Dear Friends and other residents interested in Back Creek,
This is the 2nd edition of eBACKCREEK BRIEFINGSf.
Vegetation Survey – Barrie Gallacher has received from the Council, a copy of the VEGETATION SURVEY that was conducted. If you would like to have a look at that please get in touch with Barrie.
Start Up Grant – this grant application for $500.00 has been put in and to date we have not had any feedback about that. We understand that this will be granted.
Janyce McMurtry from Boroondara Council has also put in an application for revegetation funding with Greening Australia for $7000.00. This application is also not yet finalised.
Incorporation – the process is awaiting some more details that were missing from the application before the matter can be completed.
Website –check out the updated Friends of Back Creek website. We have incorporated a slide show of the birds that have been sighted along the creek and also copies of the newsletters. Eventually we will include a plan or diagram of the creek and locate where the activity is happening. Let us know if you have sighted birds or other things of interest that should be included.
Clean Up Australia day – we had a very successful event for the Clean Up Australia activity on Sunday the 4th of March 2001 form 10.00am – 2.00pm. We met at the Cornell St end and welcomed approximately 30 people for the clean up. We collected more than half a tonne of rubbish. This was made up of about 30 bags of rubbish and fallen branches from snags in the creek. Some notable items collected were – a shopping trolley, part of a car head, a bucket seat and a cane lounge. Our local primary school, Wattle Park Primary School also participated in the effort on the 2nd of March and they worked at the Quinton Rd end. Robert Brierley was the site supervisor on both occasions. Boroondara collected the rubbish the following week. There is however a remaining item that still is on the footpath in Cornell St that has yet to be moved because it is particularly heavy – a hose real embedded in concrete.
Clearing the snags has allowed the recent rainwater to flow better down the creek and meant that less debris is caught in the snags. There will always be some clean up work required to deal with debris that is washed down stream with the rain.
Working Bees – we would love to have as many people involved in an ongoing work program in the creek. We are taking on the emany hands make light workf approach. The day allocated is each 2nd Sunday in the month. The time for the working bee is between 10.00 am and 1.00pm. That will include time to have a drink and a biscuit at the end. Please bring gumboots, garden gloves (there are still some rubber gloves left over from the last clean up), garden tools and a wheelbarrow or 2 would be useful.
THE VERY 1ST WORKING BEE HOWEVER WILL BE THE 3RD SUNDAY THIS MONTH BECAUSE OF MOTHERfS DAY ON THE 2ND SUNDAY. THE DATE FOR THE WORKING BEE IN MAY IS SUNDAY 20TH OF MAY.
We will be working at the Quinton Rd end of the creek.
The tasks we intend to do on that day are:
· Pick up rubbish washed down in the recent rain
· Snag removal for the really fit workers
· Have a human chain to remove the wood disentangled and put along the road to be collected by Council
· Clearing of weed growth in an area where mulching can occur in the June Working Bee
If any one has a chain saw to cut up the larger fallen branches that would be great. Please let Robert know on 9836 379.
Anyone who would like to use this firewood can come and collect it.
Even though the weather is colder please be vigilant for wasps when working in the creek. Robert has killed several wasp nests that were in the weed growth at ground level. It is important to have sufficient protective clothing on for the working bee.
Friends of South Surrey park and Friends of Damper Creek – we hope to send a couple of representatives from the FOBC to the working bees fro these groups each of these groups have regular working bees on the last Sunday of the month.
FOBC Committee meetings - occur on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. Anyone who is interested in coming along please feel welcome. Give Chris a ring to find out where the next one is – 9888 4461. At the June committee meeting we will be discussing the Draft Plan of Work. The plan of work is to focus our efforts and allow us to work in conjunction with Boroondara Council and Melbourne Water and respond to opportunities as they arise.
Committee members – below are the names of the people on the committee with contact details for president, secretary and treasurer. These positions will be ratified at the general meeting on the 28/2/2001
President - Robert Brierley – 9836 3779
Secretary – Chris Walta – 9888 4461
Treasurer – Bob Strickland – 9830 0749
Committee members – Peg Dooley, Barrie Gallacher, Simon Gardiner, Dot Neal, June Strickland, John Tetley
Statement of Purpose –
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