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August 2019

Why are native bees ‘the bees knees’ of Australian ecosystems? Cardinia session

28 August 2019 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Tuesday 28th August, 9.30am-11.30am Bayles Public Hall, 660 Kooweerup Longwarry Rd, Bayles Pollinators drive biodiversity with over 75% of the world’s plants needing insect pollinators in order to reproduce. These pollinators provide ecosystem services in the natural landscapes as well as in agriculture and urban environments. Australia has around 1,700 species of native bees, with more species being discovered each year. Native bees are important pollinators of Australia’s wildflowers. They also make an important contribution to Australian agriculture, through crop…

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October 2019

Protecting nature: a walk and talk in Tootgarook Swamp

12 October 2019 from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Boneo Park, 312 Boneo Road
Boneo, Victoria 3939 Australia
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Trust for Nature's ever popular Spring into Nature series is back for 2019 and the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA is excited to be teaming up with them, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Boneo Park to offer the public a tour of Tootgarook Swamp and the Moonah Woodlands of Boneo Park, a covenanted property on the Mornington Peninsula Tootgarook Swamp/Wetland is the largest groundwater-dependent ecosystem and freshwater marsh in the region and is identified as a priority area under the Melbourne Water…

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Managing Serrated Tussock (and other needle grasses) and Artichoke Thistle

19 October 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Darraweit Guim Memorial Hall, 1481 Bolinda-Darraweit Road
Darraweit Guim, Victoria 3756 Australia
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Serrated Tussock in a field

At this field day, local research agronomist Charles Grech from Paddock Solutions, will discuss how to control Serrated Tussock and other needle grasses using chemicals and management methods across small and broad scale applications.  He will also give advice on broadleaf weed management with specific advice about the control of artichoke thistle. Taskforce’s Herbicide Representative, Bill Dobbie, will be on hand via video  link to answer any questions specific to chemical application. Free event. Lunch provided. Morning session indoors before…

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March 2020

Bunurong Day on Country – Cultural Heritage Training

March 18 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
395 Nepean Highway, Frankston, 395 Nepean Highway
Frankston, Victoria Australia
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Discover the deep connections the Bunurong people have to their country on this guided bus tour that will visit several site visits around their ancestral home of the Mornington Peninsula. Engage in valuable cultural heritage discussions, which will explain how and when to engage Traditional Owners, legislative requirements and what to look for when dealing with a potential heritage site as part of an on-ground project The event is funded by the Victorian Government and is for volunteers working in…

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June 2020

Removing rabbits from your property for the long term

June 17 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Have you got a rabbit problem? Are your rabbit control efforts yet to be 100% successful? This ‘how-to’ interactive discussion hosted by Robert Hall of the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA and pest management expert Tim Bloomfield will cover: Best practice rabbit management How not to waste time and money What to do yourself, when and how When to engage a contractor and how to select one What success looks like How to minimise effort and maximise outcomes for the long…

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October 2020

Preying on pasture invertebrate pests using Integrated Pest Management

October 7 from 9:30 am - 11:00 am

This online workshop review the results of the on-farm demonstration into Integrated Pest Management as part of the ‘Preying on Pasture Pests the IPM Way’ project, funded through Ripe for Change (delivered by Sustainable Table). It will be delivered by Paul Horne and Jessica Page from IPM Technologies and hosted by PPWCMA and WPCLN. This onlin meeting will be recorded. Information will be presented outlining the discoveries made at the demonstration site -baseline invertebrate monitoring - what was the problem?…

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Telling your Landcare story: film making course

October 29 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA has engage Digital Storytelling to run a six-week course on how Landcare and community environmental groups can tell their stories by film. The online course will run every Thursday from 10am-11.30am from 29 October to 3 December and is open to all volunteers and facilitators from Landcare and community environmental groups in the Port Phillip and Western Port region. When registering you will be booking into all sessions. Participants are encouraged to try to attend all…

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November 2020

Wild by Nature Short Film Festival

November 7 from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Over the many months that Victorians were kept close to home, hundreds in our community chose to also get closer to the nature near them and filmed stories for the Wild by Nature Short-film Festival.⁠ Join us on Saturday 7 November as we screen the finalists, announce the winners and celebrate what we love about nature in Victoria!⁠ 3-4.30pm: Pobblebonk (12 years and under) and Swamp Skink  (13-17 years) division showcase 7pm-8pm: Black Swan Division (18 years and above) showcase…

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Eco anxiety and environmental volunteering forum

November 13 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The bushfires of 2019-20 have overshadowed our recent summers and have had an enormous impact on environmental volunteers, who dedicate their time to its protection, and bring out stress and anxiety about the realities of climate change. The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA has collaborated with the Mind Room to host an eco anxiety forum for volunteers and facilitators from Landcare and community groups in the Port Phillip and Western Port region. Participants will discuss the impact of environmental events…

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Mental Health First Aid for NRM volunteers and professionals

November 20 from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

When it comes to working in natural resource management, physical first aid is second nature, but many of us don't feel confident to offer mental health assistance. As part of the Our Catchments, Our Communities Regional Leadership Program, the PPWCMA is hosting mental health first aid training for volunteers and professionals working in natural resource management. The course features an online self-guided component and two online group sessions. As part of the self-guided component, participants will go through five online modules…

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