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You’re invited!

Nuggetty Land Protection Group

invites you to an afternoon celebrating the history of our area with the unveiling of a plaque marking the site of the Porcupine Flat School and the launch of “A History of Seventeen Central Victoria Schools” followed by afternoon tea at ‘Crown Hill’

The schools include the two Muckleford schools.

Sunday 14 October 2018, 2.30-4.30 pm – ‘Crown Hill’, 186 Three Chain Road, Walmer, 3463

Vicroads RACV Country Directory: 44 C9; latitude 36.9604, longitude 144.1175

Parking available in Three Chain Road and at ‘Crown Hill’ – enter via the shearing shed gate

Disabled parking also available

Plaque unveiling at the adjacent Porcupine Flat School site

Book launch to follow at ‘Crown Hill’

Enquiries: Jane Mitchell on 0457 729 132 or or Sue Barnett on 0417 368990 or

Those attending will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of

“A History of Seventeen Central Victoria Schools:

Baringhup, Baringhup East, Baringhup West, Bradford, Brokenback, Eastville, Gowar, Muckleford, Muckleford South, Neereman, Nuggetty, Porcupine Flat, Shelbourne, Shelbourne South, Tarrengower, Walmer, Walmer North”

by Ken James and Sue Barnett.

Please email Sue if you would like to reserve a copy of the book as it has a limited print run.


DELWP Information sessions

Hi everyone – DELWP has asked us to let you know about these upcoming information sessions. Hope you can attend. And if you do, I would welcome any feedback you would like to share to this blog – just add your comments on the post page.

DELWP August 2017


Come and join in! Saturday night around the fire!

Talking Fire

We’ll be weaving together stories about fire on Saturday 12 August – 4.30-8.30 pm – leaving from the Newstead Railway Arts Hub, Tivey Street, Newstead – visiting a spot in the nearby forest just for an hour as it gets dark and the moon rises. Then back at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub where there will be delicious soups to warm us and a fire too. Tell us you are coming by a text to 0418512471 – just so there is enough soup!

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Booked yet for our Sharing Stories event?

Talking Fire

Fire is a powerful force and a wonderful comfort. Aboriginal people have stories about how fire was brought to people and settler peoples brought their own experience of fire with them.

Kee woorroong Gunditjmara clan (south-west Victoria) tell this story:

A long time ago fire belonged to the crows who lived at Gariwerd, the Grampian Mountains. They were greedy crows and knew that fire was of great value. A little bird, Yuuloinkeear, firetail wren, was watching the crows making fun and games with fire-sticks. One fire-stick fell to the ground and Yuuloinkeear picked it up and flew away. The crows chased him and Yuuloinkeear soon grew tired. So he passed the fire-stick to Tarrakuuk. Tarrakuuk, the kestrel hawk, took the fire-stick from Yuuloinkeear and lit all the Country behind him. From that time there has been fire for all the Gunditjmara.

(Source: Nyernila: Listen Continuously. Aboriginal Creation Stories of Victoria, Creative…

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Swifties in the Muckleford?

Teams of bird watchers across Victoria will be out on the weekend of 20/21 May to look for Swift Parrots, one of the threatened species being monitored in Autumn each year after they arrive from Tasmania. Surveys in areas around Castlemaine are being arranged by Beth Mellick. If you are interested in participating and have not […]

via Swift Parrot survey – 20/21 May — Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club

Maldon, Newstead and places in between – Talking Fire

Talking Fire

Join us in a conversation to better understand fire in our landscape at the Newstead Community Centre over the weekend of 12/13 November.

‘Talking Fire’ will discuss what fire means for our local communities and the environment. The aim is to bring local expertise and knowledge together with outside experts in the field of fire behaviour and fire ecology, so that the community can talk about and better understand, plan, and live with fire.

Some of the questions driving our conversation are:
– What is the history of fire in our area?
– How have the landscape, community & fire policies changed?
– How can we protect what we value?
– How can we respond to fire risk, now & in the future?

You may have other questions, ideas or solutions.

We are also seeking local knowledge and stories. Do you have a “fire experience”, direct or indirect, to share? As a…

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Conservation triage: clarity or confusion?

This is a very interesting piece by Ian Lunt that I thought was worth sharing. So many conservation processes today are based on this awful choice – what can live, what can die. Prescribed burning is the same – we will sacrifice or (less emotively) reduce risk of fire by ‘treating’ a patch of bush in a way that will ‘save’ other places and lives. The medical terminology – ‘treating’ and ‘prescribed’ has intrigued me for for a while now. The bush needs this kinds ‘medicine’? Amazing it survived for so long without our ‘care’. Read on for this post by Ian Lunt on the importance of clear communication for conservation science. What do you see when we talk about triage? A spreadsheet or a corpse? Triage is one of the most contentio…

Source: Conservation triage: clarity or confusion?