FoGL Submission to the Inspector General for Emergency Management on Current Prescribed Burning Practices

Posted on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Concluding Comments: “FoGL stresses a fire ecology strategy needs to be developed and implemented that protects and enhances our biodiversity and is based on the best-available scientific evidence.” … ” We feel that a public awareness campaign needs to be mounted that challenges, with scientific evidence, the belief that planned burns protect communities and do no harm to wildlife and biodiversity.”

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FoGL new Committee

Posted on Wednesday 19 November 2014

    The new FoGL Committee;

  • Trevor Caldwell Acting President,
  • Nancy McMurray Acting Secretary,
  • Marian Matcham Treasurer,
  • Anne Schmidlii committee,
  • Don Ripper committee,
  • Adele Rosmalen committee,
  • Geoff Podger committee.

Friends of Gippsland Lakes Parks & Reserves is now on Facebook, keep up to date regularly with events and activities online.

This is a great tool to get information out there quickly.

If Any member or other organisation would like to post something on our page to get members involved please contact the Secretary.

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SOS General Meeting

Posted on Tuesday 8 July 2014

FoGL needs new Office Holders – President, Secretary and Treasurer. If you have a fondness for FoGL and would like to see it continue consider taking on a role or urging someone you know to consider.

Come along to the meeting on  July 30 to hear more.

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2014 FoGL Planting Day at Mathieson’s Paddock – Volunteers welcome

Posted on Monday 28 April 2014

Saturday 31st May 10am-2pm

FoGL and friends planted a further 500 local mixed species plants on Parks Victoria managed land by the Mitchell River.

Free pizza and soft drink for participants!

With grateful thanks to the Imperial Hotel by the Mitchell River and Domino’s Bairnsdale for their generous assistance.

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Seen any Pacific Gulls lately?

Posted on Sunday 20 April 2014


Be on the lookout for banded Pacific Gulls – alive or dead.

A number of people have been banding Pacific Gulls over the past few years: – Clive Minton and the Victorian Wader Study Group, around Victoria – Peter Dann, at Phillip Island, Victoria – Bill Wakefield, around Hobart, Tasmania – Cath Meathrel, in the Furneaux Group, Tasmania – me, Bruce Robertson, in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

All birds have at least one band, of stainless steel. Some birds were also banded with a unique colour combination using Darvic/plastic bands. Others were banded with a large aluminium band with a unique number stamped four times around the band.

From previous recoveries of banded birds, we know that first year birds from last breeding season will be doing their post-fledging dispersal now. We also know that up to 50% of all first year birds will die before their first birthday.

In 2006 Bruce Robertson banded over 500 chicks on Goose Island, Tasmania. This is the most birds ever banded in the one place at the one time. It gives us a unique chance to investigate post-fledging dispersal. It also is our best ever chance to find out whether any birds move north to Victoria, across Bass Strait.

We need the help of people like you who are to be our eyes and ears for us around coastal Victoria.

Bands recovered from dead birds can be sent to the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme, GPO Box 8, Canberra 2601.

Sight records, even without full details, are still of value to Bruce. Please let him know of the whereabouts of any live banded birds that you see.

Bruce Robertson 16 Ellen Close Warragul 3820 Mobile: 0427 231 344 Fax: 0356 236 327 Email:

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end of year FoGL get-together

Posted on Wednesday 20 November 2013

end of year BBQ

Byo meat/vege and drink and a salad or treat to share.

Really hope to see you all there.

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Sea Spurge follow up weeding in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

Posted on Monday 14 October 2013


Wendy Parker, President, FoGL

After FoGL’s successful removal of the invasive weed sea spurge Euphorbia paralias l from Barrier Landing and a part of Rigby Island last year, a follow up weed removal event took place on October 10, 2013. This was done in conjunction with Parks Victoria and the Lakes Entrance Community Landcare Group.
Two areas were targeted. The first was the area around Barrier Landing that was worked on last year. The second was a part of Rigby Island frequented by Little Terns and Fairy Terns. These birds require an open sandy area on which to build their nests and lay their eggs but sea spurge growth has reduced the available nesting area. These migratory birds are due back in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park soon.

spurge talk 2013 10 10

Two FoGL members, 7 Landcare members, 2 Parks Victoria Rangers and Little Tern expert Faye Bedford (DEPI) were able to successfully weed both areas. In the previously weeded Barrier Landing area, there has been a substantial reduction in flowering plants, and the small seedlings which regrew were easily removed. With ongoing work on these sites, this invasive weed is very likely to be kept under control.

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