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Our summer newsletter is here

Read all the news in our December 2021 Newsletter. There is information about new Gardens for Wildlife features on the website, open gardens, Geelong’s climate choir, the Bellarine Ramsar site, safe cats for wildlife, the Friends of Edward’s Point 2022 calendar and more. Above is one of the pages from the Friends of Edwards Point 2022 Calendar. The calendars are now available at the St Leonards Newsagents for $25.00. To…

New Gardens for Wildlife pages

We have added two new features to our Gardens for Wildlife pages. Both have been compiled by Sandra Nowland-Foreman, our Gardens for Wildlife Coordinator. Great job, Sandra! The first feature revamps the ‘A Recipe for wildlife-friendly gardens’ page. It now includes a photo for each of the recipe’s eight ingredients, and each links to a story about a gardener who has successfully added that ingredient to their garden.  The second new…

Evie’s wildlife garden success

When Evie and Bruce moved into their Point Lonsdale home three years ago and began their garden ‘restoration’, they were very keen to add native plants. However, they did not distinguish between local indigenous varieties and other natives. Evie reflects: ‘I just planted what I knew and what I liked!‘ Initially there were many flowering bulbs popping up in the garden, including gladiola, arum lilies, blue iris, tulips, daffodils, bluebells,…

October 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our new members The Committee warmly welcomes several new members who have recently joined SBEA: Michael Green, Ann Linsten, Liz Atkinson, and Keeley Barber. We appreciate your support and the contribution you make to the protection of Swan Bay. Thank you also to our members who have recently renewed their memberships. Membership fees are Individual $20, Concession $10 and Family $30. You can pay directly into the SBEA account:…

Community restoration day at The Narrows

Join us on National Tree Day to restore and rehabilitate the beautiful Coastal Moonah Woodland in Point Lonsdale on 31 July, 2021 from 10.00am to 12.30pm. There will be revegetation activities, a flora and fauna walk ‘n’ talk and a FREE light lunch at 12.30pm. Meet at The Narrows car park, Access Track 6B, Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff for a 10.00am start. Wear sturdy footwear and BYO water, gardening gloves and…

Wild swans and seagrasses at our 2021 AGM

More than 30 members of the Swan Bay Environment Association attended our 2021 AGM on Friday 26 March. After the formalities were over – the existing committee was re-elected – members were treated to a wonderful performance of Wild Swans by William Vyvyan Murray on his 400-year-old viola. William performs throughout the world as a chamber musician, with his musical arrangements played in concerts in Japan, Singapore, Amsterdam and Berlin….

Indigenous plants on sale Saturday 27 March

The Queenscliffe Indigenous Nursery is holding a sale of its plants on Saturday 27 March 2021 from 9.00am to 12noon. There will be a large range of local indigenous plants available for purchase. You can find our nursery and the plant sale at 79 Nelson Road, Queenscliff. If you have any queries, email queensliffeindigenousnursery@yahoo.com or call Sarah on 0401 281 448.

Notice of AGM 26 March 2021

The annual general meeting of the Swan Bay Environment Association will be held at the Queenscliff Uniting Church Hall on Friday 26 March 2021 at 7:30 pm. The Guest Speaker will be Dr Craig Sherman, who will be talking about the ‘Restoration of intertidal seagrass meadows’. The Committee will put forward a motion at the AGM to increase membership fees. Following careful consideration, the Committee believes an increase in membership…

Meet our new Gardens for Wildlife Coordinator

We are very pleased to welcome Sandra Nowland-Foreman as our new Gardens for Wildlife Coordinator. Sandra has recently relocated to Point Lonsdale from the Macedon Ranges. ‘Nature has been my Primary Teacher’, she says, as she talks about what she has observed and learnt from revegetation activities on her five-acre property. Her volunteer work with the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve and as a Ranger at Hanging Rock Reserve, has…

G4W seeks a coordinator!

What’s G4W? It’s our Gardens for Wildlife program, which aims to encourage residents to provide a habitat for wildlife in their gardens by planting indigenous plants.  The Swan Bay Environment Association is now seeking an enthusiastic person to be the G4W Coordinator. Please read the position description below. If the position interests you, and you think that you can can satisfy the key selection criteria, please send your application to: Eva…