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2017/18 Fire season CFA briefing

2017/18 Fire season CFA briefing

Fire preparedness, Summer 2017/18


Proposed burn update: Now for fuel reduction not asset protection

Proposed burn update: Now for fuel reduction not asset protection

The bushlands reserve on Commissioners Gully Road is now subject to a proposed planned burn sometime between 1 March and 31 May 2017. The signs recently put up at the reserve read: “Planned Burning Operations in accordance with the Published Fire Operations Plan for the Murray Goldfields District are scheduled in this area between Wednesday […]


CFA Bushlands fire briefing December 2016

CFA Bushlands fire briefing December 2016

Antoinette Birkenbeil reports on the CFA Chewton Community Fire Meeting at Chewton Cemetery on Saturday December 10,  2016, attended by Kylie, Jim, Hannah, Tim, Ann Quinton, Glen, Chris, Fran, Jill, John Ellis, Karen, and four dogs, with CFA presenters Alan (from the CFA Community Education Group in Bendigo), David Button (CFA Chewton Captain), Barry Mousey (Second Lieutenant) and his daughter […]


Asset protection burn: Update

Asset protection burn: Update

The proposed asset protection burn (triggered at the request of a neighbour) on the public reserve in Commissioners Gully Road didn’t take place, as listed, between 1 March and 31 May 2016.   The Department of Environment and Primary Industry included the 12 hectare parcel of public land “Chewton Bushmans Road MGF CAS028″, otherwise known as […]


Controlled asset protection burn

Controlled asset protection burn

The proposed burn did not happen in Spring 2015 as planned and outlined below. We await notification of a date in Autumn 2016.  In the meantime this piece by Phil Ingamells in The Age (10 January 2016) on the limits of fuel reduction burns is really very informative: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/appreciating-limits-of-fuel-reduction-burns-vital-to-effective-fire-management-in-victoria-20160110-gm2o3t.html ——————— Antoinette, Karen, Steve and I walked […]


Great Bluebell Creeper Cull update

Great Bluebell Creeper Cull update

Congratulations to all involved in the Great Bluebell Creeper Cull of February 2014 at the reserve on Bush Sanctuary Road. Karen and myself today (21 December 2015) did some follow-up work there and found remarkably few​ living specimens (which are of course no longer living) most of which were quite small and easy to manage. […]


Native mice

Native mice

Who else is hosting new winter residents? And what terms have you set on their tenancy? A non-lethal response suggested by Michael GS, one that he has found effective, is electronic rodent control… not that they are rodents… at http://www.pestrol.com.au/pestrol-rodent.html Mark Carter


Culling the creeper

Culling the creeper

  Last February 23, 2014 a big push by a group of us really set back the invasion of Bluebell Creeper (Solly heterophylla) taking place in the North/East Bushlands. A further onslaught in November 2014 is planned and details will be posted here.


Snakes alive!

Common Brown Snake. Photo by Peter Robertson © Museum Victoria

Summer usually sees the presence of a few snakes in particular locations around the Bushlands.  Most are brown snakes but quite often a tiger snake or two joins the fray. In most instances they can be left to move off to other places but occasionally some may invade buildings and hence require removal.  We are […]


Cup Moth alert

Cup Moth alert

Check out the Department of Environment article for details.


Controlled burn: Emails to DEPI

Dear Planned Burning at DEPI and Damien Drum, Re: Fire operations plan for the Murray Goldfields Fire District Proposed planned burning site: MGFCASO28 Chewton, Bushmans Road (12Ha) We live in Miners Hut Road at just under a kilometre due south of the proposed burn site. We acknowledge that controlled burns can play an important part in contributing to […]


Controlled burn: FOBIF email

Dear Friend of the Box Ironbark Forests, As we reported on www.fobif.org.au on July 19 and August 13, DEPI has released the latest modification on the fire operations plan for our region. Consultations are invited, preferably before August 31.We strongly urge you to show that the public is closely interested in this program by putting a submission […]


Nesting box rewards.

Nesting box rewards.

Sugar Gliders enjoying one of the Connecting Country nesting boxes.


Blue Bell Creeper (Sollya heterophylla) weed

Blue Bell Creeper (Sollya heterophylla) weed

This spreading weed has been found in many places in the Bushlands and must be dealt with. Please see the picture below to help with identification and when you have identified this plant please remove it. The “cut and paint” method appears to be the most positive way to stop its spread. We have the […]


A very welcome bushlands visitor

A very welcome bushlands visitor

by Cate (Chewton Chat, March 2012)


Thanks Jan!

Thanks Jan!

On the weekend we were saved from a potential fire by the swift action of neighbour Jan Palethorpe. When passing the Chewton Cemetery she saw smoke. On checking she found it to be a smouldering log. One which could have very easily caused a fire. She phoned 000 and they were on to it immediately […]


The wild life around here is not so wild

The wild life around here is not so wild

So Jeremy and I were sitting there at the end of a warm day having a quiet ale when one of the locals drooped in for a drink. The level in the bowl was low so I thought – I’ll just top it up. Never did I think the echidna would lap the water as I […]


Cormorants and a Heron

Cormorants and a Heron

A big surprise for Glen when he found three Cormorants and a Heron watching over his dam A slightly closer shot after one cormorant had left the party


A micro bat being fed by a trained person. Do not try this at home…..

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME - THE BAT WILL SUFFER (AND SO MAY YOU)

Check it out on YouTube


Kennedy’s Lane Reserve

Kennedy’s Lane Reserve

Near the old Calder Highway, as you leave the bushlands, you pass the last reserve which once produced firewood for the the DSE. A swampy wildflower rich and extraordinary area, wear your boots and bring mosquito repellent! Go to this Facebook page.


Bob the Brown Snake and friend

Bob the Brown Snake and friend

For a geezer at Glen’s neighbourly snake go to his YouTube video.


Who was watching who?

Who was watching who?

Wildflowers 2012

Check out Antoinette’s Facebook collection of Wildflower photos.


Echidna drinking past bedtime

Echidna drinking past bedtime

Video on YouTube of an Echidna having a drink of water during the night.