UNIFY Gathering Tree Planting Day

Location: Tarwin Lower
When: August 2019
Partners: unify gathering, bass coast landcare network, SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE

We worked with UNIFY Gathering heavy metal festival to plant and guard 1500 trees on the sheep farm where the festival is held in Tarwin Lower. The 40 volunteers included lots and lots of new faces, including heaps of UNIFY punters who had never been to tree planting before but wanted to help protect the festival site. A special thanks to Bass Coast Landcare for their hardcore support of the day.

Billy Creek Tree Planting

Location: Billy Creek, Churchill
When: August 2019
Partners: Yinnar/ Yinnar South Landcare, West Gippsland CMA, Latrobe catchment landcare network
Boss organisers: Jem Milkins

We got down and dirty (and weeeeetttttttt! YAY GIPPSLAND!) helping Yinnar/ Yinnar South Landcare Group plant out a site along the Billy Creek. The steep site had been smashed by the recent bushfires, so was eroding away into the creek. We were able to help plant 300 trees and guards them with some industrial proof guards to stop grazing animals.

Powlett River Mouth Beach Clean-up

Location: Powlett River mouth, wonthaggi
When: june 2019
Partners: Tangaroa blue
Boss organisers: jarryd minahan

After seeing how littered with rubbish the mouth of the Powlett River was, we quickly got organised and ran this day. In total 25 vols removed about 244 kg of rubbish from the beach, river edge, sand dunes and shrubs. We picked up beer cans, bottles, micro-plastics, plastic wrapping, fishing line and lots of other pieces of rubbish. Afterwards we celebrated our work with a BBQ and delicious brownies.

Weed Mapping and Mountain Biking

Location: Colquhoun regional park, east gippsland
When: May 2019
Partners: DELWP, Venture Out Lakes Entrance, Gippsland mountain bike club
Boss organisers: Elsa Burnell and Brita jobling

We were blessed with some pretty special weather as we mapped weeds and mountain biked in the beautiful Colquhoun Regional Park .We worked with DELWP to help locate weed species along three sections of the Gippsland Lakes Discovery trail, spent the afternoon riding the trails of Colquhoun MTB Park and then finished the night off around the campfire at Log Crossing Campground. A special thanks to Sarah from Venture Out In Lakes Entrance who supplied us with the bikes and Jacinta Nelsson from the Gippsland Mountain Bike Club for leading us through the tracks.

2019 AGM at Gurneys Cider

Location: Foster
WHEN: March 2019

Old hands and new faces got together to plan our calendar of events for 2019. Gurneys cider put on a show for us, with perfect weather, incredible views to the Prom and local cider and produce. We chatted about last year’s successes/fails/learnings, what we wanted to do for the road ahead and elected a new committee of 10 for 2019.

Photo Competition

Location: Gippsland
WHEN: Summer 2019
Partner: Gippslandia, TOny Middleton photography
Boss Organiser: Jem Milkins

Young people from across Gippsland entered our competition showing off their ‘Picturesque Gippsland’ and matching it with a caption on why the place was special to them. The winning shot was by Richie Southerton with a beautiful image of McKenzie River Rainforest shot in Bemm River Scenic Reserve in East Gippsland. 

Phillip Island Plastic Free Beach Clean-Up

Location: Phillip Island
When: December 2018
Partners: Sea Shepherd, Plastic Free Phillip Island and San Remo, Lime and Co, the Sheltered Glamping Co. Westernport Water.
Boss organiser: Jarryd Minahan

We took to Phillip Island’s beaches and helped Sea Shepherd pick up and sort 38 kilograms of rubbish. Following the clean-up we participated in a cultural heritage walk and listened to inspiring guest speakers. We glamped the night away under the stars and ate delicious Mexican for dinner.

Dance and Plant

Location: Bass Hills
Boss organiser: Kesley Tong

Over 60 of us got 6,000 trees in the ground on a steep property overlooking Western Port. Following the tree planting we headed to a nearby property where we set up camp and danced the night away to local bands and musicians.

Sandy Point Sea Spurge Removal and Surfing

Location: Sandy point
PARTNERS:TAKE 3 FOR THE SEA, SANDY POINT Foreshore committee, Sandy POint Surf Club, Tim Silverwood, Phillip ISland NAture parks, West Gippsland CMA
Boss organiser: Seb EMANUEL

We spent the morning cleaning up Sea Spurge along the foreshore in Sandy Point, before heading out for a surfing session in the afternoon. That evening we listened to presentations by Tim Silverwood and Phillip Island Nature Parks. The next day we participated in a facilitated project planning session.

Short Environmental Film Festival

Location:  mirboo north
WHEN: FEBruary 2018

We hosted a short film festival of environmental stories from across Victoria. We also hosted our first AGM and elected a committee for the year.

Kayaking the Macalister River to Map Willows

Location: Macalister River (BELOW LICOLA)
when: december 2018

In order to help the West Gippsland CMA manage willows in the upper reaches of the Macalister River, we kayaked an inaccesible section and mapped willows for future maintenance. Afterwards we camped overnight and survived a pretty hectic storm.

Planting 4,000 trees in Woolamai

Location: BASS HILLS
Partners: BASS COAST LANDCARE NETWORK, udder and HOE, gippslandia

Our first tree planting was a massive success where about 60 young people planted 4,000 trees on a property overlooking western port. Attendees were treated with cups of tea and organic local produce from Udder and Hoe.

Wilsons Prom Leadership Retreat

Location: Wilson’s Prom
when: April 2017
Partners: Intrepid Landcare, friends of the prom, Parks Vic, West Gippsland CMA

Our first ever event was a leadership retreat run by Intrepid Landcare at Wilsons Prom. The 25 young people who attended climbed Mt Oberon, helped the Friends of the Prom undertake environment work, did some leadership training, and designed real life environmental projects.