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Gippsland Trouble Update: “The future of our Lakes”

****Dr. Peter Fisher will be speaking on this issue at the Bairnsdale Italian Australian Club on Thursday 20 April at 7:00pm. Free of charge. Bookings essential: ph. 5150 2300.****

©: Liz Wearne“The Gippsland Lakes are in serious trouble if the lack of water quality monitoring in catchment rivers continues. This has the potential to affect all businesses connected to the `jewel of Gippsland’, including tourism, industry and real estate.”
Retired engineer and advocate for improved water health throughout East Gippsland (and FOGL member), Ross Scott, raised the issue during an address to Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce and Industry members last week.
“This is a key issue that will involve all business with a connection to the Gippsland Lakes,” Mr. Scott said.
“The Gippsland Lakes are stuffed unless we do something immediately about impacting issues.

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B&DFNC present “Mud, Sand, Algaes and Angiosperms” Friday 21th and Saturday 22th April

BAIRNSDALE & DISTRICT FIELD NATURALISTS CLUB

An open invite has been extended to join the B&DFNC on Friday 21th and Saturday 22th April which is hosting a visit by Alan Scrymgeour, a well known marine biologist from Bega.

The invitation:

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Easter Animal Survey Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April

Easter Animal SurveyPygmy Possums

If interested in volunteering for this event please ring Anne Schmidli 5156 2579.

The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and the Bairnsdale Field Naturalists will be surveying for native animals on Boole Poole at Easter using cage traps. One animal they expect to catch is Pygmy Possum.

Parks Vic have given permission for vehicles on Boole Poole for the purposes of the survey. The Field Nats will have three vehicles and one trailer. Parks Vic have made a vehicle available for FOGL members if they wish to be involved.

The Field Nats will be camping on Boole Poole from Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April. Our knowledgeable Rangers & FOGL members Joe Stephens and Yasmin Aly will be in attendance on Good Friday. This should be a real educational adventure at a beautiful time of year so get in early to be involved.

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FOGL Committee Meeting Tuesday 04 April

All interested members welcome to attend,

Tuesday 04 April 2006
Bairnsdale Bowls Club
Cnr Grant & Pearson St Bairnsdale
Dine: 6:30PM
Meeting: 7:30PM

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FOGL MEMBERS: Bunga Arm Track Working Bee Day #3 – Saturday 25 March 2006

If interested in volunteering for this event fill in your contact details then click on the Submit button below.

We shall depart from Metung at 08:30am in the Parks Vic boat and any private boat that members may be able to offer safe passage in.

FOGL members will complete the work commenced in 2005 on Boole Poole by clearing the remaining track section of sawn branches and undergrowth and erecting signs at either end of the track.

We shall work till 11:30, break for lunch, continue until completion (approx. 2:00pm), hava a well-earnt bbq, Joe Stephens may give us an up to date briefing on the reintroduction of native animals project ‘Burragarra’.

Opening this section will allow a loop walk. The name of the track will be Lune Beeuke Track (Lune Beeuke meaning ‘good water’ in the Ganai/Kurnai language). Lune Beeuke Track will eventually run from Jubilee Head Track in the west to McMahon’s Boundary Track in the east (approximately 14 km.)

Lune Beeuke Track, Boole Poole

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Clean Up Australia Day @ the Silt Jetties

Mitchell River silt jettiesThe Friends of the Gippsland Lakes, Fishcare, Coastal Board and East Gippsland Shire Council have been invited to attend a Clean Up Australia Day event at the Silt Jetties on Sunday 5 March 2006. Click here for Clean Up Australia’s web page.

In addition to the great environmental outcomes this should be an energising inter-agency day with a recreational fishing (Fishcare) presence (given a lot of the rubbish is from anglers). It should also provide some excellent media coverage. There will be a BBQ and social afterwards. Stay tuned for more info or if you would like your group to be involved get in touch with Glen Forster, Coast Action/Coastcare Facilitator, Dept. Sustainability and Environment Ph: (03)5152 0439 Mob: 0408 357 343

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Projects, Works & Grants subcommittee meeting

Projects, Works & Grants subcommittee meeting
Tuesday 14 Februrary 2:00pm
DSE Offices 574 Main St. Bairnsdale

Agenda
Boole Poole native animal survey planning
Funding meeting to be organised
Bunga Arm walking track completion, Park Note & signage planning