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Update on ‘The Point’ water monitoring program

Many of you will have noticed that extensive earthworks are proceeding where the Moremac housing development meets Swan Bay at Lakers Cutting. These earthworks will establish the input and discharge channels linking Swan Bay to the canal that runs through the development. There are several silt screens in place to minimise the spread of sediment disturbed by the earthworks from entering Swan Bay. My limited observations suggest these have been…

Celebrating the work of Jill Warneke

A giant chocolate cake, a certificate of appreciation and a stirring round of applause marked our AGM’s celebration of Jill Warneke. Since the establishment of the nursery in 1997, Jill has been its driving force as the volunteer coordinator. Her dedication, enthusiasm, hard work and leadership has meant that the nursery has grown from a few boxes of plants in 1997 to the sale of 14,500 plants and the donation…

Water quality report sent to Government and developers

In our December Newsletter we included findings from a report, prepared for us by consultancy Marine Ecological Solutions, that analysed water quality at ‘The Point’ canal estate. SBEA is concerned that the estate may increase nutrient concentrations in Lakers Cutting, potentially lead to algal blooms and de-oxygenation, and cause a loss of amenity to nearby residents. When sending the report to the Victorian Government and the developers, SBEA President Roel…

Damping down in the hothouse

Damping down in the hothouse A new fan is making life much more comfortable for the plants – and volunteers – in the nursery hothouse. Thank you to Swan Bay Environment Association (SBEA) Committee members Roel and Greg, who installed the fan to reduce moisture build up inside the hothouse. Street trees potted SBEA Nursery Coordinator, Jill Warneke, spent a morning working with two Borough officers transferring tree seedlings (mainly…