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Pea, legume, or bean?  What does it mean?

Come along (via Zoom®) to FOBIF’s AGM (7:30 p.m. on Monday the 9th of August) and hear Ian Higgins speak on: “Everything you wanted to know about the plant world’s third most diverse family but were too afraid to ask”. … Continue reading

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FOBIF’s 15 August walk

We are not sure what the arrangements will be for the scheduled walk on August 15 Beyond the Res (11) due to restrictions on the numbers allowed at outside gatherings. We may have to cancel the walk or have limited … Continue reading

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More on proposed new National Parks

In a recent post we reported on the Victorian Government decision to create three new national parks in central-west Victoria. Alison Pouliot comments below on proposed long delays in stopping logging in these parks. She has also produced a terrific … Continue reading

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Flood disasters (1): cautionary tales for us, too?

Last week’s floods in Europe were horrific, and we must be moved by the sight of helpless people sorting through their destroyed homes. Victims must be helped, and lives rebuilt…and, of course, lessons should be learned. Already there’s a sense … Continue reading

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Disasters (2): are we paying attention?

While Europeans count the cost of last week’s catastrophe, it might be worth while considering our own situation. Although we at FOBIF are a bit worried about our tendency to repeat ourselves, here we go again: this is from our … Continue reading

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FOBIF walk cancelled for July 18

We regret that the COVID lockdown has meant we have had to cancel Sunday’s FOBIF walk. The Beyond the Res (II) walk will now take place on August 15 and the Mount Alexander walk planned for that day will be … Continue reading

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AGM 2021: Peas!

FOBIF’s 2021 AGM will be held in the Senior Citizens Hall, Mechanics Lane Castlemaine  (that’s right next to the library), on Monday August 9 at 7.,30 pm. The guest speaker will be Ian Higgins, who will talk about native peas … Continue reading

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Central West forests: on the whole, a good outcome

You wouldn’t know it from the thunderous silence in most of the media, but last Thursday the Victorian Government tabled its long delayed response to the recommendations of VEAC on the Central West forests. (see our reports on this saga … Continue reading

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Wildlife: what is it, and what should be done about it?

FOBIF  has made a submission to the Independent review of the 1975 Wildlife Act. The essentials of the submission are to support –removal of the protected status of deer –removal of native birds from the definition of ‘game’ –creation of … Continue reading

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The wildlife Act: want to have a say?

As we noted a couple of weeks ago, the 1975 Wildlife Act is under review, and public responses are invited. FOBIF will be making a submission this week, but if you need to be motivated to have a go, check … Continue reading

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