentially a repeat of our objection to a previous version of this permit application. We said at the time … Continue reading

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Investing in public health

‘Environmental infrastructure’ is one of those phrases that makes the eyes glaze over, but actually, all it means is: things that help you enjoy good places. That is, bush tracks, ways of enjoying parks and gardens, and so on. As … Continue reading

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More lockdown reading!

The September issue of Wombat Forestcare newsletter is now out, and can be found here As usual, it’s a great read, containing articles about owls, the continuing uncertain status of the Wombat Forest, bird calls, fungi, and a very sobering … Continue reading

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Add your view on Kalimna Park

Community members are being invited to participate in a Zoom workshop session, facilitated by Djandak (Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises), to discuss values, threats, priorities, and opportunities associated with Kalimna Park- as part of the Walking Together- Balak Kalik Manya Project. … Continue reading

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Cancellation of walks

The next two FOBIF walks (16 August and 20 September) are cancelled due to reintroduction of government restrictions on the number of people allowed to walk together. Hopefully we will be able to resume our walks on 18 October which … Continue reading

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How to do it: Golf!?

FOBIF’s recommended lockdown reading for this week is a short article on a Golf Course! The article by Megan Backhouse can be found here. It’s to do with management of native vegetation on the Royal Melbourne course: ‘The club’s Black … Continue reading

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How not to do it 1: the Maldon catastrophe

Late last month Forest Fire Management crews groomed a significant area of Parks Victoria managed land on the south eastern edge of Maldon township. Grooming (that is, slashing to ground level) is common fuel reduction technique close to urban areas, … Continue reading

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