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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…

Our award-winning nursery

The Queenscliff Indigenous Nursery was awarded the Community Environment Project of the Year at a ceremony on Australia Day, 26 January. The award was presented to our Nursery Manager, Sarah Roberts, and Rosemary Brown, one of our wonderful nursery volunteers, by the Borough of Queenscliffe’s Mayor, Cr Ross Ebbels. The next day, Committee member, Pauline Nunan, baked a cake for the volunteers to celebrate their win at the nursery.

Weed Warriors go to work

The Narrows Our President, Greg Parry, attended the first of the regular planned weeding events at The Narrows on 1 December. Being the first of many planned events, there were extra formalities, including a welcome from Ross Ebbels, Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliffe. Matt Crawley and Lachlan Forbes from the Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) described the ecological vegetation classes on the coastal strip at The Narrows, and the dominant…

You can become a Weed Warrior

The Swan Bay Environment Association, Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) and the Borough of Queenscliffe are partnering in a monthly attack on weeds at The Narrows and the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve. You are invited to join us, become a Weed Warrior and give nature a helping hand by restoring critical habitat and removing invasive weeds. It’s also a great way for you to get healthy while outdoors. And you won’t…

Our new website is live!

Welcome to our new website, which showcases Swan Bay and the work we do with the community to protect it. There are special features on Swan Bay’s ecology, habitats, birds, fish and other animals. You will also find information on the Wadawurrung people, recent historical events and the threats the bay now faces. A major section on our Queenscliffe Indigenous Nursery includes photo galleries that show and describe many of…

Weeds out of control in the Borough of Queenscliffe

SBEA President, Greg Parry, is calling for action on the spread of weeds in the Borough of Queenscliffe. Much attention has been drawn to the damage to coastal vegetation caused by bike riders, but much larger areas of our native vegetation have been damaged by the long-term neglect of exotic weeds. These changes are slow, insidious and less dramatic but probably more serious in the long term. Ecologist Mark Trengrove…

Roel Wasterval passes presidential baton

Roel has been a very active member of SBEA for 20+ years and was treasurer for many years prior to becoming President. His wife Sue was also President for four years, so the Wastervals have been major contributors to SBEA almost since its inception more than 25 years ago. Roel will continue to be our representative on the Bellarine Catchment Network. Greg Parry was elected as our new President, Neil…

Plants in love with rain

Our nursery plants are loving the recent rains and high humidity. Sarah Roberts, the nursery’s coordinator, is very busy in the nursery at this time of year and also provides advice to gardeners who drop in to buy plants on Wednesday mornings and every third Sunday morning. Sarah is also finding a new use for old potting mix, which she is popping it into a compost bin for later use…