Friends of Waurn Ponds Creek Inc.


Newsletter No. 10

Spring 2004


Crossing the Creek

Since the units have been built on Barwarre Rd, the residents of Geelong Grove Retirement Village have been 'marooned' from easily accessing Belmont and many people daily are 'walking the pipe' to get across the creek to Bailey Street and on to the walking track. Now that clearing and revegetation have begun in earnest in that area, surely it is time for a proper crossing to be built for the use of everyone? Lindsay Dixon, a local resident and member of Grovedale Rotary, is starting a campaign to get things happening. If you can show your support in any way, please contact him on 5243 4527

A Staggering 17000

That's how many trees, shrubs and grasses have been planted this year alone, by residents' groups led by Nancy and Fiona, Belmont and Geelong Rotary Clubs, Grovedale Lions, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Grovedale Scouts and school children from:

  • Grovedale West PS (Bailey St)
  • Grovedale West PS (Heyers Rd)
  • Grovedale Seconday College
  • Oberon South PS (Tintinara Ave)
  • Oberon High School
  • Christian College (Junior)
  • Matthew Flinders College
  • Nazareth PS
  • Mandama PS
Thank you to everyone concerned.

However to all of you who planted, don't forget to nurture these plants especially in their first year. Keep the guards around them for protection, remove the weeds from inside the plastic, and if possible, help to water them over the few months of summer in January and February. This way you will see them grow at a fantastic rate and be really proud that you were the one to plant them in the first place.

The 600 litre water tank will be available to anyone who has a tow bar on their car.
Bookings essential through Di Luscombe
(ph: 5227 0858).

End of Year BBQ

Sunday December 5th

11.30 a.m.

Next to playground off Torquay Road
This will include a guide on seed collecting and frog identificaton. It will be held in the same spot as last year, under the trees next to the playground off Torquay Rd and all food and drinks will be supplied. You need only bring a chair. Come along and meet others who also care enough about their environment to do something about it. Phone Jackie if you would like more details or just show up on the day.

Seed Collecting and Propagation

December marks the start of seed collecting in this area.
You MUST have been instructed by Tim Solly from Barwon Water AND have your name registered with Jackie.

If propagating is more your style you can start going to the air-conditioned comfort of the Community Nursery in early December, on a Wednesday between 2 and 4 p.m. where Tim or Gillian will instruct you on what to do.
The nursery is located on the corner of Barwon Terrace and Swanston Street opposite Landy field.

This year the Friends and Belmont Rotarians propagated 14000 plants.
We are looking to increase that to 20 000 next year.
Can we do it?

Thanks for the response to the last newsletter for volunteers for water testing and bird surveys.
Both groups are underway and include Maryanne, Luke, Kay Bob, Jessica, Sheila, Penny, Dave and Sam.

  • Do you have what it takes to be the convenor of our Friends' Group?
  • Come September next year the position of convenor/secretary will be vacant.
  • If you would like to nominate someone please contact Jackie

More Leaders Required

Are you good at motivating people?

We need more leaders to organize groups of residents along the creek to maintain and improve their own area.
Plenty of support is given and absolutely no cost to you except your time.
If you would like more information on what it would involve, please call Jackie and she will return your call and answer all your questions.

My Connected Community Keep yourself up to date

This is a member-only community website which has all the up to date information about what is happening on the creek including planting dates and minutes of quarterly meetings.
On your first visit you will have to apply for membership (no fee) which is then approved by a committee member.
After that you can access the site whenever you wish and add your own thoughts and ideas.
Give it a go-it's a great way to spread the news of the creek:
There's a wealth of information here.

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